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Three Rivers Community College: Narrative Description


2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901-2393
Tel: (573)840-9600; 877-TRY-TRCC
Admissions: (573)840-9675
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 70-acre rural campus. Endowment: $641,067. Educational spending 2003-04: $1944 per student. Total enrollment: 3,273. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 753 applied, 100% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 59% from top half. 8 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,749 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 1,524 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 9% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 38% 25 or older, 10% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT, ACT ASSET recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Area resident tuition: $1770 full-time, $59 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2790 full-time, $89 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3480 full-time, $116 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $356 full-time, $8.50 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room only: $3948.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, PTK, PBL, Alpha Beta Gamma, Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Major annual events: Fall Celebration, Spring Celebration, Annual Monter Mass. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 188 college housing spaces available; 167 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Rutland Library with 36,960 books, 7,527 microform titles, 238 serials, 1,027 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $177,500. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Poplar Bluff, population 25,000, is a metropolitan area in southeast Missouri where the climate is temperate and living is pleasant. The community has two private general hospitals, one veteran's hospital, many churches, a library, and numerous civic organizations. Many natural streams and lakes within driving distance of the city provide excellent facilities for all outdoor sports. Part-time jobs are available.

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