Ridgewater College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,473
3.5% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$10,225
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.51%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
2,904
54.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
45%
207 Graduates

About

Ridgewater College is a higher education institution located in Kandiyohi County, MN. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Ridgewater College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (208 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (72 degrees), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (23 degrees).

In 2022, 742 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Ridgewater College. 64.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (628 degrees), 12.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (52 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Ridgewater College is $5,473, which is $−2,639 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Ridgewater College is $5,473, which is $−2,639 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,225.

In 2022, 77% of undergraduate students attending Ridgewater College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 29% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$5,473
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Ridgewater College was $5,473. The cost of tuition at Ridgewater College is $−2,639 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$10,225
2022 Value
7.16%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Ridgewater College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,225. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Ridgewater College grew by 7.16%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,720
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Ridgewater College was of $7,720 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 $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

77%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
29%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

77% of undergraduate students at Ridgewater College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 10% with respect to 2021, when 70% 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.
3.51%
2019 Default Rate
30
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Ridgewater College was 3.51%, which represents 30 out of the 855 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Ridgewater College had a total enrollment of 2,904 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Ridgewater College is 1,583 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,321. This means that 54.5% of students enrolled at Ridgewater College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Ridgewater College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.9% White, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 4.03% Black or African American, 2.41% Two or More Races, 1.48% Asian, 0.482% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.207% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Ridgewater College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.6%), followed by White Male (32.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.76%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

54.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Ridgewater College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,904 students. The full-time enrollment at Ridgewater College is 1,583 and the part-time enrollment is 1,321. This means that 54.5% of students enrolled at Ridgewater College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

62%
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 Ridgewater College was 62%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Ridgewater College had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,234 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    321 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    117 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Ridgewater College is 76.9% White, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 4.03% Black or African American, 2.41% Two or More Races, 1.48% Asian, 0.482% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.207% 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, 89 students (3.06%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 220 more women than men received degrees from Ridgewater College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Ridgewater College is white (628 degrees awarded). There were 12.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (52 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Ridgewater College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (208 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (72 degrees) and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (23 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Ridgewater College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (56 degrees awarded), Construction (23 degrees), and Precision Production (30 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 Ridgewater College are Registered nurses (1,403,796 people), Medical & health services managers (156,326 people), Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives (141,529 people), Pharmacists (135,090 people), and Other managers (124,687 people).

The most specialized majors at Ridgewater College in 2022 are Engineering Technologies (56 degrees awarded), Construction (23 degrees), Precision Production (30 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (211 degrees), and Health (159 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 Ridgewater College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Chief executives & legislators, Skincare specialists, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at Ridgewater College are Engineering Technologies (56 degrees awarded), Construction (23 degrees), Precision Production (30 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (211 degrees), and Health (159 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 Ridgewater College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,513,693 people), Elementary & secondary schools (333,252 people), Outpatient care centers (247,986 people), Offices of physicians (209,562 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (172,350 people).

The most specialized majors at Ridgewater College are Engineering Technologies (56 degrees awarded), Construction (23 degrees), Precision Production (30 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (211 degrees), and Health (159 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 Ridgewater College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 208 degrees awarded
  2. 72 degrees awarded
  3. 23 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Ridgewater College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 208 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

261
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
481
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 261 degrees were awarded to men at Ridgewater College, which is 0.543 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (481).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 62 degrees were awarded to men at Ridgewater College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.416 times less than the 149 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 149 degrees were awarded to men at Ridgewater College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 2.4 times more than the 62 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

39%
100% Completion Time
45%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 39% of students graduating from Ridgewater 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 47% 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 Female
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Ridgewater College is Female and Asian (75% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, 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. White
    628 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    52 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    23 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Ridgewater College is white (628 degrees awarded). There were 12.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (52 degrees).

0.674% of degree recipients (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    404 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    224 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    35 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Ridgewater College is white female (404 degrees awarded). There were 1.8 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (224 degrees).

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Operations

Ridgewater College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.49M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−1.77%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Ridgewater College had a total salary expenditure of 40.2M. Ridgewater College employs 89 Instructors. Most academics at Ridgewater College are Male Instructor (46), and Female Instructor (43).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ridgewater College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 24 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 22 employees, and Management with 11 employees.

Endowment

$2.49M
2022 Endowment
23.5%
decline from 2021

Ridgewater College has an endowment valued at about $2.49M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Ridgewater College declined 23.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.72M lower than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$18.2M
2022 Salaries
2.28%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Ridgewater College paid a median of $18.2M in salaries, which represents 45.2% of their overall expenditure ($40.2M) and a 2.28% decline from the previous year.

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

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Instructional Salaries

$6.44M
Instructional Salaries
89
Number of Employees

In 2022, Ridgewater College paid a total of $6.44M to 89 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.5% 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

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
89 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
24 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Ridgewater College was Instructor with 89 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ridgewater College were Office and Administrative Support with 24 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 22 employees, and Management with 11 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Ridgewater College was Male Instructor with 46 employees, and Female Instructor with 43 employees.

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