Sterling College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$28,500
5.56% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$22,680
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.83%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
61.1%
1,959 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
706
74.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
36.7%
47 Graduates

About

Sterling College is a higher education institution located in Rice County, KS. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Sterling College were Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (18 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (16 degrees), and Athletic Trainer (12 degrees).

In 2022, 138 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sterling College. 47.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 52.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (82 degrees), 4.56 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (18 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sterling College is $28,500, which is $170 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Sterling College is $28,500, which is $170 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,680.

In 2022, 77% of undergraduate students attending Sterling College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$28,500
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Sterling College was $28,500. The cost of tuition at Sterling College is $170 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$22,680
2022 Value
1.35%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Sterling College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,680. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Sterling College grew by 1.35%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,936
Room and Board
$1,240
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sterling College was of $8,936 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 3.79% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,240. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

77%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
55%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

77% of undergraduate students at Sterling College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2021, when 77% 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.
2.83%
2019 Default Rate
7
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Sterling College was 2.83%, which represents 7 out of the 247 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

Sterling College received 1,959 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 23.9% annual growth. Out of those 1,959 applicants, 1,197 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 61.1% acceptance rate.

There were 706 students enrolled at Sterling College in 2022. 10% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sterling College has an overall enrollment yield of 13.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

61.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
1,197
Accepted Out of 1,959

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sterling College was 61.1% (1,197 admissions from 1,959 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 47.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 23.9%, while admissions declined by −1.89%..

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SAT Scores

10%
Submission Percentage (2022)
16
Scores Submitted (2022)

10% of enrolled first-time students at Sterling College in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sterling College had a total enrollment of 706 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Sterling College is 527 students and the part-time enrollment is 179. This means that 74.6% of students enrolled at Sterling College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sterling College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.9% White, 10.5% Black or African American, 8.5% Two or More Races, 6.66% Hispanic or Latino, 0.567% Asian, 0.425% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.142% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sterling College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (29.1%), followed by White Female (27.5%) and Black or African American Male (10.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (38.9%), followed by White Male (16.7%) and Black or African American Male (5.56%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sterling College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 706 students. The full-time enrollment at Sterling College is 527 and the part-time enrollment is 179. This means that 74.6% of students enrolled at Sterling College are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

59%
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 Sterling College was 59%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Sterling College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    437 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    74 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    60 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Sterling College is 61.9% White, 10.5% Black or African American, 8.5% Two or More Races, 6.66% Hispanic or Latino, 0.567% Asian, 0.425% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.142% 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 Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% 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, 29 students (4.11%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 8 fewer women than men received degrees from Sterling College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sterling College is white (82 degrees awarded). There were 4.56 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (18 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sterling College is Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (18 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (16 degrees) and Athletic Trainer (12 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Sterling College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (13 degrees awarded), History (4 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (9 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sterling College are Elementary & middle school teachers (159,086 people), Other managers (151,174 people), Police officers (147,927 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (140,647 people), and Clergy (97,179 people).

The most specialized majors at Sterling College in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (13 degrees awarded), History (4 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (9 degrees), Theology (2 degrees), and Protective Services (9 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sterling College are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at Sterling College are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (13 degrees awarded), History (4 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (9 degrees), Theology (2 degrees), and Protective Services (9 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 Sterling College are Elementary & secondary schools (384,935 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (369,024 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (198,555 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (184,587 people), and Legal services (124,769 people).

The most specialized majors at Sterling College are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (13 degrees awarded), History (4 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (9 degrees), Theology (2 degrees), and Protective Services (9 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 Sterling College.

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sterling College was Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services with 18 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

73
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
65
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 73 degrees were awarded to men at Sterling College, which is 1.12 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (65).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 14 degrees were awarded to men at Sterling College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 7 times more than the 2 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 13 degrees were awarded to men at Sterling College in Athletic Trainer, which is 2.6 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

40%
100% Completion Time
47%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 40% of students graduating from Sterling College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 47% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 47% 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.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Sterling College is Male and Hispanic or Latino (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    82 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    18 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    14 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sterling College is white (82 degrees awarded). There were 4.56 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (18 degrees).

5.07% of degree recipients (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    44 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    38 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Sterling College is white male (44 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (38 degrees).

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Operations

Sterling College has an endowment valued at nearly $13.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−7.91%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Sterling College had a total salary expenditure of 15.2M. Sterling College employs 35 Assistant professors, 10 Associate professors and 4 Professors. Most academics at Sterling College are Female Assistant professor (18), Male Assistant professor (17), and Male Associate professor (7).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sterling College are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 34 employees, Management, with 14 employees, and Service with 8 employees.

Endowment

$13.5M
2022 Endowment
12.1%
decline from 2021

Sterling College has an endowment valued at about $13.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Sterling College declined 12.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $35.8M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate 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 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$6.13M
2022 Salaries
4.01%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Sterling College paid a median of $6.13M in salaries, which represents 40.3% of their overall expenditure ($15.2M) and a 4.01% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.32M
Instructional Salaries
49
Number of Employees

In 2022, Sterling College paid a total of $2.32M to 49 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
35 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
34 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sterling College were Assistant professor with 35 employees, Associate professor with 10 employees, and Professor with 4 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sterling College were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 34 employees, Management with 14 employees, and Service with 8 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sterling College was Female Assistant professor with 18 employees, Male Assistant professor with 17 employees, and Male Associate professor with 7 employees.

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

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