Saint Vincent College: Narrative Description

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300 Fraser Purchase Rd.
Latrobe, PA 15650-2690
Tel: (724)532-6600
Free: 800-782-5549
Admissions: (724)532-5089
Fax: (724)537-4554
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1846. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $42.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $106,361. Educational spending 2003-04: $6569 per student. Total enrollment: 1,490. Faculty: 148 (77 full-time, 71 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,121 applied, 83% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 58% from top quarter, 85% from top half. 1 class president, 6 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,289 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 120 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 22 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 70% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Duquesne University, Seton Hill University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.2 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,246 includes full-time tuition ($20,312), mandatory fees ($510), and college room and board ($6424). College room only: $3204. Room and board charges vary according to student level. Part-time tuition: $635 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $45 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 54 open to all. Most popular organizations: The Company (student theatre group), Dreamkeepers Society (student multicultural organization), Student Orientation Program, student government, Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Honor Society. Major annual events: Founders' Day, Christmas Cotillion, Concert Series. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, limited access to residence halls on weekends. 1,074 college housing spaces available; 484 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Saint Vincent College Library with 271,481 books, 99,608 microform titles, 683 serials, 4,287 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $592,601. 190 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:

Population 8,994. Located in the Laurel Highlands region of the Allegheny Mountains, Latrobe is 35 miles east of Pittsburgh. The area is accessible by air, railroad and major highways. There is a county airport adjacent to campus. The community has a public library, churches and a synagogue and multiple shopping malls.

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