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Edward Waters College (EWC) was established in 1866, just one year after the end of the Civil War, to educate former slaves. It is the oldest historically black college in Florida. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in Arts, Science, and Business Administration. Majors include Communications, Sociology, Biology, Computer Information Systems, Education, and Organizational Management.

EWC is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools. It is also affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The school’s CLIMB program (Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business) is an accelerated bachelor’s degree program tailored to older students (over 23) looking to increase their job skills or switch careers. The program consists of one night of class, every five weeks, over eighteen months. In 2008, CLIMB Online was introduced; in this program, one introductory class precedes the rest of the course, which is delivered online.

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EWC has a detailed website that provides applicants with tips on obtaining quality letters of recommendation and performing well in the Admissions interview. Students can apply online. Priority admissions deadlines are mid-April for the fall semester and mid-November for the spring semester.

Students applying to the college must have a high school diploma, official high school or transfer transcripts, and a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. There is no minimum score requirement for either the ACT or SAT, but students should include their ACT or SAT records when they apply. Applicants are also required to submit two letters of recommendation. International students must demonstrate proof of English proficiency.

Financial Aid

Students can apply online for the Parent PLUS Loan, Signature Student Loans, and the Stafford Loan. In fact, students do not need to visit or even call the campus to find out about financial aid, as the school’s financial aid office offers online loan counseling sessions.

Many minority scholarships are available to applicants of the school.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4129th for the average student loan amount.
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Edward Waters College is located in northwest Jacksonville, where even in the middle of January the average high temperature is 64 degrees. Many Edward Waters students spend their spare time enjoying the city’s many attractions, including the Jacksonville Landing and the Jacksonville Riverwalks. In the fall, students can go to Alltel Stadium and root for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

On-campus attractions include the Centennial Library, which is open seven day a week, and the Obi-Scott Umunna Collection of African Art at Centennial Hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Collection includes masks, carved ivory, and other historic artifacts from Central and West Africa.

Edward Waters College hosts Black Heritage Weekend, which is usually held during Black History Month in February. This festival features poetry, art, dancing, and essay writing.

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The college fields teams in golf, baseball, track and field, volleyball, football, softball, and cross-country. Its teams, nicknamed the Tigers, complete in the NAIA’s Florida Sun Conference and the South East Atlantic Conference. The Tigers football team plays in Earl Kitchings Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 8,000. The baseball team competes at the Adams Jenkins Complex, which can hold up to 2,500 spectators. EWC alumni include Negro League baseball legend Buck O’Neil, who gained worldwide fame when he appeared in the Ken Burns PBS documentary Baseball in 1994.

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Ranks 62nd in Florida and 1780th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 5 0.67
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 1.60
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.27
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,183 0.38
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 71 0.01
Forcible Rape 350 0.04
Robbery 1,578 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8,518 1.02
Larceny 25,733 3.08
Vehicle theft 1,862 0.22

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Jacksonville, FL 32209
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population39,653 (39,653 urban / N/A rural)
Households15,234 (2.58 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,202
Families10,086 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Congressional District1205

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1661st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,325 $11,325 $11,325
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $472 $472 $472
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,833 $23,833 $23,833
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,441 $25,441 $25,441
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,677 $16,677 $16,677

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,994 $11,358 $10,994 $11,358 $10,994 $11,358
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,260(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,592 $6,870
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,086(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,508(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,086(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,086(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,907 (949 male / 958 female)
Admitted 521 (282 male / 239 female)
Admission rate 27%
First-time Enrollment 208 (130 male / 78 female)
FT Enrollment 207 (130 male / 77 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (N/A male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment862

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Football Conference Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA Basketball Conference Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1349th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 69%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 13 / 19
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18

SAT Test Admission

1317th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 24%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 350 / 440
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 360 / 440
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 710 / 880

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity455
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$3,444
Board Fee$3,712

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4082nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $43,997 ($46,593 male / $42,621 female)
Number of FT Faculty 45 (22 male / 23 female)
Number of PT Faculty 79
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $315,021

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