Southern Wesleyan University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$24,200
2.28% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$16,008
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
8.79%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
52.6%
953 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
1,688
49.5% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
43.8%
53 Graduates

About

Southern Wesleyan University is a higher education institution located in Pickens County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Southern Wesleyan University were General Business Administration & Management (132 degrees awarded), General Human Services (58 degrees), and Other Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies (20 degrees).

In 2017, 579 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Southern Wesleyan University. 66.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (336 degrees), 2.24 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (150 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Wesleyan University is $24,200, which is $3,467 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Wesleyan University is $24,200, which is $3,467 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,008.

In 2017, 77% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 58% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$24,200
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Southern Wesleyan University was $24,200. The cost of tuition at Southern Wesleyan University is $3,467 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$16,008
2017 Value
7.34%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Southern Wesleyan University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,008. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Southern Wesleyan University grew by 7.34%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,228
Room and Board
$1,060
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southern Wesleyan University was of $7,228 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,060. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

77%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
58%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

77% of undergraduate students at Southern Wesleyan University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 4.94% with respect to 2016, when 81% 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.
8.79%
2016 Default Rate
64
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Southern Wesleyan University was 8.79%, which represents 64 out of the 728 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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Admissions

Southern Wesleyan University received 953 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 6.36% annual growth. Out of those 953 applicants, 501 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 52.6% acceptance rate.

There were 1,688 students enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University in 2017, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Southern Wesleyan University has an overall enrollment yield of 38.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

52.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
501
Accepted Out of 953

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Southern Wesleyan University was 52.6% (501 admissions from 953 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 55%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 6.36%, while admissions grew by 1.62%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Southern Wesleyan University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Southern Wesleyan University has a total enrollment of 1,688 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Wesleyan University is 835 students and the part-time enrollment is 853. This means that 49.5% of students enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Southern Wesleyan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.5% White, 22.3% Black or African American, 3.79% Hispanic or Latino, 0.296% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.237% Asian, 0.0592% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (39.4%), followed by White Male (30.2%) and Black or African American Female (8.17%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (80%), followed by White Male (20%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (0%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

49.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Southern Wesleyan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,688 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Wesleyan University is 835 and the part-time enrollment is 853. This means that 49.5% of students enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2017 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 Southern Wesleyan University was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Southern Wesleyan University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,005
  2. Black or African American
    377
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    64

The enrolled student population at Southern Wesleyan University is 59.5% White, 22.3% Black or African American, 3.79% Hispanic or Latino, 0.296% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.237% Asian, 0.0592% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 206 students (12.2%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 193 more women than men received degrees from Southern Wesleyan University. The majority of degree recipients at Southern Wesleyan University are white (336 degrees awarded). There were 2.24 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (150 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Southern Wesleyan University is General Business Administration & Management (132 degrees awarded), followed by General Human Services (58 degrees) and Other Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies (20 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Southern Wesleyan University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Public Administration and Social Service (58 degrees awarded), Education (139 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (30 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 Southern Wesleyan University are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,051,623 people), Accountants & auditors (1,110,413 people), Other managers (674,050 people), Financial managers (435,343 people), and Education administrators (341,393 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Wesleyan University are Public Administration and Social Service (58 degrees awarded), Education (139 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (30 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees), and Business (223 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 Southern Wesleyan University are Surgeons, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Dentists, Physicians, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Southern Wesleyan University are Public Administration and Social Service (58 degrees awarded), Education (139 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (30 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees), and Business (223 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 Southern Wesleyan University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,140,160 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (551,173 people), Banking & related activities (505,725 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (470,376 people), and Computer Systems Design (436,529 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Wesleyan University are Public Administration and Social Service (58 degrees awarded), Education (139 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (30 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (6 degrees), and Business (223 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 Southern Wesleyan University.
Most Common
  1. 132 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 58 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 20 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Southern Wesleyan University was General Business Administration & Management with 132 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 193
  2. 386

In 2017, 193 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Wesleyan University, which is 0.5 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (386).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 55 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Wesleyan University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.714 times less than the 77 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 77 degrees were awarded to women at Southern Wesleyan University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.4 times more than the 55 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

40%
100% Completion Time
50%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 40% of students graduating from Southern Wesleyan University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% 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.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (52.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Southern Wesleyan University is Female and White (52.6% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.89% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    336 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    150 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    50 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Southern Wesleyan University is white (336 degrees awarded). There were 2.24 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (150 degrees).

8.64% of degree recipients (50 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    229 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    108 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    107 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Southern Wesleyan University is white female (229 degrees awarded). There were 2.12 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (108 degrees).

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Operations

Southern Wesleyan University has an endowment valued at nearly $5.06M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $469k (9.28%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Southern Wesleyan University had a total salary expenditure of $25.8M. Southern Wesleyan University employs 23 Assistant professors, 19 Professors, and 15 Associate professors. Most academics at Southern Wesleyan University are Male Professors (15), Female Assistant professors(12), and Male Assistant professors (11).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Wesleyan University are: Management, with 40 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 31 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 30 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$5.06M
2017 Endowment
1.93%
growth from 2016

Southern Wesleyan University has an endowment valued at about $5.06M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Southern Wesleyan University grew 1.93% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $28.1M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $270k - Federal
  2. $531k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Southern Wesleyan University received $270k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $531k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$11.2M
2017 Salaries
3.09%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Southern Wesleyan University paid a median of $11.2M in salaries, which represents 43.3% of their overall expenditure ($25.8M) and a 3.09% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.32% growth from 2015 and a 0.972% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.48M
Instructional Salaries
58
Number of Employees

In 2017, Southern Wesleyan University paid a total of $3.48M to 58 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
23 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
40 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Southern Wesleyan University were Assistant professor with 23 employees; Professor with 19 employees; and Professor with 15 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Wesleyan University were Management with 40 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 31 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 30 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Southern Wesleyan University was Male Professor with 15 employees, Female Assistant professor with 12 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 11 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Southern Wesleyan University.

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