North Park University: Narrative Description

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3225 West Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625-4895
Tel: (773)244-6200
Free: 800-888-NPC8
Admissions: (773)244-5500
Fax: (773)583-0858
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Covenant Church. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 30-acre urban campus. Endowment: $36.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6835 per student. Total enrollment: 2,181. 1,068 applied, 74% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 70% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 1,252 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 321 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 32 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 12% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 20% 25 or older, 12% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; biological/life sciences; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Christian College Coalition. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $27,390 includes full-time tuition ($20,350), mandatory fees ($60), and college room and board ($6980). College room only: $3650. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $650 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Association, Urban Outreach, College Life, College Music. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Event, New Student Orientation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Consolidated Library plus 4 others with 260,685 books, 254,468 microform titles, 1,178 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $890,036. 105 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:

See University of Chicago.

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