Columbia College (217934)

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$17,791
3.29% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$20,277
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
6.03%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
97.1%
786 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,218
71.6% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
66.2%
90 Graduates

About

Columbia College (217934) is a higher education institution located in Richland County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Columbia College (217934) were Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (69 degrees awarded), Crisis/Disaster Management (28 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (25 degrees).

In 2020, 387 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbia College (217934). 74.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 25.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (184 degrees), 1.35 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (136 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $17,791, which is $−4,739 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $17,791, which is $−4,739 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,277.

In 2020, 76% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 74% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$17,791
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Columbia College (217934) was $17,791. The cost of tuition at Columbia College (217934) is $−4,739 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$20,277
2020 Value
10.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Columbia College (217934) had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,277. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Columbia College (217934) grew by 10.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,716
Room and Board
$1,258
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Columbia College (217934) was of $6,716 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,258. The cost of room and board increased by 1.77% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 4.57% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

76%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
74%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

76% of undergraduate students at Columbia College (217934) received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.33% with respect to 2019, when 75% 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.
6.03%
2018 Default Rate
38
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Columbia College (217934) was 6.03%, which represents 38 out of the 630 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

Columbia College (217934) received 786 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 3.79% annual decline. Out of those 786 applicants, 763 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 97.1% acceptance rate.

There were 1,218 students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) in 2020, and 27% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Columbia College (217934) has an overall enrollment yield of 17.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

97.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
763
Accepted Out of 786

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Columbia College (217934) was 97.1% (763 admissions from 786 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 96.6%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −3.79%, while admissions declined by −3.3%.

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SAT Scores

27%
Submission Percentage
35
Scores Submitted

27% of enrolled first-time students at Columbia College (217934) in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Columbia College (217934) has a total enrollment of 1,218 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia College (217934) is 872 students and the part-time enrollment is 346. This means that 71.6% of students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Columbia College (217934), both undergraduate and graduate, is 39.4% Black or African American, 38.8% White, 5.67% Hispanic or Latino, 2.55% Two or More Races, 1.15% Asian, 0.328% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (39.9%), followed by White Female (35.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.96%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.7%), followed by Black or African American Female (33.8%) and White Male (9.09%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

71.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Columbia College (217934), both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,218 students. The full-time enrollment at Columbia College (217934) is 872 and the part-time enrollment is 346. This means that 71.6% of students enrolled at Columbia College (217934) are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

59%
2020 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 Columbia College (217934) was 59%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Columbia College (217934) had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    480
  2. White
    473
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    69

The enrolled student population at Columbia College (217934) is 39.4% Black or African American, 38.8% White, 5.67% Hispanic or Latino, 2.55% Two or More Races, 1.15% Asian, 0.328% American Indian or Alaska Native, 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 Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% 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, 143 students (11.7%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 187 more women than men received degrees from Columbia College (217934). The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Columbia College (217934) is white (184 degrees awarded). There were 1.35 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (136 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Columbia College (217934) is Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (69 degrees awarded), followed by Crisis/Disaster Management (28 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (25 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Columbia College (217934), meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (123 degrees awarded), Education (90 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (16 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 Columbia College (217934) are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,580,569 people), Secondary school teachers (544,928 people), Physicians (434,779 people), Education administrators (317,273 people), and Social workers, all other (306,906 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (123 degrees awarded), Education (90 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (16 degrees), Biology (21 degrees), and Psychology (15 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 Columbia College (217934) are Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Public relations specialists, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (123 degrees awarded), Education (90 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (16 degrees), Biology (21 degrees), and Psychology (15 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 Columbia College (217934) are Elementary & secondary schools (3,116,418 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (697,696 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (628,459 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (465,338 people), and Outpatient care centers (305,026 people).

The most specialized majors at Columbia College (217934) are Protective Services (123 degrees awarded), Education (90 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (16 degrees), Biology (21 degrees), and Psychology (15 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 Columbia College (217934).
Most Common
  1. 69 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 28 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 25 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Columbia College (217934) was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 69 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

100
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
287
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 100 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia College (217934), which is 0.348 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (287).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 63 degrees were awarded to men at Columbia College (217934) in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.97 times more than the 32 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 32 degrees were awarded to women at Columbia College (217934) in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 0.508 times less than the 63 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

43%
100% Completion Time
53%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 43% of students graduating from Columbia College (217934) completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 53% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 53% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Columbia College (217934) is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.11% 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
    184 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    136 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    24 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Columbia College (217934) is white (184 degrees awarded). There were 1.35 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (136 degrees).

6.2% of degree recipients (24 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    121 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    118 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    63 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Columbia College (217934) is white female (121 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (118 degrees).

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Operations

Columbia College (217934) has an endowment valued at nearly $20.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.16M (5.66%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Columbia College (217934) had a total salary expenditure of $22.5M. Columbia College (217934) employs 18 Assistant professors, 11 Professors, and 10 Associate professors. Most academics at Columbia College (217934) are Female Assistant professors (14), Female Professors(9), and Female Lecturers (6).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) are: Office and Administrative Support, with 19 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 17 employees, and Management with 16 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$20.6M
2020 Endowment
2.1%
growth from 2019

Columbia College (217934) has an endowment valued at about $20.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Columbia College (217934) grew 2.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $19.1M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $528k - Federal
  2. $1M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Columbia College (217934) received $528k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$8.58M
2020 Salaries
20.5%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Columbia College (217934) paid a median of $8.58M in salaries, which represents 38.1% of their overall expenditure ($22.5M) and a 20.5% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 13.4% growth from 2018 and a 10.3% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.8M
Instructional Salaries
47
Number of Employees

In 2020, Columbia College (217934) paid a total of $2.8M to 47 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
18 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
19 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) were Assistant professor with 18 employees; Professor with 11 employees; and Professor with 10 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) were Office and Administrative Support with 19 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 17 employees; and Management with 16 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Columbia College (217934) was Female Assistant professor with 14 employees, Female Professor with 9 employees, and Female Lecturer with 6 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Columbia College (217934).

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