University of South Alabama: Narrative Description

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307 University Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Tel: (251)460-6101
Free: 800-872-5247
Admissions: (251)460-6141
Fax: (251)460-7025
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1963. Setting: 1,225-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $270.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $16.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7704 per student. Total enrollment: 13,340. Faculty: 978 (712 full-time, 266 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,883 applied, 93% were admitted. 50% from top quarter of their high school class, 86% from top half. Full-time: 7,590 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 2,760 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 102 other countries, 17% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 18% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 33% 25 or older, 19% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/15. Notification: continuous until 8/10. Preference given to state residents in certain allied health programs.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3810 full-time, $127 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7620 full-time, $254 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $480 full-time, $179 per term part-time. College room and board: $4222. College room only: $2352. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 130 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Black Student Union, Non-Traditional Student Committee. Major annual events: homecoming, Mayfest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 2,000 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. University Library plus 1 other with 1 million books, 581,629 microform titles, 5,296 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.9 million. 500 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:

Mobile, with a population 526,000 in the greater metropolitan area, has a temperate climate. In July and August the average high temperature is 91 degrees, and the average low temperature is 73. Airlines, buses and railroads serve the area. The city has libraries, churches of all major denominations, theaters, and museums. Excellent facilities for boating, fishing, and swimming are available. Mobile hosts the annual Senior Bowl, Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, Azalea Trail Run, and the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the country. Part-time work is available.

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