Lamar University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,664

2.61% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$11,755

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

7.48%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

76.2%

5,613 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

15,001

46.8% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

32.7%

491 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 (281 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (245 degrees), and General Studies (112 degrees).

In 2016, 4,836 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lamar University. 64.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,492 degrees), 2.86 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (871 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lamar University is $5,664, which is $-20,192 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lamar University is $5,664, which is $-20,192 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,755.

In 2016, 55% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 49% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,664

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Lamar University was $5,664. The cost of tuition at Lamar University is $-20,192 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$11,755

2016 Value

3.31%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Lamar University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,755. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Lamar University grew by 3.31%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,710

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lamar University was of $7,710 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board did not change between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 16.7% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

55%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

49%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

55% of undergraduate students at Lamar University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 8.33% with respect to 2015, when 60% 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.

7.48%

2015 Default Rate

345

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Lamar University was 7.48%, which represents 345 out of the 4610 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 5,613 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 23.9% annual growth. Out of those 5,613 applicants, 4,276 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 76.2% acceptance rate.

There were 15,001 students enrolled at Lamar University in 2016, and 80% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lamar University has an overall enrollment yield of 34.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

76.2%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

4,276

Accepted Out of 5,613

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lamar University was 76.2% (4,276 admissions from 5,613 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 79.1%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 23.9%, while admissions grew by 19.3%.

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SAT Scores

80%

Submission Percentage

1,176

Scores Submitted

80% of enrolled first-time students at Lamar University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lamar University has a total enrollment of 15,001 students. The full-time enrollment at Lamar University is 7,023 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,978. This means that 46.8% of students enrolled at Lamar University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lamar University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.5% White, 23.2% Black or African American, 15.2% Hispanic or Latino, 3.62% Asian, 2.13% Two or More Races, 0.333% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.107% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lamar University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (24.9%), followed by White Male (21.5%) and Black or African American Female (17.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (11.3%), followed by White Male (7.08%) and Black or African American Female (4.64%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

46.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lamar University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,001 students. The full-time enrollment at Lamar University is 7,023 and the part-time enrollment is 7,978. This means that 46.8% of students enrolled at Lamar University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

63%

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 Lamar University was 63%. 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

    7,129

  2. Black or African American

    3,480

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2,280

The enrolled student population at Lamar University is 47.5% White, 23.2% Black or African American, 15.2% Hispanic or Latino, 3.62% Asian, 2.13% Two or More Races, 0.333% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.107% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2016, 1400 more women than men received degrees from Lamar University. The majority of degree recipients at Lamar University are white (2,492 degrees awarded). There were 2.86 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (871 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lamar University is Registered Nursing (281 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (245 degrees) and General Studies (112 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 (1,851 degrees awarded), Psychology (585 degrees), and Engineering (475 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 (2,008,751 people), Miscellaneous managers (594,551 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (401,823 people), Secondary school teachers (340,049 people), and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (323,611 people).

The most specialized majors at Lamar University are Education (1,851 degrees awarded), Psychology (585 degrees), Engineering (475 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (245 degrees), and Physical Sciences (71 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 Physicians & surgeons, Economists, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Chief executives & legislators, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Lamar University are Education (1,851 degrees awarded), Psychology (585 degrees), Engineering (475 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (245 degrees), and Physical Sciences (71 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 (3,086,040 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (605,395 people), Computer Systems Design (499,355 people), Hospitals (479,651 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (454,160 people).

The most specialized majors at Lamar University are Education (1,851 degrees awarded), Psychology (585 degrees), Engineering (475 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (245 degrees), and Physical Sciences (71 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 281 degrees awarded

  2. 245 degrees awarded

  3. 112 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lamar University was Registered Nursing with 281 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,718

  2. 3,118

In 2016, 1,718 degrees were awarded to men at Lamar University, which is 0.551 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,118).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 510 degrees were awarded to men at Lamar University in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 0.512 times less than the 996 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 996 degrees were awarded to women at Lamar University in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 1.95 times more than the 510 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%

100% Completion Time

33%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 11% of students graduating from Lamar University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 33% 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 (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lamar University is Female and Asian (50% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral 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, 3.05% of graduates (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,492 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    871 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    646 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lamar University is white (2,492 degrees awarded). There were 2.86 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (871 degrees).

2.11% of degree recipients (102 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

    788 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    652 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Lamar University is white female (1,704 degrees awarded). There were 2.16 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (788 degrees).

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Operations

Lamar University has an endowment valued at nearly $30.6M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $823k (2.69%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Lamar University had a total expenditure of $217M. Of that $217M, they spent $83.3M on salaries and $217M on benefits.

Lamar University employs 137 Assistant professors, 127 Instructors, and 124 Associate professors. Most academics at Lamar University are Female Instructors (82), Male Assistant professors(75), and Male Associate professors (70).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lamar University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 183 employees, Service, with 164 employees, and Management with 152 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$30.6M

2015 Endowment

3.44%

growth from 2014

Lamar University has an endowment valued at about $30.6M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Lamar University grew 3.44% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $240M 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. $2.43M - Federal

  2. $6.21M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Lamar University received $2.43M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.21M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$83.3M

Salary Expenditure

$217M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Lamar University had a total expenditure of $217M. Of that $217M, they spent $83.3M on salaries and $217M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$83.3M

2015 Salaries

4.6%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Lamar University paid a median of $83.3M in salaries, which represents 38.4% of their overall expenditure ($217M) and a 4.6% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.26% growth from 2013 and a 3.43% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$34.6M

Instructional Salaries

486

Number of Employees

In 2015, Lamar University paid a total of $34.6M to 486 employees working as instructors, which represents 41.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

137 Employees

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

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

183 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lamar University were Assistant professor with 137 employees; Instructor with 127 employees; and Instructor with 124 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lamar University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 183 employees; Service with 164 employees; and Management with 152 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lamar University was Female Instructor with 82 employees, Male Assistant professor with 75 employees, and Male Associate professor with 70 employees.

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

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