New College of California: Narrative Description

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50 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102-5206
Tel: (415)437-3460; 888-437-3460
Fax: (415)626-5171
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1971. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 1,133. Faculty: 192 (122 full-time, 70 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. Full-time: 611 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 7 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 5 other countries, 0.5% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 50% 25 or older, 19% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript. Recommended: interview. Required for some: 2 recommendations. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $12,023 full-time, $484 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $200 full-time, $100 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Student services: legal services, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: trained security personnel. College housing not available. New College Library plus 2 others with 24,000 books and 50 serials. 10 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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