Centura College-Columbia

School Highlights
  • Centura College-Columbia serves 70 students (50% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 86% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
  • Centura College-Columbia is one of 2 community colleges within Richland County, SC.
  • The nearest community college to Centura College-Columbia is South University, Columbia (1.9 miles away).

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Centura College-Columbia places among the top 20% of community colleges in South Carolina for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 9 teachers has declined by 40% over five years.
Centura College-Columbia(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty9 staff55 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Centura College-Columbia has declined by 34% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Centura College-Columbia diversity score of 0.29 is less than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has grown by 56% over five years.
Total Enrollment70 students1,260 students
Student:Teacher Ratio8:128:1
# Full-Time Students35 students726 students
# Part-Time Students35 students534 students
% Hispanic
2%
3%
Centura College-Columbia Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
83%
27%
Centura College-Columbia Black (2007-2016)
% White
14%
62%
Centura College-Columbia White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
1%
2%
Centura College-Columbia More (2011-2016)
Diversity Score0.290.54
Centura College-Columbia Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
92%
12%
Centura College-Columbia Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$22,200$28,900
Centura College-Columbia Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2010-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $15,887 is more than the state average of $12,551. The private state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$15,887$12,551
Centura College-Columbia In-State Tuition Fees (2011-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%96%
Centura College-Columbia % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$12,000
Centura College-Columbia Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,174$5,500
Centura College-Columbia Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,284 per year for in-state students and $10,399 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,551 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 62%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.