Lee University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$18,120
6.34% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$16,949
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
7.43%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
81.7%
2,416 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
5,189
74.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
57.2%
484 Graduates

About

Lee University is a higher education institution located in Bradley County, TN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Lee University were General Psychology (83 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (71 degrees), and Pastoral Studies & Counseling (52 degrees).

In 2019, 1,035 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lee University. 66.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (824 degrees), 13.3 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (62 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lee University is $18,120, which is $-3,906 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lee University is $18,120, which is $-3,906 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 $16,949.

In 2019, 77% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 66% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$18,120
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Lee University was $18,120. The cost of tuition at Lee University is $-3,906 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$16,949
2019 Value
3.47%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Lee University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,949. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Lee University grew by 3.47%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,225
Room and Board
$1,600
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lee University was of $8,225 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of room and board increased by 1.79% 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

77%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
66%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

77% of undergraduate students at Lee University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.67% with respect to 2018, when 75% 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.
7.43%
2017 Default Rate
85
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Lee University was 7.43%, which represents 85 out of the 1144 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

Lee University received 2,416 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.11% annual decline. Out of those 2,416 applicants, 1,975 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 81.7% acceptance rate.

There were 5,189 students enrolled at Lee University in 2019, and 31% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lee University has an overall enrollment yield of 40.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

81.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
1,975
Accepted Out of 2,416

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lee University was 81.7% (1,975 admissions from 2,416 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 89.2%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by -1.11%, while admissions declined by -9.36%.

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SAT Scores

31%
Submission Percentage
244
Scores Submitted

31% of enrolled first-time students at Lee University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lee University has a total enrollment of 5,189 students. The full-time enrollment at Lee University is 3,855 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,334. This means that 74.3% of students enrolled at Lee University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lee University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77% White, 4.26% Black or African American, 3.26% Two or More Races, 2.64% Hispanic or Latino, 0.906% Asian, 0.366% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.116% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lee University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (53%), followed by White Male (30.4%) and Two or More Races Female (2.31%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (47.8%), followed by White Male (21.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.06%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lee University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,189 students. The full-time enrollment at Lee University is 3,855 and the part-time enrollment is 1,334. This means that 74.3% of students enrolled at Lee University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%
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 Lee University was 78%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Lee University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,994
  2. Black or African American
    221
  3. Two or More Races
    169

The enrolled student population at Lee University is 77% White, 4.26% Black or African American, 3.26% Two or More Races, 2.64% Hispanic or Latino, 0.906% Asian, 0.366% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.116% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 343 more women than men received degrees from Lee University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Lee University is white (824 degrees awarded). There were 13.3 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (62 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lee University is General Psychology (83 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (71 degrees) and Pastoral Studies & Counseling (52 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Lee University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (158 degrees awarded), Communications (96 degrees), and Education (202 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 Lee University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,638,709 people), Secondary school teachers (570,631 people), Education administrators (353,399 people), Other managers (312,706 people), and Postsecondary teachers (242,454 people).

The most specialized majors at Lee University are Theology (158 degrees awarded), Communications (96 degrees), Education (202 degrees), English (32 degrees), and Psychology (83 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 Lee University are Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Lee University are Theology (158 degrees awarded), Communications (96 degrees), Education (202 degrees), English (32 degrees), and Psychology (83 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 Lee University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,228,867 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (593,521 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (306,497 people), Computer Systems Design (222,042 people), and Outpatient care centers (201,695 people).

The most specialized majors at Lee University are Theology (158 degrees awarded), Communications (96 degrees), Education (202 degrees), English (32 degrees), and Psychology (83 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 Lee University.
Most Common
  1. 83 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 71 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 52 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lee University was General Psychology with 83 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

346
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
689
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 346 degrees were awarded to men at Lee University, which is 0.502 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (689).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 60 degrees were awarded to men at Lee University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.4 times more than the 43 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 75 degrees were awarded to women at Lee University in General Psychology, which is 9.38 times more than the 8 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

37%
100% Completion Time
52%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 37% of students graduating from Lee University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 52% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 53% 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.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lee University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% 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, 1.24% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    824 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    62 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    40 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lee University is white (824 degrees awarded). There were 13.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (62 degrees).

3.86% of degree recipients (40 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    563 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    261 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    37 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Lee University is white female (563 degrees awarded). There were 2.16 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (261 degrees).

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Operations

Lee University has an endowment valued at nearly $23.9M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.35M (5.67%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Lee University had a total salary expenditure of $76M. Lee University employs 58 Professors, 58 Associate professors, and 42 Assistant professors. Most academics at Lee University are Male Professors (43), Male Associate professors(42), and Female Assistant professors (25).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lee University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 116 employees, Management, with 93 employees, and Service with 79 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$23.9M
2019 Endowment
8.94%
growth from 2018

Lee University has an endowment valued at about $23.9M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Lee University grew 8.94% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $14.6M lower than 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: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.44M - Federal
  2. $9.15k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Lee University received $1.44M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $9.15k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$32.7M
2019 Salaries
4.55%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Lee University paid a median of $32.7M in salaries, which represents 43% of their overall expenditure ($76M) and a 4.55% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.33% growth from 2017 and a 0.36% 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

$12.7M
Instructional Salaries
188
Number of Employees

In 2019, Lee University paid a total of $12.7M to 188 employees working as instructors, which represents 39% 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

Professor
Most Common Instructor
58 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
116 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lee University were Professor with 58 employees; Associate professor with 58 employees; and Associate professor with 42 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lee University were Office and Administrative Support with 116 employees; Management with 93 employees; and Service with 79 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lee University was Male Professor with 43 employees, Male Associate professor with 42 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 25 employees.

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

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