Limestone College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$25,200
1.2% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$23,023
After Financial Aid
2019 Acceptance Rate
50.9%
2,569 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
2,206
78.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
35.1%
91 Graduates

About

Limestone College is a higher education institution located in Cherokee County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Limestone College were Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (135 degrees awarded), Social Work (93 degrees), and General Psychology (30 degrees).

In 2019, 546 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Limestone College. 58.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (290 degrees), 1.45 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (200 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Limestone College is $25,200, which is $−2,080 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Limestone College is $25,200, which is $−2,080 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $23,023.

In 2019, 80% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 72% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$25,200
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Limestone College was $25,200. The cost of tuition at Limestone College is $−2,080 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$23,023
2019 Value
3.59%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Limestone College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $23,023. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Limestone College grew by 3.59%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,962
Room and Board
$2,304
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Limestone College was of $7,962 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,304. 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

80%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
72%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

80% of undergraduate students at Limestone College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.27% with respect to 2018, when 79% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Admissions

Limestone College received 2,569 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 16% annual decline. Out of those 2,569 applicants, 1,308 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 50.9% acceptance rate.

There were 2,206 students enrolled at Limestone College in 2019, and 50% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Limestone College has an overall enrollment yield of 25.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

50.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
1,308
Accepted Out of 2,569

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Limestone College was 50.9% (1,308 admissions from 2,569 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 44.2%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −16%, while admissions declined by −3.11%.

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SAT Scores

50%
Submission Percentage
165
Scores Submitted

50% of enrolled first-time students at Limestone College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Limestone College has a total enrollment of 2,206 students. The full-time enrollment at Limestone College is 1,730 students and the part-time enrollment is 476. This means that 78.4% of students enrolled at Limestone College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Limestone College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46% White, 43.2% Black or African American, 4.17% Hispanic or Latino, 0.544% Asian, 0.544% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.0907% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0453% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Limestone College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (25.1%), followed by White Male (22.1%) and Black or African American Female (21.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (30.1%), followed by Black or African American Female (20.5%) and White Female (20.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Limestone College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,206 students. The full-time enrollment at Limestone College is 1,730 and the part-time enrollment is 476. This means that 78.4% of students enrolled at Limestone College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

67%
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 Limestone College was 67%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Limestone College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,015
  2. Black or African American
    952
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    92

The enrolled student population at Limestone College is 46% White, 43.2% Black or African American, 4.17% Hispanic or Latino, 0.544% Asian, 0.544% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.0907% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0453% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 41 students (1.86%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 88 more women than men received degrees from Limestone College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Limestone College is white (290 degrees awarded). There were 1.45 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (200 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Limestone College is Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (135 degrees awarded), followed by Social Work (93 degrees) and General Psychology (30 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Limestone College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Public Administration and Social Service (93 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (35 degrees), and Business (215 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 Limestone College are Accountants & auditors (1,000,464 people), Other managers (824,266 people), Software developers (632,904 people), Financial managers (512,742 people), and Chief executives & legislators (412,074 people).

The most specialized majors at Limestone College are Public Administration and Social Service (93 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (35 degrees), Business (215 degrees), History (7 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (44 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 Limestone College are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, Public relations specialists, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Limestone College are Public Administration and Social Service (93 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (35 degrees), Business (215 degrees), History (7 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (44 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 Limestone College are Computer Systems Design (997,040 people), Elementary & secondary schools (744,941 people), Banking & related activities (542,233 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (500,522 people), and Insurance carriers (475,712 people).

The most specialized majors at Limestone College are Public Administration and Social Service (93 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (35 degrees), Business (215 degrees), History (7 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (44 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 Limestone College.
Most Common
  1. 135 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 93 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 30 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Limestone College was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 135 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

229
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
317
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 229 degrees were awarded to men at Limestone College, which is 0.722 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (317).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 63 degrees were awarded to men at Limestone College in Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations, which is 0.875 times less than the 72 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 83 degrees were awarded to women at Limestone College in Social Work, which is 8.3 times more than the 10 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

12%
100% Completion Time
24%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 12% of students graduating from Limestone College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 24% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 27% 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.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Limestone College is Male and Two or More Races (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate 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% 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
    290 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    200 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    13 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Limestone College is white (290 degrees awarded). There were 1.45 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (200 degrees).

2.38% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    154 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    136 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    129 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Limestone College is white female (154 degrees awarded). There were 1.13 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (136 degrees).

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Operations

Limestone College has an endowment valued at nearly $24.8M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.4M (9.66%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Limestone College had a total salary expenditure of $36.2M. Limestone College employs 27 Professors, 26 Associate professors, and 21 Assistant professors. Most academics at Limestone College are Male Professors (14), Female Lecturers(13), and Female Professors (13).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Limestone College are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 68 employees, Management, with 27 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 21 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$24.8M
2019 Endowment
20.8%
growth from 2018

Limestone College has an endowment valued at about $24.8M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Limestone College grew 20.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $15.9M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate 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 Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

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

As of 2019, Limestone College received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$14.1M
2019 Salaries
9.24%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Limestone College paid a median of $14.1M in salaries, which represents 39% of their overall expenditure ($36.2M) and a 9.24% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.3% decline from 2017 and a 0.356% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.32M
Instructional Salaries
93
Number of Employees

In 2019, Limestone College paid a total of $5.32M to 93 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
27 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
68 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Limestone College were Professor with 27 employees; Associate professor with 26 employees; and Associate professor with 21 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Limestone College were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 68 employees; Management with 27 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 21 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Lecturer
  3. Female Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Limestone College was Male Professor with 14 employees, Female Lecturer with 13 employees, and Female Professor with 13 employees.

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

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