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Seward County Community College: Narrative Description


Box 1137
Liberal, KS 67905-1137
Tel: (620)624-1951; 800-373-9951; Admissions: (620)624-1951; Fax: (620)629-2725; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Kansas State Board of Regents. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 120-acre rural campus. Endowment: $8.5 million. Research spending 2002-03: $94,000. Educational spending 2002-03: $3800 per student. Total enrollment: 2,325. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 14 National Merit Scholars, 31 class presidents, 24 valedictorians, 63 student government officers. Students come from 8 states and territories, 7 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 67% 25 or older, 21% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, self-designed majors, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, interview. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $38 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1440 full-time, $48 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $1830 full-time, $61 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $570 full-time, $19 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 28 open to all. Most popular organizations: HALO, ATLAS, Block and Bridle, DECA, Sigma Chi Chi. Major annual events: Homecoming/Family Day, Pancake Day, Oktoberfest. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. Option: coed housing available. Learning Resource Center plus 1 other with 32,926 books and 318 serials. Operations spending 2002-03: $157,000. 102 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Liberal is the county seat of Seward County. Oil discoveries have added significantly to the economic importance of Liberal. Southwestern Kansas is rich in wheat, oil and gas, and growing agri-related industries such as cattle/swine feed operations and meat packing. Part time employment is available. All forms of commercial transportation are available. A golf course, parks and swimming pools are some of the recreational facilities. Shopping facilities are excellent.

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