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Concord University (CU) is a public, 4-year institution located in Athens, West Virginia. This small college has a population of over 1,500 undergraduate and around 300 graduate students. Despite the small size, undergraduate students have a wide range of degree options. Bachelor's degree options include but are not limited to health sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics & computer science, and social sciences. Graduate students have options that include but are not limited to teaching, education, MBA, social work, and health promotion.
Overview of Concord University (CU)
To foster well-rounded graduates, Concord provides a campus life that is top notch. Students can participate in campus clubs, intramural sports, e-Sports, and social organizations, including Greek societies. Competitive students can join intramural teams and compete in sports including disc golf, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and beach volleyball. There are also one-day tournaments that everyone loves to participate in or spectate. E-sports aficionados will revel in the fact that Concord was the first public school in West Virginia to put a varsity team on that virtual field. Students also have access to the campus Fitness Center, which features a long list of fitness equipment including kettle bells, speed bags for punching, upright bikes, recumbent bikes, and treadmills.
|Campus Setting||Town: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||14:1|
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CU Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
CU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The cost of education is a vital concern for most students and their families. Its status as a publicly funded institution means that the cost of credits is lower for West Virginia residents. In fact, a full year of tuition, books, and supplies at Concord run under $10,000 for West Virginians. Meanwhile, out-of-state students' gross costs rise to nearly $20,000. When living expenses are tallied, residents pay upwards of $22,000 and their non-resident peers pay around $32,000. These are, however, the gross costs.
Once the financial aid office works its magic, students see a far rosier picture. Indeed, the average net price for a year of full-time studies and living expenses runs around $8,700. For the lowest earning households, their average net price is $7,000, and families that earn over $110,000 still pay an affordable average net price of $13,000. The median net price for a year at Concord College is just over $8,000.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$9,846|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||98%|
|Room & Board||$9,762|
- Tuition In-State - $8,385
- Tuition Out-of-State - $18,037
- Books and Supplies - $1,100
- Room & Board - $9,762
- Other - $2,944
Students love Concord College for many reasons, but the most important one is their academics. To help prospective students make a decision on Concord, our researchers have examined the institution's educational statistics. In particular, researchers evaluate the school's retention rate, graduation rate, and transfer out rate. The retention rate is a key academic metric that tracks how many first-time, full-time students return for a second year at Concord. Since the school reports a strong retention rate of 64%, researchers conclude that most students and their families are pleased with the faculty, curriculum, and campus resources they find at Concord College.
When it comes to graduation, the school reports that 38% of its students receive their diplomas. While this is less than half, the school also reports that 32% of their students transfer to other schools. Since most transfer students leave for equivalent or more competitive colleges and universities, researchers count them as having received a strong academic foundation at their original school. Thus, it may be fairly assumed that Concord prepares up to 70% of its students for a college degree. In fact, given that CC is a rather small school, it could be that students take off for larger universities that support more specific sorts of degrees.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities||73 Total Graduates / 21%|
|General Studies||73 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||57 Total Graduates / 16%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||41 Graduates|
|Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations||16 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||47 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||23 Graduates|
|Secondary Education and Teaching||20 Graduates|
|Special Education and Teaching, General||4 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||34 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||34 Graduates|
|All Social Sciences Majors||32 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Sociology, General||17 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||8 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||31%|
Outcome & Salary
These days, students are eager to learn what sort of salary they might earn upon graduating from college. While there are no guarantees, researchers have been able to find reported earnings from alumni. For Concord University, the top earning graduates hold teacher education diplomas and report a median, entry-level salary of $34,000. At the lower end of the top earners were the humanities students, who report a median salary of $26,000. Considering the top-quality academics at Concord, there is no doubt that these students can soon enroll in a graduate degree program if they wish and increase their lifetime earnings.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$43,800|
|College Grads Average Salary||$62,454|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$79,400|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$624,540|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,418,540|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$36,804|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$587,736|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,381,736|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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