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Voorhees College: Narrative Description


1411 Voorhees Rd., PO Box 678
Denmark, SC 29042
Tel: (803)793-3351
Free: 800-446-6250
Admissions: (803)703-7124
Fax: (803)793-5773
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Independent Episcopal, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1897. Setting: 350-acre rural campus. Endowment: $5 million. Total enrollment: 847. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 2,624 applied, 41% were admitted. 1% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 807 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 40 students, 30% women, 70% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 5 other countries, 0% Native American, 0% Hispanic, 95% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 26% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $11,848 includes full-time tuition ($7106), mandatory fees ($170), and college room and board ($4572). College room only: $1904. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $242 per quarter hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 30 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 15% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: White Rose, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Culture Club. Major annual events: Founders' Day, Homecoming, Fall Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 550 college housing spaces available; 404 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Wright-Potts Library with 107,260 books, 24,266 microform titles, 408 serials, 1,172 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $213,167. 300 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:

Denmark is a rural community located in south central South Carolina. The climate is temperate. There is a public library, local hospitals and several churches representing various denominations. The Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, and Woodmen of the World are active within the community. Recreation includes golf, swimming, boating, fishing and a local theatre.

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