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Urbana University: Narrative Description


579 College Way
Urbana, OH 43078-2091
Tel: (937)484-1400; 800-7-URBANA; Admissions: (937)484-1356; Fax: (937)484-1389; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Church of the New Jerusalem. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1850. Setting: 128-acre small town campus with easy access to Columbus and Dayton. Total enrollment: 1,527. Faculty: 115 (50 full-time, 65 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 538 applied, 58% were admitted. Full-time: 883 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 558 students, 67% women, 33% men. 1% Native American, 0.5% Hispanic, 14% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 8% transferred in. Retention: 76% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at members of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: 8/15.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,900 includes full-time tuition ($14,220) and college room and board ($5680). College room only: $1920. Full-time tuition varies according to location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, location, and student level. Part-time tuition: $295 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $90 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to location.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Business Club, Education Club, Drama Club, Student Activities Planning Committee. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Fling Week, Founders' Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 370 college housing spaces available. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Swedenborg Memorial Library with 61,600 books, 10,000 microform titles, 800 serials, 22,036 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 75 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Urbana is the county seat of Champaign county and has a population in excess of 12,000 residents. The community has become well known regionally for the restoration of the historic downtown business district. The community provides a modern small-town environment with easy access to major metropolitan areas, being located just 15 minutes from downtown Springfield and 45 minutes from Dayton and Columbus.

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