Georgia Highlands College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,280
2.52% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$6,077
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
14.4%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
6,168
43% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
11.5%
105 Graduates

About

Georgia Highlands College is a higher education institution located in Floyd County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Georgia Highlands College were Registered Nursing (42 degrees awarded), Health Care Administration & Management (16 degrees), and Dental Hygiene (8 degrees).

In 2019, 820 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Georgia Highlands College. 68.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 31.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (580 degrees), 5.69 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (102 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Georgia Highlands College is $2,280, which is $−10,209 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($12,489).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Georgia Highlands College is $2,280, which is $−10,209 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($12,489).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,077.

In 2019, 61% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 24% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,280
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Georgia Highlands College was $2,280. The cost of tuition at Georgia Highlands College is $−10,209 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($12,489).

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Average Net Price

$6,077
2019 Value
8.06%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Georgia Highlands College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,077. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Georgia Highlands College grew by 8.06%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,200
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Georgia Highlands College was of $7,200 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board did not change 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

61%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
24%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

61% of undergraduate students at Georgia Highlands College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 1.61% with respect to 2018, when 62% 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.
14.4%
2017 Default Rate
205
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Georgia Highlands College was 14.4%, which represents 205 out of the 1419 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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Enrollment

Georgia Highlands College has a total enrollment of 6,168 students. The full-time enrollment at Georgia Highlands College is 2,653 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,515. This means that 43% of students enrolled at Georgia Highlands College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Georgia Highlands College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 62.1% White, 15.7% Black or African American, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.89% Two or More Races, 1.57% Asian, 0.211% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.113% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Georgia Highlands College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.6%), followed by White Male (24.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

43%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Georgia Highlands College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,168 students. The full-time enrollment at Georgia Highlands College is 2,653 and the part-time enrollment is 3,515. This means that 43% of students enrolled at Georgia Highlands College are enrolled full-time compared with 44.4% at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
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 Georgia Highlands College was 80%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges (63%), Georgia Highlands College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,831
  2. Black or African American
    966
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    922

The enrolled student population at Georgia Highlands College is 62.1% White, 15.7% Black or African American, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.89% Two or More Races, 1.57% Asian, 0.211% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.113% 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 Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 44% White, 26% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.8% 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, 23 students (0.373%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 308 more women than men received degrees from Georgia Highlands College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Georgia Highlands College is white (580 degrees awarded). There were 5.69 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (102 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Georgia Highlands College is Registered Nursing (42 degrees awarded), followed by Health Care Administration & Management (16 degrees) and Dental Hygiene (8 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Georgia Highlands College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (658 degrees awarded), Health (154 degrees), and Business (8 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 Georgia Highlands College are Registered nurses (1,446,946 people), Accountants & auditors (994,057 people), Other managers (728,289 people), Financial managers (490,998 people), and Chief executives & legislators (378,755 people).

The most specialized majors at Georgia Highlands College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (658 degrees awarded), Health (154 degrees), and Business (8 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 Georgia Highlands College are Dentists, Surgeons, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Georgia Highlands College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (658 degrees awarded), Health (154 degrees), and Business (8 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 Georgia Highlands College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,718,838 people), Elementary & secondary schools (725,352 people), Banking & related activities (480,003 people), Computer Systems Design (479,159 people), and Insurance carriers (454,262 people).

The most specialized majors at Georgia Highlands College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (658 degrees awarded), Health (154 degrees), and Business (8 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 Georgia Highlands College.
Most Common
  1. 42 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 16 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 8 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Georgia Highlands College was Registered Nursing with 42 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

256
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
564
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 256 degrees were awarded to men at Georgia Highlands College, which is 0.454 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (564).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 235 degrees were awarded to men at Georgia Highlands College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.556 times less than the 423 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 423 degrees were awarded to women at Georgia Highlands College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.8 times more than the 235 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Male
Highest Graduation Rate (14.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Georgia Highlands College is Male and White (14.3% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges, 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, 0.952% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    580 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    102 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    99 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Georgia Highlands College is white (580 degrees awarded). There were 5.69 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (102 degrees).

0.122% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    390 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    190 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    75 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Georgia Highlands College is white female (390 degrees awarded). There were 2.05 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (190 degrees).

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Operations

Georgia Highlands College has an endowment valued at nearly $42k, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.21k (7.63%), compared to the 3.05% average return ($330k on $10.8M) across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

In 2019, Georgia Highlands College had a total salary expenditure of $51.9M. Georgia Highlands College employs 40 Assistant professors, 37 Associate professors, and 33 Instructors. Most academics at Georgia Highlands College are Female Assistant professors (27), Male Associate professors(20), and Female Instructors (19).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Georgia Highlands College are: Management, with 51 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 40 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 36 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$42k
2019 Endowment
4.51%
growth from 2018

Georgia Highlands College has an endowment valued at about $42k, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Georgia Highlands College grew 4.51% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.8M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges: Associates Dominant Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $366k - Federal
  2. $237k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Georgia Highlands College received $366k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $237k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$20.9M
2019 Salaries
5.89%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Georgia Highlands College paid a median of $20.9M in salaries, which represents 40.3% of their overall expenditure ($51.9M) and a 5.89% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 8.12% growth from 2017 and a 2.96% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 9.89M (32.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$7.15M
Instructional Salaries
138
Number of Employees

In 2019, Georgia Highlands College paid a total of $7.15M to 138 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $2.99M (30.3%) for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
40 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
51 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Georgia Highlands College were Assistant professor with 40 employees; Associate professor with 37 employees; and Associate professor with 33 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Georgia Highlands College were Management with 51 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 40 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 36 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Georgia Highlands College was Female Assistant professor with 27 employees, Male Associate professor with 20 employees, and Female Instructor with 19 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Georgia Highlands College.

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