Pillar College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$22,056
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$19,708
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
16.3%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
534
70.4% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
28%
7 Graduates

About

Pillar College is a higher education institution located in Essex County, NJ. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Pillar College were General Psychology (36 degrees awarded), Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (18 degrees), and Biblical Studies (4 degrees).

In 2020, 135 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pillar College. 83.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 16.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (58 degrees), 1.02 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (57 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pillar College is $22,056, which is $7,656 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Pillar College is $22,056, which is $7,656 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,708.

In 2020, 63% of undergraduate students attending Pillar College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$22,056
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Pillar College was $22,056. The cost of tuition at Pillar College is $7,656 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

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Average Net Price

$19,708
2020 Value
6.17%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Pillar College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,708. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Pillar College grew by 6.17%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,000
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pillar College was of $12,000 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. 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

63%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
47%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

63% of undergraduate students at Pillar College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 7.35% with respect to 2019, when 68% 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.
16.3%
2018 Default Rate
23
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Pillar College was 16.3%, which represents 23 out of the 141 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Pillar College has a total enrollment of 534 students. The full-time enrollment at Pillar College is 376 students and the part-time enrollment is 158. This means that 70.4% of students enrolled at Pillar College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pillar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.4% Hispanic or Latino, 23.6% Black or African American, 14.4% White, 3.93% Two or More Races, 2.25% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Pillar College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (58%), followed by Black or African American Female (17.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (10.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (27.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (26.3%) and Black or African American Male (10.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pillar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 534 students. The full-time enrollment at Pillar College is 376 and the part-time enrollment is 158. This means that 70.4% of students enrolled at Pillar College are enrolled full-time compared with 68.5% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

50%
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 Pillar College was 50%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (71.5%), Pillar College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    253
  2. Black or African American
    126
  3. White
    77

The enrolled student population at Pillar College is 47.4% Hispanic or Latino, 23.6% Black or African American, 14.4% White, 3.93% Two or More Races, 2.25% 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 Special Focus Institutions is 44% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.4% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 91 more women than men received degrees from Pillar College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Pillar College is black or african american (58 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (57 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pillar College is General Psychology (36 degrees awarded), followed by Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (18 degrees) and Biblical Studies (4 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Pillar College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (14 degrees awarded), Psychology (73 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (29 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 Pillar College are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,974,397 people), Accountants & auditors (1,072,679 people), Other managers (744,766 people), Financial managers (475,553 people), and Secondary school teachers (436,714 people).

The most specialized majors at Pillar College are Theology (14 degrees awarded), Psychology (73 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (29 degrees), Business (18 degrees), and Education (1 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 Pillar College are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, Physicians, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Pillar College are Theology (14 degrees awarded), Psychology (73 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (29 degrees), Business (18 degrees), and Education (1 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 Pillar College are Elementary & secondary schools (3,402,469 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (642,956 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (545,503 people), Banking & related activities (520,018 people), and Computer Systems Design (493,150 people).

The most specialized majors at Pillar College are Theology (14 degrees awarded), Psychology (73 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (29 degrees), Business (18 degrees), and Education (1 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 Pillar College.
Most Common
  1. 36 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 18 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 4 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pillar College was General Psychology with 36 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

22
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
113
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 22 degrees were awarded to men at Pillar College, which is 0.195 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (113).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 5 degrees were awarded to men at Pillar College in Other Theology & Religious Vocations, which is 1 times approximately the same the 5 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 32 degrees were awarded to women at Pillar College in General Psychology, which is 8 times more than the 4 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

15%
100% Completion Time
25%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 15% of students graduating from Pillar College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 25% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 30% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Pillar College is Female and Hispanic or Latino (80% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, 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, 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
    58 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    57 degrees awarded
  3. White
    9 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pillar College is black or african american (58 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (57 degrees).

2.22% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    51 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    49 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    9 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Pillar College is hispanic or latino female (51 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (49 degrees).

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Operations

Pillar College has an endowment valued at nearly $112k, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $934 (0.836%), compared to the 1.87% average return ($195k on $10.4M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2020, Pillar College had a total salary expenditure of $9.19M. Pillar College employs 6 Assistant professors, 4 Professors, and 4 Associate professors. Most academics at Pillar College are Female Assistant professors (4), Male Professors(3), and Male Associate professors (2).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pillar College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 26 employees, Management, with 11 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 10 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$112k
2020 Endowment
0.844%
growth from 2019

Pillar College has an endowment valued at about $112k, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Pillar College grew 0.844% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.3M lower than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.36M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Pillar College received $1.36M 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

$4.7M
2020 Salaries
6.25%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Pillar College paid a median of $4.7M in salaries, which represents 51.2% of their overall expenditure ($9.19M) and a 6.25% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.05% decline from 2018 and a 22.6% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.95M (42.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$904k
Instructional Salaries
14
Number of Employees

In 2020, Pillar College paid a total of $904k to 14 employees working as instructors, which represents 19.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $855k (29%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
6 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
26 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pillar College were Assistant professor with 6 employees; Professor with 4 employees; and Professor with 4 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pillar College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 26 employees; Management with 11 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 10 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pillar College was Female Assistant professor with 4 employees, Male Professor with 3 employees, and Male Associate professor with 2 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Pillar College.

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