Penn Valley Community College: Narrative Description

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3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111
Tel: (816)759-4000; Admissions: (816)759-4101; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Metropolitan Community Colleges System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 25-acre urban campus. System endowment: $1.4 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $3142 per student. Total enrollment: 4,559. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 532 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,529 students, 72% women, 28% men. Part-time: 3,030 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 46 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 36% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 55% 25 or older, 1% transferred in. Retention: 39% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Johnson County Community College.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT ASSET required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $2070 full-time, $69 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $3750 full-time, $125 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5100 full-time, $170 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $150 full-time, $5 per hour part-time. full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and program. part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and program.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities. Most popular organizations: Black Student Association, Los Americanos, Phi Theta Kappa, Fashion Club. Major annual events: Black History Month, Spring Fling, homecoming. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing not available. Penn Valley Community College Library with 2,500 microform titles, 5,606 serials, 24 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $405,638. 749 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See University of Missouri - Kansas City.

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