Sterling College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$26,000
4% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$19,604
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
9.16%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
39.9%
1,596 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
653
81.8% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
53.2%
74 Graduates

About

Sterling College is a higher education institution located in Rice County, KS. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sterling College were General Business Administration & Management (16 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (14 degrees), and Other Communication & Media Studies (10 degrees).

In 2019, 113 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sterling College. 51.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (77 degrees), 3.35 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (23 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sterling College is $26,000, which is $−1,280 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sterling College is $26,000, which is $−1,280 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,604.

In 2019, 86% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 69% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$26,000
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Sterling College was $26,000. The cost of tuition at Sterling College is $−1,280 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$19,604
2019 Value
2.28%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Sterling College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,604. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Sterling College grew by 2.28%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,783
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sterling College was of $8,783 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.01% 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

86%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
69%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

86% of undergraduate students at Sterling College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 1.15% with respect to 2018, when 87% 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.
9.16%
2017 Default Rate
23
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Sterling College was 9.16%, which represents 23 out of the 251 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 1,596 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 0.567% annual growth. Out of those 1,596 applicants, 637 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 39.9% acceptance rate.

There were 653 students enrolled at Sterling College in 2019, and 39% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sterling College has an overall enrollment yield of 22%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

39.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
637
Accepted Out of 1,596

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sterling College was 39.9% (637 admissions from 1,596 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 40.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 0.567%, while admissions declined by −0.933%.

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SAT Scores

39%
Submission Percentage
54
Scores Submitted

39% of enrolled first-time students at Sterling College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sterling College has a total enrollment of 653 students. The full-time enrollment at Sterling College is 534 students and the part-time enrollment is 119. This means that 81.8% of students enrolled at Sterling College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sterling College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.1% White, 14.1% Black or African American, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.37% Two or More Races, 1.84% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.23% Asian, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sterling College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (27.9%), followed by White Female (27.9%) and Black or African American Male (13.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.9%), followed by White Male (28.6%) and Black or African American Male (14.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sterling College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 653 students. The full-time enrollment at Sterling College is 534 and the part-time enrollment is 119. This means that 81.8% of students enrolled at Sterling College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

59%
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 Sterling College was 59%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Sterling College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    399
  2. Black or African American
    92
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    90

The enrolled student population at Sterling College is 61.1% White, 14.1% Black or African American, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.37% Two or More Races, 1.84% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.23% Asian, and 0% 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 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 8 students (1.23%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 3 more women than men received degrees from Sterling College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sterling College is white (77 degrees awarded). There were 3.35 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (23 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sterling College is General Business Administration & Management (16 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (14 degrees) and Other Communication & Media Studies (10 degrees).

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 (20 degrees awarded), Theology (3 degrees), and Communications (10 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 Sterling College are Other managers (248,119 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (202,818 people), Postsecondary teachers (143,195 people), Secondary school teachers (126,917 people), and Social workers, all other (115,282 people).

The most specialized majors at Sterling College are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees awarded), Theology (3 degrees), Communications (10 degrees), Math & Statistics (3 degrees), and Psychology (10 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 Sterling College are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Sterling College are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees awarded), Theology (3 degrees), Communications (10 degrees), Math & Statistics (3 degrees), and Psychology (10 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 Sterling College are Elementary & secondary schools (622,785 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (379,485 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (265,895 people), Computer Systems Design (217,065 people), and Outpatient care centers (191,313 people).

The most specialized majors at Sterling College are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees awarded), Theology (3 degrees), Communications (10 degrees), Math & Statistics (3 degrees), and Psychology (10 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 Sterling College.
Most Common
  1. 16 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 14 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 10 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sterling College was General Business Administration & Management with 16 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

55
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
58
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 55 degrees were awarded to men at Sterling College, which is 0.948 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (58).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 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 2019, 9 degrees were awarded to women at Sterling College in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, which is 1.8 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

25%
100% Completion Time
39%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 25% of students graduating from Sterling 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 40% 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.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sterling College is Female and Black or African American (75% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate 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, 1.35% 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
    77 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    23 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    6 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sterling College is white (77 degrees awarded). There were 3.35 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (23 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    41 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    36 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    13 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sterling College is white female (41 degrees awarded). There were 1.14 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (36 degrees).

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Operations

Sterling College has an endowment valued at nearly $17.3M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $545k (3.15%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Sterling College had a total salary expenditure of $15.1M. Sterling College employs 32 Assistant professors, 6 Associate professors, and 5 Professors. Most academics at Sterling College are Female Assistant professors (18), Male Assistant professors(14), and Male Professors (4).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sterling College are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 37 employees, Management, with 15 employees, and Service with 8 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$17.3M
2019 Endowment
25.2%
decline from 2018

Sterling College has an endowment valued at about $17.3M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Sterling College declined 25.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $23.4M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $534k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Sterling College received $534k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$6.25M
2019 Salaries
0.223%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Sterling College paid a median of $6.25M in salaries, which represents 41.4% of their overall expenditure ($15.1M) and a 0.223% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.9% growth from 2017 and a 0.954% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.02M
Instructional Salaries
45
Number of Employees

In 2019, Sterling College paid a total of $2.02M to 45 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sterling College were Assistant professor with 32 employees; Associate professor with 6 employees; and Associate professor with 5 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sterling College were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 37 employees; Management with 15 employees; and Service with 8 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sterling College was Female Assistant professor with 18 employees, Male Assistant professor with 14 employees, and Male Professor with 4 employees.

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

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