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North Dakota State College of Science: Narrative Description


800 North Sixth St.
Wahpeton, ND 58076
Tel: (701)671-2401
Free: 800-342-4325
Admissions: (701)671-2202
Fax: (701)671-2332
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of North Dakota University System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1903. Setting: 125-acre rural campus. Endowment: $4000. Educational spending 2003-04: $3298 per student. Total enrollment: 2,468. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. Full-time: 1,954 students, 33% women, 67% men. Part-time: 514 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 11 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3298 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $8054 full-time. Mandatory fees: $450 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4170. College room only: $1745. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band. Social organizations: 3 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Health Advisory Club, Drama Club, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Cultural Diversity, Habitat for Humanity. Major annual events: Homecoming, Agawasie Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,600 college housing spaces available; 1,052 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Mildred Johnson Library with 124,508 books, 61,787 microform titles, 852 serials, 4,178 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $183,748. 450 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:

Wahpeton (population 9,300) is located at the origin of the Red River in southeastern North Dakota. The city is served by a bus line, and U.S. Highway 75, Interstates 29 and 94 and State Highways 13 & 81.

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