Skagit Valley College: Narrative Description

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2405 College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273-5899
Tel: (360)416-7600
Fax: (360)416-7890
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 85-acre small town campus with easy access to Seattle. Endowment: $3.2 million. Total enrollment: 6,858. 3,321 applied, 60% were admitted. Students come from 4 states and territories, 23 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 68% 25 or older, 1% live on campus. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for some programs. Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Placement: ACT ASSET required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2325 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $2625 full-time. Mandatory fees: $155 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5700.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 42 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Calling All Colors, Business Management Training, Human Services, Paralegal Club. Major annual events: Cardinal Day, Honors Banquet, Commencement. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, telephone/pager system. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Norwood Cole Library with 78,631 books, 46,186 microform titles, 359 serials, 2,599 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Agriculture, mixed industries and tourism are the principal industries in this city located on the Skagit River. The climate here is moderate with neither cold nor hot extremes. Mount Vernon is accessible by railroad, bus lines and major highways and is 90 minutes from the Seattle Pacific Airport by automobile. The community has several churches, two hospitals and YMCA serving the residents. Local recreation includes hunting, fishing, skiing, golfing, boating, swimming, salt water or fresh water sports and nearby mountains and forests recreation areas. Various fraternal and civic organizations are found within the community.

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