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University of Bridgeport: Narrative Description


126 Park Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: (203)576-4000
Free: 800-243-9496
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1927. Setting: 86-acre urban campus with easy access to New York City. Educational spending 2003-04: $6155 per student. Total enrollment: 3,274. Faculty: 347 (88 full-time, 259 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,891 applied, 76% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 22% from top quarter, 52% from top half. Full-time: 1,088 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 286 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 39 states and territories, 54 other countries, 40% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 33% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 16% international, 29% 25 or older, 45% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; protective services/public administration. 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, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 1 recommendation, interview. Required for some: interview, portfolio, audition, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 1/1 for early action. Notification: continuous until 8/1, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $29,595 includes full-time tuition ($19,200), mandatory fees ($1395), and college room and board ($9000). College room only: $4600. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and student level. Part-time tuition: $640 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $60 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 35 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Congress, International Relations Club, Black Students Alliance, Scuba Club, Japanese Student Association. Major annual events: International Festival, spring week events, Halloween Bash. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 976 college housing spaces available; 622 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Wahlstrom Library with 272,430 books, 1.1 million microform titles, 2,117 serials, 5,485 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $940,128. 500 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:

Bridgeport is named for the first drawbridge erected over the Pequonock River and is easily accessible by auto, bus and train, automobiles using the Merrit Parkway and the Connecticut Thruway. Bridgeport is the home of P.T. Barnum. Barnum Institute of Science and History and the Museum of Art, Science and Industry is located in Bridgeport. Seaside Park, a 225-acre park stretching two and one half miles along Long Island Sound, offers opportunities for swimming and field sports. Beardsley Park has woodland walks and drives, a large lake and a zoo. Sixty-five percent of Connecticut's largest corporations are located in Fairfield County. These companies provide students with excellent opportunities for employment, before and after graduation.

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