College of Charleston

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$70
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$19,764
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
5.31%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
78.3%
11,783 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
10,545
85.6% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
71.4%
1,517 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 (230 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (167 degrees), and General Psychology (157 degrees).

In 2019, 2,637 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at College of Charleston. 68.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 31.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,124 degrees), 13 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (164 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at College of Charleston is $70, which is $−21,956 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at College of Charleston is $70, which is $−21,956 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,764.

In 2019, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 42% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$70
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at College of Charleston was $70. The cost of tuition at College of Charleston is $−21,956 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$19,764
2019 Value
0.585%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 College of Charleston had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,764. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of College of Charleston grew by 0.585%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,806
Room and Board
$1,218
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at College of Charleston was of $11,806 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,218. The cost of room and board increased by 2.37% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.578% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
42%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at College of Charleston received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.72% with respect to 2018, when 58% 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.
5.31%
2017 Default Rate
103
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at College of Charleston was 5.31%, which represents 103 out of the 1941 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 11,783 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 0.925% annual growth. Out of those 11,783 applicants, 9,230 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.3% acceptance rate.

There were 10,545 students enrolled at College of Charleston in 2019, and 59% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

College of Charleston has an overall enrollment yield of 22.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
9,230
Accepted Out of 11,783

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of College of Charleston was 78.3% (9,230 admissions from 11,783 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 79.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 0.925%, while admissions declined by −0.259%.

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SAT Scores

59%
Submission Percentage
1,217
Scores Submitted

59% of enrolled first-time students at College of Charleston in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

College of Charleston has a total enrollment of 10,545 students. The full-time enrollment at College of Charleston is 9,025 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,520. This means that 85.6% of students enrolled at College of Charleston are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at College of Charleston, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.4% White, 7.65% Black or African American, 5.97% Hispanic or Latino, 3.61% Two or More Races, 1.93% Asian, 0.341% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.133% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at College of Charleston in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (50.7%), followed by White Male (26.8%) and Black or African American Female (4.91%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (51.7%), followed by White Male (26.6%) and Black or African American Female (4.18%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at College of Charleston, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,545 students. The full-time enrollment at College of Charleston is 9,025 and the part-time enrollment is 1,520. This means that 85.6% of students enrolled at College of Charleston are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%
2019 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 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), 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
    8,157
  2. Black or African American
    807
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    630

The enrolled student population at College of Charleston is 77.4% White, 7.65% Black or African American, 5.97% Hispanic or Latino, 3.61% Two or More Races, 1.93% Asian, 0.341% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.133% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 166 students (1.57%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 957 more women than men received degrees from College of Charleston. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at College of Charleston is white (2,124 degrees awarded). There were 13 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (164 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at College of Charleston is General Business Administration & Management (230 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (167 degrees) and General Psychology (157 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 (308 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (55 degrees), and History (52 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 (469,562 people), Other managers (304,175 people), Postsecondary teachers (256,990 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (195,384 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (190,028 people).

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (308 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (55 degrees), History (52 degrees), Physical Sciences (79 degrees), and Communications (156 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 College of Charleston are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Dentists, Physicians, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (308 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (55 degrees), History (52 degrees), Physical Sciences (79 degrees), and Communications (156 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 College of Charleston are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (601,822 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (546,094 people), Elementary & secondary schools (529,441 people), Offices of physicians (248,880 people), and Computer Systems Design (227,065 people).

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (308 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (55 degrees), History (52 degrees), Physical Sciences (79 degrees), and Communications (156 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. 230 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 167 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 157 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at College of Charleston was General Business Administration & Management with 230 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

840
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,797
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 840 degrees were awarded to men at College of Charleston, which is 0.467 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,797).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 123 degrees were awarded to men at College of Charleston in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.848 times less than the 145 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 145 degrees were awarded to women at College of Charleston in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.18 times more than the 123 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

56%
100% Completion Time
69%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 56% of students graduating from College of Charleston completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 69% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% 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 Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at College of Charleston is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.527% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,124 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    164 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    133 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at College of Charleston is white (2,124 degrees awarded). There were 13 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (164 degrees).

0.834% of degree recipients (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,429 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    695 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    115 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at College of Charleston is white female (1,429 degrees awarded). There were 2.06 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (695 degrees).

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Operations

College of Charleston has an endowment valued at nearly $100M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.35M (3.34%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, College of Charleston had a total salary expenditure of $281M. College of Charleston employs 187 Associate professors, 153 Professors, and 127 Assistant professors. Most academics at College of Charleston are Male Associate professors (105), Male Professors(96), and Female Associate professors (82).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of Charleston are: Office and Administrative Support, with 284 employees, Management, with 187 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 125 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$100M
2019 Endowment
8.65%
growth from 2018

College of Charleston has an endowment valued at about $100M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of College of Charleston grew 8.65% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $61.8M 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. $6.35M - Federal
  2. $22.5M - State
  3. $239k - Local

As of 2019, College of Charleston received $6.35M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $22.5M from state grants and contracts, and $239k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$105M
2019 Salaries
3.13%
growth from 2018

In 2019, College of Charleston paid a median of $105M in salaries, which represents 37.4% of their overall expenditure ($281M) and a 3.13% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.125% growth from 2017 and a 0.887% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$41.8M
Instructional Salaries
526
Number of Employees

In 2019, College of Charleston paid a total of $41.8M to 526 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
187 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
284 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at College of Charleston were Associate professor with 187 employees; Professor with 153 employees; and Professor with 127 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of Charleston were Office and Administrative Support with 284 employees; Management with 187 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 125 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 2019, 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 82 employees.

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

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