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Asbury University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Asbury University

An independent, multi-denominational school, Asbury University was established in Wilmore, Kentucky in 1890. Named in honor of the founder of American Methodism, the liberal arts school has remained close to its Christian roots. The 4-year, accredited university has a student enrollment of more than 1,600 students. In 2011, these students came from 42 states and 19 countries.

Academics

Asbury is comprised of four schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Communication Arts, the School of Education and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The university offers Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees through its 50-plus majors and 17 departments. Media communications, elementary education, social work, business management, psychology and biology are among the most popular majors.

An Adult Professional Studies (APS) program is also offered at Asbury through online courses, evening classes or a combination of both. This accelerated program is designed for working adults looking to complete a college degree. Internships, mission trips, community service projects and exchange programs are all university-provided opportunities required by most degree programs. Almost sixty-two percent of class sizes average fewer than 20 students, and the school had a retention rate of 80% for 2011 freshmen.

Admissions

Asbury employs a rolling admissions process and encourages students to apply as early as possible to ensure acceptance. Freshman applicants must submit official high school transcripts or GED scores, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, have a combined SAT score of 1020 or a composite ACT score of 22 and complete the school application. It is recommended that students complete a college preparatory curriculum as well as a Christian character reference. Specific requirements for graduate students vary depending on the program and can be found on the school website.

The total student enrollment at Asbury is 1,638; 1,250 are undergraduates, 202 are enrolled in the Adult Professional Studies program and 186 are graduate students. Of the 1,427 student applicants in 2011, 63% were admitted and 34% of those accepted actually enrolled. Asbury reported a higher enrollment of female students than male (62% v. 38%), with 91% of the combined population attending full-time in 2011.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The cost of attending Asbury for undergraduates enrolled in 13-18 credits is $25,140 per year, $23,206 for 12 credit hours and $966 per credit hour for students carrying a credit load of less than 12 credits. Additional student fees of $171 per year are applicable for all undergraduates. Costs range from $3,352 to $4,656 per year for students opting for on-campus housing. Tuition costs for master's degrees range from $420 to $530 per credit hour depending on the program.

Full-time students (those with 12 or more credits per semester) are eligible for institutional, state and federal financial aid. Aid for part-time students is awarded on a need-only basis. Scholarships, grants, work-study, church sponsored aid and loans are available to help pay for an education at Asbury. Ninety-eight percent of Asbury students used some form of financial aid in 2011.

ASBURY UNIVERSITY QUICK FACTS
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's and master's*
Religious Affiliation Multi-denominational**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Suburban*
Student Body 1,452 undergraduates and 186 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing 80% of all students live on campus**
ACADEMICS
Schools and Programs 4 schools; 17 departments and 50 majors**
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Bachelor's: Education (41), Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services (40), Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services (39), Communication, Journalism and Related Programs (23), Psychology (22)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 57% in four years, 65% in six years and 66% in eight years*
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate 63% in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 80% in 2011*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Average SAT/ACT composite scores: 1106.3 and 23.9 for incoming freshmen in 2011**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions***
Decision Notification Date Written notification on a rolling basis**
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2012-2013) $25,140 per year for undergraduates enrolled full-time (does not include student fees or room and board). Between $420 and $530 per credit for graduates (student fees not included)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Grant or scholarship aid (98%), federal grants (40%), Pell grants (32%), other federal grants (7%), state/local government grant or scholarships (47%), institutional grants or scholarships (89%), student loan aid (87%), federal student loans (79%), other student loans (8%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Asbury University, ***U.S. World & News Report, College Rankings.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Asbury University, One Macklem Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390
  • Phone: (859) 858-3511, ext. 2195 or 1-(800)-888-1818
  • Website: www.asbury.edu/contact

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