Spoon River College: Narrative Description

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23235 North County 22
Canton, IL 61520-9801
Tel: (309)647-4645; Admissions: (309)649-6305; Fax: (309)649-6235; Web Site: http://www.spoonrivercollege.net/

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1959. Setting: 160-acre rural campus. Endowment: $267,036. Educational spending 2002-03: $2614 per student. Total enrollment: 2,600. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. Students come from 6 states and territories, 1% from out-of-state, 36% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing program. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended; nursing exam, ACT ASSET required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1710 full-time, $57 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2565 full-time, $85.50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4275 full-time, $142.50 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $255 full-time, $8.50 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group. Social organizations: 9 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, PEACE, Peer Ambassadors. Major annual events: Crusaders' Day, Homecoming, Spring Formal. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. Learning Resource Center with 34,799 books, 121 serials, 3,213 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $171,085. 34 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Canton is situated in an extremely fertile agricultural district with a seasonal climate. Planes and buses are available. Air service at Peoria some 30 miles distant. Industries are coal mining and the manufacture of farm implements. The city has a library, YMCA, YWCA, concert association, hospital, a downtown shopping area with over 100 retail outlets. Additional shopping facilities in Peoria. Recreational activities are boating, fishing, hunting, bowling, and golf. At least 12 retail and community-sponsored events are conducted each year.