Dana College


Enrollment: 595.

Student Body: 47% female, 53% male, 42% out-of-state, 1% international (3 countries represented). Asian 1%, African American 3%, Caucasian 91%, Hispanic 4%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 60% freshmen return for sophomore year. 33% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 13% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 5% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 1% grads pursue law degrees. 1% grads pursue business degrees. 1% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 13:1. 31 full-time faculty, 81% hold PhDs, 3% are members of minority groups, 58% are women. 220


Degrees: Bachelors.

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

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business/commerce; criminal justice/law enforcement administration; education.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, cross-registration, double major, dual enrollment, English as a Second Language (ESL), honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tutors.

Career services: Career/job search classes, career assessment, internships.


Housing: Coed dorms, women’s dorms, apartments for married students, apartments for single students. 80% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Danish Archives.

Computers: Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Rural.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, television station, yearbook.

Organizations: 25 registered organizations, 3 honor societies, 3 religious organizations.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, track/field (outdoor), wrestling. Women: Basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, track/field (outdoor), volleyball. OnCampus Highlights: Gardner-Hawks Center, Dragon s Head.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.24. 16% in top 10% of high school class, 37% in top 25% of high school class, 62% in top 50% of high school class. SAT Math middle 50% range 420-550. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 480-560. ACT middle 50% range 20-25. Minimum paper TOEFL 500. Minimum computer TOEFL 173.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores. Other factors considered include: Application essay, recommendation(s), extracurricular activities, interview, level of applicants interest, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (2 science labs), 2 foreign language, 4 social studies.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 830 applied, 72% admitted, 24% enrolled.

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

General Admission Information: Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 9/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 2 years. Credit offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Average book expense $900.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institution’s own financial aid form. Priority financial aid filing date 3/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 3/4.

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

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $1,500. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 39% freshmen, 48% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 62% freshmen, 59% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 65% freshmen, 64% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 68% freshmen, 59% undergrads receive athletic scholarships. 123% freshmen, 478% undergrads receive any aid. 85.5% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $17,029.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, alumni affiliation, art, athletics, leadership, music/drama, religious affiliation, state/district residency.

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