York College of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description

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York, PA 17405-7199
Tel: (717)846-7788
Free: 800-455-8018
Admissions: (717)849-1600
Web Site: http://www.ycp.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1787. Setting: 118-acre suburban campus with easy access to Baltimore. Endowment: $53.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4659 per student. Total enrollment: 5,687. Faculty: 404 (130 full-time, 274 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 4,346 applied, 73% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 65% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,344 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,035 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 45% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.02% international, 6% 25 or older, 45% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 1 recommendation. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $15,434 includes full-time tuition ($8600), mandatory fees ($584), and college room and board ($6250). College room only: $3475. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $260 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Theater Company, Ski and Outdoor Club, Marketing Club, Student Education Association. Major annual events: Spring Weekend Campus Festival, Fall Fest, Family Weekend and Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,870 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Schmidt Library plus 1 other with 300,000 books, 500,000 microform titles, 1,400 serials, 11,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 400 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:

York College is located in the heart of one of the most naturally beautiful and historically rich sections of Pennsylvania. Traveling by car, York is just four hours from New York and Pittsburgh, less than two hours from Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and an hour from Baltimore. The area has much to offer, including great local food, interesting places to visit and shop, and parks, lakes, and miles of trails that afford opportunities for picnicking, hiking, and skiing. On the practical side, there is a shopping center, a bank, and York Hospital within walking distance of the campus. Culture is an important part of York's heritage as well. The York Symphony Orchestra, the York Little Theater, and the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center bring well-known performing artists to the area. Throughout the year, numerous galleries exhibit a wide variety of artwork.

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