Student Body What will your classmates be like? This section supplies the breakdown of full-time and part-time students, the male and female enrollments, the ethnic makeup of the student body, the in-state and out-of-state populations, the percentage of students living on campus, and the percentage who participate in fraternities and sororities. All figures are for the 2008-2009 academic year. Note that students who did not identify themselves as members of any demographic group are classified by schools as "white" and that numbers may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.
International Students We note how many undergraduates come from other countries, how many are freshmen, and how many countries are represented. Special services for international students are listed. What are the application deadlines for international students? Is a preapplication form required? International students may have to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); if so, what is the minimum TOEFL paper and/or TOEFL computer score required? What was the most recent average TOEFL score? Can the TOEFL be submitted in place of the SAT or ACT?
We also provide financial information specific to foreign students. Are advance deposits required of international applicants (in addition to the tuition deposits required of all students)? Which types of aid are offered to international students? How many international undergraduates received such aid during the 2008-2009 academic year? You'll find everything you need to know about which forms to file and when to file them.
Transfer Students Students thinking of transferring can quickly find out when to apply and what the admissions requirements will be—whether a high school transcript will be necessary as well as a college transcript, for example, and whether an essay or admissions interview is required or recommended. What is the required minimum high school GPA? The minimum college GPA? What is the lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit? What is the maximum number of credits/courses that may be transferred? We provide the number of transfer applications received for fall 2008, the number of transfer applicants offered admission, and the number who enrolled.
Disabled Students Students with learning disabilities can find out here whether the school offers a specific program for them and how many undergraduates are either enrolled in the program or receiving services. Are admissions requirements for learning-disabled students the same as those for other students? Are untimed standardized tests accepted? Is a GED certification accepted? Is a lighter-than-usual college course load an option for learning-disabled students? Is additional time allowed to complete an undergraduate degree? Is credit toward a degree given for remedial courses? Services offered to learning-disabled students also are listed.
Likewise, physically disabled students can find out about services provided, the accessibility of the campus, and whether campus housing specifically for disabled students is available.
Services and Facilities In this section, you'll find out which student services are offered (counseling services, remediation, and career-placement services, for example), an idea of the size of the library's collection, and information on computer resources. Are students required to take a computer course? Are they required to lease or own a computer? How many computers does the school have for students to use? Is Internet access available to all students? E-mail accounts? Where on campus are computers available for student use? Campus security services are enumerated, too.
Campus Life What types of college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing are available for undergraduates on campus? Are students required to live in campus housing? Where are the nearest airports and train and bus stations? Does public transportation serve campus? Are students permitted to have cars on campus? During the 2008-2009 academic year, what proportion of undergraduates worked on campus? How much can undergraduates expect to earn per year from part-time, on-campus work?