Limestone College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$23,900

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$23,468

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

11.1%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

47.6%

3,060 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

3,015

72.9% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

33.5%

89 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 (146 degrees awarded), Social Work (69 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (36 degrees).

In 2016, 604 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Limestone College. 61.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (266 degrees), 1.03 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (259 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Limestone College is $23,900, which is $-515 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Limestone College is $23,900, which is $-515 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $23,468.

In 2016, 80% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 75% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$23,900

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Limestone College was $23,900. The cost of tuition at Limestone College is $-515 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

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Average Net Price

$23,468

2016 Value

5.12%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Limestone College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $23,468. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Limestone College grew by 5.12%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,658

Room and Board

$2,304

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Limestone College was of $7,658 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,304. The cost of room and board increased by 2.68% between 2015 and 2016. 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

75%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

80% of undergraduate students at Limestone College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 3.9% with respect to 2015, when 77% 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.

11.1%

2015 Default Rate

144

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Limestone College was 11.1%, which represents 144 out of the 1299 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

Limestone College received 3,060 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 1.77% annual decline. Out of those 3,060 applicants, 1,458 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 47.6% acceptance rate.

There were 3,015 students enrolled at Limestone College in 2016, and 22% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Limestone College has an overall enrollment yield of 27.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

47.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

1,458

Accepted Out of 3,060

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Limestone College was 47.6% (1,458 admissions from 3,060 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 46.3%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -1.77%, while admissions grew by 1.04%.

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SAT Scores

22%

Submission Percentage

87

Scores Submitted

22% of enrolled first-time students at Limestone College in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Limestone College has a total enrollment of 3,015 students. The full-time enrollment at Limestone College is 2,197 students and the part-time enrollment is 818. This means that 72.9% of students enrolled at Limestone College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Limestone College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 44.1% Black or African American, 43.3% White, 3.15% Hispanic or Latino, 0.531% Asian, 0.332% Two or More Races, 0.332% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Limestone College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (25.1%), followed by White Female (23.2%) and White Male (22.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (34.1%), followed by Black or African American Female (29.3%) and White Male (17.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

72.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Limestone College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,015 students. The full-time enrollment at Limestone College is 2,197 and the part-time enrollment is 818. This means that 72.9% of students enrolled at Limestone College are enrolled full-time compared with 81% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

51%

2016 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 51%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (74%), Limestone College 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

    1,329

  2. White

    1,304

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    95

The enrolled student population at Limestone College is 44.1% Black or African American, 43.3% White, 3.15% Hispanic or Latino, 0.531% Asian, 0.332% Two or More Races, 0.332% 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 Baccalaureate Colleges is 55.6% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.4% 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, 148 students (4.91%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 134 more women than men received degrees from Limestone College. The majority of degree recipients at Limestone College are white (266 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (259 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Limestone College is Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (146 degrees awarded), followed by Social Work (69 degrees) and Liberal Arts & Sciences (36 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 (69 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (30 degrees), and Business (280 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 (1,090,542 people), Miscellaneous managers (840,212 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (507,762 people), Financial managers (435,265 people), and Chief executives & legislators (337,323 people).

The most specialized majors at Limestone College are Public Administration and Social Service (69 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (30 degrees), Business (280 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (45 degrees), and Protective Services (23 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Limestone College are Public relations specialists, Physicians & surgeons, Financial analysts, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Limestone College are Public Administration and Social Service (69 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (30 degrees), Business (280 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (45 degrees), and Protective Services (23 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 (860,827 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (622,098 people), Elementary & secondary schools (606,270 people), Banking & related activities (539,874 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (498,006 people).

The most specialized majors at Limestone College are Public Administration and Social Service (69 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (30 degrees), Business (280 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (45 degrees), and Protective Services (23 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. 146 degrees awarded

  2. 69 degrees awarded

  3. 36 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Limestone College was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 146 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 235

  2. 369

In 2016, 235 degrees were awarded to men at Limestone College, which is 0.637 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (369).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 64 degrees were awarded to men at Limestone College in Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations, which is 0.78 times less than the 82 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 82 degrees were awarded to women at Limestone College in Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations, which is 1.28 times more than the 64 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

13%

100% Completion Time

28%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 13% of students graduating from Limestone College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 28% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 29% 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 (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Limestone College is Female and Asian (50% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 1.12% 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

    266 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    259 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    21 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Limestone College is white (266 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (259 degrees).

1.32% of degree recipients (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Black or African American Female

    180 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    152 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    114 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Limestone College is black or african american female (180 degrees awarded). There were 1.18 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (152 degrees).

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Operations

Limestone College has an endowment valued at nearly $17M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.02M (6.01%), compared to the 2.13% average return ($717k on $33.6M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2015, Limestone College had a total expenditure of $41.7M. Of that $41.7M, they spent $17.3M on salaries and $41.7M on benefits.

Limestone College employs 28 Assistant professors, 22 Lecturers, and 22 Professors. Most academics at Limestone College are Female Assistant professors (15), Male Professors(14), and Male Assistant professors (13).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Limestone College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 60 employees, Management, with 57 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 49 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$17M

2015 Endowment

5.53%

growth from 2014

Limestone College has an endowment valued at about $17M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Limestone College grew 5.53% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $16.7M 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 2015, 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

Primary Expenses

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$17.3M

Salary Expenditure

$41.7M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Limestone College had a total expenditure of $41.7M. Of that $41.7M, they spent $17.3M on salaries and $41.7M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Limestone College as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$17.3M

2015 Salaries

1.82%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Limestone College paid a median of $17.3M in salaries, which represents 41.4% of their overall expenditure ($41.7M) and a 1.82% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.05% growth from 2013 and a 16.1% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 13.3M (38.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.81M

Instructional Salaries

87

Number of Employees

In 2015, Limestone College paid a total of $4.81M to 87 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.52M (34%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

28 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

60 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Limestone College were Assistant professor with 28 employees; Lecturer with 22 employees; and Lecturer with 22 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Limestone College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 60 employees; Management with 57 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 49 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Limestone College was Female Assistant professor with 15 employees, Male Professor with 14 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 13 employees.

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

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