University of Mary Hardin-Baylor: Narrative Description

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900 College St.
Belton, TX 76513
Tel: (254)295-8642
Free: 800-727-8642
Admissions: (254)295-4520
Fax: (254)295-4535
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Southern Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1845. Setting: 100-acre small town campus with easy access to Austin. Endowment: $45.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3884 per student. Total enrollment: 2,713. Faculty: 221 (114 full-time, 107 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,070 applied, 76% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 71% from top half. Full-time: 2,234 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 348 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 9 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 10% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 21% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 63% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. 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, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $16,380 includes full-time tuition ($11,400), mandatory fees ($980), and college room and board ($4000). Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $380 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $31 per semester hour, $25 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Ministry, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, Campus Activities Board, Crusaders for Christ. Major annual events: homecoming, Easter Pageant, Play Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, campus police force, lighted pathways and sidewalks. 1,075 college housing spaces available; all 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. Townsend Memorial Library with 153,120 books, 47,044 microform titles, 1,541 serials, 6,782 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 262 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Belton, population 13,000, located in central Texas, has a mild climate. The community is served by railroad lines, bus lines, U.S. Highway I-35 and Texas State 317. There is an airport 15 miles away. Local community services include a library, museum, several churches, a hospital, and various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. The city is a one-hour drive from Waco and Austin for out-of-town entertainment. Belton has nearby Lake Belton for fishing, water skiing, swimming, and speed boat races. Part-time employment is available.

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