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IPEDS ID: 117575
OPE ID: 03332300
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Southern California Seminary
2075 E. Madison Avenue, El Cajon, California 92019-1108
General information:  (619) 201-8999
Website:  www.socalsem.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  180 (46 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 to 1
Admissionswww.socalsem.edu/admissions
Apply Onlinewww.socalsem.edu/admissions/all-forms/
Financial Aidwww.socalsem.edu/admissions/financial-aid
Net Price Calculatorwww.socalsem.edu/admissions/financial-aid/
Disability Serviceswww.socalsem.edu/student-services/
Mission Statement
  The mission of Southern California Seminary is to bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God. This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skills-all at modest tuition.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields
Religious Affiliation
Baptist
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2021Full timePart time
Total faculty519
Instructional519
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-3
Instructional-3
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022% change 2020-2021 to 2021-2022
Tuition and fees$16,280$16,884$16,884$17,7365.0%
Books and supplies$1,917$1,971$1,080$1,1345.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,687$12,687$12,687$12,6870.0%
Other$2,997$3,717$2,933$3,0795.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,779$15,084$16,580$17,4095.0%
Other$2,977$5,274$4,642$4,8745.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,258$3,564$4,163$4,3715.0%
Total Expenses2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022% change 2020-2021 to 2021-2022
On Campus$33,881$35,259$33,584$34,6363.1%
Off Campus$34,953$39,213$39,186$41,1535.0%
Off Campus with Family$21,455$22,419$22,127$23,2415.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2021-2022
Tuition$16,380
Fees$1,356
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2020-2021
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid138$108,657$2,859
Pell grants25$56,120$2,245
Federal student loans20$141,022$7,051
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

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  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in 2020-2021, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2021
Total enrollment180
Undergraduate enrollment46
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment3
Graduate enrollment134
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 11%
Part-time: 89%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 65%
Female: 35%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 22%
Hispanic/Latino: 24%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 2%
White: 46%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 17%
25 and over: 83%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 75%
Out-of-state: 25%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2020.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 45%
Part-time: 55%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 70%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 28%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 62%
Enrolled in some distance education: 13%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 25%
Undergraduate application fee (2021-2022): $47
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2020 and Returned in Fall 2021
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 17%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 33%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 50%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 50%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 20%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 50%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 63%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 75%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 50%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 11%
Enrolled at same institution: 5%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 100%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 11%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 6%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2020-2021
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Health Professions and Related Programs
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling--3-
Category total--3-
Psychology
Clinical Psychology---2d
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Other---0d
Counseling Psychology--4-
Educational Psychology---0d
Industrial and Organizational Psychology---1d
Psychology, General---0d
Category total--43d
Theology and Religious Vocations
Bible/Biblical Studies1d9d8d-
Divinity/Ministry--2d2
Missions/Missionary Studies--0d-
Theology/Theological Studies--0-
Category total1d9d10d2
Grand total19175
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2020-2021
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 7
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 12
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 3
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 2
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,571
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $9,021
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,417
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 100%
Part-time students: 0%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution. Data on varsity athletics are submitted annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), by all co-educational postsecondary institutions that have an intercollegiate athletics program. For the most recent data collection, EADA did not collect data on varsity athletics for programs that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation CommissionAccredited since (11/06/2001)12/31/2016
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation CommissionPreaccredited (09/23/1998 - 11/06/2001)
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theologyAccredited since (02/01/2022)03/31/2029
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/104726.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201820192020
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape000
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary000
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201820192020
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking000
Arrests201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201820192020
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape000
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary000
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201820192020
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking000
Arrests201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate9.8%5.7%6.4%
Number in default632
Number in repayment615231
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)