The University of the South

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$46,960
4.86% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$36,244
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.01%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
56.1%
4,191 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,800
97.4% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
80.3%
374 Graduates

About

The University of the South is a higher education institution located in Franklin County, TN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at The University of the South were General Economics (62 degrees awarded), General English Language & Literature (49 degrees), and General Psychology (41 degrees).

In 2020, 525 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of the South. 49.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (430 degrees), 18.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (23 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of the South is $46,960, which is $18,560 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of the South is $46,960, which is $18,560 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $36,244.

In 2020, 94% of undergraduate students attending The University of the South received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$46,960
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at The University of the South was $46,960. The cost of tuition at The University of the South is $18,560 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$36,244
2020 Value
3.64%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 The University of the South had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $36,244. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of The University of the South grew by 3.64%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,268
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of the South was of $13,268 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 3.01% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

94%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
53%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

94% of undergraduate students at The University of the South received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 2.17% with respect to 2019, when 92% 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.
2.01%
2018 Default Rate
5
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at The University of the South was 2.01%, which represents 5 out of the 249 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

The University of the South received 4,191 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 18.2% annual growth. Out of those 4,191 applicants, 2,350 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 56.1% acceptance rate.

There were 1,800 students enrolled at The University of the South in 2020, and 40% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

The University of the South has an overall enrollment yield of 20.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

56.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,350
Accepted Out of 4,191

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of the South was 56.1% (2,350 admissions from 4,191 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 66.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 18.2%, while admissions declined by −0.634%.

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SAT Scores

40%
Submission Percentage
196
Scores Submitted

40% of enrolled first-time students at The University of the South in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

The University of the South has a total enrollment of 1,800 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of the South is 1,754 students and the part-time enrollment is 46. This means that 97.4% of students enrolled at The University of the South are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at The University of the South, both undergraduate and graduate, is 81.6% White, 5.56% Hispanic or Latino, 4.33% Black or African American, 2.89% Two or More Races, 1.22% Asian, 0.0556% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at The University of the South in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.9%), followed by White Male (38.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.02%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (55.4%), followed by White Female (30.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.08%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of the South, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,800 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of the South is 1,754 and the part-time enrollment is 46. This means that 97.4% of students enrolled at The University of the South are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2020 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 The University of the South was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), The University of the South had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,469
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    100
  3. Black or African American
    78

The enrolled student population at The University of the South is 81.6% White, 5.56% Hispanic or Latino, 4.33% Black or African American, 2.89% Two or More Races, 1.22% Asian, 0.0556% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% 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 Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2020, 7 fewer women than men received degrees from The University of the South. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at The University of the South is white (430 degrees awarded). There were 18.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (23 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of the South is General Economics (62 degrees awarded), followed by General English Language & Literature (49 degrees) and General Psychology (41 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at The University of the South, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (37 degrees awarded), English (62 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (16 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 The University of the South are Elementary & middle school teachers (189,059 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (188,927 people), Postsecondary teachers (127,430 people), Other managers (125,107 people), and Clergy (123,795 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of the South are Theology (37 degrees awarded), English (62 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (16 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (28 degrees), and History (29 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 The University of the South are Surgeons, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Aerospace engineers, Computer hardware engineers, and Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other

The most specialized majors at The University of the South are Theology (37 degrees awarded), English (62 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (16 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (28 degrees), and History (29 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 The University of the South are Elementary & secondary schools (391,076 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (258,519 people), Legal services (151,649 people), Religious organizations (144,121 people), and Computer Systems Design (92,162 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of the South are Theology (37 degrees awarded), English (62 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (16 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (28 degrees), and History (29 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common
  1. 62 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 49 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 41 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of the South was General Economics with 62 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

266
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
259
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 266 degrees were awarded to men at The University of the South, which is 1.03 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (259).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 45 degrees were awarded to men at The University of the South in General Economics, which is 2.65 times more than the 17 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 33 degrees were awarded to women at The University of the South in General English Language & Literature, which is 1.43 times more than the 23 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

78%
100% Completion Time
84%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 78% of students graduating from The University of the South completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 84% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 84% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at The University of the South is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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
    430 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    23 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    18 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of the South is white (430 degrees awarded). There were 18.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (23 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    221 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    209 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    13 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at The University of the South is white male (221 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (209 degrees).

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Operations

The University of the South has an endowment valued at nearly $420M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $21.6M (5.15%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, The University of the South had a total salary expenditure of $108M. The University of the South employs 60 Assistant professors, 57 Professors, and 49 Associate professors. Most academics at The University of the South are Male Professors (33), Male Associate professors(32), and Male Assistant professors (32).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of the South are: Service, with 153 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 123 employees, and Management with 63 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$420M
2020 Endowment
2.63%
growth from 2019

The University of the South has an endowment valued at about $420M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of the South grew 2.63% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $380M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.58M - Federal
  2. $278k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, The University of the South received $1.58M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $278k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$45.8M
2020 Salaries
2.1%
growth from 2019

In 2020, The University of the South paid a median of $45.8M in salaries, which represents 42.4% of their overall expenditure ($108M) and a 2.1% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.19% decline from 2018 and a 4.75% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.5M
Instructional Salaries
170
Number of Employees

In 2020, The University of the South paid a total of $14.5M to 170 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
60 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
153 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of the South were Assistant professor with 60 employees; Professor with 57 employees; and Professor with 49 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of the South were Service with 153 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 123 employees; and Management with 63 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of the South was Male Professor with 33 employees, Male Associate professor with 32 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 32 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at The University of the South.

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