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University of the Cumberlands: Narrative Description


6178 College Station Dr.
Williamsburg, KY 40769-1372
Tel: (606)549-2200
Free: 800-343-1609
Admissions: (606)539-4201
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Independent Kentucky Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 50-acre rural campus with easy access to Knoxville. Endowment: $56.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5209 per student. Total enrollment: 1,744. Faculty: 102 (89 full-time, 13 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,117 applied, 74% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 21 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,376 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 227 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 23 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 9% 25 or older, 53% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering 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. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $18,184 includes full-time tuition ($12,298), mandatory fees ($360), and college room and board ($5526). Part-time tuition: $410 per hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $48.75 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 45 open to all. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Student Government Association, Campus Activity Board, Mountain Outreach, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Major annual events: homecoming, Hanging of the Green, Spring Fever. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, patrols by trained security personnel 11pm-7am. 1,100 college housing spaces available; 929 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. 300 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 the southeastern part of Kentucky, Williamsburg is accessible via bus service and interstate highway. The city offers facilities that include 14 churches of various denominations, 4 medical clinics, civic organizations and city parks. Recreation is found at Cumberland Falls State Park, Cumberland Lake, Laurel Lake, cinemas and theaters. There is adequate modern housing available and motels nearby. Part-time employment opportunities are available for students.

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