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  • 1. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    at Washington’s Independent Colleges
    Gonzaga University  Heritage University  Pacific Lutheran University  Saint Martin’s University Seattle Pacific University  Seattle University  University of Puget Sound Walla Walla University  Whitman College  Whitworth University
  • 2. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    Diversity in student body, mission, and location
    High quality, with personalized programs and small classes
    Graduating successful students, on time and prepared for the future
    Affordable with strong financial aid
  • 3. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    Nearly 40,000 students enrolled each year
    About 2/3rds are from Washington state
    Representing 50 states and 90 countries
    From all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • 4. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    Liberal arts prepare students for a rapidly changing world
    Well rounded programs that emphasize
    Critical thinking
  • 5. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    Personalized to the strengths of each student
    13:1 Student/Faculty ratio with instruction by professors in small classes
  • 6. Over 90% of students receive financial aid at Independent Colleges
    Nearly 80% is need-based
    25%: Federal Pell Grant
    20%: State Need Grant (of resident undergrads)
    Opportunity, Choice, Success
  • 7. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    Institutional Aid: $12,900
    State Grant Aid: $7,700
    Federal Grant Aid: $6,750
    Work Study: $2,700
    Federal Loans: $7,500
    Total Aid: $ 37,550
    Tuition: $27,100
    Room and Board: $8,000
    Books, Tech, Misc: $4,200
    Cost of Attendance: $ 39,300
    Sources: ICW FA Survey, WFAA, IPEDS
  • 8. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    Independent Colleges award nearly a quarter of baccalaureate and higher degrees in the state
    Nearly 80% of students who graduate do so in 4 years or less
  • 9. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    Nearly 80% of students who graduate do so in 4 years or less
    30% of teaching certificates, with
    40% of math and science
    35% of BS and MS Nurses
    50% of K-12 administrator & counselors
    50% business degrees
  • 10. Opportunity, Choice, Success
    • Planning Calendars
    • 11. Financial Aid
    • 12. Essays
    • 13. Standardized Tests
    • 14. Spanish Translation
    • 15. Community College Transfers
  • Facebook.com/IndependentCollegesWA
    Scholarships for students attending ICW colleges
    Public Policy Information on www.ICWashington.org
    Opportunity, Choice, Success
  • 16. Opportunity, Choice, Success
  • 17. Whitman CollegeWalla Walla, WA
    • Founded 1882. Enrollment: 1,450 from 45 states and 30 nations; Student-faculty ratio: 10:1; Average class size:16. About 75 percent of Whitman students live on campus.
    • 18. Overall graduation rate of 89 percent and first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94 percent – both among the highest in the nation.
    • 19. Facilities reflect Whitman’s excellence and devotion to students: the library, health center and computer labs are open 24/7, a $15.5 million renovation to the athletic center was completed in 2009, and renovation to the Harper Joy Theatre is under way.
    • 20. Award-winning students include 47 Fulbright Scholars, 10 Watson Fellows, seven Udall Scholars, four Truman Scholars, four National Science Foundation Fellows and one Rhodes Scholar since 1999.
  • Gonzaga University
    • Gonzaga University has named its first non-Jesuit president, Dr. Thayne McCulloh. Dr. McCulloh is a graduate of Gonzaga University and of Oxford University. He has worked at GU for the past 20 years.
    • 21. Gonzaga University enrolled 1120 first-year students; the strongest academic class in its history
    • 22. Gonzaga’s School of Engineering and Applied Science ranks 17th in the country for undergraduate programs and its PACCAR building received “Gold” LEED certification for energy efficiency.
    • 23. 40% of GU students study abroad!
    • 90–100% acceptance rate to professional health graduate schools over 10+ years
    • 24. Began accepting the Common Application exclusively in 2009
    • 25. New Programs: Global Development Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Appropriate & Sustainable Engineering, Music Therapy
    • 26. 29% of new students came from ethnically diverse backgrounds, 11% more than in 2008
    • 27. 3 athletes received coveted and competitive NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships
    • 28. Athletics program among the top 25 programs in all of NCAA Division II, Director’s Cup
  • Seattle University
    New at Seattle U for 2010/11:
    • Increased numbers of freshman merit scholarships are available. Visit seattleu.edu/admissions/undergraduate to see how you qualify.
    • 29. An expanded Lemieux Library & Learning Commons opens fall 2010.
    • 30. A new fitness center and residence hall are currently under construction.
    • 31. SU ranks 6th “Best Regional University” in the West by US News. The Albers School of Business ranks in the top 50 of private schools in the country, and Engineering finishes in the top 50 of programs without a doctorate.
    SU By the Numbers :
    • 3 out of 4 students engage in community service.
    • 32. 90% of freshman return for their sophomore year.
    • 33. More than 500 students study abroad in 45 countries each year.
    • 34. 8 SU students in the last 8 years have received the Truman Scholarship.
    Freshman class middle 50%
    • GPA average 3.4.-3.9
    • 35. SAT composite 1570- 1900
    • 36. ACT composite 23-29
  • …a residential liberal arts college, with students from 48 states and 16 countries, devoted to:
    Academic Excellence68 Puget Sound students spent the last summer conducting original research, while 11 recent graduates traveled overseas on teaching and research fellowships. Puget Sound will host the National Race & Pedagogy Conference for the second time this October, gathering experts, academics, and community leaders from around the country.Environmental ResponsibilityConstruction on the Center for Health Sciences, designed to LEED silver standards is underway. This adds to the LEED silver certified Thompson-Harned Science Building, and our Live Green House, a student residence designed to meet LEED gold certification standards, already on campusCivic EngagementThis fall, Puget Sound was awarded the 2010 Community Partnership Award by the Cross District Association of Tacoma. In recent years, Tacoma has honored the college and our faculty with awards for Poet Laureate, Tacoma Green Partnership, and Community Partner of the Year, recognizing our commitment to outreach, research, and service within the community.