Pittsburg State University: Narrative Description

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1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Tel: (620)231-7000
Free: 800-854-7488
Admissions: (620)235-4251
Fax: (620)235-4080
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.pittstate.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Kansas Board of Regents. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1903. Setting: 233-acre small town campus. Endowment: $39.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4264 per student. Total enrollment: 6,537. Faculty: 376 (286 full-time, 90 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,843 applied, 91% were admitted. Full-time: 5,034 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 459 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 48 other countries, 19% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 14% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Southside Education Center, Wichita, KS, Kansas City Metro Center, Lenexa, KS. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for state residents. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, ACT. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2632 full-time, $88 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8990 full-time, $300 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $662 full-time, $30 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $4234. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 140 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, student yearbook, student newspaper. Major annual events: homecoming, Family Day, Visit the Campus Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, controlled dormitory access. 1,066 college housing spaces available; 966 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Leonard H. Axe Library plus 2 others with 639,136 books, 842,616 microform titles, 7,038 serials, 1,712 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.9 million.

Community Environment:

Pittsburg is the largest city in southeast Kansas. It is widely known for its fine homes, large churches, excellent schools, and many municipal facilities. Much of the coal mining in Kansas was done in this area. Some of the abandoned open pits have been flooded and stocked for fishing, swimming, boating, and water skiing. Other recreational activities within the city are bowling, tennis, and golf. Part-time employment opportunities are good.

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