Pacific Union College: Narrative Description

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One Angwin Ave.
Angwin, CA 94508-9707
Tel: (707)965-6311
Free: 800-862-7080
Admissions: (707)965-6425
Fax: (707)965-6390
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Independent Seventh-day Adventist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1882. Setting: 200-acre rural campus with easy access to San Francisco. Endowment: $15.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6833 per student. Total enrollment: 1,547. Faculty: 98 (81 full-time, 17 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,958 applied, 44% were admitted. Full-time: 1,534 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 11 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 18 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 4% black, 20% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 12% 25 or older, 70% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; trade and industry. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.3 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: ACT, SAT or ACT. Placement: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT required. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. One-time mandatory fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $23,190 includes full-time tuition ($17,934), mandatory fees ($120), and college room and board ($5136). College room only: $3096. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition: $520 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $40 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 22 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Association, Business Club, Asian Student Association, Korean Adventist Student Association, Black Student Forum. Major annual events: Fall Festival, All College Get Acquainted Party, talent show. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,130 college housing spaces available; 1,088 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. W. E. Nelson Memorial Library with 173,839 books, 124,432 microform titles, 812 serials, 56,323 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $827,224. 150 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:

This is a rural un-incorporated area on Howell Mountain, an extinct volcano, 80 miles from San Francisco. The climate is not extreme, although it is not unusual to have as much as 60 inches of rain in the winter. Bus service is available in St. Helena; railroads and airlines serve the San Francisco Bay area. Freeways are nearby. A hospital is located five miles from Angwin. Employment is available for students.

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