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Faculty and Class Size

% of Classes by Size
2-9 Students: 27%
10-19 Students: 40%
20-29 Students: 16%
30-39 Students: 8%
40-49 Students: 3%
50-99 Students: 5%
100 or More Students: 2%

Freshman Retention / Graduation Rates

% of Students that Returned
after Freshman Year:
% of Students who Graduated in:
4 Years: 84%
5 Years: 89%
6 Years: 89%

Special Study Options

Accelerated program
Distance Learning
Double major
Dual enrollment
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Honors Program
Independent study
  Air Force
Student-designed major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Weekend College

Most Popular Degrees

Major Category

% of Bachelor's Degrees

1.  Social sciences32%
2.  Engineering15%
3.  Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics7%
4.  Multi/interdisciplinary studies6%
5.  Psychology6%
6.  English language and literature/letters5%
7.  Visual and performing arts4%
8.  History4%
9.  Education3%
10.  Mathematics and statistics3%

Required Courses

Arts/Fine Arts
Computer Literacy
English (Including Composition)
Foreign Languages
Sciences (Biological or Physical)
Social Science

Student Services

Remedial Services
Counseling Services
Employment Services
for Current Students

College Credit

Dual Credit
Credit for Life Experiences
Advanced Placement


Major Category/Major

Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies
African-American/Black Studies Yes   
East Asian Studies Yes   
European Studies/Civilization Yes   
Latin American Studies YesYes  
Western European Studies Yes   
Women's Studies Yes   

Biological and biomedical sciences
Biochemistry    Yes
Bioinformatics  Yes Yes
Biology/Biological Sciences, General YesYes Yes
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology  Yes Yes
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other Yes   
Human/Medical Genetics  Yes Yes
Microbiology, General    Yes
Molecular Biology Yes   
Molecular Physiology  Yes Yes
Oncology and Cancer Biology  Yes Yes
Pathology/Experimental Pathology    Yes
Pharmacology    Yes

Business, management, marketing, and related support services
Business Administration and Management, General  Yes Yes
Human Resources Development  Yes Yes
Organizational Behavior Studies  Yes  

Communication, journalism, and related programs
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric Yes   

Computer and information sciences and support services
Computer Science YesYes Yes

Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services  Yes  
Early Childhood Education and Teaching YesYes Yes
Education, General Yes   
Education, Other    Yes
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments  Yes  
Educational Leadership and Administration, General  Yes Yes
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision  Yes  
Elementary Education and Teaching YesYes  
English/Language Arts Teacher Education  Yes  
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration  Yes Yes
International and Comparative Education  Yes  
Music Teacher Education YesYes  
Reading Teacher Education  Yes  
Secondary Education and Teaching YesYes  
Special Education and Teaching, General YesYes Yes
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other  Yes Yes
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education  Yes  

Biomedical/Medical Engineering YesYes Yes
Chemical Engineering YesYes Yes
Civil Engineering, General YesYes Yes
Computer Engineering, General Yes   
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering YesYes Yes
Engineering Science Yes   
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering  Yes Yes
Materials Science    Yes
Mechanical Engineering YesYes Yes

English language and literature/letters
Creative Writing  Yes  
English Language and Literature, General YesYes Yes

Family and consumer sciences/human sciences
Child Development YesYes  

Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General YesYes  
Comparative Literature  Yes  
French Language and Literature YesYes  
German Language and Literature YesYes Yes
Portuguese Language and Literature  Yes  
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General    Yes
Russian Language and Literature Yes   
Spanish Language and Literature YesYes Yes

Major Category/Major

Health professions and related clinical sciences
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing  Yes  
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences    Yes
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist  Yes Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist  Yes  
Critical Care Nursing  Yes  
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner  Yes  
Health/Medical Physics  Yes  
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing  Yes  
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)  Yes  
Medicine (MD)   Yes 
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery  Yes  
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)  Yes  
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)  Yes Yes
Nursing, Other  Yes  
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing  Yes  
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing  Yes  
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)  Yes  
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist  Yes  

History, General Yes  Yes
History, Other Yes   

Legal professions and studies
Law (LLB, JD)   Yes 
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)  Yes  

Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies  Yes  

Mathematics and statistics
Mathematics, General YesYes Yes

Multi/interdisciplinary studies
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies & Archaeology Yes   
Cognitive Science Yes   
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other YesYes Yes
Neuroscience Yes  Yes
Science, Technology and Society Yes   

Philosophy and religious studies
Philosophy Yes  Yes
Religion/Religious Studies YesYes Yes

Physical sciences
Chemistry, General YesYes Yes
Geology/Earth Science, General YesYes  
Physics, General YesYes Yes

Community Psychology  Yes  
Developmental and Child Psychology Yes   
Psychology, General YesYes Yes

Public administration and social service professions
Community Organization and Advocacy  Yes  
Public Policy Analysis YesYes  

Social sciences
Anthropology YesYes Yes
Economics, General YesYes Yes
Political Science and Government, General YesYes Yes
Social Sciences, General Yes   
Sociology YesYes Yes

Theology and religious vocations
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)   Yes 
Theology/Theological Studies  Yes  

Visual and performing arts
Art/Art Studies, General Yes   
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Yes   
Film/Cinema Studies Yes   
Fine/Studio Arts, General Yes   
Music Performance, General Yes   
Music Theory and Composition Yes   
Music, Other Yes   
Piano and Organ Yes   
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments Yes   
Voice and Opera Yes   

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS database. Survey files used include Institutional Characteristics, Enrollments and Student Financial Aid; Survey years include 2007-2008, 2008-2009, and 2009-2010. The information on this page is believed to be accurate for the 2009 school year, though College Toolkit does not guarantee such accuracy.