Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description

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1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1383
Tel: (724)738-9000; 800-SRU-9111; Admissions: (724)738-2015; Fax: (724)738-2098; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 600-acre rural campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $10.9 million. Research spending 2002-03: $170,309. Educational spending 2002-03: $5381 per student. Total enrollment: 7,789. Faculty: 388 (350 full-time, 38 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 4,310 applied, 81% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 65% from top half. 9 valedictorians. Full-time: 6,415 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 639 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 47 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 12% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 78% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, 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, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Marine Science Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, standardized test scores, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4598 full-time, $192 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,496 full-time, $479 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1203 full-time, $48 per credit part-time, $25 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $4542. College room only: $2438. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 112 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Association of Residence Hall Students, University Program Board, Student Union for Minority Affairs, Student Government Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Family Day, concerts. Student services: legal 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. 2,672 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Bailey Library with 774,723 books, 1.5 million microform titles, 14,101 serials, 86,686 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.5 million. 940 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: Population 3,000, Slippery Rock is located approximately an hour's drive from Pittsburgh. The climate is pleasant both in winter and in summer. There are several Protestant and Catholic churches in the community. The area has good highways and bus service. Local recreation includes hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, golf, and theatres, all easily accessible. Rooms are available in private homes. Many special interest and veteran's clubs are active in the community.