Nichols College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 5000
Dudley, MA 01571-5000
Tel: (508)213-1560
Free: 800-470-3379
Admissions: (508)213-2203
Fax: (508)213-9885
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1815. Setting: 210-acre rural campus with easy access to Boston. Total enrollment: 1,792. Faculty: 65 (38 full-time, 27 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 1,195 applied, 84% were admitted. 2% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 49% from top half. Full-time: 938 students, 35% women, 65% men. Part-time: 494 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 50 other countries, 35% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 30% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree 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. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $28,862 includes full-time tuition ($20,560), mandatory fees ($250), and college room and board ($8052). Part-time tuition: $775 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: Rugby Club, Accounting Club, Racquetball Club, student publications, Theater Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Weekend, Commencement. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 737 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Conant Library plus 1 other with 43,989 books, 3,808 microform titles, 211 serials, 1,711 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 850 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.

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