Mountain State University: Narrative Description

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Box 9003
Beckley, WV 25802-9003
Tel: (304)253-7351
Free: 800-766-6067
Admissions: (304)929-1357
Fax: (304)253-5072
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1933. Setting: 7-acre small town campus. Endowment: $7.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2575 per student. Total enrollment: 4,107. Faculty: 216 (85 full-time, 131 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,094 applied, 100% were admitted. 4% from top 10% of their high school class, 23% from top quarter, 62% from top half. Full-time: 2,807 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 935 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 24 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 10% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 67% 25 or older, 4% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $10,840 includes full-time tuition ($4200), mandatory fees ($1200), and college room and board ($5440). College room only: $2810. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $175 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $50 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Christian Organization, Astronomy Club, creative writing group, Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Support Group, Student Government Association. Major annual events: Halloween Party, Black History Month, Super Bowl Party. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, night patrols by security. 192 college housing spaces available; 160 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Mountain State University Library with 93,527 books, 1,416 microform titles, 7,030 serials, 1,931 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $401,657. 97 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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