Plymouth State University: Narrative Description

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17 High St.
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
Tel: (603)535-5000
Free: 800-842-6900
Admissions: 800-842-6900
Fax: (603)535-2714
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of New Hampshire. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1871. Setting: 170-acre small town campus. Endowment: $3.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. Total enrollment: 5,151. Faculty: 340 (160 full-time, 180 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 3,631 applied, 77% were admitted. 4% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 53% from top half. Full-time: 3,894 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 214 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 10 other countries, 42% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 4% 25 or older, 53% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the New Hampshire College and University Council. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous until 7/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $5060 full-time, $212 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,500 full-time, $480 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1558 full-time, $71 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6322. College room only: $4350. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Programming Activities in College Environment, Student Senate, alternative spring break, Childhood Studies Club, Health, Physical Ed, & Recreation Club. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Family Weekend, Homecoming Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, shuttle bus service, crime prevention programs, self-defense education. 2,164 college housing spaces available; 2,119 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Lamson Library with 306,314 books, 796,924 microform titles, 1,043 serials, 23,095 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

With the White Mountains to the north, the Lakes Region to the south, and the Pemigewasset Rivers bordering the town to the east, Plymouth, NH is home to some of the country's most spectacular wilderness. PSC students step outside every morning into a natural landscape that provides four seasons of recreational and educational adventure. Here, the outdoors offer a natural laboratory, a classroom, and a playground. The campus is nestled in the town of Plymouth, which has been ranked seventh in The 100 Best Small Towns in America. Plymouth is less than 2 hours' drive from Boston. Portland, Maine is 2 hours east; Burlington, Vermont, is 2 hours to the northwest; and Montreal, Canada is only 3 1/2 hours to the north. Recreational activities include skiing and other winter sports, hiking, fishing, boating, and hunting.

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