Southern Arkansas University-Magnolia: Narrative Description

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100 East University
Magnolia, AR 71753
Tel: (870)235-4000
Admissions: (870)235-4040
Fax: (870)235-5005
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Southern Arkansas University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1909. Setting: 781-acre small town campus. Endowment: $17.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $188,891. Educational spending 2003-04: $1837 per student. Total enrollment: 3,057. Faculty: 184 (141 full-time, 43 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,492 applied, 81% were admitted. 41% from top quarter of their high school class, 72% from top half. Full-time: 2,398 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 405 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 37 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 26% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 18% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; agriculture. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, 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. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/27.

Costs Per Year:

State resident tuition: $3528 full-time, $126 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5348 full-time, $191 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $330 full-time, $330 per year 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: $3600.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, IMPACT. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Day, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,399 students; 1,460 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Magale Library with 151,166 books, 1 million microform titles, 1,065 serials, 12,130 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $853,529. 175 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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