Shenandoah University: Narrative Description

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1460 University Dr.
Winchester, VA 22601-5195
Tel: (540)665-4500
Free: 800-432-2266
Admissions: (540)665-4581
Fax: (540)665-4627
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Independent United Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1875. Setting: 100-acre small town campus with easy access to Baltimore and Washington, DC. Endowment: $41.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,666 per student. Total enrollment: 3,000. Faculty: 325 (175 full-time, 150 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 1,121 applied, 92% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 37% from top quarter, 68% from top half. Full-time: 1,443 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 95 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 25 other countries, 40% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 16% 25 or older, 44% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, interview, audition. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $26,330 includes full-time tuition ($19,090), mandatory fees ($150), and college room and board ($7090). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $585 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: Harambee Singers, Alpha Psi Omega, Phi Mu Alpha, Student Government Association, Inter-Varsity Student Council. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling Weekend, Sun Block Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, side door alarms, guard gate house, bike patrols. 674 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Alson H. Smith Jr. Library plus 1 other with 126,097 books, 134,500 microform titles, 1,340 serials, 18,299 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 175 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:

Winchester/Frederick County, a community of approximately 70,000 persons, is located 72 miles from Washington, D.C. near the northern end of the historic Shenandoah Valley. Winchester was founded in 1732 and played an important part in the French and Indian War and the Civil War. Bus transportation is available. Community facilities include a public library, museums, churches of major denominations, a medical center, excellent shopping areas, and a number of various civic and service organizations. Winchester is the host to the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. George Washington began his career in Winchester in 1748 as surveyor to Lord Fairfax. Some of the historical points of interest are Abram's Delight (the Hollingsworth Home), Sheridan's Headquarters, "Stonewall" Jackson's Headquarters, Glen Burnie (home of James Wood), and Washington's Office.

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