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Ringling School of Art and Design: Narrative Description


2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
Tel: (941)351-5100
Free: 800-255-7695
Fax: (941)359-7517
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1931. Setting: 37-acre small town campus with easy access to Tampa-St. Petersburg. Endowment: $11.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8841 per student. Total enrollment: 1,008. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 723 applied, 72% were admitted. Full-time: 980 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 28 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 33 other countries, 48% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 2% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 11% 25 or older, 47% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, New York Studio Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, portfolio, resume. Recommended: interview. Placement: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT recommended. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $29,006 includes full-time tuition ($19,995), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($8811). College room only: $4727. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $950 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, program, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group. Social organizations: 22 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 11% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: FEWS, Nontraditional Student Group, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Ringling Ambassadors. Major annual events: Welcome Back Beach Party, Activities Fair, coffeehouses. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, lighted campus. 483 college housing spaces available; 476 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library with 46,802 books, 340 serials, 123,891 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $546,540. 640 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.

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