College of Charleston

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$70

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$18,877

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.42%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

84.1%

10,828 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

11,294

86.9% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

69.2%

1,384 Graduates

About

College of Charleston is a higher education institution located in Charleston County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at College of Charleston were General Business Administration & Management (279 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (180 degrees), and General Psychology (165 degrees).

In 2016, 2,857 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at College of Charleston. 65.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,360 degrees), 15.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (150 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at College of Charleston is $70, which is $-20,090 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at College of Charleston is $70, which is $-20,090 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,877.

In 2016, 55% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 41% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$70

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at College of Charleston was $70. The cost of tuition at College of Charleston is $-20,090 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$18,877

2016 Value

1.07%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 College of Charleston had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,877. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of College of Charleston grew by 1.07%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,477

Room and Board

$1,224

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at College of Charleston was of $10,477 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,224. The cost of room and board increased by 1.73% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.41% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

55%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

41%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

55% of undergraduate students at College of Charleston received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 1.85% with respect to 2015, when 54% 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.

2.42%

2015 Default Rate

50

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at College of Charleston was 2.42%, which represents 50 out of the 2070 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

College of Charleston received 10,828 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 7.63% annual decline. Out of those 10,828 applicants, 9,110 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.1% acceptance rate.

There were 11,294 students enrolled at College of Charleston in 2016, and 48% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

College of Charleston has an overall enrollment yield of 25.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

9,110

Accepted Out of 10,828

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of College of Charleston was 84.1% (9,110 admissions from 10,828 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 77.1%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -7.63%, while admissions grew by 0.741%.

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SAT Scores

48%

Submission Percentage

1,117

Scores Submitted

48% of enrolled first-time students at College of Charleston in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

College of Charleston has a total enrollment of 11,294 students. The full-time enrollment at College of Charleston is 9,815 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,479. This means that 86.9% of students enrolled at College of Charleston are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at College of Charleston, both undergraduate and graduate, is 78.7% White, 8.13% Black or African American, 4.97% Hispanic or Latino, 3.58% Two or More Races, 2.01% Asian, 0.239% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.168% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at College of Charleston in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (50.2%), followed by White Male (28.8%) and Black or African American Female (5.12%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (58.4%), followed by White Male (24.7%) and Two or More Races Female (3.78%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at College of Charleston, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,294 students. The full-time enrollment at College of Charleston is 9,815 and the part-time enrollment is 1,479. This means that 86.9% of students enrolled at College of Charleston are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%

2016 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 College of Charleston was 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), College of Charleston had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,885

  2. Black or African American

    918

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    561

The enrolled student population at College of Charleston is 78.7% White, 8.13% Black or African American, 4.97% Hispanic or Latino, 3.58% Two or More Races, 2.01% Asian, 0.239% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.168% 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 128 students (1.13%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 879 more women than men received degrees from College of Charleston. The majority of degree recipients at College of Charleston are white (2,360 degrees awarded). There were 15.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (150 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at College of Charleston is General Business Administration & Management (279 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (180 degrees) and General Psychology (165 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at College of Charleston, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Biology (330 degrees awarded), History (71 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (65 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 College of Charleston are Physicians & surgeons (413,314 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (277,828 people), Miscellaneous managers (257,152 people), Postsecondary teachers (239,651 people), and Designers (195,072 people).

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (330 degrees awarded), History (71 degrees), Language & Linguistics (65 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (28 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (245 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Real estate brokers & sales agents, Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Dentists, and Credit counselors & loan officers

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (330 degrees awarded), History (71 degrees), Language & Linguistics (65 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (28 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (245 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 College of Charleston are Hospitals (529,123 people), Elementary & secondary schools (500,104 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (469,968 people), Offices of physicians (174,408 people), and Legal services (138,243 people).

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (330 degrees awarded), History (71 degrees), Language & Linguistics (65 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (28 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (245 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 College of Charleston.

Most Common

  1. 279 degrees awarded

  2. 180 degrees awarded

  3. 165 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at College of Charleston was General Business Administration & Management with 279 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 989

  2. 1,868

In 2016, 989 degrees were awarded to men at College of Charleston, which is 0.529 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,868).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 154 degrees were awarded to men at College of Charleston in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.945 times less than the 163 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 163 degrees were awarded to women at College of Charleston in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.06 times more than the 154 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

55%

100% Completion Time

67%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 55% of students graduating from College of Charleston completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 67% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% 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 College of Charleston 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, 1.81% of graduates (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,360 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    150 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    119 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at College of Charleston is white (2,360 degrees awarded). There were 15.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (150 degrees).

1.12% of degree recipients (32 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,520 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    840 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    109 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at College of Charleston is white female (1,520 degrees awarded). There were 1.81 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (840 degrees).

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Operations

College of Charleston has an endowment valued at nearly $71.8M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.08M (1.51%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, College of Charleston had a total expenditure of $254M. Of that $254M, they spent $108M on salaries and $254M on benefits.

College of Charleston employs 178 Associate professors, 154 Professors, and 145 Assistant professors. Most academics at College of Charleston are Male Associate professors (105), Male Professors(96), and Female Associate professors (73).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of Charleston are: Office and Administrative Support, with 289 employees, Management, with 159 employees, and Service with 127 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$71.8M

2015 Endowment

3.43%

decline from 2014

College of Charleston has an endowment valued at about $71.8M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of College of Charleston declined 3.43% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $43M higher 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: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $8.39M - Federal

  2. $19.7M - State

  3. $328k - Local

As of 2015, College of Charleston received $8.39M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $19.7M from state grants and contracts, and $328k 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.

$108M

Salary Expenditure

$254M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, College of Charleston had a total expenditure of $254M. Of that $254M, they spent $108M on salaries and $254M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at College of Charleston as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$108M

2015 Salaries

3.9%

growth from 2014

In 2015, College of Charleston paid a median of $108M in salaries, which represents 42.5% of their overall expenditure ($254M) and a 3.9% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.12% growth from 2013 and a 3.33% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$40.9M

Instructional Salaries

548

Number of Employees

In 2015, College of Charleston paid a total of $40.9M to 548 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

178 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

289 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at College of Charleston were Associate professor with 178 employees; Professor with 154 employees; and Professor with 145 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of Charleston were Office and Administrative Support with 289 employees; Management with 159 employees; and Service with 127 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Associate professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at College of Charleston was Male Associate professor with 105 employees, Male Professor with 96 employees, and Female Associate professor with 73 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at College of Charleston.

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