Paier College of Art, Inc.: Narrative Description

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20 Gorham Ave.
Hamden, CT 06514-3902
Tel: (203)287-3030
Admissions: (203)287-3031
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Proprietary, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 3-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Total enrollment: 306. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 89 applied, 85% were admitted. 4% from top 10% of their high school class, 17% from top quarter, 25% from top half. Full-time: 195 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 111 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 4 states and territories, 1 other country, 1% from out-of-state, 18% 25 or older, 7% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters plus 1 summer session. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview, portfolio, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Tuition: $11,200 full-time. Mandatory fees: $400 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 1 open to all. Most popular organization: Student Council. Major annual events: Winter Art Show and Sale, Spring Art Show and Sale, Spring Paier Picnic. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: evening patrols by security. College housing not available. Adele K. Paier Memorial Library with 11,515 books, 69 serials, and 66,136 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2003-04: $52,330. 30 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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