Somerset Community College: Narrative Description

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808 Monticello St.
Somerset, KY 42501-2973
Tel: (606)679-8501
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 70-acre small town campus. Endowment: $419,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $3018 per student. Total enrollment: 5,850. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 825 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 3 states and territories, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Hispanic, 1% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 50% 25 or older. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, clinical laboratory technology, physical therapy assistant, surgical technology, radiography programs. Options: Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/22. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2760 full-time, $92 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8280 full-time, $276 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 6 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Students in Free Enterprise, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: graduation, drama presentations, Multicultural Day Events. College housing not available. Somerset Community College Library with 58,918 books, 4,548 microform titles, 154 serials, 1,233 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $102,000. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in an urban area in south central Kentucky, railroad and bus service are available to Somerset. It has a local YMCA, library, hospital and other health services and various organizations including Rotary, Kiwanis, Jaycees, and a Chamber of Commerce. Recreation is provided with 3 theatres, drive-ins, golf, tennis, and Lake Cumberland with 1,225 miles of shoreline.

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