South Puget Sound Community College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,230
2.5% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$8,057
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
14%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
4,665
59.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
40.2%
194 Graduates

About

South Puget Sound Community College is a higher education institution located in Thurston County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at South Puget Sound Community College were .

In 2020, 1,361 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South Puget Sound Community College. 58.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (797 degrees), 4.45 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (179 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South Puget Sound Community College is $4,230, which is $−3,750 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at South Puget Sound Community College is $4,230, which is $−3,750 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,057.

In 2020, 37% of undergraduate students attending South Puget Sound Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 8% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,230
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at South Puget Sound Community College was $4,230. The cost of tuition at South Puget Sound Community College is $−3,750 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$8,057
2020 Value
14.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 South Puget Sound Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,057. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of South Puget Sound Community College grew by 14.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,170
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Puget Sound Community College was of $10,170 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 3.04% 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

37%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
8%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

37% of undergraduate students at South Puget Sound Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 5.71% with respect to 2019, when 35% 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.
14%
2018 Default Rate
61
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at South Puget Sound Community College was 14%, which represents 61 out of the 436 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

South Puget Sound Community College has a total enrollment of 4,665 students. The full-time enrollment at South Puget Sound Community College is 2,778 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,887. This means that 59.5% of students enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South Puget Sound Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 55.2% White, 13.6% Two or More Races, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino, 6.2% Asian, 3% Black or African American, 0.815% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.793% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (31.5%), followed by White Male (22.3%) and Two or More Races Female (7.96%). 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

59.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South Puget Sound Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,665 students. The full-time enrollment at South Puget Sound Community College is 2,778 and the part-time enrollment is 1,887. This means that 59.5% of students enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

64%
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 South Puget Sound Community College was 64%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), South Puget Sound 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
    2,573
  2. Two or More Races
    633
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    578

The enrolled student population at South Puget Sound Community College is 55.2% White, 13.6% Two or More Races, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino, 6.2% Asian, 3% Black or African American, 0.815% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.793% 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 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, 300 students (6.43%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 229 more women than men received degrees from South Puget Sound Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South Puget Sound Community College is white (797 degrees awarded). There were 4.45 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (179 degrees).

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

The most specialized majors across all degree types at South Puget Sound Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Precision Production (87 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (742 degrees), and Physical Sciences (39 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 South Puget Sound Community College are Other managers (102,219 people), Postsecondary teachers (95,145 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (93,850 people), Physicians (70,797 people), and Other Physical Scientists (61,402 people).

The most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College are Precision Production (87 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (742 degrees), Physical Sciences (39 degrees), Agriculture (14 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (31 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 South Puget Sound Community College are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Physicians, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining

The most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College are Precision Production (87 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (742 degrees), Physical Sciences (39 degrees), Agriculture (14 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (31 degrees).

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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 South Puget Sound Community College are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (185,239 people), Elementary & secondary schools (182,305 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (97,895 people), Scientific research & development services (66,438 people), and Computer Systems Design (66,066 people).

The most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College are Precision Production (87 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (742 degrees), Physical Sciences (39 degrees), Agriculture (14 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (31 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 South Puget Sound 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 South Puget Sound Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

566
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
795
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 566 degrees were awarded to men at South Puget Sound Community College, which is 0.712 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (795).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 258 degrees were awarded to men at South Puget Sound Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.533 times less than the 484 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 484 degrees were awarded to women at South Puget Sound Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.88 times more than the 258 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

28%
100% Completion Time
39%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 28% of students graduating from South Puget Sound Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 39% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% 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.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at South Puget Sound Community College is Female and Black or African American (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, 6.19% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    797 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    179 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    133 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South Puget Sound Community College is white (797 degrees awarded). There were 4.45 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (179 degrees).

6.61% of degree recipients (90 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    482 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    315 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    99 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at South Puget Sound Community College is white female (482 degrees awarded). There were 1.53 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (315 degrees).

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Operations

South Puget Sound Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $8.37M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $315k (3.77%), compared to the 5.11% average return ($226k on $4.42M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2020, South Puget Sound Community College had a total salary expenditure of $77M. South Puget Sound Community College employs 95 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at South Puget Sound Community College are Female No academic ranks (53), Male No academic ranks(42), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Puget Sound Community College are: Management, with 97 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 55 employees, and Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance with 29 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$8.37M
2020 Endowment
8.16%
growth from 2019

South Puget Sound Community College has an endowment valued at about $8.37M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of South Puget Sound Community College grew 8.16% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.94M 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: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $8.37M - Federal
  2. $5.49M - State
  3. $9.83M - Local

As of 2020, South Puget Sound Community College received $8.37M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.49M from state grants and contracts, and $9.83M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$26.1M
2020 Salaries
11.5%
growth from 2019

In 2020, South Puget Sound Community College paid a median of $26.1M in salaries, which represents 33.9% of their overall expenditure ($77M) and a 11.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.89% growth from 2018 and a 5.89% growth from 2017.

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

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Instructional Salaries

$6.16M
Instructional Salaries
95
Number of Employees

In 2020, South Puget Sound Community College paid a total of $6.16M to 95 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.6% 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

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
95 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
97 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at South Puget Sound Community College were No academic rank with 95 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Puget Sound Community College were Management with 97 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 55 employees; and Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance with 29 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South Puget Sound Community College was Female No academic rank with 53 employees, and Male No academic rank with 42 employees.

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