Belhaven University


Enrollment: 2,298.

Student Body: 65% female, 35% male, 45% out-of-state, international (18 countries represented). Asian 1%, African American 9%, Caucasian 27%, Hispanic 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 67% freshmen return for sophomore year. 35% freshmen graduate within 4 years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 10:1. 63 full-time faculty, 73% hold PhDs, 35% are women.


Degrees: Associate, bachelors, certificate, master’s.

Classes: Most classes have fewer than 10 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have fewer than 10 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business/commerce; dance; elementary education and teaching; history; social sciences.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, English as a Second Language (ESL), honors program, independent study, internships, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program.

Honors programs: The Honors College at Belhaven College gives academically advanced, highly motivated students a forum in which to deepen and expand their college education, both intellectually and spiritually. Enrollment in the Honors College is limited to students who demonstrate a past record of academic achievement, seriousness about their calling, and enthusiasm for challenging dialogue with students and scholars from a variety of fields. Combined degree programs: BA/MEng

Career services: Internships.


Housing: Men’s dorms, women’s dorms.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Bitsy Irby art gallery.

Computers: 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of student union, have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: City.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, pep band, student government, student newspaper, yearbook, international student organization.

Organizations: 29 registered organizations, 5 religious organizations.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis. Basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.33. 33% in top 10% of high school class, 55% in top 25% of high school class, 80% in top 50% of high school class. SAT Math middle 50% range 460-570. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 490-610. ACT middle 50% range 19-24. Minimum paper TOEFL 500. Minimum computer TOEFL 173. Minimum web-based TOEFL 61.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Academic GPA, standardized test scores. Application essay, recommendation(s), interview.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. 4 English, 2 mathematics, 1 science, 1 history, 8 academic electives.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 1,568 applied, 46% admitted, 26% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: college transcript(s), minimum college GPA of 2.0 required. Lowest grade transferable D.

General Admission Information: Application fee $25. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 12. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $17,700. Room and board $6,500. Average book expense $1,400.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, state aid form. Priority financial aid filing date 3/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 2/1.

Types of Aid: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available.

Financial Aid Statistics: 72% freshmen, 72% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 6% freshmen, 5% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 59% freshmen, 60% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 15% freshmen, 9% undergrads receive athletic scholarships. 100% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $32,728.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Academics, alumni affiliation, art, athletics, music/drama.

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