Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,502
2.77% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$17,216
After Financial Aid
2017 Acceptance Rate
42.9%
3,639,053 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
3,477,903
83.6% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
76.4%
320,402 Graduates

About

Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is a Carnegie Classification grouping of higher education institutions. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity were General Psychology (29,508 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (24,110 degrees), and General Economics (19,565 degrees).

In 2017, 970,139 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity. 52.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (511,436 degrees), 5.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (100229 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is $11,502, which is $802 more than than the national median of $10,700. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $32,535, which is 283% of the cost for in-state students, and is $18,463 more than than the national median $14,072.

Costs

The median in-state tuition at Doctoral Universities is $11,502, which is $736 more than than the national median in-state tuition of $10,766. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $32,535, which is 283% of the cost for in-state students, and is $18,463 more than than the national median out-of-state tuition of $14,072.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,216.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,502
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of out-of-state tuition at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity was $32,535, which is 283% of the cost for in-state students, which was $11,502. The cost of out-of-state tuition at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is $18,463 more than than the overall (public and private) national median of $14,072, and the in-state tuition is $736 more than than the overall (public and private) national median $10,766.

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Average Net Price

$17,216
2017 Value
4.68%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,216. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity grew by 4.68%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,330
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity was of $11,330 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 3.08% 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

60%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
39%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.69% with respect to 2016, when 59% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Admissions

Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity received 3,639,053 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.1% annual growth. Out of those 3,639,053 applicants, 1,560,801 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 42.9% acceptance rate.

There were 3,477,903 students enrolled at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity in 2017, and 51.8% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity has an overall enrollment yield of 30.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

42.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
1,560,801
Accepted Out of 3,639,053

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity was 42.9% (1,560,801 admissions from 3,639,053 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 43.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 4.1%, while admissions grew by 2.4%.

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SAT Scores

51.8%
Submission Percentage
241,716
Scores Submitted

51.8% of enrolled first-time students at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity has a total enrollment of 3,477,903 students. The full-time enrollment at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is 2,906,997 students and the part-time enrollment is 570,906. This means that 83.6% of students enrolled at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.8% White, 12.3% Hispanic or Latino, 10.6% Asian, 6.44% Black or African American, 3.72% Two or More Races, 0.306% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.143% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (26.7%), followed by White Male (26.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.51%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (22.9%), followed by White Male (20.3%) and Asian Female (4.45%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,477,903 students. The full-time enrollment at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is 2,906,997 and the part-time enrollment is 570,906. This means that 83.6% of students enrolled at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

92%
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 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity was 92%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,767,676
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    428,866
  3. Asian
    369,351

The enrolled student population at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is 50.8% White, 12.3% Hispanic or Latino, 10.6% Asian, 6.44% Black or African American, 3.72% Two or More Races, 0.306% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.143% 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 Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 96,730 students (2.78%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 54233 more women than men received degrees from Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity. The majority of degree recipients at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are white (511,436 degrees awarded). There were 5.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (100229 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is General Psychology (29,508 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (24,110 degrees) and General Economics (19,565 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Architecture and Related Services (10,674 degrees awarded), Engineering (105,436 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (7,437 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are Other managers (425,688 people), Physicians (421,651 people), Software developers (402,945 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (310,060 people), and Civil engineers (234,837 people).

The most specialized majors at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are Architecture and Related Services (10,674 degrees awarded), Engineering (105,436 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (7,437 degrees), Math & Statistics (20,847 degrees), and Biology (65,177 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 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are Surgeons, Chemists & materials scientists, Dentists, Sales managers, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are Architecture and Related Services (10,674 degrees awarded), Engineering (105,436 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (7,437 degrees), Math & Statistics (20,847 degrees), and Biology (65,177 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are Architectural, engineering & related services (539,708 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (521,896 people), Computer Systems Design (481,332 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (474,726 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (310,899 people).

The most specialized majors at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are Architecture and Related Services (10,674 degrees awarded), Engineering (105,436 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (7,437 degrees), Math & Statistics (20,847 degrees), and Biology (65,177 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 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.
Most Common
  1. 29508 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 24110 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 19565 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity was General Psychology with 29508 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 457,953
  2. 512,186

In 2017, 457,953 degrees were awarded to men at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity, which is 0.894 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (512,186).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 29586 degrees were awarded to men at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.63 times more than the 18126 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 24083 degrees were awarded to women at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity in General Psychology, which is 3.1 times more than the 7777 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

58%
100% Completion Time
80.5%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 58% of students graduating from Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 80.5% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 82% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Doctoral Universities Carnegie Classification group.

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 (86.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is Female and Asian (86.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral 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, 2.36% of graduates (7558 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    511,436 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    100,229 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    98,541 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is white (511,436 degrees awarded). There were 5.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (100229 degrees).

3.15% of degree recipients (30,533 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    269,662 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    241,774 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    58,210 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity is white female (269,662 degrees awarded). There were 1.12 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (241,774 degrees).

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Operations

Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity has an endowment valued at nearly $1.11B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $38.6B (3.47k%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity had a total salary expenditure of $1.52B. Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity employs 57,438 Professors, 37,850 Associate professors, and 35,452 Assistant professors. Most academics at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are Male Professors (42,313), Male Associate professors(21,831), and Male Assistant professors (18,738).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 90422 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 90395 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 78467 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.11B
2017 Endowment
12%
growth from 2016

Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity has an endowment valued at about $1.11B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity grew 12% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $827M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral 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 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $33.5B - Federal
  2. $3.08B - State
  3. $702M - Local

As of 2017, Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity received $33.5B in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.08B from state grants and contracts, and $702M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$649M
2017 Salaries
3.11%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity paid a median of $649M in salaries, which represents 42.7% of their overall expenditure ($1.52B) and a 3.11% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.73% decline from 2015 and a 1.95% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$19.2B
Instructional Salaries
163,188
Number of Employees

In 2017, Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity paid a total of $19.2B to 163,188 employees working as instructors, which represents 16.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $64.9M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
57438 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
90422 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity were Professor with 57,438 employees; Associate professor with 37,850 employees; and Associate professor with 35,452 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 90,422 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 90,395 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 78,467 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity was Male Professor with 42,313 employees, Male Associate professor with 21,831 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 18,738 employees.

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