Enrollment Services
Columbia Union College
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD. 20912
800-835-4212 (toll-free)
enroll@cuc.edu

http://www.cuc.edu/

COSTS:
Tuition:
$
16,514
Room and Board:
$
Fees, books, misc.:
$268


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Columbia Union College
Takoma Park, Maryland

Overview
Columbia Union College (CUC) was established in 1904 as the Washington Training Institute. In 1914, the College took the name Washington Missionary College, and in 1942, the College was given accreditation as a four-year, degree-granting institution by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In 1961, the College constituency voted to change the name of the school to Columbia Union College.

Columbia Union College is a learning community committed to the Seventh-day Adventist Christian vision of excellence and service. This cosmopolitan institution challenges students to seize the opportunities for learning in the nation’s capital in order to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world.

Columbia Union College is a coeducational college that offers degree programs in liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional fields. The College is accredited for granting associate and baccalaureate degrees and has an M.B.A. program. CUC offers a combination of spiritual, cultural, academic, athletic, and employment opportunities. CUC is located just outside the nation’s capital, which gives students an abundance of hands-on employment, educational, and entertainment opportunities.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies provides an M.B.A., undergraduate-degree-completion opportunities for adult learners, certificate programs, and distance education programs.

CUC takes pride in its graduates and those who instruct them and in its commitment to be more than an institution of higher education. It is a community of spiritual, cultural, athletic, and career opportunities under the spirit of Christianity.

Location and Community
Columbia Union College is located in Takoma Park, Maryland. The College occupies 19 acres in this small community, just minutes from Washington, D.C. A RideOn bus stop is located on the campus, and a Metrorail station is just a mile down the road, allowing CUC students access to all parts of the nation’s capital, Maryland, and Virginia. Shopping malls, restaurants, recreational resources, and entertainment abound around the campus of CUC. Students frequent the wide variety of interests in the local area and are also employed in prestigious internships and part-time positions in Washington, D.C. The list of employers of CUC students continues to grow and includes the Baltimore National Aquarium, the CIA, Children’s Hospital, Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters, IBM, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, National Institutes of Health, Smithsonian Institution, Walt Disney World, the White House, the Discovery Channel, and WTTG—Fox Channel 5. Students and faculty members also take advantage of the educational resources that surround CUC. Visits to an exhibit at a Smithsonian museum or research conducted at the Library of Congress aid in classroom studies.

Academic Life
Advanced facilities for radio and television are available. Columbia Union College has its own television studio and audio and video postproduction suites. The communication department has several high-tech Electronic Field Production (EFP) cameras available for student use. WGTS-FM, a contemporary Christian radio station, is also located on the campus of CUC, and many students work there.

CUC has invested in extensive computer facilities that are used by all students. A large computer laboratory of PCs and Macs is available for student use, and there are many other computer areas on campus. Each dorm resident has Internet access from his or her room and a personal e-mail account.

Weis Library, on the campus of CUC, has a collection of more than 140,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 350 periodicals. Students have electronic access to more than 9,000 full-text journals. Columbia Union College is a member of the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium, providing access to holdings in the libraries of College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Loyola College, Hood College, Mount St. Mary’s University, and Villa Julie College. The consortium uses the Endeavor Voyager System to support a shared Web-based public catalog and selected electronic databases. The library utilizes the services of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). OCLC’s database contains approximately 61 million bibliographic records from library collections around the world. Interlibrary loan service is expedited through use of this online system. In addition, Weis Library provides Internet and CD-ROM access to many other electronic resources.

Majors Offered:
Columbia Union College grants the Bachelor of Arts degree, with majors in biology, chemistry, education, English (emphasis in prelaw), English education, general studies, history (emphasis in prelaw), journalism (concentrations in broadcast, documentary production, and print; emphasis in media production), liberal studies, mathematics, mathematics education, music, philosophy and religion (emphasis in prelaw), political studies (emphasis in prelaw), psychology, public communication (concentrations in intercultural communication and public relations; emphasis in media studies), religion (concentrations in lay ministry, metropolitan ministry, and religious education; emphasis in prelaw), and theology (concentrations in metropolitan ministry and pastoral ministry; emphasis in prelaw). Bachelor of Science degrees are also offered, with majors in accounting, biochemistry, biology, business administration (emphases in entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, information systems, international business, long-term health-care administration, marketing, and prelaw), chemistry, computer science, counseling psychology, elementary education, elementary education/special education: dual certification, general studies, health-care administration, information systems, mathematics, mathematics education, nursing, organizational management, physical education, and physical education: teacher certification. Bachelor of Music degrees are offered in music education and music performance. Associate of Applied Science degrees are offered in accounting, computer science, early childhood education, engineering, general studies, information systems, and respiratory care. An Associate of Science degree is offered in engineering. Columbia Union College also offers Associate of Arts degrees and a Bachelor of Science/Registered Nurse degree.

Students may select from several minor concentrations, including accounting, American religious history, biblical languages, behavioral science, biology, broadcast journalism, business administration, chemistry, computer science, English, entrepreneurship, French, forensic psychology, German, health-care administration, history, information systems, intercultural communication, international studies, management, marketing, mathematics, media production, metropolitan ministry, music, organizational management, philosophy, physical education, physics, political studies, print journalism, psychology, public relations, religion, secondary education, Spanish, security resource management, sports administration/coaching, and writing.

Facilities and Resources
There are 53 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members at Columbia Union College. More than 100 adjunct instructors are employed by CUC. The College prides itself on the integrity of its faculty members and the experience that they bring to the College. The ratio of full-time undergraduate students to full-time undergraduate faculty members is 11:1. Faculty members of CUC are the personal career advisers of students and guide students through their courses of study and preparation for the future. Faculty members share contacts from their professional fields to aid students in obtaining internships and career placement.

Campus Life
Columbia Union College is committed to students. The faculty members of the College are qualified professionals with practical experience. Classes are small (12:1 ratio), and teachers have the time to give students individual attention and training for their futures.

Expenses
Full tuition (12 to 16 credit hours) averages $16,514 for the academic year, which consists of two semesters. Part-time tuition (up to 9 credit hours) was $688 per credit hour. The general fee was $268 per semester. Summer sessions vary in tuition prices. Some courses require additional service or laboratory fees. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $25.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
Columbia Union College makes every effort to help students seek out and obtain financial assistance, and it also provides information for students seeking part-time employment.

CUC offers institutional scholarships, such as those for musical and athletic groups on campus, as well as scholarships for proven academic excellence. More than ninety-five percent of traditional students received some form of financial aid in 2004—05, and nearly $12 million in financial aid was awarded.

The Financial Aid Office of CUC administers federal and state grant and loan programs. Appropriate application forms for financial aid are provided by the financial aid office and are mailed to students who request them. Students who receive any form of aid, including scholarships, are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Admission Requirements / Application
A minimum combined score of 900 on the SAT I (or at least 450 in each section) or a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT is recommended. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited secondary school or have earned a GED certificate. Twenty-one Carnegie units are required, including 4 years of high school English and 2 years each of history, mathematics, and science. An essay is recommended, and an interview, as well as transcripts from previously attended colleges, is required.

Enrollment Services
Columbia Union College
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
800-835-4212 (toll-free)
enroll@cuc.edu

http://www.cuc.edu/

         

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