Panola College: Narrative Description

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1109 West Panola St.
Carthage, TX 75633-2397
Tel: (903)693-2000
Admissions: (903)693-2034
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 35-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4030 per student. Total enrollment: 1,780. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 440 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 950 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 830 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 5 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 18% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 30% 25 or older, 12% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, occupational therapy assisting, vocational nursing programs. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: THEA, ACT ASSET, or ACT COMPASS required; SAT or ACT recommended; SAT or ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Area resident tuition: $1008 full-time, $42 per semester hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1460 full-time, $65 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $1872 full-time, $78 per semester hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $3150.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 13 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Excel Club, Baptist Student Union, Panola Pipers, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Welcome Back Dance, Fall Frolic, Spring Fling. Campus security: controlled dormitory access. 191 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. M. P. Baker Library with 88,897 books, 25,913 microform titles, 347 serials, 4,133 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $373,455. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 6400, Carthage is in a rural area with a temperate climate. The community is served by rail, bus, and U.S. Routes 59 and 79. Facilities include a public library, hospital, churches of eight denominations, theatres, a 35-mile lake shoreline for all water sports, a swimming pool, bowling alley, golf courses. Several rodeos and livestock shows are held annually. Part-time employment is somewhat limited.