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University of Missouri-Rolla: Narrative Description


1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, MO 65409-0910
Tel: (573)341-4111
Free: 800-522-0938
Admissions: (573)341-4164
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Missouri System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1870. Setting: 284-acre small town campus. Endowment: $63.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $28.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,061 per student. Total enrollment: 5,407. Faculty: 392 (304 full-time, 88 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,942 applied, 90% were admitted. 40% from top 10% of their high school class, 71% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 44 National Merit Scholars, 37 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,747 students, 22% women, 78% men. Part-time: 374 students, 31% women, 69% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 33 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 8% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; computer/information sciences; physical sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, 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. Off campus study at University of Missouri-Columbia. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $6276 full-time, $209.20 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,723 full-time, $524.10 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1023 full-time, $112.86 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program. College room and board: $3436. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 197 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 27% of eligible men and 24% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, service organizations, academic organizations. Major annual events: homecoming, St. Patrick's celebration, Parents' Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs. 1,400 college housing spaces available. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Curtis Laws Wilson Library with 255,768 books, 45,827 microform titles, 1,495 serials, 6,353 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.6 million. 800 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:

Rolla, population 15,000, is one of the most scenic sections of the Ozarks, where excellent fishing and hunting are available. Situated in the center of Missouri, on Interstate 44. A number of churches of most denominations, a hospital, clinics, a library and civic organizations are all a part of the community services. Lake and river recreation available, caves to explore, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, golf courses, and bowling alleys provide recreation. Part time employment for students is available. Rolla originally was an Ozarks farm trade center. After the establishment of the university campus, several large and important federal and state government agencies located here. Today the community is unusual in its concentration of about 1,000 professional engineers, geologists, cartographers, mathematicians, and technicians who are employed by these offices.

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