Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,840
2.24% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$12,333
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
15.9%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
69.5%
3,604 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
4,643
83.4% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
34.7%
198 Graduates

About

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is a higher education institution located in Columbia County, AR. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus were General Business (78 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (58 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (40 degrees).

In 2017, 1,604 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. 39.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 60.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (643 degrees), 4.26 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (151 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $6,840, which is $-13,893 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $6,840, which is $-13,893 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,333.

In 2017, 83% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 77% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,840
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was $6,840. The cost of tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $-13,893 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$12,333
2017 Value
7.92%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,333. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus grew by 7.92%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,738
Room and Board
$1,600
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was of $6,738 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of room and board increased by 2.08% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

83%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
77%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

83% of undergraduate students at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.19% with respect to 2016, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

This chart compares the average award discount at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus (in red) with that of other similar universities.

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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.
15.9%
2016 Default Rate
139
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was 15.9%, which represents 139 out of the 874 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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Admissions

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus received 3,604 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.16% annual growth. Out of those 3,604 applicants, 2,503 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 69.5% acceptance rate.

There were 4,643 students enrolled at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in 2017, and 5% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has an overall enrollment yield of 34.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

69.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
2,503
Accepted Out of 3,604

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was 69.5% (2,503 admissions from 3,604 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 69.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 4.16%, while admissions grew by 4.64%.

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SAT Scores

5%
Submission Percentage
41
Scores Submitted

5% of enrolled first-time students at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has a total enrollment of 4,643 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 3,871 students and the part-time enrollment is 772. This means that 83.4% of students enrolled at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58% White, 22.9% Black or African American, 2.76% Hispanic or Latino, 0.991% Asian, 0.732% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.258% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.151% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (33.9%), followed by White Male (30.8%) and Black or African American Female (14.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (21.2%), followed by Black or African American Female (7.39%) and White Male (7.39%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,643 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 3,871 and the part-time enrollment is 772. This means that 83.4% of students enrolled at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%
2017 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Southern Arkansas University Main Campus had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,693
  2. Black or African American
    1,061
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    128

The enrolled student population at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 58% White, 22.9% Black or African American, 2.76% Hispanic or Latino, 0.991% Asian, 0.732% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.258% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.151% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 19 students (0.409%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 342 fewer women than men received degrees from Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. The majority of degree recipients at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are white (643 degrees awarded). There were 4.26 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (151 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is General Business (78 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (58 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (40 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (745 degrees awarded), Agriculture (31 degrees), and Physical Sciences (43 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,886,071 people), Software developers (451,797 people), Secondary school teachers (319,262 people), Education administrators (264,252 people), and Other managers (246,193 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (745 degrees awarded), Agriculture (31 degrees), Physical Sciences (43 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (35 degrees), and Education (150 degrees).

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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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Dentists, Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (745 degrees awarded), Agriculture (31 degrees), Physical Sciences (43 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (35 degrees), and Education (150 degrees).

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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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Elementary & secondary schools (2,774,572 people), Computer Systems Design (542,937 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (439,177 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (253,978 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (131,476 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (745 degrees awarded), Agriculture (31 degrees), Physical Sciences (43 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (35 degrees), and Education (150 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.
Most Common
  1. 78 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 58 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 40 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was General Business with 78 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 973
  2. 631

In 2017, 973 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, which is 1.54 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (631).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 621 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 5.01 times more than the 124 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 124 degrees were awarded to women at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 0.2 times less than the 621 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

19%
100% Completion Time
35%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 19% of students graduating from Southern Arkansas University Main Campus completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 35% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 38% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    643 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    151 degrees awarded
  3. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is white (643 degrees awarded). There were 4.26 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (151 degrees).

0.561% of degree recipients (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    380 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    263 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    84 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is white female (380 degrees awarded). There were 1.44 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (263 degrees).

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Operations

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has an endowment valued at nearly $40M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $385k (0.962%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus had a total salary expenditure of $64.7M. Southern Arkansas University Main Campus employs 58 Assistant professors, 45 Associate professors, and 43 Instructors. Most academics at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Female Assistant professors (32), Male Associate professors(26), and Male Assistant professors (26).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are: Office and Administrative Support, with 70 employees, Management, with 37 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 37 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$40M
2017 Endowment
1.06k%
growth from 2016

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has an endowment valued at about $40M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus grew 1.06k% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.9M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.9M - Federal
  2. $495k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus received $2.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $495k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$28.2M
2017 Salaries
9.17%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus paid a median of $28.2M in salaries, which represents 43.6% of their overall expenditure ($64.7M) and a 9.17% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 9.48% growth from 2015 and a 6.67% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$10.7M
Instructional Salaries
165
Number of Employees

In 2017, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus paid a total of $10.7M to 165 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.02M (34.2%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
58 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
70 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus were Assistant professor with 58 employees; Associate professor with 45 employees; and Associate professor with 43 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus were Office and Administrative Support with 70 employees; Management with 37 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 37 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was Female Assistant professor with 32 employees, Male Associate professor with 26 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 26 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

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