Thompson Institute: Narrative Description

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5650 Derry St.
Harrisburg, PA 17111-3518
Tel: (717)564-4112
Fax: (717)564-3779
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Proprietary, primarily 2-year, coed. Part of Kaplan Higher Education Corporation. Awards certificates, diplomas, terminal associate, and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1918. Setting: 5-acre suburban campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $421 per student. Total enrollment: 485. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 25:1. 165 applied, 88% were admitted. 1% from top 10% of their high school class, 5% from top quarter, 10% from top half. Full-time: 485 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 2 states and territories, 2% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 14% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 60% 25 or older. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $8600 full-time. College room only: $1600.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 4 open to all; national sororities; 5% of women are members. Most popular organizations: Electronics Club, CAD Club, DPMA, Math Club. Major annual events: Thanksgiving Dinner, Spring Open House. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: campus facilities manager. 62 college housing spaces available; 56 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. 950 books, 20 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $10,800. 113 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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