Lower Columbia College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$3,783

0.5% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$7,330

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

23.4%

Default Rate

2016 Enrolled Students

2,787

53.4% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

38.5%

92 Graduates

About

Lower Columbia College is a higher education institution located in Cowlitz County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Lower Columbia College were .

In 2016, 1,002 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lower Columbia College. 69.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 30.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (795 degrees), 11.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (69 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lower Columbia College is $3,783, which is $-3,537 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,320).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lower Columbia College is $3,783, which is $-3,537 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,320).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $7,330.

In 2016, 45% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 20% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$3,783

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Lower Columbia College was $3,783. The cost of tuition at Lower Columbia College is $-3,537 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,320).

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Average Net Price

$7,330

2016 Value

5.77%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Lower Columbia College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $7,330. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Lower Columbia College grew by 5.77%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,758

Room and Board

$1,155

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lower Columbia College was of $10,758 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,155. The cost of room and board increased by 1.56% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.94% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

45%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

20%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

45% of undergraduate students at Lower Columbia College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 2.17% with respect to 2015, when 46% 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.

23.4%

2015 Default Rate

168

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Lower Columbia College was 23.4%, which represents 168 out of the 718 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

Lower Columbia College received N/A undergraduate applications in N/A, which represents a 0% annual growth. Out of those N/A applicants, N/A students were accepted for enrollment, representing a N/A% acceptance rate.

There were 2,787 students enrolled at Lower Columbia College in 2016, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lower Columbia College has an overall enrollment yield of N/A%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

N/A%

Acceptance Rate in N/A

N/A

Accepted Out of N/A

In N/A, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lower Columbia College was N/A% (N/A admissions from N/A applications). This is approximately the same as the acceptance rate of N/A, which was N/A%. Between N/A and N/A, the number of applicants stayed by N/A%, while admissions stayed by N/A%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

N/A

Scores Submitted

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

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Enrollment

Lower Columbia College has a total enrollment of 2,787 students. The full-time enrollment at Lower Columbia College is 1,488 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,299. This means that 53.4% of students enrolled at Lower Columbia College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lower Columbia College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.6% White, 9.11% Hispanic or Latino, 5.06% Two or More Races, 2.01% Asian, 1.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.825% Black or African American, and 0.108% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lower Columbia College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (42.6%), followed by White Male (30.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.98%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

53.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lower Columbia College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,787 students. The full-time enrollment at Lower Columbia College is 1,488 and the part-time enrollment is 1,299. This means that 53.4% of students enrolled at Lower Columbia College are enrolled full-time compared with 36.5% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

55%

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 Lower Columbia College was 55%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), Lower Columbia College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,079

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    254

  3. Two or More Races

    141

The enrolled student population at Lower Columbia College is 74.6% White, 9.11% Hispanic or Latino, 5.06% Two or More Races, 2.01% Asian, 1.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.825% Black or African American, and 0.108% 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 Associates Colleges is 46.8% White, 24.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% 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, 173 students (6.21%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 392 more women than men received degrees from Lower Columbia College. The majority of degree recipients at Lower Columbia College are white (795 degrees awarded). There were 11.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (69 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lower Columbia College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Lower Columbia College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (305 degrees awarded), Precision Production (24 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (37 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 Lower Columbia College are Registered nurses (1,308,553 people), Accountants & auditors (1,100,923 people), Miscellaneous managers (841,741 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (514,033 people), and Financial managers (435,110 people).

The most specialized majors at Lower Columbia College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (305 degrees awarded), Precision Production (24 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (37 degrees), Health (297 degrees), and Business (205 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 Lower Columbia College are Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Other Sales Workers, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Lower Columbia College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (305 degrees awarded), Precision Production (24 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (37 degrees), Health (297 degrees), and Business (205 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 Lower Columbia College are Hospitals (1,741,856 people), Computer Systems Design (872,213 people), Elementary & secondary schools (716,593 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (655,846 people), and Banking & related activities (534,014 people).

The most specialized majors at Lower Columbia College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (305 degrees awarded), Precision Production (24 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (37 degrees), Health (297 degrees), and Business (205 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 Lower Columbia College.

Most Common

  1. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In N/A, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lower Columbia College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 305

  2. 697

In 2016, 305 degrees were awarded to men at Lower Columbia College, which is 0.438 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (697).

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Most Common Male Majors

In N/A, 96 degrees were awarded to men at Lower Columbia College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.459 times less than the 209 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In N/A, 209 degrees were awarded to women at Lower Columbia College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 2.18 times more than the 96 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

19%

100% Completion Time

27%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 19% of students graduating from Lower Columbia College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 27% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 31% 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 Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lower Columbia College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates 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, 3.26% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    795 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    69 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    59 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lower Columbia College is white (795 degrees awarded). There were 11.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (69 degrees).

5.89% of degree recipients (59 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    558 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    237 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    48 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Lower Columbia College is white female (558 degrees awarded). There were 2.35 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (237 degrees).

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Operations

Lower Columbia College has an endowment valued at nearly $10.4M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $328k (3.17%), compared to the 1.4% average return ($43.5k on $3.12M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2015, Lower Columbia College had a total expenditure of $39.7M. Of that $39.7M, they spent $20.1M on salaries and $39.7M on benefits.

Lower Columbia College employs N/A N/A, N/A N/A, and N/A N/A. Most academics at Lower Columbia College are N/A (N/A), N/A(N/A), and N/A (N/A).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lower Columbia College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 73 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 59 employees, and Management with 40 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$10.4M

2015 Endowment

2.44%

decline from 2014

Lower Columbia College has an endowment valued at about $10.4M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Lower Columbia College declined 2.44% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $7.24M higher than than the median endowment of 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 Associates Colleges: High Career & Technical-High Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $4.15M - Federal

  2. $3.68M - State

  3. $2.34M - Local

As of 2015, Lower Columbia College received $4.15M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.68M from state grants and contracts, and $2.34M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$20.1M

Salary Expenditure

$39.7M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Lower Columbia College had a total expenditure of $39.7M. Of that $39.7M, they spent $20.1M on salaries and $39.7M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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

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Salary Expenditure

$20.1M

2015 Salaries

2.75%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Lower Columbia College paid a median of $20.1M in salaries, which represents 50.7% of their overall expenditure ($39.7M) and a 2.75% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.72% growth from 2013 and a 2.95% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 17.1M (52.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.96M

Instructional Salaries

67

Number of Employees

In 2015, Lower Columbia College paid a total of $3.96M to 67 employees working as instructors, which represents 19.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.44M (31%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

N/A

Most Common Instructor

N/A Employees

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

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

73 Employees

In N/A, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lower Columbia College were N/A with N/A employees; N/A with N/A employees; and N/A with N/A employees.

In N/A, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lower Columbia College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 73 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 59 employees; and Management with 40 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. N/A

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In N/A, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lower Columbia College was N/A with N/A employees, N/A with N/A employees, and N/A with N/A employees.

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

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