Point Park University: Narrative Description

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201 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
Tel: (412)391-4100
Free: 800-321-0129
Admissions: (412)392-3430
Fax: (412)391-1980
Web Site: http://www.pointpark.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1960. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $8.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5106 per student. Total enrollment: 3,292. Faculty: 343 (88 full-time, 255 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,513 applied, 80% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 39% from top quarter, 68% from top half. 25 class presidents, 117 student government officers. Full-time: 2,111 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 733 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 34 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 17% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 34% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 17% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 10 members of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: 2 recommendations, interview, audition. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $22,960 includes full-time tuition ($15,500), mandatory fees ($460), and college room and board ($7000). College room only: $3300. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $422 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $10 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 18 open to all. Most popular organizations: Black Student Union, student radio station, Dance Club, Alpha Phi Omega, College Students in Broadcasting. Major annual events: Welcome Back Riverboat Cruise, Labor Day Picnic, Spring Fling Riverboat Cruise. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, 24-hour security desk, video security. College housing designed to accommodate 584 students; 617 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Point Park University Library with 125,000 books, 21,000 microform titles, 230 serials, 500 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $1 million. 170 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The college is centrally located in the city of Pittsburgh, population 365,000. See also University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus.

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