Northwest-Shoals Community College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 2545
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662
Tel: (256)331-5200; Admissions: (256)331-5261; Fax: (256)331-5366; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of State of Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 205-acre small town campus. Educational spending 2002-03: $2423 per student. Total enrollment: 4,663. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. Full-time: 2,698 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,965 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 8 states and territories, 5 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 0.5% Hispanic, 14% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 40% 25 or older, 2% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing program. Option: Common Application. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT, ACT ASSET, or ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: non-competitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2176 full-time, $68 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4352 full-time, $136 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $512 full-time, $16 per credit hour part-time. College room only: $1600.

Collegiate Environment: Choral group. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Science Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Baptist Campus Ministry, Northwest-Shoals Singers. Major annual events: Homecoming and Dance, Spring Fling, Blood Drive. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 76 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Option: coed housing available. Larry W. McCoy Learning Resource Center and James Glasgow Library with 57,827 books, 376 microform titles, 268 serials, and 1,428 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2002-03: $318,050. 620 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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