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University of Nebraska at Kearney: Narrative Description


905 West 25th St.
Kearney, NE 68849-0001
Tel: (308)865-8441
Free: 800-532-7639
Admissions: (308)865-8702
Fax: (308)865-8987
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Nebraska System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1903. Setting: 235-acre small town campus. Research spending 2003-04: $494,232. Educational spending 2003-04: $4179 per student. Total enrollment: 6,382. Faculty: 392 (299 full-time, 93 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 2,710 applied, 85% were admitted. 53% from top quarter of their high school class, 89% from top half. Full-time: 4,881 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 499 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 46 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 11% 25 or older, 33% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Required for some: 3 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. State resident tuition: $3495 full-time, $117 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7148 full-time, $238 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $765 full-time, $14 per hour part-time. College room and board: $4990. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 153 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 9% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Council, Intramurals Council, Residence Hall Association, International Student Association. Major annual events: Midwest Conference on World Affairs, Homecoming, Blue and Gold Welcome Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 2,313 college housing spaces available; 1,965 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Calvin T. Ryan Library with 320,915 books, 1 million microform titles, 1,657 serials, 75,881 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 277 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.

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