From the School

Concord University, a growing, state-supported college committed to undergraduate instruction, was founded in 1872. Concord features accredited career-oriented education with a strong liberal arts base, and focuses on the needs of the individual student as its fundamental concern. The beautiful 95-acre campus stands on a ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. Four residence halls and adult studio apartments house up to 1,100 students from 28 states-predominately from the East, South, and Midwest. Concord also has a large international student population with 30 nations represented. With a total student population of 3,015, Concord serves the needs of an active commuter population, who join the residential students in following courses of study in the arts and sciences, business administration, teacher education, and such fields as advertising/graphic design, and social work. Preparation for advanced and professional study is a Concord hallmark. Each year, the Alexander Fine Arts Center presents the Artist-Lecture Series, which includes recitals, plays, art exhibitions, and guest speakers. Special events have included the North Carolina Dance Theatre; the West Virginia Symphony; lecturers Dr. Homer Hickam, NASA scientist and author of the book Rocket Boys which was later made into the hit movie October Sky; Dr. Cornel West, preeminent African American scholar from Harvard; and professional art exhibitions. Theatrical productions range from Shakespeare and Chekhov to Woody Allen. Students enjoy special interest organizations; honor societies; five fraternities; four sororities; yearbook; newspaper; and many student activities events, including comedians, musicians, magicians, and other entertainers. Concord was recently awarded the Great Lakes Regional Award for Outstanding Comprehensive Programming at the NACA conference. In addition, students participate in intramural and intercollegiate sports. Intercollegiate sports for men include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, track and field, and soccer. Women compete in basketball, softball, tennis, track and field, soccer, and volleyball. Counseling and tutoring are strongly supported through Student Support Services; faculty-supervised developmental labs in English, reading, and mathematics; and twice-a-year individual counseling with faculty advisors. The Student Needs and Assistance Program offers extensive academic support ranging from time management to reducing stress anxiety to testing at your best.

Overview

Applicants
2,290
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.20

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49
3%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
420 - 540
SAT Math
420 - 520
ACT Composite
17 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

From The School

All students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better to receive a degree. A program of general studies, required of all students, includes courses in communication and literature, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, foreign languages (optional in most majors), and physical education. Credit is awarded for satisfactory scores on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and the International Baccalaureate (IB) tests. An outstanding honors program is also available to qualifying students. Honors courses and independent study projects are available in most departments. Semesters begin in late August and mid-January, and summer terms are also offered.

Students Say

Academics at Concord are “very engaging,” where “the best faculty in the world” help create “a great learning atmosphere.” Students praised the “small classes and community feel” that contribute to “success for all students.” With a ratio of 22 students to every professor, “Concord is an amazing learning atmosphere where one-on-one instruction by personable professors is a reality” and “you don’t just get lost in the numbers.” Faculty take courses “as serious as Harvard or Yale would,” and “the teachers are really concerned about preparing the students for their futures.” The “affordable price” of Concord is also a major draw for students, and many applicants are attracted by the substantial financial aid packages, as well as the “generous scholarships” offered to students who perform well. Thanks to the “hard but rewarding” curriculum, students say that their “solid educational background” leaves them feeling “prepared to pursue various graduate and career options.” “Whatever path you are taking,” Concord provides “the education you need today to prepare you for the career you need tomorrow.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
23:1
Total Faculty
207
with Terminal Degree
89

106
Women
101
Men
9
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships

Overview

From The School

For the 2002-2003 academic year, the tuition and fees, and room and board for West Virginia residents was $7,750. For out-of-state students, annual costs were $11,436. Books and supplies cost approximately $500, and personal expenses were about $1,000. These figures are subject to change.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
85
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,979

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,214

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,391

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,296

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
84%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,470

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,974
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$11,050
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,960
Transportation for Commuters
$1,354

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Concord's Student Government Association (SGA) budgets the student activity fee and plans entertainment. The SGA names students to voting membership on administrative councils and committees. Students also fund the SGA Memorial Scholarship. The College Center Board provides on-campus movies, dances, and special programs, and the Concord Office of Student Residential Life offers numerous programs and activities in the residence halls.

Students Say

Concord students describe their school as “a fun loving place where you can meet wonderful people” with a “great atmosphere.” With a little over 3,000 students, Concord is “a small school with good people” where “the students, faculty, and staff can learn and enjoyably grow with each other.” Even though the majority of Concord applicants are in-state, those who attend the school say it is “a great place to have an education and also to meet people from around the world.” In fact, Concord has a remarkable number of international students for a school that “serves an active commuter population”; 30 different nations are represented in Concord’s student body. Whether commuter, international, in-state or out of state, Concordians are a close-knit bunch, and many graduates leave Concord with “friends to keep.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,688
Out of State
18%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

56% female
44% male
18% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview

From The School

Athens is a small town in southern West Virginia near the Virginia border. Located near Princeton and Bluefield, West Virginia, Athens is six miles from I-77 and not far from I-64 and I-81. Athens has easy access to thriving population centers such as Roanoke, Virginia; Charleston, West Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Shopping malls and entertainment are also available nearby and Pipestem State Park Resort offers many recreational opportunities. WinterPlace ski resort is approximately 20 minutes north of the campus and whitewater rafting is also nearby.

Students Say

“A nice lil’ school in the middle of nowhere,” students praise Concord’s “healthy living and learning environment” and “beautiful campus.” However, despite its “strong community connection,” many students had complaints about the “rural and socially unpleasant” location. A small burg with just over 1,000 residents, Athens, West Virginia “lacks the social atmosphere of a college town.” Although students praised the “personable environment,” some grumbled that “Concord is a commuter school where most students leave campus every weekend.” For those who do stay on campus, there are close to 60 different student organizations available, and almost 40% of the students are a member of a fraternity or sorority. The Alexander Fine Arts Center is active in bringing lecturers, art exhibitions, and visiting performing groups to campus; recent events have included a visit from writer Nikki Giovanni and performances by the Beijing Opera and the Freddy Cole Quartet. Although it may not be a large school in a traditional college town, Concord is “Almost Heaven, West Virginia” for many students.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
38%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
65
First-Year Students living on campus
57%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
57
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
2

20% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Mountain Lions)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Mountain Lions)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
50

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
100

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Debra Moore
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
PO Box 100 Vermillion St.
Athens, WV 24712

Phone
1-888-384-5248

Email
admissions@concord.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rahall Technology Ctr
48 Bell Carillon
University Point
Beasley Student Ctr.
Callaghan Stadium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pipestem Resort State Park
New River National Recreation Area
Princeton WV
The Greenbrier

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 am and 1 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
during school year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
coachgarrett@concord.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greyhound Bus Station, Bluefield WV Airports: Charleston WV, Roanoke VA, and Charlotte NC. Amtrak- Hinton WV

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-77 to exit 14, RT 20N to Athens, Right at only stoplight.

Local Accommodations
Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express all in Princeton WV. Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem WV.