Lower Columbia College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,703
2.98% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$7,357
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
15.2%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
2,325
57.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
28.2%
72 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 Early Childhood Education & Teaching (0 degrees awarded).

In 2020, 578 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lower Columbia College. 70.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 29.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (432 degrees), 10 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (43 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lower Columbia College is $3,703, which is $−4,277 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lower Columbia College is $3,703, which is $−4,277 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $7,357.

In 2020, 51% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 13% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$3,703
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Lower Columbia College was $3,703. The cost of tuition at Lower Columbia College is $−4,277 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$7,357
2020 Value
15.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Lower Columbia College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $7,357. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Lower Columbia College grew by 15.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,770
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lower Columbia College was of $10,770 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 3.16% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.45% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
13%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

51% of undergraduate students at Lower Columbia College received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 8.51% with respect to 2019, when 47% 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.
15.2%
2018 Default Rate
56
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Lower Columbia College was 15.2%, which represents 56 out of the 369 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Lower Columbia College has a total enrollment of 2,325 students. The full-time enrollment at Lower Columbia College is 1,329 students and the part-time enrollment is 996. This means that 57.2% of students enrolled at Lower Columbia College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lower Columbia College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.5% White, 10.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.59% Two or More Races, 2.71% Asian, 1.76% Black or African American, 0.774% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.344% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lower Columbia College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (51.7%), followed by White Male (24.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.07%). 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

57.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lower Columbia College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,325 students. The full-time enrollment at Lower Columbia College is 1,329 and the part-time enrollment is 996. This means that 57.2% of students enrolled at Lower Columbia College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

N/A%
N/A 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 N/A%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), Lower Columbia College had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,733
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    241
  3. Two or More Races
    130

The enrolled student population at Lower Columbia College is 74.5% White, 10.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.59% Two or More Races, 2.71% Asian, 1.76% Black or African American, 0.774% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.344% 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 44.5% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.2% 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, 71 students (3.05%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 238 more women than men received degrees from Lower Columbia College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Lower Columbia College is white (432 degrees awarded). There were 10 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (43 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lower Columbia College is Early Childhood Education & Teaching (0 degrees awarded), 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 (268 degrees awarded), Precision Production (21 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (23 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 Lower Columbia College are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,516,118 people), Registered nurses (1,420,544 people), Secondary school teachers (513,319 people), Education administrators (272,313 people), and Postsecondary teachers (223,690 people).

The most specialized majors at Lower Columbia College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (268 degrees awarded), Precision Production (21 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (23 degrees), Health (172 degrees), and Physical Sciences (6 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 Dentists, Surgeons, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Lower Columbia College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (268 degrees awarded), Precision Production (21 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (23 degrees), Health (172 degrees), and Physical Sciences (6 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 Elementary & secondary schools (2,917,884 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,592,476 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (455,791 people), Offices of physicians (271,583 people), and Outpatient care centers (271,026 people).

The most specialized majors at Lower Columbia College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (268 degrees awarded), Precision Production (21 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (23 degrees), Health (172 degrees), and Physical Sciences (6 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. 0 degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lower Columbia College was Early Childhood Education & Teaching with 0 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

170
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
408
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 170 degrees were awarded to men at Lower Columbia College, which is 0.417 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (408).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 77 degrees were awarded to men at Lower Columbia College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.403 times less than the 191 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 191 degrees were awarded to women at Lower Columbia College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 2.48 times more than the 77 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lower Columbia College is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (75% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 8.33% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    432 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    43 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    39 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lower Columbia College is white (432 degrees awarded). There were 10 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (43 degrees).

3.63% of degree recipients (21 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    300 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    132 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    32 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Lower Columbia College is white female (300 degrees awarded). There were 2.27 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (132 degrees).

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Operations

Lower Columbia College has an endowment valued at nearly $14.3M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $154k (1.08%), compared to the 5.11% average return ($226k on $4.42M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2020, Lower Columbia College had a total salary expenditure of $52.2M. Lower Columbia College employs 74 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Lower Columbia College are Female Instructors (42), Male Instructors(32), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lower Columbia College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 90 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 49 employees, and Management with 47 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$14.3M
2020 Endowment
5.23%
growth from 2019

Lower Columbia College has an endowment valued at about $14.3M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Lower Columbia College grew 5.23% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $9.92M 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. $5.57M - Federal
  2. $5.01M - State
  3. $4.37M - Local

As of 2020, Lower Columbia College received $5.57M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.01M from state grants and contracts, and $4.37M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$23.1M
2020 Salaries
6.15%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Lower Columbia College paid a median of $23.1M in salaries, which represents 44.2% of their overall expenditure ($52.2M) and a 6.15% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.32% growth from 2018 and a 3.85% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (43.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.13M
Instructional Salaries
74
Number of Employees

In 2020, Lower Columbia College paid a total of $5.13M to 74 employees working as instructors, which represents 22.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.98M (29.6%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
74 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
90 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lower Columbia College were Instructor with 74 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lower Columbia College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 90 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 49 employees; and Management with 47 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lower Columbia College was Female Instructor with 42 employees, and Male Instructor with 32 employees.

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

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