Tarleton State University: Narrative Description

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Box T-0001
Tarleton Station Stephenville, TX 76402
Tel: (254)968-9000
Admissions: (254)968-9125
Fax: (254)968-9920
Web Site: http://www.tarleton.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 125-acre small town campus with easy access to Fort Worth. Endowment: $24.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $5.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9595 per student. Total enrollment: 8,985. Faculty: 523 (235 full-time, 288 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 2,478 applied, 68% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 72% from top half. Full-time: 5,896 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 1,509 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 9 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 26% 25 or older, 19% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 61% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; agriculture; interdisciplinary studies; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, 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. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 6/1, 11/30 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3000 full-time, $100 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,740 full-time, $358 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $835 full-time, $30.50 per hour part-time, $21. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5900. College room only: $3500. 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: 95 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 7% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Programming Association, Plowboys Association, Student Organizational Forum, Tarleton Association of Student Leaders. Major annual events: homecoming, Halloween Carnival/Haunted House, Vegas Night. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,600 college housing spaces available; 1,462 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Dick Smith Library plus 1 other with 320,302 books, 911,519 microform titles, 1,150 serials, 8,687 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2 million. 600 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:

Stephenville, Texas, with a population of 15,000 is located in west central Texas, approximately 60 miles from the Ft. Worth/Dallas metroplex. With a typically mild climate average rainfall of 32 inches yearly, the region is commonly known as the Cross Timbers area, a term that refers to the many varieties of oak trees, including a heavy concentration of the live oak tree. Community services include churches of all denominations, a full-service hospital, including a new emergency wing and 24 hour care flight service, libraries and dozens of restaurants and shopping options. Railroad, bus, and a local airport are available. In addition, the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport is within a one and one-half hour drive.

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