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University of Minnesota, Morris: Narrative Description


600 East 4th St.
Morris, MN 56267-2134
Tel: (320)589-2211
Free: 800-992-8863
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State-supported, 4-year, coed. Part of University of Minnesota System. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1959. Setting: 130-acre small town campus. Endowment: $6.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $64,915. Educational spending 2003-04: $5525 per student. Total enrollment: 1,836. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,103 applied, 78% were admitted. 35% from top 10% of their high school class, 67% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 27 class presidents, 36 valedictorians, 99 student government officers. Full-time: 1,666 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 170 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 18 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 8% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 4% 25 or older, 51% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: psychology; education; biological/life sciences; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at other units of the University of Minnesota System, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/15, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $7668 full-time, $255.60 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7668 full-time, $255.60 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1388 full-time, $10 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $5250. College room only: $2510. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 91 open to all. Most popular organizations: student radio station, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, jazz ensemble/concert choir, Big Friend, Little Friend, student newspaper. Major annual events: homecoming, Jazz Fest, The Great Finals Pancake Break. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,022 college housing spaces available; 850 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Rodney A. Briggs Library plus 1 other with 191,469 books, 221,216 microform titles, 9,042 serials, 2,140 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 124 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:

The rural setting of Morris (population 5,600) is ideal for outdoor activities year round. Students participate in the community through the many churches, the library, hospital and ambulance service, nursing home, community education, and parks. Employment is available for students that seek work.

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