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Sheldon Jackson College: Narrative Description


801 Lincoln St.
Sitka, AK 99835-7699
Tel: (907)747-5222
Free: 800-478-4556
Admissions: (907)747-5208
Fax: (907)747-5212
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1878. Setting: 320-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7319 per student. Total enrollment: 274. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 198 applied, 71% were admitted. Full-time: 135 students, 70% women, 30% men. Part-time: 139 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 49% from out-of-state, 26% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 24% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to Alaska natives.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $18,500 includes full-time tuition ($10,600), mandatory fees ($600), and college room and board ($7300). College room only: $3700. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $355 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 5 open to all. Most popular organizations: Fly Fishing Club, basketball, American Sign Language, American Fisheries Society, Student Ethnic Association. Major annual events: Fall Talent Show, Founders' Day, Spring Expo. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. 180 college housing spaces available; 72 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Stratton Library with 46,000 books, 3 microform titles, 150 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $104,181. 60 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:

Campus is located in Sitka on Baranof Island, Part of Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. A mild marine climate keeps Sitka cool in summer and warm in the winter. Rainfall is slightly less than 100 inches per year. Sitka is Alaska's fifth largest city with a population of about 9,000 people. It supports a sizable business community including clothing stores, sporting goods, record stores, movie theater, convention center, museums, radio stations, local TV station, and a number of excellent restaurants. Access is by jet, plane, or ferry.

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