Chowan College
Post Office Box 1848
Murfreesboro, NC 27855-1848

(252) 398-6500 or
(800) 488-4101
FAX: (252) 398-1190


438 men/295 women
8 men/14 women

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Chowan College
Post Office Box 1848
Murfreesboro, NC 27855-1848

Chowan College

College Description / Campus Visit
Chowan College, a four-year, coeducational liberal arts institution, is founded upon and dedicated to Judeo-Christian principles and values. Originally established in 1848 as a four-year Baptist women's college, Chowan later established itself as one of the leading junior colleges in the South. The second-oldest college of the six institutions affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist State Convention, Chowan returned to four-year status in 1992.

Set amid 300 acres of woodlands embracing beautiful Lake Vann, Chowan's main entrance leads around a college green to the antebellum mansion of McDowell Columns. Other major buildings of contemporary design provide air-conditioned residence, academic, and recreational facilities. The small-town college campus attracts students from at least twenty-seven states and several countries each year.

The college is located in historic Murfreesboro between the Roanoke and Chowan Rivers in northeastern North Carolina. Murfreesboro was designated as an official port of entry by Congress in 1790, and some of its earliest inhabitants were Chowanoke Indians.

Chowan College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academic Life
There are six academic divisions which include Liberal Arts & Sciences and The Fine Arts; Teacher Education; Business Administration; Physical Education, Coaching, and Allied Health; Criminal Justice; and Printing Production.

Chowan offers the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. Minors in communications and drama are also available. The college offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. Associate of Arts degrees are offered in Liberal Studies, Music, Music Business, and Printing Production and Imaging Technology.

Chowan has a broad range of undergraduate degrees, all of which carefully integrate effective career preparation with a strong liberal arts education. This results in a focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career and a higher quality of life. The college operates on a semester calendar. College credit may be given for Advanced Placement courses taken and for College-Level Examination Program credits.

Chowan participates in several study-abroad programs. Each year, approximately 15 students spend the spring semester in London. The Washington Semester offers internship opportunities. Salzburg College in Austria integrates a semester of classroom work with travel. The East Africa Semester offers homestays and travel.

Campus Life
Chowan has events sponsored by residence halls; special interest clubs in dozens of areas; Greek life; service opportunities; and varsity sports in every season.

Some organizations are: Campus Program Board, Chowan Ambassadors, SGA, Phi Beta Lambda (Business), Science Club, Kappa Sigma and Phi Kappa Tau fraternities, Alpha Chi, Order of the Silver Feather, Chowan Players, Marching Braves, Chowan Forum, Christian Student Union, Circle K, College Democrats, and Chowan Organization of Athletic Trainers.

Modern facilities are available to all students for health, fitness, and athletic competition. Chowan also has a strong intramural program with single sex and co-ed teams. Off campus, two rivers provide opportunities for students to water ski, jet ski, and fish. Only two hours to the east lie the Outer Banks with hang-gliding, deep-sea fishing, and resort shopping.

Other student services include those for commuter students, counseling, career development, food, health, international students, orientation, religious life, residence life, and safety and security.

Facilities and Resources
Seventeen principal buildings on campus consist of housing and dining; health, counseling, and career services; athletics; classrooms; library; computing centers; laboratories; studios; and, three major auditoriums for lectures, concerts, and plays.

The Helms Physical Education Center, which seats 3,000 spectators, features a vast six-lane indoor pool, three basketball and racquetball courts, a weight and fitness center, aerobics gym, and sauna.

Whitaker Library houses more than 93,000 volumes and offers videos, microfilms, a media center, Internet, and a reference section. An automated library computerization system provides campus-wide access to an integrated system of cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, serials control, and electronic resources.

Horner Graphics Center offers facilities for imaging technologies, multimedia, offset printing, flexography, and screen printing.

There are six residence halls for student living. F.O. Mixon Hall, Simons Hall, and Dunn Hall are male only residences. Belk and Jenkins Halls house females only. Parker Hall is a nine story residence, providing accommodations for upperclassmen on single sex halls.

Chowan is a leader among liberal arts colleges in information technology. Through a campus-wide fiber-optics network, access is provided to the Internet, e-mail, and other resources. Personal computers may be configured for direct access to the system from residence hall rooms or students may use the fully equipped computer labs. The commitment to student learning through information technology in a liberal arts setting demonstrates the college's educational mission to integrate effective career preparation with a strong liberal arts education.

Most of the campus is handicapped accessible.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
A member of the NCAA Division III in athletics. With a strong winning tradition at the junior college level, Chowan is rapidly establishing a powerful presence in athletics as a four-year school. The college participates in twelve intercollegiate sports: men's baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis; women's basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball; and co-ed cheerleading. Chowan offers a wide variety of intramural sports to all students.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
Financial Aid is available to help pay for direct educational costs, including tuition, fees, and books, as well as personal living expenses, such as food, housing, and transportation. Several types of financial aid are available, including grants or scholarships, loans, and work-study. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available on line through the college web site. Qualification for the incentive grant and scholarship program is determined by SAT I/ACT scores and the cumulative, unweighted high school GPA. Awards range from $1000 to $8500 per year for four years. Chowan also offers a $1000 regional incentive grant plus grants and scholarships that cover the full cost of tuition for students who have served as president of a high school student council organization in North Carolina and Virginia.

Admission Requirements / Application
To be accepted, a student should have a minimum combined score of 830 on the SAT I or 17 on the ACT, a class ranking in the top half, and an average of C or better in all college-preparatory work. Required: high school transcript, four years of high school English, two years of high school math, two years of high school science, two years of high school social studies, seven years of high school electives, TOEFL for international students. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, three years of high school math, three years of high school science, two years of high school foreign language, three years of high school social studies, nine years of high school electives, two recommendations. Essay and interview required for some. Rolling application deadline and continuous notification.

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