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Seton Hall University: Narrative Description


400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079-2697
Tel: (973)761-9000; 800-THE HALL; Admissions: (973)275-2286; Fax: (973)761-9452; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and postmaster's certificates. Founded 1856. Setting: 58-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $162.2 million. Research spending 2002-03: $2.2 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $8197 per student. Total enrollment: 9,746. Faculty: 860 (403 full-time, 457 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 5,750 applied, 82% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 85% from top half. Full-time: 4,683 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 555 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 49 other countries, 25% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 11% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 80% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, counselor report, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous until 12/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $31,126 includes full-time tuition ($19,530), mandatory fees ($2050), and college room and board ($9546). College room only: $6068. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $651 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $185 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 116 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Association, Adelante/Caribe, Black Student Union, National Council of Negro Women. Major annual events: University Day, Deck The Hall, Career Day. Student 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. 2,209 college housing spaces available; 2,133 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Walsh Library plus 1 other with 506,042 books, 530,000 microform titles, 1,475 serials, 2,225 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $9 million. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: A upper middle class suburb, South Orange enjoys the cultural and recreational advantages of New York City and Newark. Mass transportation is available. Community facilities include a public library, two hospitals in nearby Livingston and Summit, and Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal and Presbyterian churches.

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