Nebraska Wesleyan University: Narrative Description

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5000 Saint Paul Ave.
Lincoln, NE 68504-2796
Tel: (402)466-2371
Free: 800-541-3818
Admissions: (402)465-2218
Fax: (402)465-2179
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent United Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1887. Setting: 50-acre suburban campus with easy access to Omaha. Endowment: $32.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6312 per student. Total enrollment: 1,953. Faculty: 190 (98 full-time, 92 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,466 applied, 85% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 28 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,586 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 211 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 9 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 2% 25 or older, 54% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Chicago Urban Life Center, Capitol Hill Internship Program. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay, resume of activities. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/15, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $22,020 includes full-time tuition ($17,090), mandatory fees ($300), and college room and board ($4630). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $645 per hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time, course load, degree level, location, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 65 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 26% of eligible men and 27% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Affairs Senate, Union programs, Ambassadors, FCA. Major annual events: Wesleyan Weekend (Homecoming), Jim Wand Hypnotist (annual orientation event), Big Event (comedian). Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,108 college housing spaces available; 988 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Cochrane Woods Library with 178,531 books, 4,309 microform titles, 743 serials, 7,951 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $703,739. 336 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The capital, Lincoln, in southeastern Nebraska, is in a vast agricultural area where irrigation is an important factor. Many insurance firms have their home offices here. Major forms of transportation are available. Pershing Municipal Auditorium and the Bob Devaney Sports Center is used for conventions, concerts and athletic activities. Recreational facilities and sporting events are numerous. Some of the points of interest are Antelope Park, the Sunken Garden, Fairview, a home occupied by the William Jennings Bryan family for 15 years, Pioneer Park, Holmes Lake with bike trails, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, the University of Nebraska State Museum, and the Haymarket District. Part-time jobs are available on and off campus.

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