Reading Area Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,350
3.57% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$9,882
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.11%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
4,533
20.3% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
20.8%
90 Graduates

About

Reading Area Community College is a higher education institution located in Berks County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Reading Area Community College were General Business Administration & Management (59 degrees awarded), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (47 degrees), and General Psychology (36 degrees).

In 2022, 482 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Reading Area Community College. 68% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (273 degrees), 1.95 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Reading Area Community College is $4,350, which is $−3,762 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Reading Area Community College is $4,350, which is $−3,762 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,882.

In 2022, 99% of undergraduate students attending Reading Area Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 15% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,350
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Reading Area Community College was $4,350. The cost of tuition at Reading Area Community College is $−3,762 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$9,882
2022 Value
10.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Reading Area Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,882. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Reading Area Community College grew by 10.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,800
Room and Board
$1,800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Reading Area Community College was of $10,800 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 $1,800. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

99%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
15%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

99% of undergraduate students at Reading Area Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 25.3% with respect to 2021, when 79% 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.
4.11%
2019 Default Rate
45
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Reading Area Community College was 4.11%, which represents 45 out of the 1096 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

Reading Area Community College had a total enrollment of 4,533 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Reading Area Community College is 919 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,614. This means that 20.3% of students enrolled at Reading Area Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Reading Area Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.3% White, 37.6% Hispanic or Latino, 8.78% Black or African American, 3.09% Two or More Races, 2.27% Asian, 0.287% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.243% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Reading Area Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.2%), followed by White Male (23.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (22.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

20.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Reading Area Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,533 students. The full-time enrollment at Reading Area Community College is 919 and the part-time enrollment is 3,614. This means that 20.3% of students enrolled at Reading Area Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
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 Reading Area Community College was 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Reading Area 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
    2,146 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,704 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    398 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Reading Area Community College is 47.3% White, 37.6% Hispanic or Latino, 8.78% Black or African American, 3.09% Two or More Races, 2.27% Asian, 0.287% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.243% 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, 14 students (0.309%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 174 more women than men received degrees from Reading Area Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Reading Area Community College is white (273 degrees awarded). There were 1.95 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Reading Area Community College is General Business Administration & Management (59 degrees awarded), followed by Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (47 degrees) and General Psychology (36 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Reading Area Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Human Sciences (26 degrees awarded), Construction (14 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (22 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 Reading Area Community College are Other managers (187,879 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (162,408 people), Postsecondary teachers (138,080 people), Physicians (104,757 people), and Social workers, all other (104,452 people).

The most specialized majors at Reading Area Community College in 2022 are Human Sciences (26 degrees awarded), Construction (14 degrees), Engineering Technologies (22 degrees), Physical Sciences (9 degrees), and Psychology (36 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Reading Area Community College are Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Reading Area Community College are Human Sciences (26 degrees awarded), Construction (14 degrees), Engineering Technologies (22 degrees), Physical Sciences (9 degrees), and Psychology (36 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 Reading Area Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (466,523 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (311,350 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (254,020 people), Outpatient care centers (168,920 people), and Computer Systems Design (154,530 people).

The most specialized majors at Reading Area Community College are Human Sciences (26 degrees awarded), Construction (14 degrees), Engineering Technologies (22 degrees), Physical Sciences (9 degrees), and Psychology (36 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 Reading Area Community College.

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Reading Area Community College was General Business Administration & Management with 59 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

154
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
328
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 154 degrees were awarded to men at Reading Area Community College, which is 0.47 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (328).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 25 degrees were awarded to men at Reading Area Community College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.714 times less than the 35 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 35 degrees were awarded to men at Reading Area Community College in Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities, which is 2.92 times more than the 12 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

12%
100% Completion Time
24%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 12% of students graduating from Reading Area Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 24% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 28% 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 (40%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Reading Area Community College is Male and Asian (40% 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
    273 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    140 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    44 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Reading Area Community College is white (273 degrees awarded). There were 1.95 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

0.415% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    186 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    102 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    87 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Reading Area Community College is white female (186 degrees awarded). There were 1.82 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (102 degrees).

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Operations

Reading Area Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $13.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 268k (2.05%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Reading Area Community College had a total salary expenditure of 48.3M. Reading Area Community College employs 14 Assistant professors, 13 Professors and 12 Associate professors. Most academics at Reading Area Community College are Female Assistant professor (12), Female Professor (11), and Female Associate professor (10).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Reading Area Community College are: Management, with 51 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 29 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 26 employees.

Endowment

$13.1M
2022 Endowment
13.1%
decline from 2021

Reading Area Community College has an endowment valued at about $13.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Reading Area Community College declined 13.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $7.87M 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

$18.3M
2022 Salaries
5.71%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Reading Area Community College paid a median of $18.3M in salaries, which represents 38% of their overall expenditure ($48.3M) and a 5.71% 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

$3.84M
Instructional Salaries
56
Number of Employees

In 2022, Reading Area Community College paid a total of $3.84M to 56 employees working as instructors, which represents 21% 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

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
14 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
51 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Reading Area Community College were Assistant professor with 14 employees, Professor with 13 employees, and Associate professor with 12 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Reading Area Community College were Management with 51 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 29 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 26 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Reading Area Community College was Female Assistant professor with 12 employees, Female Professor with 11 employees, and Female Associate professor with 10 employees.

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