South University-Columbia

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,300
9.57% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$23,393
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.12%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
510
77.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
5%
1 Graduates

About

South University-Columbia is a higher education institution located in Richland County, SC. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at South University-Columbia were Mental Health Counseling (19 degrees awarded), Family Practice Nurse (12 degrees), and Health Care Administration & Management (9 degrees).

In 2022, 154 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South University-Columbia. 77.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 22.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (95 degrees), 2.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (38 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South University-Columbia is $15,300, which is $−8,696 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at South University-Columbia is $15,300, which is $−8,696 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $23,393.

In 2022, 86% of undergraduate students attending South University-Columbia received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 63% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$15,300
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at South University-Columbia was $15,300. The cost of tuition at South University-Columbia is $−8,696 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$23,393
2022 Value
21.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 South University-Columbia had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $23,393. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of South University-Columbia grew by 21.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,792
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South University-Columbia was of $7,792 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 9.62% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

86%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
63%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

86% of undergraduate students at South University-Columbia received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 3.61% with respect to 2021, when 83% 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.
3.12%
2019 Default Rate
310
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at South University-Columbia was 3.12%, which represents 310 out of the 9951 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

South University-Columbia had a total enrollment of 510 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at South University-Columbia is 395 students and the part-time enrollment is 115. This means that 77.5% of students enrolled at South University-Columbia are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South University-Columbia, both undergraduate and graduate, is 68.4% Black or African American, 18.8% White, 5.1% Hispanic or Latino, 2.55% Two or More Races, 0.784% Asian, 0.392% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.392% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at South University-Columbia in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (57.8%), followed by White Female (18.3%) and Black or African American Male (8.39%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (57.5%), followed by Black or African American Male (17.8%) and White Female (12.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

77.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South University-Columbia in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 510 students. The full-time enrollment at South University-Columbia is 395 and the part-time enrollment is 115. This means that 77.5% of students enrolled at South University-Columbia are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

46%
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 South University-Columbia was 46%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), South University-Columbia had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Black or African American
    349 enrolled students
  2. White
    96 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    26 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at South University-Columbia is 68.4% Black or African American, 18.8% White, 5.1% Hispanic or Latino, 2.55% Two or More Races, 0.784% Asian, 0.392% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.392% 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 51.2% White, 17.3% 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, 16 students (3.14%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 86 more women than men received degrees from South University-Columbia. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South University-Columbia is black or african american (95 degrees awarded). There were 2.5 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (38 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at South University-Columbia is Mental Health Counseling (19 degrees awarded), followed by Family Practice Nurse (12 degrees) and Health Care Administration & Management (9 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at South University-Columbia, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Health (113 degrees awarded), Legal (5 degrees), and Protective Services (8 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 South University-Columbia are Registered nurses (1,464,792 people), Social workers, all other (290,878 people), Other managers (221,370 people), Medical & health services managers (211,506 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (197,240 people).

The most specialized majors at South University-Columbia in 2022 are Health (113 degrees awarded), Legal (5 degrees), Protective Services (8 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (4 degrees), and Psychology (7 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 South University-Columbia are Surgeons, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at South University-Columbia are Health (113 degrees awarded), Legal (5 degrees), Protective Services (8 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (4 degrees), and Psychology (7 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 South University-Columbia are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,726,238 people), Elementary & secondary schools (676,193 people), Outpatient care centers (443,731 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (426,816 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (344,782 people).

The most specialized majors at South University-Columbia are Health (113 degrees awarded), Legal (5 degrees), Protective Services (8 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (4 degrees), and Psychology (7 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 South University-Columbia.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 15 degrees awarded
  2. 11 degrees awarded
  3. 10 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at South University-Columbia was General Public Health with 15 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

34
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
120
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 34 degrees were awarded to men at South University-Columbia, which is 0.283 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (120).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 6 degrees were awarded to men at South University-Columbia in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.6 times less than the 10 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 15 degrees were awarded to men at South University-Columbia in Mental Health Counseling, which is 3.75 times more than the 4 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

8%
100% Completion Time
8%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 8% of students graduating from South University-Columbia completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 8% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 8% 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.
Black or African American Male
Highest Graduation Rate (33.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at South University-Columbia is Male and Black or African American (33.3% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Black or African American
    95 degrees awarded
  2. White
    38 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    8 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South University-Columbia is black or african american (95 degrees awarded). There were 2.5 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (38 degrees).

1.3% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Black or African American Female
    74 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    30 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    21 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at South University-Columbia is black or african american female (74 degrees awarded). There were 2.47 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (30 degrees).

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Operations

South University-Columbia employs 6 Assistant professors, 2 Instructors. Most academics at South University-Columbia are Female Assistant professor (4), Male Assistant professor (2), and Male Instructor (1).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South University-Columbia are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 24 employees, Management, with 6 employees, and Service with 2 employees.

Salary Expenditure

$5.34M
2022 Salaries
20.4%
decline from 2021

In 2022, South University-Columbia paid a median of $5.34M in salaries, a 20.4% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$579k
Instructional Salaries
8
Number of Employees

In 2022, South University-Columbia paid a total of $579k to 8 employees working as instructors, which represents 10.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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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
24 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at South University-Columbia were Assistant professor with 6 employees, and Instructor with 2 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South University-Columbia were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 24 employees, Management with 6 employees, and Service with 2 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South University-Columbia was Female Assistant professor with 4 employees, Male Assistant professor with 2 employees, and Male Instructor with 1 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at South University-Columbia.

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