Muscatine Community College: Narrative Description

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152 Colorado St.
Muscatine, IA 52761-5396
Tel: (563)288-6001
Admissions: (563)288-6012
Fax: (563)288-6074
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Eastern Iowa Community College District. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1929. Setting: 25-acre small town campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $2249 per student. Total enrollment: 1,280. 312 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 552 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 728 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 6 states and territories, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 43% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing program. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT or DTLS, DTMS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Area resident tuition: $2720 full-time. State resident tuition: $85 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4080 full-time, $127.50 per semester hour part-time. College room only: $3330.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. 75 college housing spaces available; 70 were occupied in 2003-04. Muscatine Community College Library with 19,588 books, 176 serials, and an OPAC. 57 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Muscatine, an industrial center, is located on the Mississippi River, and has an annual mean temperature of 50 degrees, and an average rainfall of 34 inches. Vegetables and melons are raised in the vicinity; over three million bushels of grain are shipped from here each year. Community facilities include many churches and a library. Parks, a golf course, a bowling alley and skating rink offer recreation. The Mississippi River and nearby Cedar and Iowa rivers provide excellent picnicking, fishing and boat launching facilities. Points of interest are the Laura Musser Art Gallery and Museum, and Weed Park.

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