Wilkes Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,432
2022 Average Net Price
$3,471
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
8.65%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
2,321
28.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
54.6%
185 Graduates

About

Wilkes Community College is a higher education institution located in Wilkes County, NC. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Wilkes Community College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (167 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (31 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (28 degrees).

In 2022, 1,085 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wilkes Community College. 51.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (867 degrees), 7.67 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (113 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes Community College is $2,432, which is $−5,680 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes Community College is $2,432, which is $−5,680 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $3,471.

In 2022, 64% of undergraduate students attending Wilkes Community College received financial aid through grants.

Tuition Costs

$2,432
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Wilkes Community College was $2,432. The cost of tuition at Wilkes Community College is $−5,680 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$3,471
2022 Value
1.76%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Wilkes Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $3,471. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Wilkes Community College grew by 1.76%.

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Other Student Expenses

$5,890
Room and Board
$1,700
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wilkes Community College was of $5,890 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,700. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

64%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants

64% of undergraduate students at Wilkes Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 56.1% with respect to 2021, when 41% 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.
8.65%
2019 Default Rate
9
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Wilkes Community College was 8.65%, which represents 9 out of the 104 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Wilkes Community College had a total enrollment of 2,321 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes Community College is 661 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,660. This means that 28.5% of students enrolled at Wilkes Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wilkes Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 80.4% White, 11.7% Hispanic or Latino, 2.59% Black or African American, 1.72% Two or More Races, 0.948% Asian, 0.302% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0431% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wilkes Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.2%), followed by White Male (37.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.56%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

28.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wilkes Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,321 students. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes Community College is 661 and the part-time enrollment is 1,660. This means that 28.5% of students enrolled at Wilkes Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%
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 Wilkes Community College was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Wilkes Community College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,867 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    272 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    60 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Wilkes Community College is 80.4% White, 11.7% Hispanic or Latino, 2.59% Black or African American, 1.72% Two or More Races, 0.948% Asian, 0.302% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0431% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% 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, 47 students (2.02%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 37 more women than men received degrees from Wilkes Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Wilkes Community College is white (867 degrees awarded). There were 7.67 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (113 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Wilkes Community College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (167 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (31 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (28 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Wilkes Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Construction (66 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (122 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (74 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 Wilkes Community College are Police officers (134,180 people), Other managers (101,765 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (81,037 people), Construction managers (49,470 people), and Software developers (42,074 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes Community College in 2022 are Construction (66 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (122 degrees), Engineering Technologies (74 degrees), Precision Production (47 degrees), and Protective Services (79 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 Wilkes Community College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Skincare specialists, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at Wilkes Community College are Construction (66 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (122 degrees), Engineering Technologies (74 degrees), Precision Production (47 degrees), and Protective Services (79 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 Wilkes Community College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (318,820 people), Elementary & secondary schools (173,356 people), Construction (138,340 people), Computer Systems Design (77,562 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (68,506 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes Community College are Construction (66 degrees awarded), Mechanical Technologies (122 degrees), Engineering Technologies (74 degrees), Precision Production (47 degrees), and Protective Services (79 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 Wilkes Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 167 degrees awarded
  2. 31 degrees awarded
  3. 28 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Wilkes Community College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 167 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

524
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
561
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 524 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes Community College, which is 0.934 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (561).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 63 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.606 times less than the 104 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 104 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.65 times more than the 63 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

32%
100% Completion Time
45%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 32% of students graduating from Wilkes Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 45% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% 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.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Wilkes Community College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, 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.

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, 2.16% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    867 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    113 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    31 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wilkes Community College is white (867 degrees awarded). There were 7.67 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (113 degrees).

2.76% of degree recipients (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    440 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    427 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    58 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Wilkes Community College is white female (440 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (427 degrees).

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Operations

Wilkes Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $5.29M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−14%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Wilkes Community College had a total salary expenditure of 37M. Wilkes Community College employs 94 No academic ranks. Most academics at Wilkes Community College are Female No academic rank (51), and Male No academic rank (43).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes Community College are: Management, with 40 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 28 employees, and Service with 21 employees.

Endowment

$5.29M
2022 Endowment
31.8%
decline from 2021

Wilkes Community College has an endowment valued at about $5.29M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Wilkes Community College declined 31.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $76.5k higher than than the median endowment of Associates 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 Associates Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$16M
2022 Salaries
8.21%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Wilkes Community College paid a median of $16M in salaries, which represents 43.2% of their overall expenditure ($37M) and a 8.21% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.44M
Instructional Salaries
94
Number of Employees

In 2022, Wilkes Community College paid a total of $5.44M to 94 employees working as instructors, which represents 34% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
94 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
40 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wilkes Community College was No academic rank with 94 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes Community College were Management with 40 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 28 employees, and Service with 21 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wilkes Community College was Female No academic rank with 51 employees, and Male No academic rank with 43 employees.

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