Columbia College (217934)

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$18,397
3.29% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$18,359
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
8.77%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
96.6%
817 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
1,243
71.6% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
52.9%
99 Graduates

About

Columbia College (217934) is a higher education institution located in Richland County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Columbia College (217934) were Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (109 degrees awarded), Crisis/Disaster Management (40 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (30 degrees).

In 2019, 543 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbia College (217934). 72.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 27.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (297 degrees), 1.57 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (189 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $18,397, which is $−3,629 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $18,397, which is $−3,629 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 $18,359.

In 2019, 75% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 76% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$18,397
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Columbia College (217934) was $18,397. The cost of tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $−3,629 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$18,359
2019 Value
9.92%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Columbia College (217934) had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,359. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Columbia College (217934) grew by 9.92%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,599
Room and Board
$1,203
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbia College (217934) was of $6,599 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,203. The cost of room and board increased by 0.71% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

75%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
76%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

75% of undergraduate students at Columbia College (217934) received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 8.7% with respect to 2018, when 69% 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.
8.77%
2017 Default Rate
53
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Columbia College (217934) was 8.77%, which represents 53 out of the 604 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

Columbia College (217934) received 817 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 6.84% annual decline. Out of those 817 applicants, 789 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 96.6% acceptance rate.

There were 1,243 students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) in 2019, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbia College (217934) has an overall enrollment yield of 22.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

96.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
789
Accepted Out of 817

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbia College (217934) was 96.6% (789 admissions from 817 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 95.9%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −6.84%, while admissions declined by −6.18%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Columbia College (217934) in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbia College (217934) has a total enrollment of 1,243 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia College (217934) is 890 students and the part-time enrollment is 353. This means that 71.6% of students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbia College (217934), both undergraduate and graduate, is 37.2% Black or African American, 34.6% White, 5.23% Hispanic or Latino, 3.54% Two or More Races, 0.724% Asian, 0.563% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (41.5%), followed by White Female (34.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.29%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (32.3%), followed by White Female (19.7%) and White Male (15.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

71.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbia College (217934), both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,243 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia College (217934) is 890 and the part-time enrollment is 353. This means that 71.6% of students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

68%
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 Columbia College (217934) was 68%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Columbia College (217934) had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    462
  2. White
    430
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    65

The enrolled student population at Columbia College (217934) is 37.2% Black or African American, 34.6% White, 5.23% Hispanic or Latino, 3.54% Two or More Races, 0.724% Asian, 0.563% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% 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, 216 students (17.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 243 more women than men received degrees from Columbia College (217934). The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Columbia College (217934) is white (297 degrees awarded). There were 1.57 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (189 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbia College (217934) is Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (109 degrees awarded), followed by Crisis/Disaster Management (40 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (30 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Columbia College (217934), meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (174 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (33 degrees), and Education (100 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,564,732 people), Secondary school teachers (501,374 people), Social workers, all other (309,980 people), Education administrators (305,153 people), and Special education teachers (234,281 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (174 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (33 degrees), Education (100 degrees), Psychology (47 degrees), and Human Sciences (13 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 Columbia College (217934) are Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Public relations specialists, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (174 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (33 degrees), Education (100 degrees), Psychology (47 degrees), and Human Sciences (13 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 Columbia College (217934) are Elementary & secondary schools (3,058,000 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (442,795 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (399,376 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (308,962 people), and Individual & family services (289,698 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (174 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (33 degrees), Education (100 degrees), Psychology (47 degrees), and Human Sciences (13 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 Columbia College (217934).
Most Common
  1. 109 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 40 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 30 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbia College (217934) was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 109 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

150
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
393
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 150 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia College (217934), which is 0.382 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (393).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 92 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia College (217934) in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 2.19 times more than the 42 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 42 degrees were awarded to women at Columbia College (217934) in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 0.457 times less than the 92 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

46%
100% Completion Time
49%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 46% of students graduating from Columbia College (217934) completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 49% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 50% within 200%.

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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 Columbia College (217934) 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 (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% 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
    297 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    189 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    24 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbia College (217934) is white (297 degrees awarded). There were 1.57 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (189 degrees).

2.21% of degree recipients (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    191 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    157 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    106 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Columbia College (217934) is white female (191 degrees awarded). There were 1.22 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (157 degrees).

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Operations

Columbia College (217934) has an endowment valued at nearly $20.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $752k (3.73%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Columbia College (217934) had a total salary expenditure of $22.3M. Columbia College (217934) employs 15 Lecturers, 12 Associate professors, and 12 Assistant professors. Most academics at Columbia College (217934) are Female Lecturers (11), Female Assistant professors(10), and Female Professors (9).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) are: Office and Administrative Support, with 21 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 17 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 17 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$20.1M
2019 Endowment
6.02%
growth from 2018

Columbia College (217934) has an endowment valued at about $20.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbia College (217934) grew 6.02% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $18.4M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $182k - Federal
  2. $714k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Columbia College (217934) received $182k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $714k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$10.8M
2019 Salaries
13.4%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Columbia College (217934) paid a median of $10.8M in salaries, which represents 48.3% of their overall expenditure ($22.3M) and a 13.4% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 10.3% decline from 2017 and a 5.05% 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

$3.09M
Instructional Salaries
54
Number of Employees

In 2019, Columbia College (217934) paid a total of $3.09M to 54 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.6% 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

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
15 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
21 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) were Lecturer with 15 employees; Associate professor with 12 employees; and Associate professor with 12 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) were Office and Administrative Support with 21 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 17 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 17 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) was Female Lecturer with 11 employees, Female Assistant professor with 10 employees, and Female Professor with 9 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Columbia College (217934).

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