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Frequently Asked Questions      

Q. What is the size of the College?
A. We average around 2,100 students each year.

Q. That's kind of small, isn't it? I read about state schools with 10,000 of students.
A. It's true that Lane is not a huge school. While some students are comfortable competing and living among thousands of others, we know that many students want the individualized attention and nurturing that a smaller institution affords. We call this concept, "A Family Affair."

Q. A Family Affair- What do you mean by that?
A. We truly live this concept at Lane College. We are concerned, as you should be, about the academic, psychological, spiritual, and social development of our students. We have made a commitment to values and traditions. We focus on not recruiting students, but also helping them to graduate.. Students who choose Lane become a part of an extended family, which will provide friendship, nurturing, and support not only while they are here, but for the rest of their lives.

Q. What are Lane's Admission Requirements?
A. To be considered for admission to the College, an applicant must be a graduate of an accredited or approved high school or have acquired a Graduate Equivalency Diploma(GED), and have taken the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Q. What about the faculty and staff at Lane College? Tell me about them.
A. The general faculty and staff are highly qualified in their disciplines, professions and areas. They are sensitive to the unique needs of African-American students, and recognize their responsibility to assist their students and support them through graduation.

Q. What is the student/faculty ratio?
A. The student/faculty ratio is 17:1

Q. What are the academic programs like?
A. The academic program is rich, strong, and rigorous. Major areas of concentration include Computer science, Mass Communications, Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, Business, Social Work, Pre-Medicine and Education. A very strong and rigorous program in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has been developed and implemented in order to produce more African-American scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

Q. Has Lane established any new academic or other student support programs?
A. We have a Center for Academic Development where students can work at their own pace on computer programs to improve basic academic skills in the areas of English and Mathematics. Tutoring services are available in virtually all academic areas.

Q. What about the Athletics Program?
A. Lane College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. We have a new football practice field, a completed renovated playing field, new weight room and refurbished locker rooms. The J.F. Lane Health, Physical Education, and Recreational Building has been completely renovated. Lane offers intercollegiate basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, track and field, and tennis.

Q. Tell me about the clubs and Organizations on campus.
A. All of the historically black sororities and fraternities are on campus: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Bet

Lane has an excellent Concert Choir that travels across the nation each year during its annual spring tour. All students who have a pleasing, pleasant, and melodious voice, should audition to join.

Other organizations of interest include: Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, Alpha Omega Library Club, Biology Club, Communication Club, Computer Science/Mathematics Club, English Club, NAACP, Pre-Alumni Council, Social Science Club, Students Ministerial Alliance, Chess Club, Pre-Law Society, Pan-Hellenic Council, Foreign Languages Club, and Criminal Justice Association.

Q. What about living on Campus?
A. Most students live on our beautiful campus in one of ten residence halls and off-campus apartments. Each hall has been recently modernized and wired for the Internet, telephone and cable services. There are now more student-centered buildings than ever on campus including Water Tower Place, a building that contains our bookstore and the popular Cybercafé and a 8,000 square-foot Recreation Center used for dances, games and other social events. We have just completed the construction of and a Living and Learning Center that contains wall-dimensioned High Definition television screens, a fitness center, and an area that includes a state-of-the-arts sound system that’s conducive for dancing.

Q. Are freshmen guaranteed housing?
A. Yes. After you are accepted to Lane College, you are sent a housing application form. The form must be completed and returned with a $50. 00 deposit before the deadline.

Q. What is the total cost to attend Lane College?
A. The annual cost for attending Lane College is as follows:

 Off Campus On Campus
Tuition (12-16 hours)$9,270 $9,270
Matriculation Fees$900 $900
Technology Fees$620 $620
Student Activity Fees$200 $200
Health Service Fee$100 $100
STEP (Text Books) Fee$700 $700
Housing (Room)N/A$4,760
Meal Plan FeeN/A$2,850
Total$11,790 $19,400

Q. Are there payment plans available to students?
A. All accounts are due and payable at registration. However, upon request, a payment plan is available for those persons unable to make full payment at the required time. Payment for at least one- fourth of the cost of attendance is required either before or at the time of registration. Three additional quarterly payments must be made during the next three succeeding months.

Q. What types of Financial Aid does your school offer?
A. We offer the following major forms of Federal Aid: Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, HOPE Scholarships (for qualified students), Federal College Work Study. Tennessee Student Assistance Awards are available to Tennessee residents accepted for admission at the College. The Financial Aid Office serves approximately 97% of the student body with over $5,000,000 in federal, state, institutional and external aid.

Q. Will I have 24 hour access to computers?
A. Lane College has made a full-fledged commitment to ensure that each graduate is completely computer-literate. This requires the student to have access to a broad array of computer resources. Each administrative, classroom, and residential building at Lane has internet access, including each residence hall. And don't worry if you are not able to bring your own computer with you when you come. As you might expect, there are computers available in the library and other teaching/learning centers. You will also find computer labs with Internet access computers and printers on each floor of each residence hall. The College takes pride in its 2:1 student to computer ratio.

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