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Union University: Narrative Description


1050 Union University Dr.
Jackson, TN 38305-3697
Tel: (731)668-1818
Free: 800-33-UNION
Admissions: (731)661-5100
Fax: (731)661-5187
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Southern Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1823. Setting: 290-acre small town campus with easy access to Memphis. Endowment: $24.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $150,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $6094 per student. Total enrollment: 2,843. Faculty: 229 (147 full-time, 82 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,107 applied, 84% were admitted. 33% from top 10% of their high school class, 63% from top quarter, 84% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars, 44 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,627 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 447 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 36 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 20% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. 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, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Lambuth University, Freed-Hardeman University, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview, SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous until 8/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $20,340 includes full-time tuition ($14,850), mandatory fees ($520), and college room and board ($4970). College room only: $2990. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, location, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and location. Part-time tuition: $495 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 52 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 7% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: campus ministries, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, SIFE. Major annual events: Campus Day, All-Sing Contest, homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,180 college housing spaces available; 1,100 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Emma Waters Summar Library plus 1 other with 135,877 books, 466,987 microform titles, 4,655 serials, 11,526 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $857,628. 236 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:

Jackson is a city of 55,000 that is 75 miles from Memphis and 125 miles from Nashville. There are 3 other colleges located in the same town.

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