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Concord College Promotional Literature Archive: Circa 1975 (part 2)

Continued from part 1.

Student Life

[Stuffed mascot in car]
[Student couple]

College is a time to experiment with varied activities that help develop individual life styles in harmony with dissimilar, even conflicting, opinions and feelings. Learning to care about others comes from sharing the pressure of a deadline, the responsibility of fraternity or sorority leadership, the tension of an opening night, the heated debate of a student government policy, the joy of a win and the sorrow of a loss.

A student encounters a latent talent by trying out for a theatre production or running for a student government position. A special ability to communicate emerges through participation on the weekly newspaper or the yearbook staff, or at the student radio station.

There are few fixed limitations on student activities at Concord. Students will make room for you wherever you choose to participate: student government, theatre, music, the weekly Concordian newspaper, the Pine Tree yearbook, Reflexes literary magazine, sororities, fraternities, social, professional, and service organizations.

The Arts at Concord

[Balance beam]
[Chemistry lab]

Art is a commentary on life. Mankind's progress is recorded in the music, the paintings, the sculptures, and the performances of each period of time. Society mirrors its feelings...its joys and its forms that can be seen, heard, and interpreted by each person in his own way.

Concord believes strongly that the opportunity for individual exposure and participation in various fine arts forms offers a perspective on life today, yesterday, and tomorrow. The Oakey Logan Alexander Center For the Creative and Performing Arts is a focal point where creative explorations converge.

An interdisciplinary approach to the arts is achieved in the Alexander Arts Center. An auditorium-theatre seating 782 persons and a 190-seat studio theatre form the core of the drama area, serving also as performance sites for nationally acclaimed guests who appear in the annual artist-lecture series. Work of student, faculty and area artists is displayed in a spacious Art Gallery. Twenty-three individual practice rooms and two large rehearsal rooms are at the heart of the music area.

Amidst the beauty of the Pipestem State Park, Concord College sponsors a unique art and crafts gallery known as The Studio. This non-profit project for cultural enrichment brings West Virginia artists and craftspersons, and students together in summer months to work and market their paintings, sculpture, jewelry, musical instruments, ceramics, leathergoods, and products from the loom.


[Track and field]
[Concord football]
[Concord basketball]

Physical education is the art and science of human movement. It contributes to the total being of men and women in their environment, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Physical education is not just an extra-curricular activity at Concord, but an integral part of the academic program.

Ultra-modern Centennial Hall is the nucleus of the physical education program, accommodating classrooms, gymnasiums, swimming pool, dance studio, and specialized rooms for a variety of athletic activity. It also is the focal point of a well-balanced intramural program for men and women, and the home of the Concord Mountain Lions who compete in intercollegiate basketball, football, baseball, track, golf, wrestling, and cross-country. Concord is a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Women compete in field hockey, volleyball, basketball, and track.


Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to June 1 of the year in which they plan to enroll. Even though an interview is not required, prospective students should plan to visit the Campus.

Regular Admissions

[Classroom discussion]

Students must meet the following requirements for entrance as approved by the West Virginia Board of Regents:

  1. rank in the upper three-fourths of the graduating class of an approved secondary school, or demonstrate appropriate scholastic ability in selected tests;
  2. complete the required high school units at an approved secondary school;
  3. complete an application form; and
  4. arrange for official copies of high school credentials, a satisfactory health examination form, and results of the American College Testing Program (ACT) to be forwarded to the Admissions Office at Concord College.

In-state and out-of-state applicants are considered under the same admission policy.

High school graduates must complete a minimum of 17 units (grades 9-12), including:

The upper three-quarters of the graduates, as ranked by the high school, who have followed the curriculum outlined above, may be admitted without academic question.

The lower one-quarter of the graduates, who have completed the units outlined above, must achieve a composite standard score of 14 or better on the American College Testing Program.

One or two units (not in the same area) may be waived for students: who have the recommendation of their principal, guidance counselor, or headmaster; who have achieved a composite score of 17 on the American College Testing Program (ACT), or 800 (combined verbal and mathematical score) on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT); and who rank in the upper three-quarters of their class.

Transfer students with less than fifteen hours of college credits must meet the requirements outlined for freshmen, as well as the requirements outlined for students who have attended other colleges.

Graduates of approved secondary schools who have served in this nation's military forces for a period of at least one year will be admitted to the College irrespective of either their high school graduation rank or their composite standard score on the ACT, unless convincing evidence of a serious health or character defect is received.

Applications from persons who are not high school graduates will be considered only if they attain a standard score of 40 on each of the five parts, or an average of 50 on all five parts, of the General Education Development Test (GED). Such applicants must be nineteen years of age, or past the age they would have been had they remained in high school until graduation, and they must have been out of school more than one year preceding their application.

Students who want to transfer to Concord from another institution should apply as early as possible. The application must list any colleges or universities previously attended and the reasons for leaving each institution. Any failure to do this is grounds for separation from Concord. The student must provide the Admissions Office with transcripts of all previous college work so that the Registrar's Office may determine how many hours can be accepted in transfer, and what qualitative standards apply. A decision on admission will be made after a thorough evaluation of the student's record, including consideration of any deficiency in quality points represented by grades at previous institutions.

Transfer students shall not be admitted if they are deficient twenty or more quality points in their work at the institutions they previously attended.

Advanced Placement

Concord College gives full recognition to superior scholastic attainment in high school by encouraging the student to enroll for advanced courses in those subjects in which outstanding achievement and ability are shown.

Advanced placement is determined by a student's performance on the Advanced Placement Test of the College Board; the high school record and recommendations; and the recommendation of the Concord department concerned.

Expenses: Tuition and Fees

[Snow on campus]

Fees must be paid at the time of registration. To these should be added some allowance for the incidental costs of travel, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

For one regular semester:
Full-time Students
(12 or more semester hours)
Residents of
West Virginia
Non-Residents of
West Virginia
Tuition $25.00 $175.00
Registration Fee $50.00 $250.00
Non-Resident Undergraduate
Student Service Fee
College Fee1 $50.00 $50.00
$125.00 $550.00

1 This fee is distributed as follows: Special Programs—20.0%; Student Activities—22.8%; Student Union—19.3%; Athletics—22.0%; Medical—9.2%; Course Fee—6.7%.

For each summer term: Residents of
West Virginia
Non-Residents of
West Virginia
Tuition for:
One semester hour $5.00 $15.00
Two semester hours $8.00 $30.00
Three semester hours $10.00 $45.00
Four semester hours $13.00 $58.00
Five or more semester hours $15.00 $58.00
Registration Fee $4.00 each hr. $21.00 each hr.
Non-Resident Undergraduate
Student Service Fee
$6.25 each hr.
College Fee1
Three or less semester hours $3.00 each hr. $3.00 each hr.
Four or more semester hours $12.00 $12.00

1 This fee is distributed as follows: Activity—25.0%; Student Union—25.0%; Medical—16.66%; Course Fee—16.66% Fine Arts—16.66%.

Special Fees: All Students
Freshman Orientation Fee $10.00
Examinations—National Teacher Examinations
(as required)
Graduate Record Examination (Advanced) $3.00
Graduation $10.00
Transcript after first, free transcript1 $1.00
Parking Fee (each year) $5.00
Late Registration
(Not refundable)

1 Note: No fee is charged for transcripts requested by and sent directly to high schools, state departments of education, and professional associations for their official files.

Room and Board Costs

[Dormitory room scene]

The costs for rooms, board, and apartments are as follows:

Regular semester in a residence hall: 1974-75
Board, including tax $302.82
Double Room, including tax $285.31
Single Room, including tax $380.07
Furnished apartment in the College Courts:
Each month, including tax, for a one-room
efficiency apartment1
Each month, including tax, for a two-room
efficiency apartment1
Summer term (5-weeks) in a residence hall: 1975
Board, including tax $94.76
Double Room, including tax $89.10
Single Room, including tax $118.97

1This monthly rental includes all utilities, except telephone, and is payable in advance.

Financial Aid

[Financial aid office]

Concord College is interested in helping you obtain an education. The Office of Financial Aid invites you to inquire about any financial problems related to your college education. Over the years, the office has attempted to develop a varied and broad program in order to be able to help students from all types of situations.

Here are some important points to remember: (1) You should work closely with your guidance counselor in completing financial aid forms either from the College Scholarship Service or American College Testing Service so that they will be in our hands prior to February 15 for the following fall. (2) You must complete and return before February 15, a Concord College Financial Aid Application. (3) By the end of April, you should receive an award letter indicating the amount and kind of aid that will be available to you for the academic year. (4) Remember, if you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid, Concord College, Athens, West Virginia, 24712. For more detailed information request the brochure, "Financial Aid at Concord College."


[Aerial photograph]
[Regional map]

No one can achieve for you. Yet, we consider it our responsibility to assist you by providing the best possible environment for education. Concord's location provides a stimulating atmosphere for learning.

Scenic Appalachian mountains form a backdrop for the 95-acre Concord Campus, located on a ridge 2,600 feet above sea level in Athens. Natural beauty of the rolling campus and surrounding area is conductive to study and contemplation, and a source of outdoor recreation.

The College is readily accessible by rail, air, and highway. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad serves Hinton, just a few miles north of Athens. The West Virginia Turnpike has its southern terminus in Princeton, just six miles to the south. The area is served by both Greyhound and Continental Trailways bus lines. The Mercer County Airport, located midway between Athens and Bluefield, a city of 18,000, is served by Piedmont Airlines. Area travel is facilitated by bus and taxi. Charleston, West Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia, are within easy driving distance of the College. All students are permitted to have and to operate cars.

Concord's Campus

[College Center]
[View of Towers Residence Hall through wall]

Development of the Concord Campus features facilities designed to reach beyond basic structural requirements. Aesthetic qualities of architecture serve as an inspiration for academic exploration. Through a long-range remodeling and new construction program, the College is continuing to provide facilities which meet expanding academic alternatives for its students. Here is a capsule description of several major Concord buildings.

The College Library, central in the academic life of students and faculty, offers carefully selected book collections, periodicals, microfilm, tape and record selections, and U.S. Government documents.

The Oakey Logan Alexander Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, one of the finest facilities of its kind, is a complex consisting of two basic multi-level structures, one for the visual arts and the other for theatre and music, linked by a section containing galleries, lobbies, and lounges. Outside the Center, a sculpture garden accented by imposing iron gates is popular for discussion groups and exhibits.

Centennial Hall, a $2.9-million physical educational center, features two gymnasiums, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, multi-purpose rooms (archery, golf, and wrestling), squash and handball courts, weight-lifting rooms, together with general classrooms and a dance studio.

The College Center, nucleus of social activity, provides areas for educational meetings, discussions with faculty and guest lecturers, banquets, daily student meals, snacks, a student bookstore, bowling, billiards, and other forms of informal recreation. Visitors are invited to purchase meals in the cafeteria.

Twin Towers Residence Halls, overlooking the mountains, are homes for up to 668 students. Men and women are housed separately in identical eight-story towers connected by a lobby and dining area. Each tower suite has two double rooms, private bath, and foyer. Other residence halls and apartments for married students are located near the Twin Towers.

Witherspoon Park Faculty Housing Complex adjoins the Campus near the president's residence and other college-owned homes.

[Concord College map]
  1. Twin Tower Dormitories
  2. Home Management House
  3. Holroyd Hall
  4. President's Home
  5. McComas Residence Hall (Women)
  6. Sarvay Residence Hall (Women)
  7. New Residence Hall (Women)
  1. College Center (Student Union)
  2. John Baker White Residence Hall (Men)
  3. Student-Faculty Apartments
  4. New Residence Hall (Men)
  5. Maintenance Shop
  6. Alexander Fine Arts Center
  7. Library
  1. Administration Building (Includes Auditorium)
  2. Science Building
  3. Old Gymnasium
  4. Center for Economic Action
  5. Parking Area
  6. Centennial Hall (Health and Physical Education Building)


[Student studying]
[Flashcard game]

Accreditation is the mark of stature in higher education. It is obtained from regional and national agencies through investigative studies, and maintained by periodic reports from visiting groups of selected educators.

Concord College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and by the National Association of Business Teacher Education.

There are many valid criteria of academic quality. But there are few absolutes. The concept of educational exploration implies an unknown...that no one can presume to determine exactly what you will find for yourself.

The Coordinate Relationship

[Dr. B. L. Coffindaffer]

Under the leadership of Dr. B. L. Coffindaffer, president, Concord College and Bluefield State College, a Coordinate Relationship for the two colleges is being implemented. Students, at their volition, can take courses at either institution without the payment of additional fees. As a matter of policy, students cannot be required to take courses other than those classes offered by their home institution.

Coordinate relationships in library services, career counseling and placement, teacher education, student teaching, business affairs, Community Services, continuing education, computer facilities, Center for Economic Action, and graduate studies provide a wide range of student opportunities and services.

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