Reading Area Community College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,020
1.52% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$9,076
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
18.5%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
4,280
27.5% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
20.4%
63 Graduates

About

Reading Area Community College is a higher education institution located in Berks County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Reading Area Community College were .

In 2019, 506 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Reading Area Community College. 61.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (254 degrees), 1.79 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (142 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Reading Area Community College is $4,020, which is $−3,804 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Reading Area Community College is $4,020, which is $−3,804 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,076.

In 2019, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 32% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,020
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Reading Area Community College was $4,020. The cost of tuition at Reading Area Community College is $−3,804 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$9,076
2019 Value
1.99%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Reading Area Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,076. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Reading Area Community College grew by 1.99%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,800
Room and Board
$1,800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Reading Area Community College was of $10,800 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,800. 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

59%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
32%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at Reading Area Community College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 3.28% with respect to 2018, when 61% 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.
18.5%
2017 Default Rate
233
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Reading Area Community College was 18.5%, which represents 233 out of the 1260 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

Reading Area Community College has a total enrollment of 4,280 students. The full-time enrollment at Reading Area Community College is 1,179 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,101. This means that 27.5% of students enrolled at Reading Area Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Reading Area Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 48% White, 36.7% Hispanic or Latino, 9.18% Black or African American, 2.87% Two or More Races, 2.27% Asian, 0.35% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.28% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Reading Area Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (24.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (23.7%) and White Male (20.8%). 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

27.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Reading Area Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,280 students. The full-time enrollment at Reading Area Community College is 1,179 and the part-time enrollment is 3,101. This means that 27.5% of students enrolled at Reading Area Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

63%
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 Reading Area Community College was 63%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Reading Area Community College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,054
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,569
  3. Black or African American
    393

The enrolled student population at Reading Area Community College is 48% White, 36.7% Hispanic or Latino, 9.18% Black or African American, 2.87% Two or More Races, 2.27% Asian, 0.35% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.28% 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% White, 26.9% 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, 14 students (0.327%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 118 more women than men received degrees from Reading Area Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Reading Area Community College is white (254 degrees awarded). There were 1.79 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (142 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Reading Area Community College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Reading Area Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Construction (20 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (20 degrees), and Physical Sciences (16 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 Reading Area Community College are Social workers, all other (165,275 people), Other managers (119,933 people), Postsecondary teachers (89,394 people), Software developers (78,402 people), and Physicians (70,735 people).

The most specialized majors at Reading Area Community College are Construction (20 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (20 degrees), Physical Sciences (16 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (28 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (24 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 Reading Area Community College are Surgeons, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Physicians, Public relations specialists, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Reading Area Community College are Construction (20 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (20 degrees), Physical Sciences (16 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (28 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (24 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 Reading Area Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (204,684 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (183,147 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (124,697 people), Construction (122,816 people), and Individual & family services (112,032 people).

The most specialized majors at Reading Area Community College are Construction (20 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (20 degrees), Physical Sciences (16 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (28 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (24 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 Reading Area Community 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 Reading Area Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

194
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
312
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 194 degrees were awarded to men at Reading Area Community College, which is 0.622 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (312).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 31 degrees were awarded to men at Reading Area Community College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.775 times less than the 40 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 40 degrees were awarded to women at Reading Area Community College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.29 times more than the 31 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

6%
100% Completion Time
20%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 6% of students graduating from Reading Area Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 20% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 26% 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 (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Reading Area Community College is Male and Asian (50% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, 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. White
    254 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    142 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    61 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Reading Area Community College is white (254 degrees awarded). There were 1.79 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (142 degrees).

0.198% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    146 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    108 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    92 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Reading Area Community College is white female (146 degrees awarded). There were 1.35 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (108 degrees).

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Operations

Reading Area Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $12.4M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $306k (2.46%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, Reading Area Community College had a total salary expenditure of $44.9M. Reading Area Community College employs 19 Assistant professors, 16 Associate professors, and 12 Instructors. Most academics at Reading Area Community College are Female Assistant professors (15), Female Associate professors(13), and Female Instructors (8).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Reading Area Community College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 62 employees, Management, with 31 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 13 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$12.4M
2019 Endowment
1.15%
growth from 2018

Reading Area Community College has an endowment valued at about $12.4M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Reading Area Community College grew 1.15% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.13M 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 Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.78M - Federal
  2. $2.55M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Reading Area Community College received $1.78M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.55M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$17.3M
2019 Salaries
5.03%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Reading Area Community College paid a median of $17.3M in salaries, which represents 38.7% of their overall expenditure ($44.9M) and a 5.03% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.19% growth from 2017 and a 0.544% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.01M
Instructional Salaries
61
Number of Employees

In 2019, Reading Area Community College paid a total of $4.01M to 61 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
19 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
62 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Reading Area Community College were Assistant professor with 19 employees; Associate professor with 16 employees; and Associate professor with 12 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Reading Area Community College were Office and Administrative Support with 62 employees; Management with 31 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 13 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Reading Area Community College was Female Assistant professor with 15 employees, Female Associate professor with 13 employees, and Female Instructor with 8 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Reading Area Community College.

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