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University of Minnesota, Crookston: Narrative Description


2900 University Ave.
Crookston, MN 56716-5001
Tel: (218)281-6510
Free: 800-862-6466
Admissions: (218)281-8569
Fax: (218)281-8050
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, 4-year, coed. Part of University of Minnesota System. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 95-acre rural campus. Endowment: $8.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $578,406. Educational spending 2003-04: $9072 per student. Total enrollment: 2,088. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 425 applied, 92% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 59% from top half. Full-time: 1,031 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 1,057 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 6 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 23% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: agriculture; business/marketing; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/15. Notification: 9/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $5490 full-time, $183 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5490 full-time, $183 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2118 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4800. College room only: $2280. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 33 open to all. Most popular organizations: Students in Free Enterprise, Natural Resources Club, Horseman's Association, Multicultural and International Club, Ag-Arama Planning Club. Major annual events: homecoming, Sno-Daze, Ag Arama. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, controlled dormitory access. 480 college housing spaces available; 350 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. UMC Library with 30,000 books, 1,200 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $645,357. 900 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Crookston (population 8,300) is the county seat of Polk County, one of the largest rural counties in the state. It is an agricultural processing center for the Red River Valley that produces wheat, barley, and sugar beets. Trains and buses are convenient for transportation. Recreational activities include swimming, camping, roller skating, ice skating, golf and bowling. The Old Crossing Treaty State Historic Park and the Polk County Pioneer Museum are some of the points of interest.

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