Sterling College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$23,985
2.5% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$20,147
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
10.6%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
52.5%
1,759 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
697
85.9% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
39%
53 Graduates

About

Sterling College is a higher education institution located in Rice County, KS. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sterling College were Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (22 degrees awarded), Sport & Fitness Management (18 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (17 degrees).

In 2017, 153 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sterling College. 54.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.8% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (117 degrees), 5.85 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (20 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sterling College is $23,985, which is $-1,209 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sterling College is $23,985, which is $-1,209 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,147.

In 2017, 79% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 66% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$23,985
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Sterling College was $23,985. The cost of tuition at Sterling College is $-1,209 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$20,147
2017 Value
4.83%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Sterling College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,147. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Sterling College grew by 4.83%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,670
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sterling College was of $8,670 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 6.43% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 60% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

79%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
66%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

79% of undergraduate students at Sterling College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 8.14% with respect to 2016, when 86% 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.
10.6%
2016 Default Rate
22
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Sterling College was 10.6%, which represents 22 out of the 208 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

Sterling College received 1,759 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 70.3% annual growth. Out of those 1,759 applicants, 923 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 52.5% acceptance rate.

There were 697 students enrolled at Sterling College in 2017, and 25% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sterling College has an overall enrollment yield of 23.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

52.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
923
Accepted Out of 1,759

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sterling College was 52.5% (923 admissions from 1,759 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 37.4%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 70.3%, while admissions grew by 139%.

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SAT Scores

25%
Submission Percentage
54
Scores Submitted

25% of enrolled first-time students at Sterling College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sterling College has a total enrollment of 697 students. The full-time enrollment at Sterling College is 599 students and the part-time enrollment is 98. This means that 85.9% of students enrolled at Sterling College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sterling College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 64.1% White, 17.1% Black or African American, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.01% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.44% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Sterling College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (30.9%), followed by White Female (28.5%) and Black or African American Male (17.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sterling College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 697 students. The full-time enrollment at Sterling College is 599 and the part-time enrollment is 98. This means that 85.9% of students enrolled at Sterling College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

55%
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 Sterling College was 55%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Sterling College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    447
  2. Black or African American
    119
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    90

The enrolled student population at Sterling College is 64.1% White, 17.1% Black or African American, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.01% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.44% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2017, 13 more women than men received degrees from Sterling College. The majority of degree recipients at Sterling College are white (117 degrees awarded). There were 5.85 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (20 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sterling College is Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (22 degrees awarded), followed by Sport & Fitness Management (18 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (17 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Sterling College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Philosophy and Religious Studies (8 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (27 degrees), and History (4 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 Sterling College are Elementary & middle school teachers (245,376 people), Other managers (234,637 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (179,134 people), Postsecondary teachers (173,204 people), and Secondary school teachers (147,577 people).

The most specialized majors at Sterling College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (8 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (27 degrees), History (4 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (17 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 Sterling College are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Computer hardware engineers, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Sterling College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (8 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (27 degrees), History (4 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (17 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 Sterling College are Elementary & secondary schools (696,263 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (405,377 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (270,673 people), Outpatient care centers (189,823 people), and Computer Systems Design (161,576 people).

The most specialized majors at Sterling College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (8 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (27 degrees), History (4 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (17 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 Sterling College.
Most Common
  1. 22 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 18 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 17 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sterling College was Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services with 22 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 70
  2. 83

In 2017, 70 degrees were awarded to men at Sterling College, which is 0.843 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (83).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 13 degrees were awarded to men at Sterling College in Sport & Fitness Management, which is 2.6 times more than the 5 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 14 degrees were awarded to women at Sterling College in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 4.67 times more than the 3 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

27%
100% Completion Time
42%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 27% of students graduating from Sterling College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 42% 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.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sterling College is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate 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. White
    117 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    20 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    12 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sterling College is white (117 degrees awarded). There were 5.85 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (20 degrees).

0.654% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    68 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    49 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sterling College is white female (68 degrees awarded). There were 1.39 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (49 degrees).

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Operations

Sterling College has an endowment valued at nearly $17M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $853k (5.02%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Sterling College had a total salary expenditure of $14.7M. Sterling College employs 36 Assistant professors, 7 Associate professors, and 4 Professors. Most academics at Sterling College are Male Assistant professors (19), Female Assistant professors(17), and Male Associate professors (4).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sterling College are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 35 employees, Management, with 19 employees, and Service with 11 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$17M
2017 Endowment
6.38%
growth from 2016

Sterling College has an endowment valued at about $17M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Sterling College grew 6.38% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $20.1M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $645k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Sterling College received $645k 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

$6.03M
2017 Salaries
0.954%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Sterling College paid a median of $6.03M in salaries, which represents 41% of their overall expenditure ($14.7M) and a 0.954% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 38.7% decline from 2015 and a 8.19% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.07M
Instructional Salaries
47
Number of Employees

In 2017, Sterling College paid a total of $2.07M to 47 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (34.4%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
36 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
35 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sterling College were Assistant professor with 36 employees; Associate professor with 7 employees; and Associate professor with 4 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sterling College were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 35 employees; Management with 19 employees; and Service with 11 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sterling College was Male Assistant professor with 19 employees, Female Assistant professor with 17 employees, and Male Associate professor with 4 employees.

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

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