Thomas College: Narrative Description

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180 West River Rd.
Waterville, ME 04901-5097
Tel: (207)859-1111
Free: 800-339-7001
Admissions: (207)859-1101
Fax: (207)859-1114
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1894. Setting: 70-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3100 per student. Total enrollment: 870. Faculty: 70 (23 full-time, 47 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 520 applied, 72% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 600 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 137 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 18% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 16% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, 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 Colby College, Kennebec Valley Community College, Unity College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview, rank in upper 50% of high school class. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $22,280 includes full-time tuition ($15,150), mandatory fees ($370), and college room and board ($6760). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 17 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 3% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Phi Beta Lambda, Students Club, GLOBE, Campus Activity Board, peer advisors. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Day, Olympic Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. 392 college housing spaces available; 390 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Marriner Library with 20,000 books, 5,000 serials, 600 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $145,469. 120 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.

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