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Presbyterian College: Narrative Description


503 South Broad St.
Clinton, SC 29325
Tel: (864)833-2820
Free: 800-476-7272
Admissions: (864)833-8229
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1880. Setting: 215-acre small town campus with easy access to Greenville - Spartanburg. Endowment: $79.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $26.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7511 per student. Total enrollment: 1,187. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,128 applied, 78% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 63% from top quarter, 91% from top half. Full-time: 1,144 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 43 students, 40% women, 60% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 13 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 1% 25 or older, 94% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Off campus study at Gulf Coast Marine Laboratory, American University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 4/1, 12/5 for early action. Notification: continuous until 6/1, 1/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $27,948 includes full-time tuition ($19,740), mandatory fees ($1882), and college room and board ($6326). College room only: $3108. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $825 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $13 per credit hour, $20. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 44% of eligible men and 43% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student volunteer services, intramurals, Student Union Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Major annual events: homecoming, Special Olympics. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,147 college housing spaces available; 1,099 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. James H. Thomason Library with 155,830 books, 13,376 microform titles, 740 serials, 9,037 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $828,683. 130 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:

Located in the Piedmont section of South Carolina, Clinton is approximately 64 miles northwest of Columbia. The annual mean January temperature is 43.6 degrees; July 79.9 degrees. The community has air and bus service and is adjacent to U.S. Highway 76, I-385; I-26. There are many churches of various denominations, a hospital, hotels and motels in town. Part-time employment is available. Local recreational facilities include tennis, golf, theatre and swimming; nearby Lake Greenwood provides boating, fishing and hunting. Various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations are active in the community.

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