Columbia College (217934)

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$17,714

38.7% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$17,550

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

6.62%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

86.8%

880 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

1,514

61.7% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

50.2%

105 Graduates

About

Columbia College (217934) is a higher education institution located in Richland County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Columbia College (217934) were Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (70 degrees awarded), Social Work (32 degrees), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (31 degrees).

In 2017, 419 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbia College (217934). 80.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 19.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (238 degrees), 1.66 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (143 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $17,714, which is $-3,019 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $17,714, which is $-3,019 less 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 $17,550.

In 2017, 70% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 71% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$17,714

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Columbia College (217934) was $17,714. The cost of tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $-3,019 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$17,550

2017 Value

5.83%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Columbia College (217934) had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,550. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Columbia College (217934) grew by 5.83%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,427

Room and Board

$1,182

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbia College (217934) was of $6,427 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,182. The cost of room and board increased by 1.98% 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

70%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

71%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

70% of undergraduate students at Columbia College (217934) received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 9.09% with respect to 2016, when 77% 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.

6.62%

2016 Default Rate

37

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Columbia College (217934) was 6.62%, which represents 37 out of the 559 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

Columbia College (217934) received 880 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 67.3% annual growth. Out of those 880 applicants, 764 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 86.8% acceptance rate.

There were 1,514 students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) in 2017, and 40% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbia College (217934) has an overall enrollment yield of 20.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

86.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

764

Accepted Out of 880

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbia College (217934) was 86.8% (764 admissions from 880 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 87.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 67.3%, while admissions grew by 66.8%.

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SAT Scores

40%

Submission Percentage

64

Scores Submitted

40% of enrolled first-time students at Columbia College (217934) in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbia College (217934) has a total enrollment of 1,514 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia College (217934) is 934 students and the part-time enrollment is 580. This means that 61.7% of students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbia College (217934), both undergraduate and graduate, is 53.5% White, 34.3% Black or African American, 3.57% Hispanic or Latino, 2.97% Two or More Races, 0.793% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.594% Asian, and 0.0661% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (45.1%), followed by Black or African American Female (31.7%) and White Male (6.22%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (39.2%), followed by White Female (26.2%) and White Male (19.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

61.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbia College (217934), both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,514 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia College (217934) is 934 and the part-time enrollment is 580. This means that 61.7% of students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%

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 Columbia College (217934) was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Columbia College (217934) had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    810

  2. Black or African American

    519

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    54

The enrolled student population at Columbia College (217934) is 53.5% White, 34.3% Black or African American, 3.57% Hispanic or Latino, 2.97% Two or More Races, 0.793% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.594% Asian, and 0.0661% 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, 23 students (1.52%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 259 more women than men received degrees from Columbia College (217934). The majority of degree recipients at Columbia College (217934) are white (238 degrees awarded). There were 1.66 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (143 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbia College (217934) is Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (70 degrees awarded), followed by Social Work (32 degrees) and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (31 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Columbia College (217934), meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (88 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (33 degrees), and Education (98 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,028,505 people), Education administrators (326,896 people), Secondary school teachers (321,362 people), Social workers, all other (309,442 people), and Other managers (289,057 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (88 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (33 degrees), Education (98 degrees), Communications (37 degrees), and Psychology (48 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 Columbia College (217934) are Surgeons, Physicians, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Dentists, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (88 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (33 degrees), Education (98 degrees), Communications (37 degrees), and Psychology (48 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Elementary & secondary schools (3,143,574 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (472,465 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (427,343 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (365,799 people), and Individual & family services (274,693 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (88 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (33 degrees), Education (98 degrees), Communications (37 degrees), and Psychology (48 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 Columbia College (217934).

Most Common

  1. 70 degrees awarded

  2. 32 degrees awarded

  3. 31 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbia College (217934) was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 70 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 80

  2. 339

In 2017, 80 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia College (217934), which is 0.236 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (339).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 52 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia College (217934) in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 2.89 times more than the 18 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 48 degrees were awarded to women at Columbia College (217934) in Other Education, which is 12 times more than the 4 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

43%

100% Completion Time

50%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 43% of students graduating from Columbia College (217934) completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 51% 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.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Columbia College (217934) is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 1.9% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    238 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    143 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    15 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbia College (217934) is white (238 degrees awarded). There were 1.66 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (143 degrees).

0.239% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    179 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Female

    126 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    59 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Columbia College (217934) is white female (179 degrees awarded). There were 1.42 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (126 degrees).

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Operations

Columbia College (217934) has an endowment valued at nearly $17.5M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.17M (12.4%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Columbia College (217934) had a total expenditure of $26.9M. Of that $26.9M, they spent $10.6M on salaries and $26.9M on benefits.

Columbia College (217934) employs 17 Lecturers, 14 Professors, and 13 Associate professors. Most academics at Columbia College (217934) are Female Lecturers (13), Female Professors(11), and Female Associate professors (11).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 24 employees, Management, with 21 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 21 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$17.5M

2017 Endowment

0.517%

growth from 2016

Columbia College (217934) has an endowment valued at about $17.5M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbia College (217934) grew 0.517% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $15.6M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $351k - Federal

  2. $714k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Columbia College (217934) received $351k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $714k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$10.6M

Salary Expenditure

$26.9M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, Columbia College (217934) had a total expenditure of $26.9M. Of that $26.9M, they spent $10.6M on salaries and $26.9M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$10.6M

2017 Salaries

5.05%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Columbia College (217934) paid a median of $10.6M in salaries, which represents 39.5% of their overall expenditure ($26.9M) and a 5.05% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.22% growth from 2015 and a 6.95% 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

$3.13M

Instructional Salaries

55

Number of Employees

In 2017, Columbia College (217934) paid a total of $3.13M to 55 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.5% 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

Lecturer

Most Common Instructor

17 Employees

Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

24 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) were Lecturer with 17 employees; Professor with 14 employees; and Professor with 13 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 24 employees; Management with 21 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 21 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Lecturer

  2. Female Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) was Female Lecturer with 13 employees, Female Professor with 11 employees, and Female Associate professor with 11 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Columbia College (217934).

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