South Mountain Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,040
2022 Average Net Price
$11,676
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.03%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
3,706
22.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
16.9%
61 Graduates

About

South Mountain Community College is a higher education institution located in Maricopa County, AZ. In 2022, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at South Mountain Community College were General Art Studies (229 degrees awarded), General Business (29 degrees), and Natural Sciences (26 degrees).

In 2022, 854 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South Mountain Community College. 61.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (483 degrees), 3.14 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (154 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South Mountain Community College is $2,040, which is $−6,072 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at South Mountain Community College is $2,040, which is $−6,072 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,676.

In 2022, 91% of undergraduate students attending South Mountain Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 6% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$2,040
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at South Mountain Community College was $2,040. The cost of tuition at South Mountain Community College is $−6,072 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$11,676
2022 Value
6.53%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 South Mountain Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,676. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of South Mountain Community College grew by 6.53%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,496
Room and Board
$1,464
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Mountain Community College was of $8,496 in 2022. The cost of room and board decreased by 7.81% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,464. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 0.543% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

91%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
6%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

91% of undergraduate students at South Mountain Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 75% with respect to 2021, when 52% 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.
4.03%
2019 Default Rate
17
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at South Mountain Community College was 4.03%, which represents 17 out of the 422 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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Enrollment

South Mountain Community College had a total enrollment of 3,706 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at South Mountain Community College is 834 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,872. This means that 22.5% of students enrolled at South Mountain Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South Mountain Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.7% Hispanic or Latino, 16.4% White, 12.3% Black or African American, 4.29% Two or More Races, 3.32% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.16% Asian, and 0.135% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at South Mountain Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (31.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (25.7%) and Black or African American Female (8.87%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

22.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South Mountain Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,706 students. The full-time enrollment at South Mountain Community College is 834 and the part-time enrollment is 2,872. This means that 22.5% of students enrolled at South Mountain Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

55%
2022 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 South Mountain Community College was 55%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), South Mountain Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    2,138 enrolled students
  2. White
    609 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    454 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at South Mountain Community College is 57.7% Hispanic or Latino, 16.4% White, 12.3% Black or African American, 4.29% Two or More Races, 3.32% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.16% Asian, and 0.135% 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 Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% 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, 83 students (2.24%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 190 more women than men received degrees from South Mountain Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South Mountain Community College is hispanic or latino (483 degrees awarded). There were 3.14 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (154 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at South Mountain Community College is General Art Studies (229 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (29 degrees) and Natural Sciences (26 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at South Mountain Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Visual & Performing Arts (230 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (104 degrees), and Construction (34 degrees).

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 South Mountain Community College are Other managers (199,041 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (196,441 people), Postsecondary teachers (151,971 people), Physicians (105,637 people), and Secondary school teachers (99,690 people).

The most specialized majors at South Mountain Community College in 2022 are Visual & Performing Arts (230 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (104 degrees), Construction (34 degrees), Physical Sciences (24 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (229 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 South Mountain Community College are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Physicians, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at South Mountain Community College are Visual & Performing Arts (230 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (104 degrees), Construction (34 degrees), Physical Sciences (24 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (229 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 South Mountain Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (427,925 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (318,669 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (216,349 people), Computer Systems Design (174,629 people), and Construction (163,319 people).

The most specialized majors at South Mountain Community College are Visual & Performing Arts (230 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (104 degrees), Construction (34 degrees), Physical Sciences (24 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (229 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by South Mountain Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 201 degrees awarded
  2. 28 degrees awarded
  3. 28 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at South Mountain Community College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 201 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

332
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
522
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 332 degrees were awarded to men at South Mountain Community College, which is 0.636 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (522).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 70 degrees were awarded to men at South Mountain Community College in General Art Studies, which is 0.44 times less than the 159 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 159 degrees were awarded to men at South Mountain Community College in General Art Studies, which is 2.27 times more than the 70 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

10%
100% Completion Time
16%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 10% of students graduating from South Mountain Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 16% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 20% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (35.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at South Mountain Community College is Female and White (35.7% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    483 degrees awarded
  2. White
    154 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    133 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South Mountain Community College is hispanic or latino (483 degrees awarded). There were 3.14 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (154 degrees).

0.703% of degree recipients (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    303 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    180 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    87 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at South Mountain Community College is hispanic or latino female (303 degrees awarded). There were 1.68 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (180 degrees).

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Operations

South Mountain Community College employs 62 No academic ranks. Most academics at South Mountain Community College are Female No academic rank (32), and Male No academic rank (30).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Mountain Community College are: Business and Financial Operations, with 45 employees, Management, with 27 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 20 employees.

Salary Expenditure

$17.3M
2022 Salaries
5.33%
decline from 2021

In 2022, South Mountain Community College paid a median of $17.3M in salaries, a 5.33% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.54M
Instructional Salaries
62
Number of Employees

In 2022, South Mountain Community College paid a total of $5.54M to 62 employees working as instructors, which represents 32% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
62 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
45 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at South Mountain Community College was No academic rank with 62 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Mountain Community College were Business and Financial Operations with 45 employees, Management with 27 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 20 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South Mountain Community College was Female No academic rank with 32 employees, and Male No academic rank with 30 employees.

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