University of Charleston: Narrative Description

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2300 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304-1099
Tel: (304)357-4800
Free: 800-995-GOUC
Admissions: (304)357-4750
Fax: (304)357-4781
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1888. Setting: 40-acre urban campus. Endowment: $24.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5793 per student. Total enrollment: 941. Faculty: 90 (59 full-time, 31 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,099 applied, 60% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 49% from top quarter, 75% from top half. Full-time: 771 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 130 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 24 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 25% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.25 high school GPA, minimum scores ACT 19; SAT 900, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, Rolling for nonresidents. Notification: continuous, continuous for nonresidents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,600 includes full-time tuition ($20,200) and college room and board ($7400). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $380 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 46 open to all; national fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Board, American Society of Interior Designers, Student Government Association, Capitol Association of Nursing Students, International Student Organization. Major annual events: Governor's Cup Regatta, Homecoming, Family Weekend. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, radio connection to city police and ambulance. 515 college housing spaces available; 422 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Schoenbaum Library with 111,264 books, 144,984 microform titles, 2,011 serials, 2,505 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $351,066. 200 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:

Charleston, with a metropolitan population of 280,000, is the state capital, as well as the cultural, social, political, and economic center of West Virginia. Located in the Kanawha Valley, near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it offers scenic tranquility as well as the convenience and excitement of a modern city. Downtown Charleston, just a 5-minute drive from campus, offers social and cultural opportunities that can be found only in a large city.