Washington & Jefferson College: Narrative Description

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60 South Lincoln St.
Washington, PA 15301-4801
Tel: (724)222-4400; 888-WANDJAY
Admissions: (724)223-6025
Fax: (724)223-5271
Web Site: http://www.washjeff.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1781. Setting: 51-acre small town campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $78.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $249,114. Educational spending 2003-04: $9935 per student. Total enrollment: 1,355. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 4,412 applied, 39% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 65% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 17 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,342 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 13 students, 38% women, 62% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 20% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 0.5% 25 or older, 81% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (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, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 12/1 for early decision, 1/15 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision, 2/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $31,330 includes full-time tuition ($24,220), mandatory fees ($400), and college room and board ($6710). College room only: $3700. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $757 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 88 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 47% of eligible men and 44% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Saturday Nite Life, George and Tom's, Pre-Health Society, Pre-Legal Society. Major annual events: Homecoming, student concert, Greek Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,142 college housing spaces available; 1,092 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. U. Grant Miller Library with 157,665 books, 14,807 microform titles, 8,124 serials, 8,925 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $909,686. 450 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.

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