Lamar University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,032
2.03% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$12,716
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
7.7%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
83.8%
6,249 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
15,460
37.9% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
27.3%
464 Graduates

About

Lamar University is a higher education institution located in Jefferson County, TX. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Lamar University were Registered Nursing (218 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (197 degrees), and General Studies (143 degrees).

In 2019, 4,796 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lamar University. 68% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,471 degrees), 2.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (987 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lamar University is $6,032, which is $-22,468 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lamar University is $6,032, which is $-22,468 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,716.

In 2019, 60% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 43% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,032
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Lamar University was $6,032. The cost of tuition at Lamar University is $-22,468 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$12,716
2019 Value
10.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Lamar University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,716. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Lamar University grew by 10.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,276
Room and Board
$1,012
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lamar University was of $8,276 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,012. The cost of room and board increased by 3.63% between 2018 and 2019. 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
43%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Lamar University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 3.45% with respect to 2018, when 58% 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.
7.7%
2017 Default Rate
335
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Lamar University was 7.7%, which represents 335 out of the 4351 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

Lamar University received 6,249 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 13.9% annual growth. Out of those 6,249 applicants, 5,237 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.8% acceptance rate.

There were 15,460 students enrolled at Lamar University in 2019, and 81% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lamar University has an overall enrollment yield of 24.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
5,237
Accepted Out of 6,249

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lamar University was 83.8% (5,237 admissions from 6,249 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 84.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 13.9%, while admissions grew by 13.2%.

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SAT Scores

81%
Submission Percentage
1,054
Scores Submitted

81% of enrolled first-time students at Lamar University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lamar University has a total enrollment of 15,460 students. The full-time enrollment at Lamar University is 5,856 students and the part-time enrollment is 9,604. This means that 37.9% of students enrolled at Lamar University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lamar University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.6% White, 22.9% Black or African American, 19.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.78% Asian, 2.68% Two or More Races, 0.31% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0776% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lamar University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (22.2%), followed by White Male (18.1%) and Black or African American Female (15%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (10.1%) and Black or African American Female (8.97%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

37.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lamar University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,460 students. The full-time enrollment at Lamar University is 5,856 and the part-time enrollment is 9,604. This means that 37.9% of students enrolled at Lamar University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%
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 Lamar University was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Lamar University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,049
  2. Black or African American
    3,545
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,062

The enrolled student population at Lamar University is 45.6% White, 22.9% Black or African American, 19.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.78% Asian, 2.68% Two or More Races, 0.31% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0776% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 353 students (2.28%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1726 more women than men received degrees from Lamar University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Lamar University is white (2,471 degrees awarded). There were 2.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (987 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lamar University is Registered Nursing (218 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (197 degrees) and General Studies (143 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Lamar University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (2,151 degrees awarded), Psychology (344 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (197 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 Lamar University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,573,335 people), Secondary school teachers (523,465 people), Other managers (486,602 people), Software developers (444,891 people), and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (337,702 people).

The most specialized majors at Lamar University are Education (2,151 degrees awarded), Psychology (344 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (197 degrees), Engineering (339 degrees), and Protective Services (172 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 Lamar University are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Computer hardware engineers, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Diagnostic medical sonographers

The most specialized majors at Lamar University are Education (2,151 degrees awarded), Psychology (344 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (197 degrees), Engineering (339 degrees), and Protective Services (172 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 Lamar University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,068,217 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (543,138 people), Computer Systems Design (523,986 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (449,652 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (438,715 people).

The most specialized majors at Lamar University are Education (2,151 degrees awarded), Psychology (344 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (197 degrees), Engineering (339 degrees), and Protective Services (172 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 Lamar University.
Most Common
  1. 218 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 197 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 143 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lamar University was Registered Nursing with 218 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,535
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
3,261
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,535 degrees were awarded to men at Lamar University, which is 0.471 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,261).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 535 degrees were awarded to men at Lamar University in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 0.382 times less than the 1401 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 1401 degrees were awarded to women at Lamar University in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 2.62 times more than the 535 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

10%
100% Completion Time
30%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 10% of students graduating from Lamar University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 30% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 34% 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 (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lamar University is Female and Asian (75% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral 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, 1.08% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,471 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    987 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    807 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lamar University is white (2,471 degrees awarded). There were 2.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (987 degrees).

1.56% of degree recipients (75 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,704 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    767 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    750 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Lamar University is white female (1,704 degrees awarded). There were 2.22 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (767 degrees).

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Operations

Lamar University has an endowment valued at nearly $129M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.88M (1.46%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Lamar University had a total salary expenditure of $244M. Lamar University employs 144 Instructors, 110 Assistant professors, and 107 Associate professors. Most academics at Lamar University are Female Instructors (92), Male Associate professors(66), and Male Professors (63).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lamar University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 180 employees, Service, with 170 employees, and Management with 134 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$129M
2019 Endowment
4.48%
growth from 2018

Lamar University has an endowment valued at about $129M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Lamar University grew 4.48% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $182M lower 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: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $3.9M - Federal
  2. $7.63M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Lamar University received $3.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.63M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$89.2M
2019 Salaries
0.328%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Lamar University paid a median of $89.2M in salaries, which represents 36.6% of their overall expenditure ($244M) and a 0.328% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.86% decline from 2017 and a 4.18% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$34.2M
Instructional Salaries
454
Number of Employees

In 2019, Lamar University paid a total of $34.2M to 454 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
144 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
180 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lamar University were Instructor with 144 employees; Assistant professor with 110 employees; and Assistant professor with 107 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lamar University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 180 employees; Service with 170 employees; and Management with 134 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lamar University was Female Instructor with 92 employees, Male Associate professor with 66 employees, and Male Professor with 63 employees.

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

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