University of South Carolina-Aiken

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$10,164

2.85% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$14,821

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

8.46%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

52.9%

3,075 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

3,506

78% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

42.4%

249 Graduates

About

University of South Carolina-Aiken is a higher education institution located in Aiken County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of South Carolina-Aiken were General Business Administration & Management (122 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (89 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (49 degrees).

In 2017, 508 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of South Carolina-Aiken. 66.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (311 degrees), 2.59 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (120 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina-Aiken is $10,164, which is $-15,030 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina-Aiken is $10,164, which is $-15,030 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,821.

In 2017, 72% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 58% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,164

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of South Carolina-Aiken was $10,164. The cost of tuition at University of South Carolina-Aiken is $-15,030 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$14,821

2017 Value

2.46%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of South Carolina-Aiken had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,821. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of South Carolina-Aiken grew by 2.46%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,254

Room and Board

$1,656

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of South Carolina-Aiken was of $8,254 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,656. The cost of room and board increased by 3.25% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.5% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

72%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

58%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

72% of undergraduate students at University of South Carolina-Aiken received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.41% with respect to 2016, when 71% 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.

8.46%

2016 Default Rate

76

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of South Carolina-Aiken was 8.46%, which represents 76 out of the 898 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

University of South Carolina-Aiken received 3,075 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 43.3% annual growth. Out of those 3,075 applicants, 1,628 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 52.9% acceptance rate.

There were 3,506 students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2017, and 65% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of South Carolina-Aiken has an overall enrollment yield of 35.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

52.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

1,628

Accepted Out of 3,075

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of South Carolina-Aiken was 52.9% (1,628 admissions from 3,075 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 66.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 43.3%, while admissions grew by 13.4%.

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SAT Scores

65%

Submission Percentage

360

Scores Submitted

65% of enrolled first-time students at University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of South Carolina-Aiken has a total enrollment of 3,506 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina-Aiken is 2,735 students and the part-time enrollment is 771. This means that 78% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Aiken are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina-Aiken, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59% White, 26.2% Black or African American, 4.45% Hispanic or Latino, 3.85% Two or More Races, 1.14% Asian, 0.285% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.171% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Aiken in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (36.6%), followed by White Male (21%) and Black or African American Female (20%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (57.9%), followed by Asian Male (5.26%) and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders Female (5.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of South Carolina-Aiken, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,506 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina-Aiken is 2,735 and the part-time enrollment is 771. This means that 78% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Aiken are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

68%

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 University of South Carolina-Aiken was 68%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), University of South Carolina-Aiken had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,070

  2. Black or African American

    920

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    156

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina-Aiken is 59% White, 26.2% Black or African American, 4.45% Hispanic or Latino, 3.85% Two or More Races, 1.14% Asian, 0.285% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.171% 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 Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 61 students (1.74%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 164 more women than men received degrees from University of South Carolina-Aiken. The majority of degree recipients at University of South Carolina-Aiken are white (311 degrees awarded). There were 2.59 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (120 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of South Carolina-Aiken is General Business Administration & Management (122 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (89 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (49 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of South Carolina-Aiken, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (49 degrees awarded), Communications (43 degrees), and Biology (41 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 University of South Carolina-Aiken are Physicians (440,787 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (421,186 people), Other managers (326,236 people), Postsecondary teachers (256,848 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (185,221 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Aiken are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (49 degrees awarded), Communications (43 degrees), Biology (41 degrees), Psychology (37 degrees), and English (12 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 University of South Carolina-Aiken are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Aiken are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (49 degrees awarded), Communications (43 degrees), Biology (41 degrees), Psychology (37 degrees), and English (12 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 University of South Carolina-Aiken are Elementary & secondary schools (858,684 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (721,094 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (636,517 people), Outpatient care centers (247,871 people), and Offices of physicians (241,460 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Aiken are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (49 degrees awarded), Communications (43 degrees), Biology (41 degrees), Psychology (37 degrees), and English (12 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 University of South Carolina-Aiken.

Most Common

  1. 122 degrees awarded

  2. 89 degrees awarded

  3. 49 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of South Carolina-Aiken was General Business Administration & Management with 122 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 172

  2. 336

In 2017, 172 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Aiken, which is 0.512 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (336).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 59 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Aiken in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.937 times less than the 63 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 66 degrees were awarded to women at University of South Carolina-Aiken in Registered Nursing, which is 2.87 times more than the 23 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

23%

100% Completion Time

43%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 23% of students graduating from University of South Carolina-Aiken completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 43% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 45% 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.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (50.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of South Carolina-Aiken is Female and White (50.2% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, 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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    311 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    120 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    24 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of South Carolina-Aiken is white (311 degrees awarded). There were 2.59 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (120 degrees).

1.18% of degree recipients (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    208 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    103 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    86 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of South Carolina-Aiken is white female (208 degrees awarded). There were 2.02 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (103 degrees).

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Operations

University of South Carolina-Aiken has an endowment valued at nearly $25.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $19.8k (0.0791%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, University of South Carolina-Aiken had a total expenditure of $52.4M. Of that $52.4M, they spent $23.9M on salaries and $52.4M on benefits.

University of South Carolina-Aiken employs 47 Assistant professors, 45 Associate professors, and 35 Instructors. Most academics at University of South Carolina-Aiken are Female Assistant professors (30), Male Associate professors(25), and Male Professors (24).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Aiken are: Management, with 45 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 42 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 37 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$25.1M

2017 Endowment

11.2%

growth from 2016

University of South Carolina-Aiken has an endowment valued at about $25.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of South Carolina-Aiken grew 11.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $12.1M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $4.03M - Federal

  2. $6.96M - State

  3. $155k - Local

As of 2017, University of South Carolina-Aiken received $4.03M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.96M from state grants and contracts, and $155k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$23.9M

Salary Expenditure

$52.4M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, University of South Carolina-Aiken had a total expenditure of $52.4M. Of that $52.4M, they spent $23.9M on salaries and $52.4M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at University of South Carolina-Aiken as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$23.9M

2017 Salaries

4.88%

growth from 2016

In 2017, University of South Carolina-Aiken paid a median of $23.9M in salaries, which represents 45.6% of their overall expenditure ($52.4M) and a 4.88% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.61% growth from 2015 and a 3.1% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$10.3M

Instructional Salaries

159

Number of Employees

In 2017, University of South Carolina-Aiken paid a total of $10.3M to 159 employees working as instructors, which represents 43.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $3.02M (30.9%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

47 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

45 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Aiken were Assistant professor with 47 employees; Associate professor with 45 employees; and Associate professor with 35 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Aiken were Management with 45 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 42 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 37 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Male Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Aiken was Female Assistant professor with 30 employees, Male Associate professor with 25 employees, and Male Professor with 24 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of South Carolina-Aiken.

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