Wabash College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933-0352
Tel: (765)361-6100; 800-345-5385; Admissions: (765)361-6225; Fax: (765)361-6437; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site: http://www.wabash.edu/

Description: Independent, 4-year, men only. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1832. Setting: 50-acre small town campus with easy access to Indianapolis. Endowment: $266.6 million. Research spending 2002-03: $2.4 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $9470 per student. Total enrollment: 863. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 1,299 applied, 50% were admitted. 38% from top 10% of their high school class, 66% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 7 National Merit Scholars, 12 class presidents, 6 valedictorians, 110 student government officers. Full-time: 859 students. Part-time: 4 students. Students come from 34 states and territories, 14 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 8% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 0% 25 or older, 99% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 87% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, double major, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/15, 11/15 for early decision, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous until 4/1, 12/15 for early decision, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $29,328 includes full-time tuition ($21,870), mandatory fees ($405), and college room and board ($7053). College room only: $2609. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $3472 per course. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 45 open to all; national fraternities, language houses; 62% of eligible undergrads are members. Most popular organizations: Sphinx Club, Alpha Phi Omega, The Bachelor, Malcolm X Institute, Christian Fellowship. Major annual events: homecoming, Monon Bell football game. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 860 college housing spaces available; 850 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: men-only housing available. Lilly Library with 420,906 books, 10,359 microform titles, 1,634 serials, 10,557 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $3.4 million. 160 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Crawfordsville (population 13,500), is located 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis. It is an historic small town community, and has many churches, a hospital, and motels. Recreational facilities include golf courses and swimming pools. Shades State Park is 14 miles away, and Turkey Run State Park is approximately 25 miles distant. Points of interest are the Lane Place Museum and Lew Wallace"Ben Hur" Museum.