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Valley Forge Christian College: Narrative Description


1401 Charlestown Rd.
Phoenixville, PA 19460-2399
Tel: (610)935-0450
Free: 800-432-8322
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Assemblies of God, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1938. Setting: 77-acre small town campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $636,387. Educational spending 2003-04: $2895 per student. Total enrollment: 856. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 346 applied, 72% were admitted. Full-time: 809 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 47 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 3 other countries, 40% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 12% 25 or older, 91% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $16,442 includes full-time tuition ($10,050), mandatory fees ($932), and college room and board ($5460). College room only: $2460. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $385 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Prison Ministries Organization, Homeless Outreach Ministry, J.C. Powerhouse. Major annual events: homecoming, Missions Convention, Spiritual Emphasis Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, 16-hour patrols by trained security personnel. 857 college housing spaces available; 774 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Valley Forge Christian College Library with 61,887 books, 230 serials, 500 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $269,597. 30 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:

Phoenixville is a quiet residential town on the boundary of Valley Forge State Park and is approximately 40 miles from Philadelphia. The climate is temperate. The immediate area provides an abundance of shopping areas and malls, as well as religious, medical and professional services. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, camping, and tennis. There are considerable job opportunities available.

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