University of the Ozarks: Narrative Description

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415 North College Ave.
Clarksville, AR 72830-2880
Tel: (479)979-1000
Free: 800-264-8636
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Independent Presbyterian, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1834. Setting: 56-acre small town campus with easy access to Little Rock. Endowment: $56.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5099 per student. Total enrollment: 628. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 646 applied, 84% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 73% from top half. 15 valedictorians. Full-time: 596 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 32 students, 81% women, 19% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 22 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 18% international, 6% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, high school transcript, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $10. Comprehensive fee: $18,192 includes full-time tuition ($12,902), mandatory fees ($410), and college room and board ($4880). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $540 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 27 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Beta Lambda, Planet Club, SGA, Student Foundation Board, Baptist Campus Ministries. Major annual events: Study Night Breakfast, Christmas Formal, Back to School Dance. Student services: health clinic. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. 475 college housing spaces available; 393 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Robson Library with 105,000 books, 9,900 microform titles, 16,000 serials, 4,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $419,216. 145 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:

Clarksville is the county seat of Johnson County. The town lies 105 miles northwest of Little Rock on Interstate 40, & is 65 miles east of Fort Smith. The Continental bus line serves this area. Primarily an agricultural community, it also has some manufacturing. There are motel accommodations, and a hospital. A swimming pool, athletic fields, baseball park, football field, tennis courts, and all the outdoor sports are available. Annual events include the Peach Festival.