Tabor College: Narrative Description

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400 South Jefferson
Hillsboro, KS 67063
Tel: (620)947-3121
Free: 800-822-6799
Fax: (620)947-2607
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Independent Mennonite Brethren, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1908. Setting: 26-acre small town campus with easy access to Wichita. Endowment: $4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5860 per student. Total enrollment: 606. Faculty: 55 (36 full-time, 19 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 246 applied, 99% were admitted. 14% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 69% from top half. Full-time: 463 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 123 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 4 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Associated Colleges of Central Kansas. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview, minimum ACT score of 18, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/1, 1/1 for early decision plan 1, 4/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $20,470 includes full-time tuition ($14,700), mandatory fees ($360), and college room and board ($5410). College room only: $2100. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $583 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 18 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Board, Student Senate, Campus Ministries Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Share, Prayer, and Dare. Major annual events: homecoming, Missions/Services Emphasis Week, Opening Bible Conference. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols. 424 college housing spaces available; 376 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Tabor College Library with 80,099 books, 435 microform titles, 265 serials, 1,640 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $143,647. 57 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:

Situated in the wheat and dairy area of central Kansas, Hillsboro is the leading trade center of western Marion County. Community facilities include a hospital, park, swimming pool and golf course.

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