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University of Mary: Narrative Description


7500 University Dr.
Bismarck, ND 58504-9652
Tel: (701)255-7500
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1959. Setting: 107-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $11.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4289 per student. Total enrollment: 2,757. Faculty: 269 (95 full-time, 174 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,063 applied, 87% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 39% from top quarter, 72% from top half. 27 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,071 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 156 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 19 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 5% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 25% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 71% 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: 4-4-1. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $14,927 includes full-time tuition ($10,600), mandatory fees ($217), and college room and board ($4110). College room only: $1910. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $335 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Student Social Workers Association, Nursing Student Organization, Student Education Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Major annual event: homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. 776 college housing spaces available; 730 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. University of Mary Library with 65,842 books, 1,040 microform titles, 584 serials, 6,849 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $421,669. 233 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:

Bismarck, North Dakota's capital city, is the second largest city with a population of 48,000. Because of its central location, modern shopping centers and Civic Center, the city hosts many state and national conventions. Bismarck is considered the cultural, business and educational center of western and central North Dakota. It is also the medical center for the region with two modern medical centers and clinics. Bismarck has a large city library, a State Historical Library, and numerous libraries related to state and federal offices; a city orchestra, civic chorus, and amateur drama club; and many churches representing various denominations. The city has many parks and recreation areas, a city zoo, three golf courses, and clubs for a variety of recreational activities. The Missouri River and nearby Lake Sakakawea offer boating, fishing and other water sports. Bismarck has transportation service from several major air carriers, commuter airlines, and bus lines. Interstate 94 and U.S. Highway 83 meet in Bismarck. The city has a pleasant summer climate and moderate to severe winters.

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