Livingstone College

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701 W. Monroe Street

Salisbury, NC 28144

Phone: (704) 216-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Colleges (South)

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Livingstone College is a private institution that was founded in 1879. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,111, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 45 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Livingstone College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $15,708 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Livingstone College, a private, historically black institution, represents the tradition of excellent liberal arts and religious education programs secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction. The College's most distinctive feature is its history of self-reliance and perseverance. Connected to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Livingstone College was founded in 1879 to meet the needs of African Americans who were denied access to educational opportunities. Today, the College provides an environment in which students from all ethnic backgrounds can develop their potential for leadership and service to society. A private college with public responsibilities, Livingstone College also provides an environment suitable for learning and promotes Judeo-Christian values with respect for the global community. The College accomplishes its mission by pursuing the following goals: 1) To provide academic excellence in all programs by diverse courses of study appropriate to undergraduate education. 2) To provide effective teaching by faculty with strong academic preparation, who nurture students in and out of the classroom. 3) To create academic options that prepare students to pursue careers, graduate and professional studies, and life-long learning as needed for a changing social and technological world. 4) To assist students and faculty in their pursuit of scholarly and creative endeavors. 5) To create opportunities for practical application of knowledge through internships, cooperative education, experiential learning, and community service. 6) To create opportunities for students to develop a fuller knowledge and appreciation of African-American heritage, to increase their awareness and appreciation of other cultures, and to prepare them to become well-adjusted individuals in a global society.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1879
Religious affiliation African Methodist Episcopal Zion
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $1,331,366


When applying to Livingstone College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at Livingstone College is $25. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Livingstone College is 15:1, and the school has 53.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Livingstone College include: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; Social Work; Psychology, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 51.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 12%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 20%
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Social Work 11%
Psychology, General 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%

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Student Life

Livingstone College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,111, with a gender distribution of 55.4 percent male students and 44.6 percent female students. At this school, 80 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 20 percent of students live off campus. Livingstone College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,111
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Livingstone College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Livingstone College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Livingstone College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Livingstone College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Livingstone College, 97.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,860.

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Tuition and fees $15,708 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,342 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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