Saint Anselm College: Narrative Description

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100 Saint Anselm Dr.
Manchester, NH 03102-1310
Tel: (603)641-7000; 888-4ANSELM
Admissions: (603)641-7500
Fax: (603)641-7550
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 450-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $48.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $304,793. Educational spending 2003-04: $5888 per student. Total enrollment: 1,987. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 3,214 applied, 66% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 88% from top half. Full-time: 1,946 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 41 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 15 other countries, 77% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 95% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at members of the New Hampshire College and University Council. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $33,730 includes full-time tuition ($23,990), mandatory fees ($670), and college room and board ($9070). Part-time tuition: $2400 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 64 open to all. Most popular organizations: Center for Volunteers, Anselmian Abbey Players, Knights of Columbus, spring break alternative, International Relations Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Weekend, Family Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,643 students; 1,692 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Geisel Library with 222,000 books, 66,000 microform titles, 1,900 serials, 8,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 400 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:

On the banks of Merrimack River, Manchester is the largest city in the state. The city is a retail, industrial, distribution and financial center. All means of commercial transportation are available. Community facilities include 54 churches, 8 hospitals, a public library, hotels and motels. The recreational activities are numerous. They include golf, swimming, bowling, tennis, roller skating, fishing, sailing, skiing, ice skating, and tobogganing. Points of interest are the Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester Historic Association and the Old Blodgett Canal.

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