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2016 OPAL Conference: Library Transformers: Mindful Change: About Muskingum University

A guide to the 2016 OPAL Conference, hosted by Muskingum University Roberta A. Smith University Library, August 4-5, 2016.

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  • Village of New Concord, along Interstate 70
  • 1 hour east of Columbus
  • 2 hours south of Cleveland
  • 2 hours southwest of Pittsburgh
  • 21 major buildings on 245 rolling acres
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology
  • Education Specialist
  • approximately 1700 undergraduate students and 1300 graduate students
  • 360 new first-year students and 62 new transfers in Fall 2015
  • Approximately 70% of traditional undergraduate students (85% of first-year students) live on-campus
  • students representing 25 states and 9 foreign countries
  • 12% minority and 4% international student population among full-time students
  • Affiliated with Presbyterian Church, USA
  • Accredited/Approved by: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA/HLC), Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), American Chemical Society (ACS)
Undergraduate Academic Programs & Support Services
  • 64 academic majors, including 13 interdisciplinary majors (to see these, go to Academic Majors and Programs)
  • 8 pre-professional programs, including pre-medicine and pre-law
  • Teacher licensure in 23 areas
  • 18 international exchange study programs in 12 countries
  • Professionally-staffed PLUS Program for students with learning differences such as specific learning disabilities and AD/HD.
Graduate & Continuing Studies Programs & Services
  • Master of Arts in Education, with specializations
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, with specializations
  • Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology
  • Education Specialist
  • Adult Degree Completion (Muskingum Adult Program)
  • 13:1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio
  • 96% of full-time faculty have a doctorate or graduate level first professional degree in their respective discipline
  • All classes taught by members of the faculty
Library & Computer/Network Facilities
  • Member of OPAL and OhioLINK library consortia
  • Access through OhioLINK to 48 million books and other library materials from 90 Ohio academic libraries
  • 69,000 e-books, 14,000 full-text e-journals and 150 online databases
  • 212,000 library volumes, with over 600 periodical subscriptions, 30,000 bound periodicals and 170,000 microform units
  • Hookup capabilities to campus computing network in all residence rooms, providing unlimited Internet and e-mail access
  • Approximately 55% of entering students graduate within 6 years; 72% of first-year students return for the second year
  • About 95% of graduates are typically employed or are in graduate/professional school within five months of graduation
  • Nearly 40% of graduates pursue an advanced degree within five years of graduation
Student Life
  • 6 residence halls (4 co-ed, 1 women, 1 men), townhouses, apartment unit, sorority suites, fraternity houses, 17 special program houses
  • Over 90 active clubs and organizations, including 16 musical organizations, 13 academic honoraries, 6 sororities and 5 fraternities
  • Member of NCAA, Division III; Ohio Athletic Conference
  • Intercollegiate sports: 10 men's (baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor/outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, wrestling) and 9 women's (basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor/outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball)
  • Nickname: Fighting Muskies
  • Colors: Black and Magenta
  • 15 intramural sports and activities
Costs, Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • Muskingum's full-time undergraduate tuition charges are among the lowest of comparable private colleges in Ohio
  • Undergraduate Charges for the 2015-16 academic year are available here: