Sacred Heart Major Seminary: Narrative Description

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2701 Chicago Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48206-1799
Tel: (313)883-8500; Admissions: (313)883-8552; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1919. Setting: 24-acre urban campus. Endowment: $2.9 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $7934 per student. Total enrollment: 382. Faculty: 42 (21 full-time, 21 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 3 applied, 100% were admitted. 0% from top quarter of their high school class. Full-time: 36 students, 100% men. Part-time: 224 students, 48% women, 52% men. Students come from 3 states and territories, 1 other country, 17% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 3% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 43% 25 or older, 4% transferred in. Retention: 100% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, part-time degree program. Off campus study at Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, interview, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/31. Notification: continuous until 8/15. Preference given to candidates for the priesthood.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. One-time mandatory fee: $100. Comprehensive fee: $14,380 includes full-time tuition ($8330), mandatory fees ($60), and college room and board ($5990). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition: $213 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Choral group. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. 40 college housing spaces available; 30 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: men-only housing available. Szoka Library with 160,000 books, 6,242 microform titles, 510 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $373,843. 23 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: At the turn of the 20th century, Detroit was a quiet, tree-shaded community brewing beer and producing comfortable carriages and comforting stoves. The serenity was broken by Henry Ford's creation, a vehicle "propelled by power generated from within itself." Today it is the greatest automobile-manufacturing city in the world. It is also rapidly becoming a steel center and a leader in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, office equipment, rubber products, salt, television components, synthetic resins and paints, meat products, marine engines, and more than half the garden seed used throughout the country. Annual mean temperature is 49.3 degrees, and annual rainfall is 31.03 inches. Definitely an industrial city, Detroit has a civic center complex on the riverfront, an excellent park system, and numerous museums and art galleries.

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