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Overview
Founded in 1887, Cogswell College is located in a large city with a population of more than 250,000. It is in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA area.
Highlights
Undergraduate program with the highest reported starting salary ($33K): Music
Address
191 Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95134
www.cogswell.edu
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Accreditation:
good
Institutional Control
Cogswell College is a private for-profit organization.
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Accreditation
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Cogswell College holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily to other schools. Please read below for concerns we found in the accreditation records.
Accreditation History
WASC Senior College and University Commission (Accredited June 30, 1975 - present)
  • The next accreditation review was scheduled for June 30, 2023.
  • A prior accreditation warning was resolved on February 14, 2020, and we believe the school should now be in compliance.
Undergraduate Students
Not all students attend their first college full time to completion. While some schools are focused on those that population, many schools focus on transfer and or part time students. What types of of student does this school support.
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
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Admissions
SAT/ACT Scores
This table offers a hint of how high your test scores might need to be if you attend. For reference, a quarter of attending students earned lower, and a quarter earned higher.
SAT TestMiddle 50%
ERW530 to 620
Math540 to 650
 
ACT TestMiddle 50%
Composite18 to 31
Context: Average High School GPA
Last year's entering freshman class at Cogswell College had an average GPA of 3.08. This is a lower GPA than reported by 39% of the context schools.
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Admissions Details
Here are some important dates and little tidbits. Please double-check this information on the Cogswell College's webpage for the most up-to-date and accurate answers! We update this information with each school's annual reporting, but information can change unexpectedly. Select any item to view the details.
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Cogswell College lists the following admissions priorities and requirements:
Very Important: level of applicant's interest, application essay, talent/ability, academic GPA, and interview
Important: character/personal qualities, recommendation(s), and rigor of secondary school record
Considered: class rank, extracurricular activities, standardized test scores, volunteer work, and work experience
Not Considered: racial/ethnic status, alumni/ae relation, first generation, religious affiliation/commitment, state residency, and geographical residence
The average high school GPA for these students was 3.08.
A high school diploma or GED is required.
Application Fee & Common App
Application Fee & Common App
Cogswell College has an undergraduate application fee of $0. We did not find Cogswell College on the Common Application site. Keep in mind that it never hurts to inquire with an Admissions office to see whether they might be willing to waive your application fee.
Freshman application dates
Freshman application dates
Cogswell College has a rolling admissions policy without deadlines. This school notifies applicants of acceptance as they process applications.
Acceptances can be deferred if a gap period is desired -- check with the admissions office.
Transfer application information
Transfer application information
Cogswell College has a rolling transfer admissions policy without deadlines. Applicants are notified as applications are processed. Transfer students can begin studies in fall, spring or summer.
Credits accepted from new students
Credits accepted from new students
Cogswell College accepts the following credits:
  • Transfer credits from accredited institutions
  • CLEP subject for transfers
  • DSST/DANTES for transfers
  • Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
Percentage of applicants who are accepted
A low percentage here can indicate that a school is highly selective. We think this is one of the least important numbers for you to consider.
Selectivity can be misleading
You may have heard that a high rejection rate is an indicator of a good school. However, this number can be gamed, and some schools started gaming the system to perform better in college ratings books and sites. Ididio believes a combination of good outcomes (e.g. successful graduation rates and loan repayments) along with indicators of a well-prepared student body (e.g. test scores and high school records) are the best indicators of a good academic experience for those who attend. Our advice is that you don't pay too much attention to this number as you decide whether you might be admitted.
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Percentage of accepted students who choose to attend
This is called the yield, and it suggests whether this was a first-choice school or a back-up school for most applicants. Even the most prestigious Ivy League schools lose about a third of their accepted students come enrollment time.
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Programs
Bachelor's Degree offerings at Cogswell College
Select a degree to see the details, or use the sankey below to explore the options.
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Cogswell CollegeAnimation, Interactive Te...Modeling, Virtual Environ...Music TechnologyGame and Interactive Medi...Computer ProgrammingBusiness Administration a...Computer Software Technol...Top 10 matching degrees
Engineering/Design
Quantitative/Technology
Humanities
Business
Career
Costs
Undergraduate costs
Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Cogswell College. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.
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Annual tuition
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Cost
$1,000
$19,800
$1,752
$4,688
$3,304
$4,755
$13,408
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Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend
Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best estimate of what might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.
Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid
The donut, based on 65 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Cogswell College, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.
75%
Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes
Let's look over the past few years at what freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the tuition usually paid for other private universities in your context group. Public universities only report net price for in-state students.
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Chart explanation
Cogswell College
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend Cogswell College has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Find your net price estimate: cogswell.edu/admission/financial-aid/...
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Historic Annual Costs
See how this school's published costs have changed over the years, and how their cost trends compare with other private schools.
Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Cogswell College to other private schools within your chosen context group.

Include room and board
Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
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Chart explanation
Cogswell College
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Cogswell College has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Financial Aid
Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Cogswell College's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.
  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

The Cogswell College deadline for priority financial aid consideration is February 1.

Required Forms

FAFSA

State aid form

Loan Programs

Federal Direct PLUS

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford

Need-based Scholarships Available

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

State scholarships/grants

Private scholarships/grants

Institutional scholarships/grants

International Students
Cogswell College provides both need- and non-need-based aid to international students.
Undergraduate Outcomes
Graduation Rate
Approximately 90% of undergraduate students were full-time with about 33% of them attending college for the first time. In the last reporting year, 44% of students, including those who were part-time or transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
44%
Time to complete
4 years
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8 years
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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Loan Status
This donut shows the percentage of students who are in good standing (green) in repaying any federal student loans five years after leaving Cogswell College.
Status of loans
Currently paying
Not released due to privacy
Context: Loans with good standing
About 82% of the context schools have better performance, suggesting that Cogswell College's alumni earnings-to-debt ratios are low compared to the context schools' alumni.
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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion
We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
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Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Percentage with Pell Grants
47%
Years after enrolling.
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Full-time first-time students who received a bachelor's degree within 8 years after enrolling
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Context and trends: Repayment Rate
How much progress do you think you'll be able to make towards paying down your college loans seven years after leaving school? In our research, we discovered that a surprisingly large number of students don't default on their loans, but also aren't making progress in paying down their principal amount. The percentages here count alumni who have decreased their loan amounts by at least $1.
Years after leaving school.
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Chart explanation
Cogswell College
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Cogswell College who have successfully reduced their federal school loans by at least $1 by the date shown, which is 7 years after leaving the school.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the loan repayment rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Context and trends: are the loan default rates as small as possible?
The default rate is the percentage of students who are already delinquent on their loans within three years of leaving the school. If a school has a high default rate, that sends an alarm out that the students' educations are not sufficient to earn enough to repay those loans. Read below for details on the typical loan burden, and keep in mind that a low default rate may be more important than loan amounts in predicting your future success.
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Chart explanation
Cogswell College
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Cogswell College who have defaulted on their federal school loans within 3 years ending on the date shown.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the 3-year loan default rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Loan burden
At Cogswell College, 68% of full-time degree-seeking freshmen receive federal student loans, averaging $6,407 each in just the freshman year. We have much more details about the full loan burden students experience in our Cost and Financial Aid Section.
Context: Percentage of freshmen with federal loans
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Context: Average freshman federal loan amount
$6,407$4,000$5,000$6,000$7,000$8,000
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Classroom Experience
Student attention at Cogswell College
Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.
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Quality and Quantity of Cogswell College faculty
Faculty are the heart of a school. Make sure the school you attend has highly-qualified faculty who are regularly in their offices and happy to meet with you.
Full-time faculty overview
The best bachelor’s and graduate programs are generally taught by long-term faculty with tenure, as these instructors typically hold the highest degree possible in their field of expertise. Their commitment to research, their students, and to the school itself should be outstanding. The more green in the chart, the more long-term faculty are available to offer you steady classroom quality.
Learn more about the bars in this chart

Traditionally, the long-term faculty at a school are hired as Assistant Professors. After about six years, they then advance to the Associate Professor level after proving excellence in three areas: teaching, service to the institution, and significant contributions to their field of expertise. Assistant professors who are not promoted to the Associate level are usually required to leave the school. The rank of Professor is reserved for senior faculty who have demonstrated the highest standing in those three areas. The standards of excellence differ widely across institutions; nonetheless, the presence of a large proportion of faculty in the three professor ranks suggests you will be taught by faculty who are invested in their academic fields and in the school. Generally, instructors with any of the three professor titles will hold the highest possible (terminal) degree in their academic fields.

The instructor/lecturer positions are generally held by full-time faculty who are focused on teaching alone, often for lower-level classes. These positions usually require some advanced education or experience, but not the highest (terminal) degree in a given academic field. Those teaching with no academic rank may be hired to teach in mostly non-academic fields, giving skills- or vocation-based guidance.

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Faculty, not tenure-track: sub-annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: multi-year or indefinite
Faculty, tenure-track
Faculty, tenured
Context: Percentage of full-time faculty
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and most likely to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Cogswell College performs worse in this measure than 89% of the context schools.
Read more about why you want mostly full-time faculty teaching you
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Context: Full-time faculty with the best degrees
Students earning a bachelor's degree or higher should expect to receive the bulk of their education from experts in their field who have earned the highest possible degree.
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Faculty Diversity
Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.
An overview of faculty race and gender
Here the bars show faculty rank, with male faculty to the left and female faculty to the right. The race/origin of faculty are shown by color. The view with rank is important because many of our elite schools have a problem with diversity at the higher faculty ranks. Are women and minorities being promoted at Cogswell College?
InstructorLecturerAssistant ProfessorAssociate ProfessorProfessor012345Men012345Women
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Campus Safety
Disciplinary actions and crime at Cogswell College
Cogswell College employs the following safety measure on their campus: 24-hour emergency telephone/alarm devices.
Disciplinary Actions
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Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Arrests
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Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
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Context: Disciplinary Actions
Average number of disciplinary violoations at Cogswell College as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.2%0.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%Weapon PossessionsDrug ViolationsLiquor Violations
Context: Arrests
Average number of arrests at Cogswell College as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.10%0.20%0.30%Weapon PossessionsDrug ViolationsLiquor Violations
Criminal Offenses
201420152016201720180510152025
Burglaries/Robberies
Sex Offenses
Vehicle Thefts
Aggrevated Assaults
Context: Criminal Offenses
Average number of criminal offenses at Cogswell College as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.168%0.000%0.040%1.495%0.000%0.500%1.000%1.500%Aggrevated AssaultsVehicle TheftsSex OffensesBurglaries/Robberies
Housing
No Student Housing Available
This school does not report any housing for students.
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Activities and Services
Activities offered
  • Choral groups
Special academic opportunities
  • Cooperative program
  • Credit for advanced placement
  • Distance learning
  • Double-major allowed
  • Formal adult program
  • Internships
  • Orientation program
  • Part-time degree programs
  • Remediation available
  • Summer session
Undergraduate services offered
  • Personal/psychological counseling
  • Remedial services
  • Academic/career counseling services
  • Employment services for current students
  • Placement services for program completers
Programs for Veterans
If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.
  • Credit for Military Training
  • Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
  • Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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Research
The library is the backbone of academic learning and research

A rigorous academic program requires that students and faculty alike are engaging in independent research, and that activity requires strong library support. You can get some useful information here:

  • How strong and how balanced between traditional physical books and easily-accessed (but expensive) electronic journals and other resources is this library?
  • How much is this library borrowing from other libraries? The number of interlibrary loans received can indicate the school's commitment to getting the resources on-campus researchers need, and also of the research activity on campus.
  • How big a resource is this library to other libraries? A large number of outgoing interlibrary loans speaks highly of the value of its content.

The presence of a library in and of itself is a good thing. Increasingly, libraries are comfortable and inviting spaces for individual and group study sessions. Librarians can be incredibly friendly guides in your quest to find materials that aid your learning.

Comparison of library resources per student
How do the per-student library resources at Cogswell College compare to other schools?
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Comparison of library loans per student
A small library could make up for a small collection by allowing a large number of interlibrary loans to be received. An excellent library can show its strength by its number of loans given.
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Research funding: the best indicator of post-baccalaureate academic rigor
Any school that reports at least $150,000 in research and development expenditures in a given year should have submitted out the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey to the National Science Foundation (NSF). We did not find HERD data for $Cogswell College, so there would at most modest graduate-level academic scholarship campus-wide.
Student Body
Undergraduate Study Types
About 69% of undergraduate students are full-time. There are no undergraduate students who take all courses via distance education, but 33% take some courses online.
Undergraduate Full-time
69%
Undergraduate Online classes
33%
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Context: Student body size
Cogswell College enrolled 697 students over the past academic year. The the student body size is smaller than 81% of the context schools.
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Undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of Cogswell College undergraduate students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart.
Gender
Men
Women
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Undergraduate student race/origin
Cogswell College reports that 55% of undergraduate students are minority, which is more than 99% of the context schools. This school's 2.0% of international students representing 3 countries is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Cogswell College.
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Context: Percentage of women
With 30% women undergraduate students, Cogswell College has a lower percentage of women than 96% of context schools.
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Context: Undergraduate student race/origin
Here is how Cogswell College compares to the rest of the context group in terms of diversity in the student race and origin.
6%33%22%21%1%1%5%9%2%0%20%40%60%80%100%Pacific IslanderAmerican IndianInternationalMultiracialBlackNot ReportedAsianHispanicWhite
Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Cogswell College has undergraduates from 13 states or territories and 3 countries.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
Not Reported
Undergraduate student age distribution
The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.
Age range
Under 18
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22-24
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School Finances
Cogswell College: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality
Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student
Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.
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Chart explanation
Cogswell College
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Cogswell College have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Cogswell College is a private for-profit school, meaning that its annual goal is to make a profit for its shareholders. The other types of schools are public or not-for-profit, and profit is not a goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category
We divided revenue and expenses for Cogswell College into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.
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Investment gains
Independent operations revenue
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Other revenue
Independent operations expenses
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic & instructional support, student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Other expenses