University of West Alabama

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$7,286

1.99% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$13,545

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

7.89%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

53.1%

1,032 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

3,986

89.6% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

29.3%

75 Graduates

About

University of West Alabama is a higher education institution located in Sumter County, AL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of West Alabama were Other Multidisciplinary Studies (43 degrees awarded), Teacher Education (25 degrees), and Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (25 degrees).

In 2016, 979 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of West Alabama. 76% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 24% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (531 degrees), 1.59 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (335 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of West Alabama is $7,286, which is $-12,874 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of West Alabama is $7,286, which is $-12,874 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 $13,545.

In 2016, 71% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 68% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,286

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at University of West Alabama was $7,286. The cost of tuition at University of West Alabama is $-12,874 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$13,545

2016 Value

5.13%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 University of West Alabama had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,545. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of University of West Alabama grew by 5.13%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,455

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of West Alabama was of $6,455 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board decreased by 2.46% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 7.14% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

71%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

68%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

71% of undergraduate students at University of West Alabama received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 2.74% with respect to 2015, when 73% 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.

7.89%

2015 Default Rate

149

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at University of West Alabama was 7.89%, which represents 149 out of the 1889 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

University of West Alabama received 1,032 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 13.6% annual decline. Out of those 1,032 applicants, 548 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 53.1% acceptance rate.

There were 3,986 students enrolled at University of West Alabama in 2016, and 3% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of West Alabama has an overall enrollment yield of 68.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

53.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

548

Accepted Out of 1,032

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of West Alabama was 53.1% (548 admissions from 1,032 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 73.5%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -13.6%, while admissions declined by -37.6%.

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SAT Scores

3%

Submission Percentage

12

Scores Submitted

3% of enrolled first-time students at University of West Alabama in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of West Alabama has a total enrollment of 3,986 students. The full-time enrollment at University of West Alabama is 3,570 students and the part-time enrollment is 416. This means that 89.6% of students enrolled at University of West Alabama are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of West Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49.5% White, 38% Black or African American, 1.46% Two or More Races, 1.35% Hispanic or Latino, 0.502% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.226% Asian, and 0.0753% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of West Alabama in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (24.9%), followed by Black or African American Female (23.3%) and White Male (20.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (45.7%), followed by Black or African American Female (28.2%) and White Male (8.87%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

89.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of West Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,986 students. The full-time enrollment at University of West Alabama is 3,570 and the part-time enrollment is 416. This means that 89.6% of students enrolled at University of West Alabama 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 University of West Alabama was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), University of West Alabama had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,972

  2. Black or African American

    1,515

  3. Two or More Races

    58

The enrolled student population at University of West Alabama is 49.5% White, 38% Black or African American, 1.46% Two or More Races, 1.35% Hispanic or Latino, 0.502% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.226% Asian, and 0.0753% 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 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, 182 students (4.57%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 509 more women than men received degrees from University of West Alabama. The majority of degree recipients at University of West Alabama are white (531 degrees awarded). There were 1.59 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (335 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of West Alabama is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (43 degrees awarded), followed by Teacher Education (25 degrees) and Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (25 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of West Alabama, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (714 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (45 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (19 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 University of West Alabama are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,036,651 people), Secondary school teachers (374,676 people), Education administrators (289,253 people), Postsecondary teachers (220,036 people), and Miscellaneous managers (206,654 people).

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama are Education (714 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (45 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (19 degrees), Math & Statistics (10 degrees), and English (8 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 University of West Alabama are Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Dentists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama are Education (714 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (45 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (19 degrees), Math & Statistics (10 degrees), and English (8 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 University of West Alabama are Elementary & secondary schools (3,036,664 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (421,602 people), Hospitals (285,780 people), Computer Systems Design (158,648 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (152,734 people).

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama are Education (714 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (45 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (19 degrees), Math & Statistics (10 degrees), and English (8 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 University of West Alabama.

Most Common

  1. 43 degrees awarded

  2. 25 degrees awarded

  3. 25 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of West Alabama was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 43 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 235

  2. 744

In 2016, 235 degrees were awarded to men at University of West Alabama, which is 0.316 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (744).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 39 degrees were awarded to men at University of West Alabama in Physical Education Teaching & Coaching, which is 3.55 times more than the 11 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 133 degrees were awarded to women at University of West Alabama in School Counseling & Guidance Services, which is 16.6 times more than the 8 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

20%

100% Completion Time

35%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 20% of students graduating from University of West Alabama completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 35% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 36% 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 (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of West Alabama is Female and Asian (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

    531 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    335 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    22 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of West Alabama is white (531 degrees awarded). There were 1.59 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (335 degrees).

2.25% of degree recipients (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    400 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Female

    264 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    131 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of West Alabama is white female (400 degrees awarded). There were 1.52 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (264 degrees).

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Operations

University of West Alabama has an endowment valued at nearly $423k, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $17.3k (4.09%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, University of West Alabama had a total expenditure of $58.5M. Of that $58.5M, they spent $17.4M on salaries and $58.5M on benefits.

University of West Alabama employs 41 Assistant professors, 34 Associate professors, and 21 Instructors. Most academics at University of West Alabama are Female Assistant professors (25), Female Associate professors(17), and Male Associate professors (17).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of West Alabama are: Office and Administrative Support, with 64 employees, Service, with 56 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 53 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$423k

2015 Endowment

6.71%

growth from 2014

University of West Alabama has an endowment valued at about $423k, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of University of West Alabama grew 6.71% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $28.4M 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: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.71M - Federal

  2. $294k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, University of West Alabama received $2.71M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $294k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$17.4M

Salary Expenditure

$58.5M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, University of West Alabama had a total expenditure of $58.5M. Of that $58.5M, they spent $17.4M on salaries and $58.5M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at University of West Alabama as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$17.4M

2015 Salaries

11.3%

growth from 2014

In 2015, University of West Alabama paid a median of $17.4M in salaries, which represents 29.8% of their overall expenditure ($58.5M) and a 11.3% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 13.6% growth from 2013 and a 38.1% decline from 2012.

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

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Instructional Salaries

$6.98M

Instructional Salaries

121

Number of Employees

In 2015, University of West Alabama paid a total of $6.98M to 121 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.1% 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

41 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

64 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of West Alabama were Assistant professor with 41 employees; Associate professor with 34 employees; and Associate professor with 21 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of West Alabama were Office and Administrative Support with 64 employees; Service with 56 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 53 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Female Associate professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of West Alabama was Female Assistant professor with 25 employees, Female Associate professor with 17 employees, and Male Associate professor with 17 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of West Alabama.

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