Southern Wesleyan University: Narrative Description

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907 Wesleyan Dr., PO Box 1020
Central, SC 29630-1020
Tel: (864)644-5000
Free: 800-289-1292
Admissions: (864)644-5550
Fax: (864)644-5900
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Wesleyan Church. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1906. Setting: 230-acre small town campus. Endowment: $2.2 million. Total enrollment: 2,632. Faculty: 231 (51 full-time, 180 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 355 applied, 70% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 73% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 2 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,923 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 124 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 5 other countries, 17% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 34% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 16% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Clemson University, Tri-County Technical College, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.3 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, lifestyle statement, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Application deadline: 8/11. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,950 includes full-time tuition ($14,300), mandatory fees ($450), and college room and board ($5200). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $440 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $162 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Missions Fellowship, Ministry Teams, Music Club, Council for Exceptional Children. Major annual events: homecoming, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Christmas Banquet. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night security patrols. 362 college housing spaces available; 330 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Rickman Library with 88,983 books, 975 microform titles, 525 serials, 3,502 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $535,189. 92 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Central is located in the Piedmont section of South Carolina, between Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. The community is five miles North of Clemson and is located near the metropolitan area of Greenville.