Pillar College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$22,056
5.03% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$18,562
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
17.2%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
604
70.5% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
25%
5 Graduates

About

Pillar College is a higher education institution located in Essex County, NJ. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Pillar College were General Psychology (33 degrees awarded), Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (19 degrees), and Biblical Studies (4 degrees).

In 2019, 102 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pillar College. 67.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (55 degrees), 1.57 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (35 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pillar College is $22,056, which is $7,556 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Pillar College is $22,056, which is $7,556 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,562.

In 2019, 68% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 54% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$22,056
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Pillar College was $22,056. The cost of tuition at Pillar College is $7,556 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

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Average Net Price

$18,562
2019 Value
14.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Pillar College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,562. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Pillar College grew by 14.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,000
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pillar College was of $12,000 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

68%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
54%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

68% of undergraduate students at Pillar College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 10.5% with respect to 2018, when 76% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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17.2%
2017 Default Rate
31
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Pillar College was 17.2%, which represents 31 out of the 180 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Pillar College has a total enrollment of 604 students. The full-time enrollment at Pillar College is 426 students and the part-time enrollment is 178. This means that 70.5% of students enrolled at Pillar College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pillar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46% Hispanic or Latino, 26.5% Black or African American, 14.1% White, 2.65% Asian, 2.48% Two or More Races, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Pillar College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (52.8%), followed by Black or African American Female (18.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (7.19%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (40.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (21.7%) and Black or African American Male (10.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pillar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 604 students. The full-time enrollment at Pillar College is 426 and the part-time enrollment is 178. This means that 70.5% of students enrolled at Pillar College are enrolled full-time compared with 70.4% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
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 Pillar College was 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (72%), Pillar College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    278
  2. Black or African American
    160
  3. White
    85

The enrolled student population at Pillar College is 46% Hispanic or Latino, 26.5% Black or African American, 14.1% White, 2.65% Asian, 2.48% Two or More Races, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 44.8% White, 15.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.5% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 36 more women than men received degrees from Pillar College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Pillar College is black or african american (55 degrees awarded). There were 1.57 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (35 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pillar College is General Psychology (33 degrees awarded), followed by Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (19 degrees) and Biblical Studies (4 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Pillar College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Psychology (52 degrees awarded), Theology (5 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (26 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 Pillar College are Accountants & auditors (1,021,355 people), Other managers (862,418 people), Financial managers (527,808 people), Chief executives & legislators (436,137 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (341,437 people).

The most specialized majors at Pillar College are Psychology (52 degrees awarded), Theology (5 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (26 degrees), Business (19 degrees), and Communications (0 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 Pillar College are Dentists, Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Pillar College are Psychology (52 degrees awarded), Theology (5 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (26 degrees), Business (19 degrees), and Communications (0 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 Pillar College are Elementary & secondary schools (999,481 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (612,065 people), Computer Systems Design (595,383 people), Banking & related activities (537,922 people), and Insurance carriers (493,078 people).

The most specialized majors at Pillar College are Psychology (52 degrees awarded), Theology (5 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (26 degrees), Business (19 degrees), and Communications (0 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 Pillar College.
Most Common
  1. 33 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 19 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 4 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pillar College was General Psychology with 33 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

33
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
69
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 33 degrees were awarded to men at Pillar College, which is 0.478 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (69).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 10 degrees were awarded to men at Pillar College in General Psychology, which is 0.435 times less than the 23 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 23 degrees were awarded to women at Pillar College in General Psychology, which is 2.3 times more than the 10 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Pillar College is Female and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, 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. Black or African American
    55 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    35 degrees awarded
  3. White
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pillar College is black or african american (55 degrees awarded). There were 1.57 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (35 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    40 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    25 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    15 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Pillar College is black or african american female (40 degrees awarded). There were 1.6 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (25 degrees).

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Operations

Pillar College has an endowment valued at nearly $111k, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-14.6k (-13.2%), compared to the 2.77% average return ($279k on $10.1M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2019, Pillar College had a total salary expenditure of $8.72M. Pillar College employs 5 Assistant professors, 4 Associate professors, and 3 Professors. Most academics at Pillar College are Female Assistant professors (3), Male Professors(2), and Male Associate professors (2).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pillar College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 20 employees, Management, with 10 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 10 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$111k
2019 Endowment
74%
decline from 2018

Pillar College has an endowment valued at about $111k, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Pillar College declined 74% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $9.99M lower than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the 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, Pillar 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

$4.43M
2019 Salaries
3.05%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Pillar College paid a median of $4.43M in salaries, which represents 50.8% of their overall expenditure ($8.72M) and a 3.05% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 22.6% growth from 2017 and a 3.68% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.89M (42.3% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$752k
Instructional Salaries
12
Number of Employees

In 2019, Pillar College paid a total of $752k to 12 employees working as instructors, which represents 17% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $857k (29.6%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
5 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
20 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pillar College were Assistant professor with 5 employees; Associate professor with 4 employees; and Associate professor with 3 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pillar College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 20 employees; Management with 10 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 10 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pillar College was Female Assistant professor with 3 employees, Male Professor with 2 employees, and Male Associate professor with 2 employees.

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

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