Southern Wesleyan University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$24,926
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$18,614
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
7.2%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
55.7%
922 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,345
58.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
54.1%
100 Graduates

About

Southern Wesleyan University is a higher education institution located in Pickens County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Southern Wesleyan University were General Business Administration & Management (73 degrees awarded), General Human Services (35 degrees), and General Human Development & Family Studies (19 degrees).

In 2020, 375 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Southern Wesleyan University. 68.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 31.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (266 degrees), 3.37 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (79 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Wesleyan University is $24,926, which is $2,396 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Wesleyan University is $24,926, which is $2,396 more 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 $18,614.

In 2020, 85% of undergraduate students attending Southern Wesleyan University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 70% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$24,926
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Southern Wesleyan University was $24,926. The cost of tuition at Southern Wesleyan University is $2,396 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$18,614
2020 Value
3.54%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Southern Wesleyan University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,614. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Southern Wesleyan University grew by 3.54%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,595
Room and Board
$1,060
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southern Wesleyan University was of $7,595 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,060. The cost of room and board did not change between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

85%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
70%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

85% of undergraduate students at Southern Wesleyan University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.19% with respect to 2019, when 84% 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.
7.2%
2018 Default Rate
46
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Southern Wesleyan University was 7.2%, which represents 46 out of the 639 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

Southern Wesleyan University received 922 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 11.5% annual decline. Out of those 922 applicants, 514 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 55.7% acceptance rate.

There were 1,345 students enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University in 2020, and 68% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Southern Wesleyan University has an overall enrollment yield of 37.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

55.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
514
Accepted Out of 922

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Southern Wesleyan University was 55.7% (514 admissions from 922 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 35%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −11.5%, while admissions grew by 40.8%.

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SAT Scores

68%
Submission Percentage
131
Scores Submitted

68% of enrolled first-time students at Southern Wesleyan University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Southern Wesleyan University has a total enrollment of 1,345 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Wesleyan University is 789 students and the part-time enrollment is 556. This means that 58.7% of students enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Southern Wesleyan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 67.9% White, 19.3% Black or African American, 4.46% Hispanic or Latino, 2.45% Two or More Races, 0.669% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.1%), followed by White Male (27.8%) and Black or African American Female (8.01%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (46.7%), followed by White Male (20%) and Black or African American Female (13.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

58.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Southern Wesleyan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,345 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Wesleyan University is 789 and the part-time enrollment is 556. This means that 58.7% of students enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
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 Southern Wesleyan University was 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Southern Wesleyan University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    913
  2. Black or African American
    260
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    60

The enrolled student population at Southern Wesleyan University is 67.9% White, 19.3% Black or African American, 4.46% Hispanic or Latino, 2.45% Two or More Races, 0.669% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% 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 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, 56 students (4.16%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 139 more women than men received degrees from Southern Wesleyan University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Southern Wesleyan University is white (266 degrees awarded). There were 3.37 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (79 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Southern Wesleyan University is General Business Administration & Management (73 degrees awarded), followed by General Human Services (35 degrees) and General Human Development & Family Studies (19 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Southern Wesleyan University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (35 degrees), and Human Sciences (19 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 Southern Wesleyan University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,734,491 people), Secondary school teachers (379,861 people), Education administrators (263,460 people), Social workers, all other (170,180 people), and Special education teachers (160,003 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Wesleyan University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (35 degrees), Human Sciences (19 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees), and Education (71 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 Southern Wesleyan University are Surgeons, Aerospace engineers, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Southern Wesleyan University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (35 degrees), Human Sciences (19 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees), and Education (71 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 Southern Wesleyan University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,802,486 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (277,337 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (214,304 people), Individual & family services (155,808 people), and Child day care services (120,443 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Wesleyan University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (35 degrees), Human Sciences (19 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (20 degrees), and Education (71 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 Southern Wesleyan University.
Most Common
  1. 73 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 35 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 19 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Southern Wesleyan University was General Business Administration & Management with 73 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

118
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
257
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 118 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Wesleyan University, which is 0.459 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (257).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 33 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Wesleyan University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.825 times less than the 40 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 40 degrees were awarded to women at Southern Wesleyan University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.21 times more than the 33 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

41%
100% Completion Time
51%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 41% of students graduating from Southern Wesleyan University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 51% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Southern Wesleyan University is Male and Asian (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, 2% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    266 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    79 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    15 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Southern Wesleyan University is white (266 degrees awarded). There were 3.37 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (79 degrees).

0.267% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    186 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    80 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    56 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Southern Wesleyan University is white female (186 degrees awarded). There were 2.33 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (80 degrees).

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Operations

Southern Wesleyan University has an endowment valued at nearly $6.7M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNk (−4.88%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Southern Wesleyan University had a total salary expenditure of $24.5M. Southern Wesleyan University employs 20 Associate professors, 20 Assistant professors, and 14 Professors. Most academics at Southern Wesleyan University are Male Associate professors (12), Male Professors(11), and Female Assistant professors (11).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Wesleyan University are: Management, with 40 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 28 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 19 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$6.7M
2020 Endowment
16.1%
growth from 2019

Southern Wesleyan University has an endowment valued at about $6.7M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Southern Wesleyan University grew 16.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $32.9M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $3.08M - Federal
  2. $506k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Southern Wesleyan University received $3.08M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $506k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$10.3M
2020 Salaries
0.375%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Southern Wesleyan University paid a median of $10.3M in salaries, which represents 42.1% of their overall expenditure ($24.5M) and a 0.375% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 10.7% decline from 2018 and a 2.76% growth from 2017.

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

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Instructional Salaries

$3M
Instructional Salaries
55
Number of Employees

In 2020, Southern Wesleyan University paid a total of $3M to 55 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.1% 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

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
20 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
40 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Southern Wesleyan University were Associate professor with 20 employees; Assistant professor with 20 employees; and Assistant professor with 14 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Wesleyan University were Management with 40 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 28 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 19 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Southern Wesleyan University was Male Associate professor with 12 employees, Male Professor with 11 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 11 employees.

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

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