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.