Sul Ross State University: Narrative Description

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East Hwy. 90
Alpine, TX 79832
Tel: (432)837-8011; 888-722-7778
Admissions: (432)837-8050
Fax: (432)837-8334
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1920. Setting: 640-acre small town campus. Endowment: $5.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $629,607. Educational spending 2003-04: $4267 per student. Total enrollment: 1,954. 1,021 applied, 73% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 18% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 1,236 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 166 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 2 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 48% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 23% 25 or older, 10% transferred in. Retention: 50% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; agriculture; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $2580 full-time, $86 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,320 full-time, $388 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1290 full-time, $127 per semester hour part-time. College room and board: $4050. College room only: $1900.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 35 open to all. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Wesley Center, Rodeo Club, Wildlife Society, MECHA. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Blast, Sul Ross Rodeo. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 717 college housing spaces available; 505 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library with 245,567 books, 549,490 microform titles, 1,350 serials, 7,011 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 200 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:

Population 7,000, Alpine, located between El Paso on the west and Del Rio on the east, is known for its Highland Hereford breed of cattle. The city is also the gateway to travel to Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis National Historic Sites, Davis Mountains State Park, and McDonald Observatory. The climate in the area is mild. Railroad, commuter airline, and three bus lines serve the community. Local recreation includes baseball, hunting, golf, fishing, a theatre, and Summer Theatre during July and August. There is a hospital, library, and churches of various denominations within the city. Part-time employment is available.

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