Southwest Missouri State University: Narrative Description

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901 South National
Springfield, MO 65804-0094
Tel: (417)836-5000; 800-492-7900; Admissions: (417)836-5521; Fax: (417)836-6334; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1905. Setting: 225-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $32.2 million. Research spending 2002-03: $5.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $4490 per student. Total enrollment: 18,930. Faculty: 1,000 (731 full-time, 269 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 6,316 applied, 86% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 80% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 93 valedictorians. Full-time: 12,449 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 3,322 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 80 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 14% 25 or older, 27% live on campus. Retention: 74% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/20. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4636 full-time, $138 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8776 full-time, $276 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and degree level. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and degree level. College room and board: $4282. College room only: $2982. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 260 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Residence Hall Association, Campus Crusade, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Student Government Association. Major annual events: New Student Festival, Homecoming, May Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, on-campus police substation. 4,049 college housing spaces available; 3,908 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Meyer Library plus 3 others with 1.7 million books, 1 million microform titles, 4,238 serials, 33,547 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $3.6 million. 1,800 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: Springfield (population 140,000) is Missouri's third largest city and is within one hour's drive from many of the popular resort and vacation areas of the southwest Missouri Ozark region. Springfield has become a major health care center for the region and is home to several major businesses and industries including Bass Pro Shops, General Electric, Kraft, and Associated Wholesale Grocers.

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