Rowan University: Narrative Description

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201 Mullica Hill Rd.
Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701
Tel: (856)256-4500
Admissions: (856)256-4200
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of New Jersey State College System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1923. Setting: 200-acre small town campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $92.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2 million. Total enrollment: 9,688. Faculty: 788 (415 full-time, 373 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 6,250 applied, 52% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 53% from top quarter, 88% from top half. Full-time: 7,087 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 1,296 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 29 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 9% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 15% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; communications/communication technologies; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/15. Notification: 4/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $5828 full-time, $224 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,656 full-time, $448 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2142 full-time, $85.80 per semester hour part-time. College room and board: $7642. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 150 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Activities Board. Major annual events: Project Santa, Homecoming Week, Spring Festival Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,545 students; 2,868 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Keith and Shirley Campbell Library plus 2 others with 316,500 books, 478,692 microform titles, 1,858 serials, 52,834 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 350 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:

Glassboro was established in 1775 when a German widow and her seven sons organized Stanger & Co., the first successful glass factory in North America. Hollybush, a mansion of a glass manufacturer, which formed part of the original campus, was the site of a summit conference between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Alexei Kosygin in 1967. Glassboro is near enough to large cities that all forms of commercial transportation are available. Philadelphia Airport is 35 minutes away. Part-time employment is available. Nearby lakes and beaches provide recreational facilities.

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