Newberry College: Narrative Description

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2100 College St.
Newberry, SC 29108-2197
Tel: (803)276-5010
Free: 800-845-4955
Admissions: (803)321-5129
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Evangelical Lutheran, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1856. Setting: 60-acre small town campus. Endowment: $14.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3543 per student. Total enrollment: 771. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 667 applied, 81% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 19% from top quarter, 47% from top half. 3 class presidents, 6 valedictorians, 48 student government officers. Full-time: 742 students, 43% women, 57% men. Part-time: 29 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 13 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 27% black, 0.1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 4% 25 or older, 87% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $23,991 includes full-time tuition ($17,470), mandatory fees ($631), and college room and board ($5890). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $300 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 15 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 30% of eligible men and 31% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Metoka Galeda (gospel choir and service group), Lutheran Student Movement, Baptist Student Union, Students Organized for Community Service. Major annual events: Homecoming, Fall Fling, Indian Princess event. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 630 college housing spaces available; 552 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Wessels Library with 79,899 books, 7,212 microform titles, 499 serials, 1,389 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $114,950. 78 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.

Community Environment:

Newberry is located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina between Lakes Murray and Greenwood. The city enjoys mild weather. Community services include churches of many denominations, a hospital, a county library, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Local recreation and facilities include a swimming pool, barbecue facilities, parks, theaters, fishing, boating, swimming, and camping on nearby lakes. Part-time employment is available for college students.

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