Charleston Southern University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$24,800

2.9% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$17,858

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

7.65%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

56.3%

4,125 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

3,492

81.9% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

34.8%

239 Graduates

About

Charleston Southern University is a higher education institution located in Charleston County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Charleston Southern University were Registered Nursing (65 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (47 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (41 degrees).

In 2017, 653 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Charleston Southern University. 66.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (418 degrees), 2.81 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (149 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Charleston Southern University is $24,800, which is $4,067 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Charleston Southern University is $24,800, which is $4,067 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,858.

In 2017, 97% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 80% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$24,800

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Charleston Southern University was $24,800. The cost of tuition at Charleston Southern University is $4,067 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$17,858

2017 Value

13.7%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Charleston Southern University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,858. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Charleston Southern University grew by 13.7%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,325

Room and Board

$1,400

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Charleston Southern University was of $9,325 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of room and board increased by 6.15% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

97%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

80%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

97% of undergraduate students at Charleston Southern University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 8.99% with respect to 2016, when 89% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

7.65%

2016 Default Rate

84

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Charleston Southern University was 7.65%, which represents 84 out of the 1098 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Charleston Southern University received 4,125 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 6.23% annual decline. Out of those 4,125 applicants, 2,323 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 56.3% acceptance rate.

There were 3,492 students enrolled at Charleston Southern University in 2017, and 64% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Charleston Southern University has an overall enrollment yield of 27.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

56.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

2,323

Accepted Out of 4,125

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Charleston Southern University was 56.3% (2,323 admissions from 4,125 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 60.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -6.23%, while admissions declined by -12.9%.

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SAT Scores

64%

Submission Percentage

404

Scores Submitted

64% of enrolled first-time students at Charleston Southern University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Charleston Southern University has a total enrollment of 3,492 students. The full-time enrollment at Charleston Southern University is 2,860 students and the part-time enrollment is 632. This means that 81.9% of students enrolled at Charleston Southern University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Charleston Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61% White, 25.1% Black or African American, 3.67% Hispanic or Latino, 3.26% Two or More Races, 1.37% Asian, 0.573% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.172% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Charleston Southern University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (38.6%), followed by White Male (23.1%) and Black or African American Female (13.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (48.2%), followed by White Male (23.2%) and Black or African American Female (14.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Charleston Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,492 students. The full-time enrollment at Charleston Southern University is 2,860 and the part-time enrollment is 632. This means that 81.9% of students enrolled at Charleston Southern University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Charleston Southern University was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Charleston Southern University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,130

  2. Black or African American

    876

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    128

The enrolled student population at Charleston Southern University is 61% White, 25.1% Black or African American, 3.67% Hispanic or Latino, 3.26% Two or More Races, 1.37% Asian, 0.573% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.172% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 144 students (4.12%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 219 more women than men received degrees from Charleston Southern University. The majority of degree recipients at Charleston Southern University are white (418 degrees awarded). There were 2.81 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (149 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Charleston Southern University is Registered Nursing (65 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (47 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (41 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Charleston Southern University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (65 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (12 degrees), and Protective Services (48 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Physicians (393,767 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (156,212 people), Other managers (153,211 people), Postsecondary teachers (137,262 people), and Police officers (131,129 people).

The most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (65 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (12 degrees), Protective Services (48 degrees), Biology (41 degrees), and Theology (8 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Surgeons, Physicians, Dentists, Chief executives & legislators, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (65 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (12 degrees), Protective Services (48 degrees), Biology (41 degrees), and Theology (8 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (517,074 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (337,380 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (332,829 people), Elementary & secondary schools (298,363 people), and Offices of physicians (189,313 people).

The most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (65 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (12 degrees), Protective Services (48 degrees), Biology (41 degrees), and Theology (8 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Charleston Southern University.

Most Common

  1. 65 degrees awarded

  2. 47 degrees awarded

  3. 41 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Charleston Southern University was Registered Nursing with 65 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 217

  2. 436

In 2017, 217 degrees were awarded to men at Charleston Southern University, which is 0.498 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (436).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 21 degrees were awarded to men at Charleston Southern University in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration, which is 0.778 times less than the 27 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 61 degrees were awarded to women at Charleston Southern University in Registered Nursing, which is 15.3 times more than the 4 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

26%

100% Completion Time

39%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 26% of students graduating from Charleston Southern University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 39% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 41% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Male

Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Charleston Southern University is Male and Asian (75% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 6.28% of graduates (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    418 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    149 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    36 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Charleston Southern University is white (418 degrees awarded). There were 2.81 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (149 degrees).

5.51% of degree recipients (36 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    279 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    139 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    99 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Charleston Southern University is white female (279 degrees awarded). There were 2.01 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (139 degrees).

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Operations

Charleston Southern University has an endowment valued at nearly $18.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.91M (10.5%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Charleston Southern University had a total salary expenditure of $53.7M. Charleston Southern University employs 75 Assistant professors, 44 Associate professors, and 32 No academic ranks. Most academics at Charleston Southern University are Female Assistant professors (42), Male Assistant professors(33), and Male No academic ranks (28).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Charleston Southern University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 47 employees, Management, with 33 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 29 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$18.2M

2017 Endowment

10.1%

growth from 2016

Charleston Southern University has an endowment valued at about $18.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Charleston Southern University grew 10.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $15M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.33M - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Charleston Southern University received $1.33M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$23.4M

2017 Salaries

4.8%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Charleston Southern University paid a median of $23.4M in salaries, which represents 43.7% of their overall expenditure ($53.7M) and a 4.8% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.21% growth from 2015 and a 5.08% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$12.6M

Instructional Salaries

209

Number of Employees

In 2017, Charleston Southern University paid a total of $12.6M to 209 employees working as instructors, which represents 53.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.02M (34.2%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

75 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

47 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Charleston Southern University were Assistant professor with 75 employees; Associate professor with 44 employees; and Associate professor with 32 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Charleston Southern University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 47 employees; Management with 33 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 29 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Male No academic rank

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Charleston Southern University was Female Assistant professor with 42 employees, Male Assistant professor with 33 employees, and Male No academic rank with 28 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Charleston Southern University.

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