Rochester College: Narrative Description

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800 West Avon Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307-2764
Tel: (248)218-2000
Free: 800-521-6010
Admissions: (248)218-2032
Fax: (248)218-2005
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Church of Christ. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1959. Setting: 83-acre suburban campus with easy access to Detroit. Endowment: $1.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2500 per student. Total enrollment: 1,011. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 211 applied, 81% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 57% from top half. 1 valedictorian, 11 student government officers. Full-time: 702 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 309 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 8 other countries, 13% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 15% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 51% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 20% transferred in. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Madonna University, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Mott Community College, Specs Howard School of Broadcasters. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, ACT or SAT, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.25 high school GPA, 2 recommendations. Required for some: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $17,772 includes full-time tuition ($10,580), mandatory fees ($876), and college room and board ($6316). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $340 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $171 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 4 open to all; social clubs; 8% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Image, Student Government, American Marketing Association, Rotoract. Major annual event: Celebration. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, evening security guards. 358 college housing spaces available; 240 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Ennis and Nancy Ham Library with 55,000 books, 17,500 microform titles, 200 serials, 2,009 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $239,899. 59 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:

See Oakland University.