Prairie State College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,444
2022 Average Net Price
$6,887
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
6.3%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
2,680
34.9% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
15.7%
49 Graduates

About

Prairie State College is a higher education institution located in Cook County, IL. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Prairie State College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (149 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (49 degrees), and General Studies (42 degrees).

In 2022, 658 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Prairie State College. 57.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (326 degrees), 2.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (148 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Prairie State College is $3,444, which is $−4,668 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Prairie State College is $3,444, which is $−4,668 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,887.

In 2022, 86% of undergraduate students attending Prairie State College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 8% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$3,444
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Prairie State College was $3,444. The cost of tuition at Prairie State College is $−4,668 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$6,887
2022 Value
2.44%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Prairie State College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,887. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Prairie State College grew by 2.44%.

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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 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,500. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

86%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
8%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

86% of undergraduate students at Prairie State College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 75.5% with respect to 2021, when 49% 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.
6.3%
2019 Default Rate
39
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Prairie State College was 6.3%, which represents 39 out of the 619 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 had a total enrollment of 2,680 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Prairie State College is 935 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,745. This means that 34.9% of students enrolled at Prairie State College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Prairie State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52.6% Black or African American, 21.8% Hispanic or Latino, 14.6% White, 2.72% Two or More Races, 0.97% Asian, 0.373% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0373% 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 (31.2%), followed by Black or African American Male (19.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (13.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

34.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Prairie State College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,680 students. The full-time enrollment at Prairie State College is 935 and the part-time enrollment is 1,745. This means that 34.9% of students enrolled at Prairie State College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

52%
2022 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 52%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Prairie State College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Black or African American
    1,411 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    585 enrolled students
  3. White
    392 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Prairie State College is 52.6% Black or African American, 21.8% Hispanic or Latino, 14.6% White, 2.72% Two or More Races, 0.97% Asian, 0.373% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0373% 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 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% 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, 140 students (5.22%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 94 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 (326 degrees awarded). There were 2.2 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (148 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Prairie State College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (149 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (49 degrees) and General Studies (42 degrees).

In 2022,  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 Liberal Arts & Humanities (191 degrees awarded), Construction (13 degrees), and Protective Services (39 degrees).

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 Registered nurses (1,420,060 people), Software developers (550,438 people), Other managers (233,037 people), Medical & health services managers (166,419 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (144,852 people).

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College in 2022 are Liberal Arts & Humanities (191 degrees awarded), Construction (13 degrees), Protective Services (39 degrees), Health (269 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (62 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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, Physicians, Skincare specialists, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (191 degrees awarded), Construction (13 degrees), Protective Services (39 degrees), Health (269 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (62 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Prairie State College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,586,920 people), Computer Systems Design (609,621 people), Elementary & secondary schools (437,187 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (368,265 people), and Outpatient care centers (270,599 people).

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (191 degrees awarded), Construction (13 degrees), Protective Services (39 degrees), Health (269 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (62 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (2022)
  1. 149 degrees awarded
  2. 49 degrees awarded
  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Prairie State College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 149 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

282
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
376
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 282 degrees were awarded to men at Prairie State College, which is 0.75 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (376).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 51 degrees were awarded to men at Prairie State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.52 times less than the 98 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 98 degrees were awarded to men at Prairie State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.92 times more than the 51 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

10%
100% Completion Time
17%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 10% 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 20% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Male
Highest Graduation Rate (33.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Prairie State College is Male and White (33.3% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 2.04% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Black or African American
    326 degrees awarded
  2. White
    148 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    135 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Prairie State College is black or african american (326 degrees awarded). There were 2.2 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (148 degrees).

3.34% of degree recipients (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Black or African American Female
    200 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    126 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    83 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Prairie State College is black or african american female (200 degrees awarded). There were 1.59 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (126 degrees).

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Operations

Prairie State College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.99M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 90.4k (3.02%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Prairie State College had a total salary expenditure of 55.5M. Prairie State College employs 41 Professors, 25 Associate professors and 13 Assistant professors. Most academics at Prairie State College are Female Professor (21), Male Professor (20), and Female Associate professor (16).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Prairie State College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 38 employees, Management, with 29 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 29 employees.

Endowment

$2.99M
2022 Endowment
10.5%
growth from 2021

Prairie State College has an endowment valued at about $2.99M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Prairie State College grew 10.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.22M 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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Salary Expenditure

$19.9M
2022 Salaries
8.58%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Prairie State College paid a median of $19.9M in salaries, which represents 35.8% of their overall expenditure ($55.5M) and a 8.58% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$6.52M
Instructional Salaries
79
Number of Employees

In 2022, Prairie State College paid a total of $6.52M to 79 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
41 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
38 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Prairie State College were Professor with 41 employees, Associate professor with 25 employees, and Assistant professor with 13 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Prairie State College were Office and Administrative Support with 38 employees, Management with 29 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 (2022)
  1. Female Professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Prairie State College was Female Professor with 21 employees, Male Professor with 20 employees, and Female Associate professor with 16 employees.

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

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