Northwestern Polytechnic University: Narrative Description

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117 Fourier Ave.
Fremont, CA 94539-7482
Tel: (510)657-5913
Admissions: (510)657-0256
Fax: (510)657-8975
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1984. Setting: 2-acre urban campus with easy access to San Francisco and San Jose. Total enrollment: 351. Faculty: 56 (6 full-time, 50 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 7 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 62 students, 35% women, 65% men. Part-time: 55 students, 38% women, 62% men. Students come from 7 states and territories, 10 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 0% Hispanic, 0% black, 33% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 61% international, 63% 25 or older, 12% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: computer/information sciences; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: trimesters. ESL program, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay. Application deadline: 9/20. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $75. Tuition: $6600 full-time, $275 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $140 full-time, $70 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organizations: NPU Student Association, Table Tennis Club, IEEE Student Chapter, Softball Club. Major annual events: Halloween party, dance party, picnic. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. 35 college housing spaces available; 8 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. NPU Library plus 1 other with 12,000 books, 100 microform titles, 200 serials, 200 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $750,000. 200 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.

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