Livingstone College

Livingstone College

Livingstone College was originally established in 1879 as the Zion Wesley Institute. It was founded by A.M.E. Zion ministers, and was initially located in Concord, North Carolina. This institute closed down in 1881, but was reopened in 1882 in Salisbury, North Carolina. In 1887, the school was given its current name, and the college presently occupies on a 272-acre campus.

Livingstone College awards Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees. Study programs are offered through the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Business
  • Division of Education and Social Work
  • Division of Liberal Arts
  • Division of Mathematics and Sciences

Livingstone College's athletics department sponsors teams in basketball, cross country, bowling, football, tennis, track and field, softball, and volleyball. The teams are nicknamed the Blue Bears, and participate in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II.

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Contacting Livingstone

Livingstone College
701 W Monroe St
Salisbury , NC 28144
General Phone: (704) 216-6000

Livingstone Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management29business management, accounting
Therapy and Counseling20psychology
Liberal Arts19English, political science, sociology, history
Security and Law Enforcement18criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11sports and fitness management
Science5biology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Family and Social Work4social work
Education and Teaching1elementary school teaching, music teaching
Religion and Philosophy0religion

Number of programs and degrees for Livingstone in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree11819

Livingstone Student Body

Livingstone is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Livingstone had a total enrollment of 960 students (981 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 65%
Women 35%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 1%
Black 96%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 38%
20-21 26%
22-24 25%
25-29 6%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina51%
New York5%
New Jersey3%
South Carolina2%
Washington, DC2%
(International Students)1%

Livingstone Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 46 %
Part-Time 100 %

Livingstone Room and Board (2007)

Livingstone offers campus housing for 979 of its 981 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Salisbury, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Livingstone Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal320420
SAT Math310420
SAT Writing300400
ACT Verbal1116
ACT Math1517
ACT Composite1316

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT70%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT16%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Livingstone Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 12,174
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,174
Room and board $ 5,641
Room charge $ 2,501
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,140
Books and supplies $ 1,300
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Livingstone participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 294200)

Livingstone Faculty

Livingstone has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track83
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1618

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$53,0572*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year6$51,0192*
Associate professoracademic year4$47,2014$49,164
Assistant professoracademic year11$42,2408$41,211
Instructoracademic year4$40,4388$37,298
No academic rankacademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year25$44,85224$43,263

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Livingstone Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports12930

Livingstone Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Livingstone Apart:

Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Livingstone Minority % of student body
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Livingstone % students on athletic fin. aid
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Livingstone Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Livingstone % of degrees in security and law enforcement
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Livingstone Male % of student body
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Livingstone Number of degree programs
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Livingstone Number of students
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Livingstone % of full-time faculty on tenure track

checked African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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