Vermilion Community College: Narrative Description

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1900 East Camp St.
Ely, MN 55731-1996
Tel: (218)365-7200
Free: 800-657-3608
Admissions: (218)365-7224
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1922. Setting: 5-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 1,191. 595 applied, 57% were admitted. Students come from 42 states and territories, 3 other countries, 10% 25 or older, 50% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at other colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4050 full-time, $135.03 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7622 full-time, $254.07 per credit part-time. College room and board: $4570. College room only: $2800.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organizations: Student Life Committee, student government, Drama Club. Major annual events: New Student Week, New Year's Dance, Karaoke Night. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 260 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Vermilion Community College Library with 19,500 books, 100 serials, and an OPAC. 60 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:

Located on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Vermilion offers its students one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in America for a college setting. The town of Ely, with a population of about 4,000, provides nearby shopping facilities, churches, a golf course, tennis courts, restaurants and an excellent hospital. Limited part-time work is available in the community. The area provides exceptional opportunities for camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and even dog sledding.

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