Limestone University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$25,200
2022 Average Net Price
$23,478
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.81%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
89.5%
2,260 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
1,786
82.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
26.8%
95 Graduates

About

Limestone University is a higher education institution located in Cherokee County, SC. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Limestone University were Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (94 degrees awarded), Social Work (65 degrees), and Health Care Administration & Management (27 degrees).

In 2022, 529 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Limestone University. 60.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (259 degrees), 1.33 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (195 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Limestone University is $25,200, which is $−3,130 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Limestone University is $25,200, which is $−3,130 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $23,478.

In 2022, 79% of undergraduate students attending Limestone University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 63% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$25,200
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Limestone University was $25,200. The cost of tuition at Limestone University is $−3,130 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$23,478
2022 Value
3.34%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Limestone University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $23,478. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Limestone University grew by 3.34%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,880
Room and Board
$2,304
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Limestone University was of $8,880 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.38% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,304. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

79%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
63%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

79% of undergraduate students at Limestone University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 7.06% with respect to 2021, when 85% 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.
4.81%
2019 Default Rate
52
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Limestone University was 4.81%, which represents 52 out of the 1082 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Limestone University received 2,260 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 18.3% annual growth. Out of those 2,260 applicants, 2,022 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 89.5% acceptance rate.

There were 1,786 students enrolled at Limestone University in 2022.

Limestone University has an overall enrollment yield of 16.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

89.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,022
Accepted Out of 2,260

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Limestone University was 89.5% (2,022 admissions from 2,260 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 87.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 18.3%, while admissions grew by 21.3%..

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Enrollment

Limestone University had a total enrollment of 1,786 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Limestone University is 1,473 students and the part-time enrollment is 313. This means that 82.5% of students enrolled at Limestone University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Limestone University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46% White, 32.8% Black or African American, 2.74% Hispanic or Latino, 1.9% Two or More Races, 0.728% Asian, 0.616% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.28% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Limestone University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (24.4%), followed by White Female (23.6%) and Black or African American Male (15.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (32.1%), followed by White Female (24.5%) and Black or African American Male (20.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Limestone University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,786 students. The full-time enrollment at Limestone University is 1,473 and the part-time enrollment is 313. This means that 82.5% of students enrolled at Limestone University are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
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 Limestone University was 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Limestone University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    822 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    585 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    49 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Limestone University is 46% White, 32.8% Black or African American, 2.74% Hispanic or Latino, 1.9% Two or More Races, 0.728% Asian, 0.616% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.28% 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, 246 students (13.8%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 107 more women than men received degrees from Limestone University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Limestone University is white (259 degrees awarded). There were 1.33 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (195 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Limestone University is Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (94 degrees awarded), followed by Social Work (65 degrees) and Health Care Administration & Management (27 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Limestone University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Public Administration and Social Service (98 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (22 degrees), and Business (194 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 Limestone University are Accountants & auditors (1,047,635 people), Other managers (835,836 people), Software developers (667,732 people), Financial managers (515,167 people), and Chief executives & legislators (424,903 people).

The most specialized majors at Limestone University in 2022 are Public Administration and Social Service (98 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (22 degrees), Business (194 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (47 degrees), and History (5 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 Limestone University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Limestone University are Public Administration and Social Service (98 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (22 degrees), Business (194 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (47 degrees), and History (5 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 Limestone University are Computer Systems Design (1,062,349 people), Elementary & secondary schools (781,209 people), Banking & related activities (550,296 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (525,371 people), and Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments (476,546 people).

The most specialized majors at Limestone University are Public Administration and Social Service (98 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (22 degrees), Business (194 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (47 degrees), and History (5 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 Limestone University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 94 degrees awarded
  2. 65 degrees awarded
  3. 27 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Limestone University was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 94 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

211
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
318
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 211 degrees were awarded to men at Limestone University, which is 0.664 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (318).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 71 degrees were awarded to men at Limestone University in Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations, which is 1 times approximately the same the 71 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 79 degrees were awarded to men at Limestone University in Social Work, which is 4.16 times more than the 19 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

21%
100% Completion Time
30%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 21% of students graduating from Limestone University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 30% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 31% 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 Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Limestone University is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate 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, 4.21% 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
    259 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    195 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    20 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Limestone University is white (259 degrees awarded). There were 1.33 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (195 degrees).

2.84% of degree recipients (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    155 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    119 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    104 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Limestone University is white female (155 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (119 degrees).

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Operations

Limestone University has an endowment valued at nearly $22.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−1.66%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Limestone University had a total salary expenditure of 46.2M. Limestone University employs 26 Assistant professors, 25 Professors and 24 Associate professors. Most academics at Limestone University are Female Assistant professor (16), Male Professor (13), and Male Associate professor (13).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Limestone University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 73 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 46 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 17 employees.

Endowment

$22.5M
2022 Endowment
28.6%
decline from 2021

Limestone University has an endowment valued at about $22.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Limestone University declined 28.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $26.8M 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

$16.1M
2022 Salaries
6.3%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Limestone University paid a median of $16.1M in salaries, which represents 34.9% of their overall expenditure ($46.2M) and a 6.3% 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

$5.6M
Instructional Salaries
87
Number of Employees

In 2022, Limestone University paid a total of $5.6M to 87 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.8% 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
26 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
73 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Limestone University were Assistant professor with 26 employees, Professor with 25 employees, and Associate professor with 24 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Limestone University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 73 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 46 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 17 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Limestone University was Female Assistant professor with 16 employees, Male Professor with 13 employees, and Male Associate professor with 13 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Limestone University.

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