Vennard College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 29
University Park, IA 52595
Tel: (515)673-8391
Free: 800-686-8391
Admissions: (641)673-8391
Fax: (515)673-8365
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Independent interdenominational, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1996. Setting: 70-acre small town campus with easy access to Des Moines. Endowment: $479,742. Educational spending 2003-04: $4377 per student. Total enrollment: 72. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 49 applied, 33% were admitted. 0% from top 10% of their high school class, 12% from top quarter, 25% from top half. Full-time: 58 students, 43% women, 57% men. Part-time: 14 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 17 states and territories, 82% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 0% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 29% 25 or older, 11% transferred in. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: interdisciplinary studies; psychology; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at William Penn University.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.2 high school GPA, 3 recommendations. Required for some: interview, SAT or ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/11.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Campus security: student patrols. 75 college housing spaces available; 30 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Jessop-Bruner Library with 19,619 books, 5,975 serials, 302 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $69,514. 17 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.