North Shore Community College: Narrative Description

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1 Ferncroft Rd.
Danvers, MA 01923-4093
Tel: (978)762-4000
Fax: (978)762-4021
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $3.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4234 per student. Total enrollment: 6,690. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,804 applied, 81% were admitted. Full-time: 2,773 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 3,917 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 5 states and territories, 8 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 8% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 45% 25 or older, 9% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, engineering, health-related programs. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required for some: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Placement: nursing exam required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $600 full-time, $25 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6168 full-time, $257 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2112 full-time, $88 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 23 open to all. Most popular organizations: Program Council, student government, performing arts, student newspaper, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: multicultural fair, Spring Fling, Alcohol Awareness Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Learning Resource Center plus 2 others with 97,818 books, 78,311 microform titles, 408 serials, 7,795 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 380 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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