The University of West Alabama: Narrative Description

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Livingston, AL 35470
Tel: (205)652-3400
Free: 800-621-8044
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1835. Setting: 595-acre small town campus. Endowment: $858,698. Research spending 2003-04: $189,079. Total enrollment: 2,667. Faculty: 92 (88 full-time, 4 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 691 applied, 74% were admitted. Full-time: 1,450 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 187 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 7 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 42% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; biological/life sciences; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Wallace State Community College. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $3726 full-time, $157 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7452 full-time, $314 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $470 full-time, $235 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level. College room and board: $3119. College room only: $1578. 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. Social organizations: 30 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organization: Campus Outreach. Major annual events: Spring Fest, Homecoming, Parents' Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 833 college housing spaces available; 569 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Julia Tutwiler Library with 151,991 books, 473,473 microform titles, 5,257 serials, 3,072 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $535,334. 400 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:

Livingston (population 3,500) is the Sumter County Seat, and is located on Interstate 59/20 and Alabama Highway 28. It is 116 miles southwest of Birmingham, 130 miles west of Montgomery, and 37 miles east of Meridian, Mississippi. The climate is mild. Fishing and hunting are excellent.

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