Life University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$10,170

3.67% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$27,123

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

8.12%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

92.1%

280 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

2,692

84.9% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

27.8%

15 Graduates

About

Life University is a higher education institution located in Cobb County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Life University were General Biological Sciences (38 degrees awarded), General Studies (18 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (17 degrees).

In 2016, 531 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Life University. 47.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 52.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (318 degrees), 3.57 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (89 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Life University is $10,170, which is $-3,801 less than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($13,971).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Life University is $10,170, which is $-3,801 less than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($13,971).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,123.

In 2016, 64% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 62% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,170

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Life University was $10,170. The cost of tuition at Life University is $-3,801 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($13,971).

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Average Net Price

$27,123

2016 Value

19.9%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Life University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,123. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Life University grew by 19.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,450

Room and Board

$2,250

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Life University was of $12,450 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,250. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.24% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 36.4% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

64%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

62%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

64% of undergraduate students at Life University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 10.3% with respect to 2015, 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.

8.12%

2015 Default Rate

61

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Life University was 8.12%, which represents 61 out of the 751 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

Life University received 280 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 37.9% annual decline. Out of those 280 applicants, 258 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 92.1% acceptance rate.

There were 2,692 students enrolled at Life University in 2016, and 55% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Life University has an overall enrollment yield of 49.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

92.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

258

Accepted Out of 280

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Life University was 92.1% (258 admissions from 280 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 61.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -37.9%, while admissions declined by -6.86%.

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SAT Scores

55%

Submission Percentage

62

Scores Submitted

55% of enrolled first-time students at Life University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Life University has a total enrollment of 2,692 students. The full-time enrollment at Life University is 2,285 students and the part-time enrollment is 407. This means that 84.9% of students enrolled at Life University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Life University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 53.8% White, 18.5% Black or African American, 14.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.57% Asian, 1.37% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Life University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (25%), followed by White Male (24.7%) and Black or African American Female (11.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (33.1%), followed by White Female (24.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.84%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

84.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Life University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,692 students. The full-time enrollment at Life University is 2,285 and the part-time enrollment is 407. This means that 84.9% of students enrolled at Life University are enrolled full-time compared with 70.8% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%

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 Life University was 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (71%), Life University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,449

  2. Black or African American

    498

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    396

The enrolled student population at Life University is 53.8% White, 18.5% Black or African American, 14.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.57% Asian, 1.37% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 45.5% White, 15.4% Black or African American, and 15.3% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2016, 31 fewer women than men received degrees from Life University. The majority of degree recipients at Life University are white (318 degrees awarded). There were 3.57 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (89 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Life University is General Biological Sciences (38 degrees awarded), followed by General Studies (18 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (17 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Life University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Health (424 degrees awarded), Biology (38 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (17 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 Life University are Registered nurses (1,381,170 people), Physicians & surgeons (579,011 people), Miscellaneous managers (311,416 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (299,594 people), and Postsecondary teachers (246,042 people).

The most specialized majors at Life University are Health (424 degrees awarded), Biology (38 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (17 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (9 degrees), and Psychology (15 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 Life University are Physicians & surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Radiation therapists, and Surveyors, cartographers, & photogrammetrists

The most specialized majors at Life University are Health (424 degrees awarded), Biology (38 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (17 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (9 degrees), and Psychology (15 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 Life University are Hospitals (2,125,138 people), Elementary & secondary schools (735,283 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (518,717 people), Outpatient care centers (419,790 people), and Offices of physicians (377,155 people).

The most specialized majors at Life University are Health (424 degrees awarded), Biology (38 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (17 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (9 degrees), and Psychology (15 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 Life University.

Most Common

  1. 38 degrees awarded

  2. 18 degrees awarded

  3. 17 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Life University was General Biological Sciences with 38 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 281

  2. 250

In 2016, 281 degrees were awarded to men at Life University, which is 1.12 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (250).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 207 degrees were awarded to men at Life University in Chiropractic, which is 1.21 times more than the 171 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 171 degrees were awarded to women at Life University in Chiropractic, which is 0.826 times less than the 207 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

23%

100% Completion Time

28%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 23% of students graduating from Life University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 28% 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.

Hispanic or Latino Male

Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Life University is Male and Hispanic or Latino (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, 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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    318 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    89 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    64 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Life University is white (318 degrees awarded). There were 3.57 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (89 degrees).

3.77% of degree recipients (20 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    190 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    128 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    64 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Life University is white male (190 degrees awarded). There were 1.48 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (128 degrees).

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Operations

Life 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 $277k (N/A%), compared to the 0.512% average return ($49.1k on $9.59M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2015, Life University had a total expenditure of $61.3M. Of that $61.3M, they spent $29.7M on salaries and $61.3M on benefits.

Life University employs 71 Assistant professors, 31 Associate professors, and 27 Professors. Most academics at Life University are Female Assistant professors (42), Male Assistant professors(29), and Male Associate professors (21).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Life University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 141 employees, Management, with 86 employees, and Healthcare Practioners and Technical with 18 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2015 Endowment

0%

growth from 2014

Life University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Life University stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $N/A approximately the same as than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $796k - Federal

  2. $122k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Life University received $796k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $122k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$29.7M

Salary Expenditure

$61.3M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Life University had a total expenditure of $61.3M. Of that $61.3M, they spent $29.7M on salaries and $61.3M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$29.7M

2015 Salaries

8.39%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Life University paid a median of $29.7M in salaries, which represents 48.6% of their overall expenditure ($61.3M) and a 8.39% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.08% growth from 2013 and a 8.36% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.52M (38.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.68M

Instructional Salaries

133

Number of Employees

In 2015, Life University paid a total of $9.68M to 133 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $639k (25.3%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

71 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

141 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Life University were Assistant professor with 71 employees; Associate professor with 31 employees; and Associate professor with 27 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Life University were Office and Administrative Support with 141 employees; Management with 86 employees; and Healthcare Practioners and Technical with 18 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Life University was Female Assistant professor with 42 employees, Male Assistant professor with 29 employees, and Male Associate professor with 21 employees.

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