Virginia College-Columbia

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$14,382
3.23% growth from 2015
2017 Average Net Price
$24,151
After Financial Aid
2015 Default Rate
20.5%
on Student Loans
2017 Enrolled Students
404
72.8% Full-Time

About

Virginia College-Columbia is a higher education institution located in Richland County, SC. In 2018, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at Virginia College-Columbia were Medical Assistant (49 degrees awarded), General Cosmetology (29 degrees), and Pharmacy Technician (20 degrees).

In 2018, 204 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Virginia College-Columbia. 84.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 15.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (145 degrees), 14.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (10 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Virginia College-Columbia is $14,382, which is $−559 less than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

Costs

In 2016, the median undergraduate tuition at Virginia College-Columbia is $14,382

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $24,151.

In 2017, 70% of undergraduate students attending Virginia College-Columbia received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 72% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$14,382
2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Virginia College-Columbia was $14,382.

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Average Net Price

$24,151
2017 Value
30.7%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Virginia College-Columbia had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $24,151. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Virginia College-Columbia grew by 30.7%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

70%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
72%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

70% of undergraduate students at Virginia College-Columbia received financial aid through grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 26.3% with respect to 2016, when 95% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other expenses.

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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.
20.5%
2015 Default Rate
2939
Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Virginia College-Columbia was 20.5%, which represents 2939 out of the 14360 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

Virginia College-Columbia had a total enrollment of 404 students in 2017. The full-time enrollment at Virginia College-Columbia is 294 students and the part-time enrollment is 110. This means that 72.8% of students enrolled at Virginia College-Columbia are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Virginia College-Columbia, both undergraduate and graduate, is 81.4% Black or African American, 5.2% White, 2.48% Hispanic or Latino, 1.24% Two or More Races, 0.99% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 0.495% Asian, and 0.248% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Virginia College-Columbia in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (69.4%), followed by Black or African American Male (13.3%) and White Female (4.42%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

72.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Virginia College-Columbia in 2017, both undergraduate and graduate, is 404 students. The full-time enrollment at Virginia College-Columbia is 294 and the part-time enrollment is 110. This means that 72.8% of students enrolled at Virginia College-Columbia are enrolled full-time compared with 71.2% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%
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 Virginia College-Columbia was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (73%), Virginia College-Columbia had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2017)
  1. Black or African American
    329 enrolled students
  2. White
    21 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    10 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Virginia College-Columbia is 81.4% Black or African American, 5.2% White, 2.48% Hispanic or Latino, 1.24% Two or More Races, 0.99% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 0.495% Asian, and 0.248% 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 42.1% White, 19.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.1% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2018, 142 more women than men received degrees from Virginia College-Columbia. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Virginia College-Columbia is black or african american (145 degrees awarded). There were 14.5 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (10 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at Virginia College-Columbia is Medical Assistant (49 degrees awarded), followed by General Cosmetology (29 degrees) and Pharmacy Technician (20 degrees).

In 2018,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Virginia College-Columbia, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Personal & Culinary Services (29 degrees awarded), Health (122 degrees), and Business (43 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Virginia College-Columbia are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,639,335 people), Other managers (2,238,430 people), Registered nurses (1,850,364 people), Software developers (1,446,628 people), and Accountants & auditors (1,374,574 people).

The most specialized majors at Virginia College-Columbia in 2018 are Personal & Culinary Services (29 degrees awarded), Health (122 degrees), Business (43 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (10 degrees) (as of 2018).

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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 Virginia College-Columbia are Surgeons, Diagnostic medical sonographers, Podiatrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Media and communication workers, all other

The most specialized majors at Virginia College-Columbia are Personal & Culinary Services (29 degrees awarded), Health (122 degrees), Business (43 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (10 degrees) (as of 2018).

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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 Virginia College-Columbia are Elementary & secondary schools (5,586,329 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (3,275,256 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (2,452,532 people), Computer Systems Design (2,343,824 people), and Construction (1,303,670 people).

The most specialized majors at Virginia College-Columbia are Personal & Culinary Services (29 degrees awarded), Health (122 degrees), Business (43 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (10 degrees) (as of 2018).

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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 Virginia College-Columbia.
Most Common (2018)
  1. 49 degrees awarded
  2. 29 degrees awarded
  3. 20 degrees awarded

In 2018, the most common 1 to 2 year postsecondary certificate concentration at Virginia College-Columbia was Medical Assistant with 49 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

31
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2018
173
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2018

In 2018, 31 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia College-Columbia, which is 0.179 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (173).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2018, 9 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia College-Columbia in Computer Support Specialist, which is 9 times more than the 1 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2018, 60 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia College-Columbia in Medical Assistant, which is 12 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (42.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2017 at Virginia College-Columbia is Female and White (42.1% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2018)
  1. Black or African American
    145 degrees awarded
  2. White
    10 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    6 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Virginia College-Columbia is black or african american (145 degrees awarded). There were 14.5 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (10 degrees).

16.2% of degree recipients (33 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2018)
  1. Black or African American Female
    124 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    21 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Virginia College-Columbia is black or african american female (124 degrees awarded). There were 5.9 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (21 degrees).

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Operations

Virginia College-Columbia employs 8 No academic ranks. Most academics at Virginia College-Columbia are Female No academic rank (7), and Male No academic rank (1).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia College-Columbia are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 11 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 5 employees, and Management with 2 employees.

Salary Expenditure

$2.52M
2017 Salaries
3.75%
decline from 2016

In 2017, Virginia College-Columbia paid a median of $2.52M in salaries, a 3.75% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 3.17M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$412k
Instructional Salaries
8
Number of Employees

In 2017, Virginia College-Columbia paid a total of $412k to 8 employees working as instructors, which represents 16.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $975k (30.7%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
8 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
11 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Virginia College-Columbia was No academic rank with 8 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia College-Columbia were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 11 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 5 employees, and Management with 2 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2017)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Virginia College-Columbia was Female No academic rank with 7 employees, and Male No academic rank with 1 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Virginia College-Columbia.

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