Ashford University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,640
2.11% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$20,415
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
14.7%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
32,620
100% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
7.13%
263 Graduates

About

Ashford University is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Ashford University were Early Childhood Education & Teaching (730 degrees awarded), Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (705 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (573 degrees).

In 2019, 9,535 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Ashford University. 68.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 31.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,188 degrees), 1.31 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3196 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Ashford University is $11,640, which is $−10,386 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Ashford University is $11,640, which is $−10,386 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,415.

In 2019, 86% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 57% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,640
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Ashford University was $11,640. The cost of tuition at Ashford University is $−10,386 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$20,415
2019 Value
6.66%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Ashford University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,415. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Ashford University grew by 6.66%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,470
Room and Board
$1,070
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Ashford University was of $7,470 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,070. The cost of room and board increased by 5.08% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 12.6% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

86%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
57%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

86% of undergraduate students at Ashford University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 86% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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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.
14.7%
2017 Default Rate
4499
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Ashford University was 14.7%, which represents 4499 out of the 30515 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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Enrollment

Ashford University has a total enrollment of 32,620 students. The full-time enrollment at Ashford University is 32,619 students and the part-time enrollment is 1. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Ashford University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Ashford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 41.6% White, 32.2% Black or African American, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.82% Two or More Races, 1.99% Asian, 0.788% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.739% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Ashford University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.4%), followed by Black or African American Female (23.4%) and White Male (14.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (31.1%), followed by White Female (24.1%) and White Male (12.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Ashford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 32,620 students. The full-time enrollment at Ashford University is 32,619 and the part-time enrollment is 1. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Ashford University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

24%
2019 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 Ashford University was 24%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Ashford University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    13,561
  2. Black or African American
    10,516
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    4,866

The enrolled student population at Ashford University is 41.6% White, 32.2% Black or African American, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.82% Two or More Races, 1.99% Asian, 0.788% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.739% American Indian or Alaska Native. 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 1,214 students (3.72%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 3481 more women than men received degrees from Ashford University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Ashford University is white (4,188 degrees awarded). There were 1.31 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3196 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Ashford University is Early Childhood Education & Teaching (730 degrees awarded), followed by Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (705 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (573 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Ashford University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Applied Sciences (36 degrees awarded), Education (1,992 degrees), and Library Science (37 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 Ashford University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,654,972 people), Accountants & auditors (1,020,962 people), Other managers (829,659 people), Secondary school teachers (563,991 people), and Financial managers (522,665 people).

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (36 degrees awarded), Education (1,992 degrees), Library Science (37 degrees), Business (4,055 degrees), and Psychology (790 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Ashford University are Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (36 degrees awarded), Education (1,992 degrees), Library Science (37 degrees), Business (4,055 degrees), and Psychology (790 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 Ashford University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,353,563 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (663,626 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (561,928 people), Computer Systems Design (538,781 people), and Banking & related activities (531,837 people).

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (36 degrees awarded), Education (1,992 degrees), Library Science (37 degrees), Business (4,055 degrees), and Psychology (790 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 Ashford University.

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Ashford University was Early Childhood Education & Teaching with 730 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

3,027
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
6,508
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 3,027 degrees were awarded to men at Ashford University, which is 0.465 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,508).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 641 degrees were awarded to men at Ashford University in Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations, which is 1.15 times more than the 555 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 1011 degrees were awarded to women at Ashford University in Early Childhood Education & Teaching, which is 30.6 times more than the 33 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

1%
100% Completion Time
7%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 1% of students graduating from Ashford University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 7% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 7% 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 Male
Highest Graduation Rate (40%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Ashford University is Male and Asian (40% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.76% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,188 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    3,196 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,197 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Ashford University is white (4,188 degrees awarded). There were 1.31 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3196 degrees).

2.68% of degree recipients (256 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,711 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    2,355 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    1,477 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Ashford University is white female (2,711 degrees awarded). There were 1.15 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (2,355 degrees).

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Operations

Ashford University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.26M (NaNM%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Ashford University had a total salary expenditure of $371M. Ashford University employs 94 Assistant professors, 49 Associate professors, and 29 Professors. Most academics at Ashford University are Female Assistant professors (58), Female Associate professors(36), and Male Assistant professors (36).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ashford University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 247 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 98 employees, and Management with 45 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A
2019 Endowment
0%
growth from 2018

Ashford University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Ashford University stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $NaNM approximately the same as 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: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Ashford University received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$118M
2019 Salaries
8.59%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Ashford University paid a median of $118M in salaries, which represents 31.9% of their overall expenditure ($371M) and a 8.59% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 14.5% decline from 2017 and a 6% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.8M
Instructional Salaries
187
Number of Employees

In 2019, Ashford University paid a total of $14.8M to 187 employees working as instructors, which represents 12.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
94 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
247 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Ashford University were Assistant professor with 94 employees; Associate professor with 49 employees; and Associate professor with 29 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ashford University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 247 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 98 employees; and Management with 45 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Ashford University was Female Assistant professor with 58 employees, Female Associate professor with 36 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 36 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Ashford University.

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