University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Narrative Description

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2100 Main St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897
Tel: (715)346-0123
Admissions: (715)346-2441
Fax: (715)346-2561
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Wisconsin System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1894. Setting: 335-acre small town campus. Endowment: $11 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5338 per student. Total enrollment: 9,023. Faculty: 422 (362 full-time, 60 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 4,771 applied, 75% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 28 valedictorians. Full-time: 7,849 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 711 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 28 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 11% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: natural resources/environmental science; social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Wisconsin campuses at Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Marinette, Marshfield, and Marathon. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: campus visit. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $4000 full-time, $166 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,046 full-time, $585 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $704 full-time, $63 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4094. College room only: $2406. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 151 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,316 college housing spaces available; 3,118 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Learning Resources Center with an OPAC and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.4 million. 880 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:

Stevens Point is located in the very center of the state on the Wisconsin River. It lies midway between Milwaukee and Minneapolis and is approximately 250 miles from Chicago. Air service is available through the Central Wisconsin Airport. Stevens Point is a city of about 25,000 and is the "Gateway to Wisconsin's Vacationland." A wide range of cultural and year-around recreational opportunities are available. The area is known for insurance, agribusiness, paper production, finance, and light industry.