Tuskegee University: Narrative Description

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Tuskegee Institute, AL 36088
Tel: (334)727-8011; 800-622-6531; Admissions: (334)727-8500; Web Site: http://www.tuskegee.edu/

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1881. Setting: 4,390-acre small town campus. Research spending 2002-03: $13.7 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $8250 per student. Total enrollment: 3,176. Faculty: 250 (218 full-time, 32 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,326 applied, 81% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 82% from top half. Full-time: 2,689 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 115 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 35 other countries, 57% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 0.04% Hispanic, 76% black, 0.04% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 5% 25 or older, 63% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 71% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Alabama Center for Higher Education. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/15.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $17,250 includes full-time tuition ($11,060), mandatory fees ($250), and college room and board ($5940). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $450 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $125 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 7% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, Choir Christmas Concert, Scholarship Night. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Hollis B. Frissell Library plus 3 others with 623,824 books, 287,500 microform titles, 81,157 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.1 million. 1,000 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: Tuskegee, population 15,000, is approximately 40 miles east of Montgomery, AL, the state capital, and 120 miles south of Atlanta, GA. Travelers may fly to Montgomery's Dannelly Field and drive to Tuskegee via Interstate 85 north or fly to Atlanta and drive to Tuskegee via Interstate 85 south. Dannelly field is served by American, Delta, Northwest Airlink, and USA Express airlines. Commercial bus transportation is available to Tuskegee from Montgomery, Atlanta, and other nearby cities. Churches of all major denominations, a library and a museum contribute to the cultural atmosphere of the town. Motels and hotels are located in the area. The town also has various fraternal, civic, and veteran's organizations.