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Trinidad State Junior College: Narrative Description


600 Prospect
Trinidad, CO 81082-2396
Tel: (719)846-5011
Free: 800-621-8752
Admissions: (719)846-5623
Fax: (719)846-5667
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1925. Setting: 17-acre small town campus. Endowment: $4.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2362 per student. Total enrollment: 2,106. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 1,017 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 33 states and territories, 5 other countries, 3% Native American, 42% Hispanic, 3% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 59% 25 or older, 30% live on campus. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for practical nursing program. Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT recommended; ACT, ACT ASSET, ACCUPLACER required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2004 full-time, $66.80 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8283 full-time, $276.10 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $265 full-time, $14.35 per credit part-time. College room and board: $4458. College room only: $1047. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: student association, International Club, Gunsmithing Club, Nursing Club, Cosmetology Club. Major annual events: Winter Formal, Trinidad State Junior College Basketball Tourney, Job Fair. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 350 college housing spaces available; 182 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Frendenthal Library plus 1 other with 54,255 books, 17,076 microform titles, 105 serials, 1,574 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $92,000. 125 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:

Located in South Central Colorado, Trinidad is the County Seat of Las Animas County and was a trading post on the Old Santa Fe Trail. Good highways, busses, and the railroad serve the area. Leading industries are coal production, farming, and ranching. The area offers Monument Lake, a 1,200-acre city owned park with fishing, boating and camping; Trinidad Lake, located 36 miles west of Trinidad in scenic Stonewall Valley, with water skiing, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and a recreation area; Cuchara Ski Area, located 50 miles west of Trinidad in scenic Cuchara valley.

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