Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$6,690

2.76% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$11,428

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

15.8%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

69.1%

3,460 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

4,771

72.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

34.5%

195 Graduates

About

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is a higher education institution located in Columbia County, AR. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus were General Business (69 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (55 degrees), and General Psychology (34 degrees).

In 2016, 880 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. 57.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (516 degrees), 3.29 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (157 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $6,690, which is $-13,470 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $6,690, which is $-13,470 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,428.

In 2016, 84% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,690

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was $6,690. The cost of tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $-13,470 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$11,428

2016 Value

0.519%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,428. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus grew by 0.519%.

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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

$6,601

Room and Board

$1,600

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was of $6,601 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of room and board increased by 4.59% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 6.67% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

84%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

50%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

84% of undergraduate students at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, when 84% 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.

15.8%

2015 Default Rate

147

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was 15.8%, which represents 147 out of the 932 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

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus received 3,460 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 20.3% annual growth. Out of those 3,460 applicants, 2,392 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 69.1% acceptance rate.

There were 4,771 students enrolled at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in 2016, and 3% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has an overall enrollment yield of 35.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

69.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

2,392

Accepted Out of 3,460

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was 69.1% (2,392 admissions from 3,460 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 67.5%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 20.3%, while admissions grew by 23.3%.

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SAT Scores

3%

Submission Percentage

25

Scores Submitted

3% of enrolled first-time students at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has a total enrollment of 4,771 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 3,439 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,332. This means that 72.1% of students enrolled at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, both undergraduate and graduate, is 51% White, 20.5% Black or African American, 2.22% Hispanic or Latino, 0.65% Asian, 0.566% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.482% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.21% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (34.6%), followed by White Male (29.4%) and Black or African American Female (15.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (3.64%), followed by White Male (1.32%) and Black or African American Female (1.32%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

72.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,771 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 3,439 and the part-time enrollment is 1,332. This means that 72.1% of students enrolled at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%

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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Southern Arkansas University Main Campus had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,434

  2. Black or African American

    976

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    106

The enrolled student population at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 51% White, 20.5% Black or African American, 2.22% Hispanic or Latino, 0.65% Asian, 0.566% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.482% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.21% Two or More Races. 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 7 students (0.147%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 138 more women than men received degrees from Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. The majority of degree recipients at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are white (516 degrees awarded). There were 3.29 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (157 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is General Business (69 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (55 degrees) and General Psychology (34 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (36 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (152 degrees), and Physical Sciences (36 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,883,615 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (455,679 people), Secondary school teachers (323,200 people), Miscellaneous managers (293,824 people), and Education administrators (256,756 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Agriculture (36 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (152 degrees), Physical Sciences (36 degrees), Education (122 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (21 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Dentists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Agriculture (36 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (152 degrees), Physical Sciences (36 degrees), Education (122 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (21 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Elementary & secondary schools (2,782,224 people), Computer Systems Design (554,210 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (415,512 people), Hospitals (270,637 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (167,217 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Agriculture (36 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (152 degrees), Physical Sciences (36 degrees), Education (122 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (21 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

Most Common

  1. 69 degrees awarded

  2. 55 degrees awarded

  3. 34 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was General Business with 69 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 371

  2. 509

In 2016, 371 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, which is 0.729 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (509).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 124 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 4.43 times more than the 28 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 79 degrees were awarded to women at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in General Studies, which is 2.14 times more than the 37 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%

100% Completion Time

32%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 18% of students graduating from Southern Arkansas University Main Campus completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 32% 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.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 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 (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

    516 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    157 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    18 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is white (516 degrees awarded). There were 3.29 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (157 degrees).

0.568% of degree recipients (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    336 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    180 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    108 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is white female (336 degrees awarded). There were 1.87 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (180 degrees).

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Operations

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has an endowment valued at nearly $3.56M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $96.8k (2.72%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus had a total expenditure of $51.8M. Of that $51.8M, they spent $23.6M on salaries and $51.8M on benefits.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus employs 60 Assistant professors, 46 Associate professors, and 39 Instructors. Most academics at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are Female Assistant professors (33), Male Associate professors(27), and Male Assistant professors (27).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are: Office and Administrative Support, with 63 employees, Management, with 37 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 37 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.56M

2015 Endowment

1.41%

growth from 2014

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has an endowment valued at about $3.56M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus grew 1.41% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $25.3M 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. $2.71M - Federal

  2. $535k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus received $2.71M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $535k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$23.6M

Salary Expenditure

$51.8M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus had a total expenditure of $51.8M. Of that $51.8M, they spent $23.6M on salaries and $51.8M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$23.6M

2015 Salaries

6.67%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus paid a median of $23.6M in salaries, which represents 45.5% of their overall expenditure ($51.8M) and a 6.67% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.231% growth from 2013 and a 10.8% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.63M

Instructional Salaries

161

Number of Employees

In 2015, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus paid a total of $9.63M to 161 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

60 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

63 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus were Assistant professor with 60 employees; Associate professor with 46 employees; and Associate professor with 39 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus were Office and Administrative Support with 63 employees; Management with 37 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 37 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus was Female Assistant professor with 33 employees, Male Associate professor with 27 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 27 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

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