Columbus State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,264

1.99% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$11,334

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

10.2%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

53.4%

3,483 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

8,453

62.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

32.2%

352 Graduates

About

Columbus State University is a higher education institution located in Muscogee County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Columbus State University were Registered Nursing (188 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (81 degrees), and General Communication (76 degrees).

In 2017, 1,853 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbus State University. 61.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,057 degrees), 1.75 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (604 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbus State University is $4,264, which is $-16,469 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbus State University is $4,264, which is $-16,469 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 $11,334.

In 2017, 67% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 57% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,264

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Columbus State University was $4,264. The cost of tuition at Columbus State University is $-16,469 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$11,334

2017 Value

2.26%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Columbus State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,334. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Columbus State University grew by 2.26%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,614

Room and Board

$1,270

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbus State University was of $9,614 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,270. The cost of room and board increased by 2.63% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 5.83% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

57%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

67% of undergraduate students at Columbus State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.47% with respect to 2016, when 68% 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.

10.2%

2016 Default Rate

261

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Columbus State University was 10.2%, which represents 261 out of the 2557 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

Columbus State University received 3,483 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 10.2% annual growth. Out of those 3,483 applicants, 1,860 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 53.4% acceptance rate.

There were 8,453 students enrolled at Columbus State University in 2017, and 64% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbus State University has an overall enrollment yield of 51.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

53.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

1,860

Accepted Out of 3,483

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbus State University was 53.4% (1,860 admissions from 3,483 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 53.2%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 10.2%, while admissions grew by 10.7%.

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SAT Scores

64%

Submission Percentage

573

Scores Submitted

64% of enrolled first-time students at Columbus State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbus State University has a total enrollment of 8,453 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbus State University is 5,305 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,148. This means that 62.8% of students enrolled at Columbus State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbus State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.3% White, 37.3% Black or African American, 5.73% Hispanic or Latino, 2.41% Asian, 1.85% Two or More Races, 0.367% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.142% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Columbus State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (27%), followed by Black or African American Female (25.4%) and White Male (21.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (28.6%), followed by Black or African American Female (24%) and White Male (20.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

62.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbus State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,453 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbus State University is 5,305 and the part-time enrollment is 3,148. This means that 62.8% of students enrolled at Columbus State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%

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 Columbus State University was 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Columbus State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,252

  2. Black or African American

    3,151

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    484

The enrolled student population at Columbus State University is 50.3% White, 37.3% Black or African American, 5.73% Hispanic or Latino, 2.41% Asian, 1.85% Two or More Races, 0.367% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.142% 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, 26 students (0.308%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 427 more women than men received degrees from Columbus State University. The majority of degree recipients at Columbus State University are white (1,057 degrees awarded). There were 1.75 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (604 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbus State University is Registered Nursing (188 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (81 degrees) and General Communication (76 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Columbus State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (304 degrees awarded), Education (358 degrees), and Communications (84 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 Columbus State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,055,829 people), Secondary school teachers (357,686 people), Education administrators (311,945 people), Other managers (303,691 people), and Postsecondary teachers (205,713 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (304 degrees awarded), Education (358 degrees), Communications (84 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (98 degrees), and History (21 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 Columbus State University are Surgeons, Dentists, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (304 degrees awarded), Education (358 degrees), Communications (84 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (98 degrees), and History (21 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 Columbus State University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,067,239 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (479,741 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (394,466 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (226,322 people), and Computer Systems Design (206,533 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbus State University are Protective Services (304 degrees awarded), Education (358 degrees), Communications (84 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (98 degrees), and History (21 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 Columbus State University.

Most Common

  1. 188 degrees awarded

  2. 81 degrees awarded

  3. 76 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbus State University was Registered Nursing with 188 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 713

  2. 1,140

In 2017, 713 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University, which is 0.625 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,140).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 180 degrees were awarded to men at Columbus State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.45 times more than the 124 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 173 degrees were awarded to women at Columbus State University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.86 times more than the 22 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%

100% Completion Time

30%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 11% of students graduating from Columbus State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 30% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 34% 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.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Columbus State University is Female and Asian (75% 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% 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

    1,057 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    604 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    78 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbus State University is white (1,057 degrees awarded). There were 1.75 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (604 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    600 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    457 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    432 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Columbus State University is white female (600 degrees awarded). There were 1.31 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (457 degrees).

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Operations

Columbus State University has an endowment valued at nearly $62.6M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $476k (0.76%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Columbus State University had a total salary expenditure of $124M. Columbus State University employs 84 Professors, 82 Assistant professors, and 79 Associate professors. Most academics at Columbus State University are Male Professors (58), Male Associate professors(46), and Female Assistant professors (43).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbus State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 138 employees, Management, with 117 employees, and Service with 97 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$62.6M

2017 Endowment

15.2%

growth from 2016

Columbus State University has an endowment valued at about $62.6M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbus State University grew 15.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $29.5M 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. $1M - Federal

  2. $106k - State

  3. $79.7k - Local

As of 2017, Columbus State University received $1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $106k from state grants and contracts, and $79.7k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$51.8M

2017 Salaries

6.73%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Columbus State University paid a median of $51.8M in salaries, which represents 41.7% of their overall expenditure ($124M) and a 6.73% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.56% decline from 2015 and a 1.06% 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

$21.2M

Instructional Salaries

306

Number of Employees

In 2017, Columbus State University paid a total of $21.2M to 306 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.9% 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

Professor

Most Common Instructor

84 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

138 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbus State University were Professor with 84 employees; Assistant professor with 82 employees; and Assistant professor with 79 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbus State University were Office and Administrative Support with 138 employees; Management with 117 employees; and Service with 97 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbus State University was Male Professor with 58 employees, Male Associate professor with 46 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 43 employees.

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