College of Charleston

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$70
0% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$19,790
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
5.16%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
80.5%
11,900 Applicants
N/A Enrolled Students
68,486
86.1% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
69.2%
1,607 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 (246 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (183 degrees), and General Psychology (161 degrees).

In 2017, 2,574 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at College of Charleston. 66.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,090 degrees), 12.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (168 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at College of Charleston is $70, which is $-20,663 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at College of Charleston is $70, which is $-20,663 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 $19,790.

In 2017, 56% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 43% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$70
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at College of Charleston was $70. The cost of tuition at College of Charleston is $-20,663 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$19,790
2017 Value
4.84%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 College of Charleston had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,790. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of College of Charleston grew by 4.84%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,473
Room and Board
$1,159
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at College of Charleston was of $11,473 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,159. The cost of room and board increased by 9.5% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 5.31% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

56%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
43%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

56% of undergraduate students at College of Charleston received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.82% with respect to 2016, when 55% 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.
5.16%
2016 Default Rate
109
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at College of Charleston was 5.16%, which represents 109 out of the 2114 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 11,900 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 9.9% annual growth. Out of those 11,900 applicants, 9,574 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80.5% acceptance rate.

There were 68,486 students enrolled at College of Charleston in N/A, and 49% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

College of Charleston has an overall enrollment yield of 19.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
9,574
Accepted Out of 11,900

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of College of Charleston was 80.5% (9,574 admissions from 11,900 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 84.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 9.9%, while admissions grew by 5.09%.

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SAT Scores

49%
Submission Percentage
893
Scores Submitted

49% of enrolled first-time students at College of Charleston in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

College of Charleston has a total enrollment of 68,486 students. The full-time enrollment at College of Charleston is 58,996 students and the part-time enrollment is 9,490. This means that 86.1% of students enrolled at College of Charleston are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at College of Charleston, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.3% White, 8.06% Black or African American, 5.28% Hispanic or Latino, 3.65% Two or More Races, 2.18% Asian, 0.331% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.23% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at College of Charleston in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (49.4%), followed by White Male (28.4%) and Black or African American Female (5.19%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (56.4%), followed by White Male (26.6%) and Two or More Races Female (2.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at College of Charleston, both undergraduate and graduate, is 68,486 students. The full-time enrollment at College of Charleston is 58,996 and the part-time enrollment is 9,490. This means that 86.1% of students enrolled at College of Charleston are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%
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 College of Charleston was 78%. 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
    8,402
  2. Black or African American
    876
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    574

The enrolled student population at College of Charleston is 77.3% White, 8.06% Black or African American, 5.28% Hispanic or Latino, 3.65% Two or More Races, 2.18% Asian, 0.331% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.23% 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, 165 students (1.52%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 850 more women than men received degrees from College of Charleston. The majority of degree recipients at College of Charleston are white (2,090 degrees awarded). There were 12.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (168 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at College of Charleston is General Business Administration & Management (246 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (183 degrees) and General Psychology (161 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 (315 degrees awarded), History (61 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (23 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 (463,031 people), Postsecondary teachers (247,579 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (216,483 people), Other managers (201,650 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (176,830 people).

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (315 degrees awarded), History (61 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (23 degrees), Language & Linguistics (49 degrees), and Physical Sciences (73 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, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Personal financial advisors

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (315 degrees awarded), History (61 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (23 degrees), Language & Linguistics (49 degrees), and Physical Sciences (73 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 General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (532,646 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (506,249 people), Elementary & secondary schools (404,606 people), Offices of physicians (211,949 people), and Scientific research & development services (169,291 people).

The most specialized majors at College of Charleston are Biology (315 degrees awarded), History (61 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (23 degrees), Language & Linguistics (49 degrees), and Physical Sciences (73 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. 246 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 183 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 161 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at College of Charleston was General Business Administration & Management with 246 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 862
  2. 1,712

In 2017, 862 degrees were awarded to men at College of Charleston, which is 0.504 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,712).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 146 degrees were awarded to men at College of Charleston in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1 times approximately the same the 146 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 146 degrees were awarded to women at College of Charleston in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1 times approximately the same the 146 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

56%
100% Completion Time
68%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 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, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 69% 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 (68.1%).

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, 0.871% of graduates (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,090 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    168 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    126 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at College of Charleston is white (2,090 degrees awarded). There were 12.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (168 degrees).

0.971% of degree recipients (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,370 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    720 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    127 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at College of Charleston is white female (1,370 degrees awarded). There were 1.9 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (720 degrees).

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Operations

College of Charleston has an endowment valued at nearly $80.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $724k (0.904%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, College of Charleston had a total salary expenditure of $263M. College of Charleston employs 176 Associate professors, 154 Professors, and 139 Assistant professors. Most academics at College of Charleston are Male Associate professors (103), 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 278 employees, Management, with 175 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 116 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$80.1M
2017 Endowment
12.6%
growth from 2016

College of Charleston has an endowment valued at about $80.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of College of Charleston grew 12.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $47M 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. $7.93M - Federal
  2. $20.7M - State
  3. $183k - Local

As of 2017, College of Charleston received $7.93M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $20.7M from state grants and contracts, and $183k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$102M
2017 Salaries
0.887%
decline from 2016

In 2017, College of Charleston paid a median of $102M in salaries, which represents 38.7% of their overall expenditure ($263M) and a 0.887% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.1% decline from 2015 and a 3.9% 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

$40.4M
Instructional Salaries
522
Number of Employees

In 2017, College of Charleston paid a total of $40.4M to 522 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
176 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
278 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at College of Charleston were Associate professor with 176 employees; Professor with 154 employees; and Professor with 139 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at College of Charleston were Office and Administrative Support with 278 employees; Management with 175 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 116 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 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at College of Charleston was Male Associate professor with 103 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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