University of New Haven: Narrative Description

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300 Orange Ave.
West Haven, CT 06516-1916
Tel: (203)932-7000; 800-DIAL-UNH; Admissions: (203)932-7319; Fax: (203)937-0756; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1920. Setting: 78-acre suburban campus with easy access to Hartford, New Haven. Endowment: $6 million. Research spending 2002-03: $466,417. Educational spending 2002-03: $5855 per student. Total enrollment: 4,386. Faculty: 413 (178 full-time, 235 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 3,025 applied, 67% were admitted. 14% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 67% from top half. 10 class presidents, 5 valedictorians, 57 student government officers. Full-time: 2,000 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 621 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 58 other countries, 34% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 11% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 5% 25 or older, 62% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 78% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: protective services/public administration; business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.75 high school GPA, interview, SAT I. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $29,235 includes full-time tuition ($20,130), mandatory fees ($605), and college room and board ($8500). College room only: $5160. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $671 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time, course load, location, and program.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities; 25% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: intramural athletics, WNHU (radio station), USGA (Undergraduate Student Government Association), American Criminal Justice Association, Black Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Weekend, Snowball Formal Dance. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, escort service, vehicle, bicycle and foot patrols, crime prevention programs. 1,176 college housing spaces available; 1,170 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Marvin K. Peterson Library with 165,044 books, 516,054 microform titles, 1,294 serials, 605 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1 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: Located in West Haven, a town with a population of 54,000; ten minutes from downtown New Haven. Cultural attractions include the Shubert Theater, The Palace, Long Wharf Theater, Yale Repertory Theater. The university is accessible to many shopping malls and the beaches of Long Island Sound.