Prairie State College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$3,372

5.64% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$8,313

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

17.8%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

4,403

33.2% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

9.88%

24 Graduates

About

Prairie State College is a higher education institution located in Cook County, IL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Prairie State College were .

In 2017, 897 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Prairie State College. 60.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were black or african american (399 degrees), 1.41 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (282 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Prairie State College is $3,372, which is $-4,042 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Prairie State College is $3,372, which is $-4,042 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,313.

In 2017, 48% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 20% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$3,372

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Prairie State College was $3,372. The cost of tuition at Prairie State College is $-4,042 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$8,313

2017 Value

13.3%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Prairie State College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,313. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Prairie State College grew by 13.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,516

Room and Board

$2,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Prairie State College was of $7,516 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

48%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

20%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

48% of undergraduate students at Prairie State College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

This chart compares the average award discount at Prairie State College (in red) with that of other similar universities.

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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.

17.8%

2016 Default Rate

144

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Prairie State College was 17.8%, which represents 144 out of the 810 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

Prairie State College has a total enrollment of 4,403 students. The full-time enrollment at Prairie State College is 1,461 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,942. This means that 33.2% of students enrolled at Prairie State College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Prairie State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52.8% Black or African American, 19.6% Hispanic or Latino, 19.4% White, 1.54% Two or More Races, 0.704% Asian, 0.318% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0227% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Prairie State College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (31.1%), followed by Black or African American Male (23.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

33.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Prairie State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,403 students. The full-time enrollment at Prairie State College is 1,461 and the part-time enrollment is 2,942. This means that 33.2% of students enrolled at Prairie State College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

50%

2017 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 Prairie State College was 50%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Prairie State College 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

    2,323

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    861

  3. White

    856

The enrolled student population at Prairie State College is 52.8% Black or African American, 19.6% Hispanic or Latino, 19.4% White, 1.54% Two or More Races, 0.704% Asian, 0.318% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0227% 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 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% 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, 222 students (5.04%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 185 more women than men received degrees from Prairie State College. The majority of degree recipients at Prairie State College are black or african american (399 degrees awarded). There were 1.41 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (282 degrees).

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

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Prairie State College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (14 degrees awarded), Construction (22 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (66 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 Prairie State College are Registered nurses (1,318,353 people), Medical & health services managers (145,174 people), Pharmacists (135,039 people), Physicians (132,011 people), and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives (122,289 people).

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College are Communication Technologies (14 degrees awarded), Construction (22 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (66 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (53 degrees), and Health (425 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 Prairie State College are Surgeons, Public relations specialists, Podiatrists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College are Communication Technologies (14 degrees awarded), Construction (22 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (66 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (53 degrees), and Health (425 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 Prairie State College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,484,665 people), Elementary & secondary schools (291,607 people), Outpatient care centers (210,835 people), Offices of physicians (206,627 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (166,111 people).

The most specialized majors at Prairie State College are Communication Technologies (14 degrees awarded), Construction (22 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (66 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (53 degrees), and Health (425 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 Prairie State College.

Most Common

  1. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Prairie State College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 356

  2. 541

In 2017, 356 degrees were awarded to men at Prairie State College, which is 0.658 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (541).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 60 degrees were awarded to men at Prairie State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.5 times less than the 120 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 197 degrees were awarded to women at Prairie State College in Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant, which is 5.32 times more than the 37 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

3%

100% Completion Time

12%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 3% of students graduating from Prairie State College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 12% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 15% 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.

Two or More Races Male

Highest Graduation Rate (25%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Prairie State College is Male and Two or More Races (25% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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. Black or African American

    399 degrees awarded

  2. White

    282 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    173 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Prairie State College is black or african american (399 degrees awarded). There were 1.41 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (282 degrees).

2.23% of degree recipients (20 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Black or African American Female

    271 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    146 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    136 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Prairie State College is black or african american female (271 degrees awarded). There were 1.86 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (146 degrees).

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Operations

Prairie State College has an endowment valued at nearly $807k, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $42.1k (5.21%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, Prairie State College had a total salary expenditure of $46.1M. Prairie State College employs 34 Professors, 29 Associate professors, and 14 Assistant professors. Most academics at Prairie State College are Female Associate professors (22), Male Professors(19), and Female Professors (15).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Prairie State College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 51 employees, Management, with 31 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 22 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$807k

2017 Endowment

15.6%

growth from 2016

Prairie State College has an endowment valued at about $807k, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Prairie State College grew 15.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.85M lower than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

This line chart shows how the endowment at Prairie State College (in red) compares to that of some similar universities.

The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Career & Technical-High Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Prairie State College received $0 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

$18.9M

2017 Salaries

10.2%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Prairie State College paid a median of $18.9M in salaries, which represents 41% of their overall expenditure ($46.1M) and a 10.2% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.19% decline from 2015 and a 1.31% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.48M

Instructional Salaries

77

Number of Employees

In 2017, Prairie State College paid a total of $5.48M to 77 employees working as instructors, which represents 29% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $1.95M (30.4%) for similar Associates Colleges: High Career & Technical-High Nontraditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

34 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

51 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Prairie State College were Professor with 34 employees; Associate professor with 29 employees; and Associate professor with 14 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Prairie State College were Office and Administrative Support with 51 employees; Management with 31 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 22 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Associate professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Prairie State College was Female Associate professor with 22 employees, Male Professor with 19 employees, and Female Professor with 15 employees.

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

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