Prairie State College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,444
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$8,032
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
11.3%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
2,716
32.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
16.6%
49 Graduates

About

Prairie State College is a higher education institution located in Cook County, IL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Prairie State College were .

In 2020, 757 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Prairie State College. 61.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (335 degrees), 1.73 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (194 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Prairie State College is $3,444, which is $−4,536 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Prairie State College is $3,444, which is $−4,536 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,032.

In 2020, 45% of undergraduate students attending Prairie State College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 13% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$3,444
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Prairie State College was $3,444. The cost of tuition at Prairie State College is $−4,536 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$8,032
2020 Value
10.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Prairie State College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,032. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Prairie State College grew by 10.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,516
Room and Board
$2,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Prairie State College was of $7,516 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,500. The cost of room and board did not change between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

45%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
13%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

45% of undergraduate students at Prairie State College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 4.26% 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.
11.3%
2018 Default Rate
82
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Prairie State College was 11.3%, which represents 82 out of the 726 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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Enrollment

Prairie State College has a total enrollment of 2,716 students. The full-time enrollment at Prairie State College is 872 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,844. This means that 32.1% of students enrolled at Prairie State College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Prairie State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 53.1% Black or African American, 22.2% Hispanic or Latino, 16.6% White, 1.62% Two or More Races, 1.22% Asian, 0.147% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0368% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Prairie State College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (36.1%), followed by Black or African American Male (19.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (13.5%). 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

32.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Prairie State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,716 students. The full-time enrollment at Prairie State College is 872 and the part-time enrollment is 1,844. This means that 32.1% of students enrolled at Prairie State College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

45%
2020 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 Prairie State College was 45%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), Prairie State 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
    1,441
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    604
  3. White
    452

The enrolled student population at Prairie State College is 53.1% Black or African American, 22.2% Hispanic or Latino, 16.6% White, 1.62% Two or More Races, 1.22% Asian, 0.147% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0368% 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, 108 students (3.98%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 175 more women than men received degrees from Prairie State College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Prairie State College is black or african american (335 degrees awarded). There were 1.73 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (194 degrees).

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

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Prairie State College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (8 degrees awarded), Construction (18 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (255 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 Prairie State College are Software developers (433,605 people), Other managers (121,758 people), Computer occupations, all other (112,444 people), Computer programmers (105,016 people), and Computer & information systems managers (103,792 people).

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College are Communication Technologies (8 degrees awarded), Construction (18 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (255 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (83 degrees), and Precision Production (18 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 Prairie State College are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College are Communication Technologies (8 degrees awarded), Construction (18 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (255 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (83 degrees), and Precision Production (18 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 Prairie State College are Computer Systems Design (495,133 people), Elementary & secondary schools (156,198 people), Construction (109,673 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (103,043 people), and Insurance carriers (76,247 people).

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College are Communication Technologies (8 degrees awarded), Construction (18 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (255 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (83 degrees), and Precision Production (18 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 Prairie State College.
Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Prairie State College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

291
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
466
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 291 degrees were awarded to men at Prairie State College, which is 0.624 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (466).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 84 degrees were awarded to men at Prairie State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.6 times less than the 140 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 142 degrees were awarded to women at Prairie State College in Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant, which is 7.1 times more than the 20 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

6%
100% Completion Time
17%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 6% of students graduating from Prairie State College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 17% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 18% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Prairie State College is Male and Asian (100% 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, 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
    335 degrees awarded
  2. White
    194 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    167 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Prairie State College is black or african american (335 degrees awarded). There were 1.73 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (194 degrees).

3.96% of degree recipients (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    237 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    98 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    97 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Prairie State College is black or african american female (237 degrees awarded). There were 2.42 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (98 degrees).

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Operations

Prairie State College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $229k (8.82%), compared to the 5.11% average return ($226k on $4.42M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2020, Prairie State College had a total salary expenditure of $57.9M. Prairie State College employs 36 Associate professors, 27 Professors, and 19 Assistant professors. Most academics at Prairie State College are Female Associate professors (25), Male Professors(16), and Female Assistant professors (14).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Prairie State College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 53 employees, Management, with 30 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 29 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.6M
2020 Endowment
208%
growth from 2019

Prairie State College has an endowment valued at about $2.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Prairie State College grew 208% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.83M lower 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. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Prairie State 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

$23.1M
2020 Salaries
6.84%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Prairie State College paid a median of $23.1M in salaries, which represents 39.8% of their overall expenditure ($57.9M) and a 6.84% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 10.3% growth from 2018 and a 3.61% growth from 2017.

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

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Instructional Salaries

$6.31M
Instructional Salaries
82
Number of Employees

In 2020, Prairie State College paid a total of $6.31M to 82 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.4% 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

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
36 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
53 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Prairie State College were Associate professor with 36 employees; Professor with 27 employees; and Professor with 19 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Prairie State College were Office and Administrative Support with 53 employees; Management with 30 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 29 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Prairie State College was Female Associate professor with 25 employees, Male Professor with 16 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 14 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Prairie State College.

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