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University of Wisconsin-Marathon County: Narrative Description


518 South Seventh Ave.
Wausau, WI 54401-5396
Tel: (715)261-6100; 888-367-8962
Admissions: (715)261-6238
Fax: (715)261-6333
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of University of Wisconsin System. Awards transfer associate degrees. Founded 1933. Setting: 7-acre small town campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $2600 per student. Total enrollment: 1,303. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 52% from top half. Full-time: 883 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 420 students, 60% women, 40% men. 0.5% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 21% 25 or older, 16% live on campus. Retention: 100% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs. Off campus study at other units of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, four-year campuses of the University of Wisconsin. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3914 full-time, $165.07 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,614 full-time, $527.57 per credit part-time. College room and board: $3728. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: Fiercely Independent Theatre, Ski Club, Ten Percent Society, Unity, Tempo. Major annual events: chorale/swing choir concerts, Educational Assistance Through Scholarships (EATS), Student-Faculty Basketball Game. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access. 160 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. University of Wisconsin-Marathon Library with 37,000 books, 150 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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