Ashford University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$10,632

3.02% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$18,235

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

13.5%

Default Rate

2016 Enrolled Students

41,361

100% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

8.04%

608 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 Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (1,201 degrees awarded), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (928 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (774 degrees).

In 2016, 13,260 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Ashford University. 68.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 31.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (6,497 degrees), 1.48 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4390 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Ashford University is $10,632, which is $-9,528 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Ashford University is $10,632, which is $-9,528 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,235.

In 2016, 78% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 65% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,632

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Ashford University was $10,632. The cost of tuition at Ashford University is $-9,528 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$18,235

2016 Value

13.4%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Ashford University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,235. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Ashford University grew by 13.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,073

Room and Board

$950

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Ashford University was of $7,073 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $950. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.562% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

65%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

78% of undergraduate students at Ashford University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 1.27% with respect to 2015, when 79% 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.

13.5%

2015 Default Rate

5436

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Ashford University was 13.5%, which represents 5436 out of the 40148 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

Ashford University received N/A undergraduate applications in N/A, which represents a 0% annual growth. Out of those N/A applicants, N/A students were accepted for enrollment, representing a N/A% acceptance rate.

There were 41,361 students enrolled at Ashford University in 2016, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Ashford University has an overall enrollment yield of N/A%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

N/A%

Acceptance Rate in N/A

N/A

Accepted Out of N/A

In N/A, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Ashford University was N/A% (N/A admissions from N/A applications). This is approximately the same as the acceptance rate of N/A, which was N/A%. Between N/A and N/A, the number of applicants stayed by N/A%, while admissions stayed by N/A%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

N/A

Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Ashford University in N/A submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Ashford University has a total enrollment of 41,361 students. The full-time enrollment at Ashford University is 41,359 students and the part-time enrollment is 2. 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 42.8% White, 37.6% Black or African American, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 3.61% Two or More Races, 1.45% Asian, 0.853% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.754% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Ashford University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (29.5%), followed by Black or African American Female (27%) and White Male (14.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (39.3%), followed by White Female (24.3%) and White Male (10.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Ashford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 41,361 students. The full-time enrollment at Ashford University is 41,359 and the part-time enrollment is 2. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Ashford University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

24%

2016 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 (75%), 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

    17,703

  2. Black or African American

    15,554

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4,605

The enrolled student population at Ashford University is 42.8% White, 37.6% Black or African American, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 3.61% Two or More Races, 1.45% Asian, 0.853% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.754% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 721 students (1.74%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 5022 more women than men received degrees from Ashford University. The majority of degree recipients at Ashford University are white (6,497 degrees awarded). There were 1.48 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4390 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Ashford University is Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (1,201 degrees awarded), followed by Early Childhood Education & Teaching (928 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (774 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 (40 degrees awarded), Education (2,786 degrees), and Business (5,223 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 (2,038,996 people), Accountants & auditors (1,102,204 people), Miscellaneous managers (788,919 people), Financial managers (438,726 people), and Chief executives & legislators (342,247 people).

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (40 degrees awarded), Education (2,786 degrees), Business (5,223 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (615 degrees), and Protective Services (815 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 Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Dentists, Chief executives & legislators, and Surveyors, cartographers, & photogrammetrists

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (40 degrees awarded), Education (2,786 degrees), Business (5,223 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (615 degrees), and Protective Services (815 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 (3,127,951 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (588,136 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (508,312 people), Banking & related activities (505,930 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (496,803 people).

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (40 degrees awarded), Education (2,786 degrees), Business (5,223 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (615 degrees), and Protective Services (815 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 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Ashford University was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 1201 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,119

  2. 9,141

In 2016, 4,119 degrees were awarded to men at Ashford University, which is 0.451 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (9,141).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 1010 degrees were awarded to men at Ashford University in Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations, which is 1.03 times more than the 980 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 1202 degrees were awarded to women at Ashford University in Early Childhood Education & Teaching, which is 26.7 times more than the 45 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

4%

100% Completion Time

21%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 4% of students graduating from Ashford University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 21% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 22% 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.

Hispanic or Latino Female

Highest Graduation Rate (13.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Ashford University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (13.3% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 1.81% of graduates (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,497 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    4,390 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,278 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Ashford University is white (6,497 degrees awarded). There were 1.48 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4390 degrees).

1.93% 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

    4,274 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Female

    3,294 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    2,223 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Ashford University is white female (4,274 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (3,294 degrees).

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Operations

Ashford University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.74M (N/A%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Ashford University had a total expenditure of $518M. Of that $518M, they spent $178M on salaries and $518M on benefits.

Ashford University employs 124 Assistant professors, 30 Associate professors, and 29 Instructors. Most academics at Ashford University are Female Assistant professors (77), Male Assistant professors(47), and Female Instructors (21).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ashford University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 206 employees, Management, with 36 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 30 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2015 Endowment

0%

growth from 2014

Ashford University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Ashford University stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $N/A 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 2015, 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

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$178M

Salary Expenditure

$518M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Ashford University had a total expenditure of $518M. Of that $518M, they spent $178M on salaries and $518M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Ashford University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$178M

2015 Salaries

15.5%

decline from 2014

In 2015, Ashford University paid a median of $178M in salaries, which represents 34.4% of their overall expenditure ($518M) and a 15.5% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0% growth from 2013 and a 0% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$12.6M

Instructional Salaries

179

Number of Employees

In 2015, Ashford University paid a total of $12.6M to 179 employees working as instructors, which represents 7.09% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

124 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

206 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Ashford University were Assistant professor with 124 employees; Associate professor with 30 employees; and Associate professor with 29 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ashford University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 206 employees; Management with 36 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 30 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Female Instructor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Ashford University was Female Assistant professor with 77 employees, Male Assistant professor with 47 employees, and Female Instructor with 21 employees.

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

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