Silver Lake College
Year established: 1935
Type of school: college, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate, 2-year undergraduate, graduate school
Religious affiliation: yes, Roman Catholic
Campus enrollment: 832 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, became coeducational in 1969
Location description: in or near a large town (pop. 25,000-75,000)
Application fee: $35

Street address: Silver Lake College
2406 S. Alverno Road
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Mailing address: Silver Lake College
2406 S. Alverno Road
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Main telephone numbers: 920 686-6175
800 236-4752 (toll free)
920 684-7082 (fax)

Silver Lake College
Main homepage:
Athletics homepage:
Undergraduate studies homepage:
Graduate studies homepage:
International student information homepage:
Financial aid homepage:
Campus map:
Adult Degree Programs:
Campus Visit Days:

SAT number: 1300
ACT number: 4586
FAFSA number: 003850
FICE number: 3850

Silver Lake College is a coeducational, liberal arts and professional degree granting institution that is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Our four-year college seeks


The admissions information below is valid for the 2008-09 academic year.

Silver Lake College
Admissions officer: Jane Bishop,
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Contacting the office: 920 686-6175
800 236-4752, ext. 175 (toll free)
920 684-7082 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? no
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 1%
Application fee: $35
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: no
Admissions requirements:
Minimum composite ACT score of 18 and minimum 2.5 GPA required.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: recommended
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Off-campus interview: can be arranged with admissions representative
Standardized test requirements: ACT required of some
School's test preference: ACT
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: counseling, placement
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 required, 4 recommended
History: 1 required, 1 recommended
Lab: 1 required, 1 recommended
Math: 3 required, 3 recommended
Science: 2 required, 2 recommended
Social studies: 1 required, 1 recommended
Academic electives: 7 required, 7 recommended
Total: 19 required, 19 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank important
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.02
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 95%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 0%
Top quarter: 21%
Top half: 73%
Bottom half: 27%
Bottom quarter: 3%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 76%
Average ACT: 18 English, 19 math, 19 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 17 - 21
Test taken by majority of applicants: ACT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 92%

Notification of admission: Yes
Acceptance of admission: Reply is required prior to registration.

Number of completed applications received: 167
Number of applicants offered admission: 105 (63%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 38 (36%)
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 82%
Tuition deposit amount: $100, refundable until May 1st
Room deposit amount: $100, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred: yes

Semester/term begin dates: May 5, 2008 for Summer Term
September 2, 2008 for Fall Term
January 12, 2009 for Spring Term
Calendar system: semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in July and January.
Number and length of summer sessions: Two summer sessions of eight weeks each.

Enrollment by categories:
22% arts/humanities/social sciences
3% biological/life sciences
37% business
29% education
4% engineering/technology/computer science
3% health professions
2% mathematics/physical sciences
Majors with the highest enrollment: management, elementary education, psychology
Majors with the lowest enrollment: english, math, history
Average freshman GPA: 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 70%
Student:Faculty ratio: 9:1
Total faculty: 88 men, 153 women, 241 total
Full-time faculty: 11 men, 19 women, 30 total
Part-time faculty: 77 men, 134 women, 211 total
Graduation rate: 21% within four years
35% within five years
48% within six years

Silver Lake College
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: required of some for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: yes

Undergraduate studies homepage:
Graduate studies homepage:
Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, accelerated program, pass/fail grading option, internships
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Minors offered in biology, chemistry, computer education, computer science, English, family services, history, information science & technology, integrated natural science, management, mathematics, religious studies, music, psychology, social science, Spanish, studio art, and theology.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-theology, pre-chiropractic
Education certifications:
early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: yes
Army ROTC: not offered
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Associate's Degrees

  • General Studies
Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Art Education K-12
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Science
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education
  • Music Education/Choral
  • Music Education/Instrumental
  • Music General
  • Nursing Completion
  • Psychology
  • Public Services Administration
  • Special Education/Cognitive/Developmental Disabilities
  • Special Education/Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education/Learning/Behavior Disorders
  • Studio Art
  • Theology

Credit placement options:
  • neither credit nor placement for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • credit for CLEP general
  • credit for CLEP subject
  • credit for Regents College Exams (RCE)
  • credit and/or placement for ACT PEP
  • credit for DANTES
  • credit and/or placement for school's own challenge exams
  • credit for relevant military experience
  • credit for relevant life experience

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2007-08 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Michelle Krajnik,
Director of Financial Aid
Contacting the office: 920 686-6122
800 236-4752, ext. 122 (toll free)
920 684-7082 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003850
Financial aid homepage:

Undergraduate tuition: $17,980
Additional required fees: $340
Book fees: $890
Miscellaneous expenses: $2,200
Other expenses: transportation and personal expenses
Combined room and board expenses: $6,450 - $6,450


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMarch 15yesN/A

Applied for financial aid:
92% of first-year students
85% of full-time undergraduates
47% of part-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
97% of first-year students
94% of full-time undergraduates
91% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
100% of first-year students
99% of full-time undergraduates
98% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
74% of first-year students
97% of full-time undergraduates
65% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
94% of first-year students
91% of full-time undergraduates
85% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
3% of first-year students
4% of full-time undergraduates
1% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
24% of first-year students
17% of full-time undergraduates
9% of part-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
78% for first-year students
68% for full-time undergraduates
43% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$15,342 for first-year students
$14,756 for full-time undergraduates
$6,838 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$10,737 for first-year students
$10,233 for full-time undergraduates
$3,604 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$4,511 for first-year students
$5,230 for full-time undergraduates
$4,950 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$3,398 for first-year students
$4,578 for full-time undergraduates
$4,922 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
3% of first-year students
7% of full-time undergraduates
1% of part-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$10,000 for first-year students
$5,726 for full-time undergraduates
$480 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
0% of first-year students
2% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$3,000 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 34%

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • State Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: no
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 83%
Average student debt upon graduation: $24,029
Types of payment plans:
  • deferred payment plan
  • Credit card payment
    Installment payment
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
  • ACG/SMART Grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • state scholarships/grants
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • creative arts/performance
  • special achievements/activities
  • special characteristics
  • athletic scholarships
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 10%

Total undergraduates: 164 men, 422 women, 586 total
Full-time undergraduates: 48 men, 151 women, 199 total
Part-time undergraduates: 116 men, 271 women, 387 total
Total graduate students: 59 men, 187 women, 246 total
Full-time graduate students: 1 men, 10 women, 11 total
Part-time graduate students: 58 men, 177 women, 235 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 22
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 4%
First-year student breakdown:
7.9% Black (non-Hispanic)
2.6% American Indian or Alaskan Native
60.5% White (non-Hispanic)
2.6% total international (nonresident aliens)
26.3% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
0.9% Black (non-Hispanic)
4.1% American Indian or Alaskan Native
0.3% Asian or Pacific Islander
1.0% Hispanic
80.5% White (non-Hispanic)
1.2% total international (nonresident aliens)
11.9% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Silver Lake College
Campus size: 36 acres
City or town school is located in: Manitowoc
Population of city/town: 35,000
Nearest major city: Green Bay
Distance of nearest major city: 35 miles
Population of nearest major city: 75,000
Online campus map:

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • single-student apartments (100%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 73%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 10%
Percent of students who live off campus: 90%
Students required to live on campus: All unmarried, nonveteran freshmen, sophomores, and juniors under the age of 21 must live on campus unless living with family.
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 99%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: no

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: yes
Computer equipment is provided in: library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 50
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Additional library facilities/collections:
Rare book collection.
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Curriculum Resource Center in the Education Department, Religious Education Resource Center in the Religious Studies & Philosophy Department

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered:
placement service, health service, health insurance
Counseling services:
minority student, older student, career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
Career placement services:
internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: fully

Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine
School newspaper(s): Student Update (weekly)
Total number of registered organizations: 17
Campus-based religious organizations:
Campus Ministry
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
Music Educators' National Conference, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Student Forum, Student Wisconsin Educators Association, Student Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, English club, Art Club, Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Matthew Thielen,
Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students
Athletic department's mailing address: Matthew Thielen
Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students
Silver Lake College
2406 South Alverno Road
Manitowoc, WI 54220-9319
Athletics homepage:
School colors: blue and white
School mascot: Freddy the Pheasant/Lakers
Athletic conference memberships: United States Collegiate Athletic Association

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's basketballyes 
Men's cross-countryyes 
Men's golfyes 
Women's basketballyesUSCAA
Women's cross-countryyes 
Women's golfyes 

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 20%
Percent of students in intramural/recreational sports: 10%
Intramural/Recreational sports:
men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and softball through the Manitowoc Recreation League. A Dance team in conjunction with UW-Manitowoc is available.

Public transportation serves campus: no
Nearest international airport: Milwaukee (90 miles)
Nearest other airport: Green Bay (45 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Milwaukee (90 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Manitowoc (4 miles)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 34%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 8% immediately
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
UW-System; Marquette University; Cardinal Stritch University, Silver Lake College
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 80% within six months of graduation, 77% within one year of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Kohler Company; Manitowoc Company; Lakeside Foods; Northern Lab; Humana; Holy Family Memorial Hospital
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Sr. Lorna Zemke, D.M.A. National & International Kodaly Music Educator

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2008-09 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 150
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 103 (69%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 75 (73%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 66%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, spring, summer
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student: 0
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript recommended of some
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement not required
  • interview not required
  • standardized test scores not required
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) not required
Minimum high school GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: C
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 90 credits from a two-year institution, 90 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 30 to receive an associate's degree, 30 to receive a bachelor's degree

International student information homepage:

Number of foreign countries represented: 5
Most represented countries: Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Japan

Silver Lake College
Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: yes
A separate international application form is required: no
Application closing dates: July 15th for fall
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: yes
Test requirements: TOEFL required
Minimum ACT score: 18 composite
Test preference: ACT
Minimum TOEFL score: 550 paper, 213 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: special counselors/advisors

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes
Number of international applicants who received aid: 1


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Foreign Student's Certification of FinancesN/AnoN/A

Learning disabled program contact: George Grinde,
Vice President and Academic Dean
Contacting the office: 920 686-6125

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: no program/support services
Services available to LD students:
remedial math, remedial English, remedial reading, note-taking services, oral tests, readers, tutors, untimed tests, extended time for tests
LD students are tutored: individually
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: yes
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: yes
There are additional costs for LD students: no

Requirements for LD applicants: ACT, Child Study Team report (if student is classified)
An essay is required: no
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: yes


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