University of South Carolina-Lancaster

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,158
2022 Average Net Price
$10,795
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.5%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
76.2%
731 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
1,772
38.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
16.5%
54 Graduates

About

University of South Carolina-Lancaster is a higher education institution located in Lancaster County, SC. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at University of South Carolina-Lancaster were Liberal Arts & Sciences (125 degrees awarded), General Business (27 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (15 degrees).

In 2022, 182 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of South Carolina-Lancaster. 64.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (124 degrees), 3.65 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (34 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is $7,158, which is $−954 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is $7,158, which is $−954 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,795.

In 2022, 87% of undergraduate students attending University of South Carolina-Lancaster received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 16% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$7,158
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of South Carolina-Lancaster was $7,158. The cost of tuition at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is $−954 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$10,795
2022 Value
2.51%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of South Carolina-Lancaster had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,795. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of South Carolina-Lancaster grew by 2.51%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,840
Room and Board
$1,600
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of South Carolina-Lancaster was of $6,840 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

87%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
16%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

87% of undergraduate students at University of South Carolina-Lancaster received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 4.82% with respect to 2021, when 83% 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.
4.5%
2019 Default Rate
14
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of South Carolina-Lancaster was 4.5%, which represents 14 out of the 311 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

University of South Carolina-Lancaster received 731 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 3.1% annual growth. Out of those 731 applicants, 557 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 76.2% acceptance rate.

There were 1,772 students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Lancaster in 2022.

University of South Carolina-Lancaster has an overall enrollment yield of 61.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

76.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
557
Accepted Out of 731

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of South Carolina-Lancaster was 76.2% (557 admissions from 731 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 87.6%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 3.1%, while admissions declined by −10.3%..

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Enrollment

University of South Carolina-Lancaster had a total enrollment of 1,772 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is 675 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,097. This means that 38.1% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Lancaster are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina-Lancaster, both undergraduate and graduate, is 64.4% White, 15.1% Black or African American, 7.9% Hispanic or Latino, 4.06% Two or More Races, 2.48% Asian, and 0.451% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Lancaster in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40%), followed by White Male (28%) and Black or African American Female (8.74%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

38.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of South Carolina-Lancaster in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,772 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is 675 and the part-time enrollment is 1,097. This means that 38.1% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Lancaster are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

37%
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 University of South Carolina-Lancaster was 37%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), University of South Carolina-Lancaster had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,142 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    267 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    140 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is 64.4% White, 15.1% Black or African American, 7.9% Hispanic or Latino, 4.06% Two or More Races, 2.48% Asian, and 0.451% 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 42.9% White, 27.9% 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, 91 students (5.14%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 52 more women than men received degrees from University of South Carolina-Lancaster. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is white (124 degrees awarded). There were 3.65 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (34 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is Liberal Arts & Sciences (125 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (27 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (15 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of South Carolina-Lancaster, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (125 degrees awarded), Protective Services (15 degrees), and Business (27 degrees).

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 University of South Carolina-Lancaster are Registered nurses (1,489,578 people), Accountants & auditors (1,048,162 people), Other managers (779,131 people), Financial managers (502,911 people), and Chief executives & legislators (396,561 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Lancaster in 2022 are Liberal Arts & Humanities (125 degrees awarded), Protective Services (15 degrees), Business (27 degrees), and Health (15 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 University of South Carolina-Lancaster are Surgeons, Physicians, Skincare specialists, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Lancaster are Liberal Arts & Humanities (125 degrees awarded), Protective Services (15 degrees), Business (27 degrees), and Health (15 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 University of South Carolina-Lancaster are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,821,587 people), Elementary & secondary schools (815,339 people), Computer Systems Design (540,500 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (509,671 people), and Banking & related activities (500,634 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Lancaster are Liberal Arts & Humanities (125 degrees awarded), Protective Services (15 degrees), Business (27 degrees), and Health (15 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 University of South Carolina-Lancaster.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 125 degrees awarded
  2. 27 degrees awarded
  3. 15 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at University of South Carolina-Lancaster was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 125 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

65
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
117
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 65 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Lancaster, which is 0.556 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (117).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 42 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Lancaster in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.506 times less than the 83 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 83 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Lancaster in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.98 times more than the 42 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

22%
100% Completion Time
22%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 22% of students graduating from University of South Carolina-Lancaster completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 22% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 24% 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.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 7.41% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    124 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    34 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    8 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is white (124 degrees awarded). There were 3.65 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (34 degrees).

1.1% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    81 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    43 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    24 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of South Carolina-Lancaster is white female (81 degrees awarded). There were 1.88 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (43 degrees).

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Operations

University of South Carolina-Lancaster employs 18 Instructors, 18 Associate professors and 12 Professors. Most academics at University of South Carolina-Lancaster are Male Instructor (9), Female Instructor (9), and Male Associate professor (9).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Lancaster are: Management, with 11 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 10 employees, and Service with 8 employees.

Salary Expenditure

$7.8M
2022 Salaries
2.87%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of South Carolina-Lancaster paid a median of $7.8M in salaries, a 2.87% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.37M
Instructional Salaries
54
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of South Carolina-Lancaster paid a total of $3.37M to 54 employees working as instructors, which represents 43.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
18 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
11 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Lancaster were Instructor with 18 employees, Associate professor with 18 employees, and Professor with 12 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Lancaster were Management with 11 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 10 employees, and Service with 8 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Lancaster was Male Instructor with 9 employees, Female Instructor with 9 employees, and Male Associate professor with 9 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of South Carolina-Lancaster.

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