Wilkes Community College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,432
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$3,348
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
22.6%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
2,692
36.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
38%
98 Graduates

About

Wilkes Community College is a higher education institution located in Wilkes County, NC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Wilkes Community College were .

In 2019, 1,199 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wilkes Community College. 39.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 60.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,020 degrees), 11.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (89 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes Community College is $2,432, which is $−5,392 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes Community College is $2,432, which is $−5,392 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $3,348.

In 2019, 41% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 3% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,432
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Wilkes Community College was $2,432. The cost of tuition at Wilkes Community College is $−5,392 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$3,348
2019 Value
27.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Wilkes Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $3,348. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Wilkes Community College grew by 27.4%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$5,890
Room and Board
$1,700
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wilkes Community College was of $5,890 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,700. The cost of room and board increased by 17.8% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 41.7% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

41%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
3%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

41% of undergraduate students at Wilkes Community College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 18% with respect to 2018, when 50% 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.
22.6%
2017 Default Rate
42
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Wilkes Community College was 22.6%, which represents 42 out of the 186 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

Wilkes Community College has a total enrollment of 2,692 students. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes Community College is 988 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,704. This means that 36.7% of students enrolled at Wilkes Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wilkes Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 75.5% White, 10.1% Hispanic or Latino, 2.41% Black or African American, 1.93% Two or More Races, 0.632% Asian, 0.26% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0371% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wilkes Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.4%), followed by White Male (37.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.86%). 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

36.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wilkes Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,692 students. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes Community College is 988 and the part-time enrollment is 1,704. This means that 36.7% of students enrolled at Wilkes Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
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 Wilkes Community College was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Wilkes 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
    2,032
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    271
  3. Black or African American
    65

The enrolled student population at Wilkes Community College is 75.5% White, 10.1% Hispanic or Latino, 2.41% Black or African American, 1.93% Two or More Races, 0.632% Asian, 0.26% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0371% 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 Associates Colleges is 44% White, 26.9% 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, 230 students (8.54%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 259 fewer women than men received degrees from Wilkes Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Wilkes Community College is white (1,020 degrees awarded). There were 11.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (89 degrees).

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

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Wilkes Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (174 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (315 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (93 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 Wilkes Community College are Police officers (134,945 people), Other managers (99,715 people), Construction managers (50,722 people), Software developers (39,202 people), and Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists (37,755 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes Community College are Agriculture (174 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (315 degrees), Engineering Technologies (93 degrees), Precision Production (35 degrees), and Construction (21 degrees).

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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 Wilkes Community College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Physicians, Dentists, Real estate brokers & sales agents, and Personal financial advisors

The most specialized majors at Wilkes Community College are Agriculture (174 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (315 degrees), Engineering Technologies (93 degrees), Precision Production (35 degrees), and Construction (21 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 Wilkes Community College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (324,307 people), Construction (139,459 people), Elementary & secondary schools (86,237 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (63,253 people), and Computer Systems Design (58,382 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes Community College are Agriculture (174 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (315 degrees), Engineering Technologies (93 degrees), Precision Production (35 degrees), and Construction (21 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 Wilkes 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 Wilkes Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

729
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
470
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 729 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes Community College, which is 1.55 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (470).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 121 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes Community College in Automobile Mechanics Technology, which is 7.56 times more than the 16 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 119 degrees were awarded to women at Wilkes Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 2.02 times more than the 59 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

24%
100% Completion Time
38%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 24% of students graduating from Wilkes Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 38% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 43% 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.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wilkes Community College is Female and Hispanic or Latino (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Associates 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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,020 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    89 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    34 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wilkes Community College is white (1,020 degrees awarded). There were 11.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (89 degrees).

2.84% of degree recipients (34 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    631 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    389 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    47 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Wilkes Community College is white male (631 degrees awarded). There were 1.62 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (389 degrees).

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Operations

Wilkes Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $6.35M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $333k (5.24%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, Wilkes Community College had a total salary expenditure of $32.8M. Wilkes Community College employs 104 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Wilkes Community College are Female No academic ranks (55), Male No academic ranks(49), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes Community College are: Management, with 39 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 29 employees, and Service with 20 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$6.35M
2019 Endowment
1.94%
growth from 2018

Wilkes Community College has an endowment valued at about $6.35M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Wilkes Community College grew 1.94% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.05M 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: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $157k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Wilkes Community College received $157k 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

$15M
2019 Salaries
3.7%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Wilkes Community College paid a median of $15M in salaries, which represents 45.9% of their overall expenditure ($32.8M) and a 3.7% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.35% decline from 2017 and a 4.52% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.54M
Instructional Salaries
104
Number of Employees

In 2019, Wilkes Community College paid a total of $5.54M to 104 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
104 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
39 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wilkes Community College were No academic rank with 104 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes Community College were Management with 39 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 29 employees; and Service with 20 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wilkes Community College was Female No academic rank with 55 employees, Male No academic rank with 49 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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