Valdosta State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,181

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$14,573

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

8.33%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

65.1%

5,108 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

11,375

70.4% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

36.2%

912 Graduates

About

Valdosta State University is a higher education institution located in Lowndes County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Valdosta State University were General Psychology (127 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (120 degrees), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (92 degrees).

In 2016, 2,466 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Valdosta State University. 66.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,516 degrees), 2.18 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (694 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Valdosta State University is $4,181, which is $-21,675 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Valdosta State University is $4,181, which is $-21,675 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,573.

In 2016, 70% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 63% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,181

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Valdosta State University was $4,181. The cost of tuition at Valdosta State University is $-21,675 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$14,573

2016 Value

10.8%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Valdosta State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,573. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Valdosta State University grew by 10.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,798

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Valdosta State University was of $8,798 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.17% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

70%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

63%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

70% of undergraduate students at Valdosta State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, when 70% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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8.33%

2015 Default Rate

307

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Valdosta State University was 8.33%, which represents 307 out of the 3684 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

Valdosta State University received 5,108 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 8.2% annual decline. Out of those 5,108 applicants, 3,327 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 65.1% acceptance rate.

There were 11,375 students enrolled at Valdosta State University in 2016, and 68% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Valdosta State University has an overall enrollment yield of 42.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

65.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

3,327

Accepted Out of 5,108

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Valdosta State University was 65.1% (3,327 admissions from 5,108 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 50.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -8.2%, while admissions grew by 18.6%.

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SAT Scores

68%

Submission Percentage

991

Scores Submitted

68% of enrolled first-time students at Valdosta State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Valdosta State University has a total enrollment of 11,375 students. The full-time enrollment at Valdosta State University is 8,012 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,363. This means that 70.4% of students enrolled at Valdosta State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Valdosta State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 53.2% White, 34% Black or African American, 4.93% Hispanic or Latino, 3.25% Two or More Races, 1.26% Asian, 0.237% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.044% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Valdosta State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (28.7%), followed by Black or African American Female (23.4%) and White Male (19%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (48.7%), followed by Black or African American Female (21%) and White Male (15.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Valdosta State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,375 students. The full-time enrollment at Valdosta State University is 8,012 and the part-time enrollment is 3,363. This means that 70.4% of students enrolled at Valdosta State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%

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 Valdosta State University was 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Valdosta State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,051

  2. Black or African American

    3,871

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    561

The enrolled student population at Valdosta State University is 53.2% White, 34% Black or African American, 4.93% Hispanic or Latino, 3.25% Two or More Races, 1.26% Asian, 0.237% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.044% 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 Doctoral Universities is 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 47 students (0.413%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 826 more women than men received degrees from Valdosta State University. The majority of degree recipients at Valdosta State University are white (1,516 degrees awarded). There were 2.18 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (694 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Valdosta State University is General Psychology (127 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (120 degrees) and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (92 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Valdosta State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (49 degrees awarded), Education (550 degrees), and Communications (159 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 Valdosta State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,921,421 people), Secondary school teachers (315,437 people), Education administrators (278,474 people), Miscellaneous managers (230,827 people), and Social workers (216,068 people).

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (49 degrees awarded), Education (550 degrees), Communications (159 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (104 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (69 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Public relations specialists, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians & surgeons, Financial analysts, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (49 degrees awarded), Education (550 degrees), Communications (159 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (104 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (69 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 Valdosta State University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,875,530 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (326,318 people), Hospitals (249,712 people), Individual & family services (157,057 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (148,258 people).

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (49 degrees awarded), Education (550 degrees), Communications (159 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (104 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (69 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 127 degrees awarded

  2. 120 degrees awarded

  3. 92 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Valdosta State University was General Psychology with 127 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 820

  2. 1,646

In 2016, 820 degrees were awarded to men at Valdosta State University, which is 0.498 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,646).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 70 degrees were awarded to men at Valdosta State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.37 times more than the 51 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 119 degrees were awarded to women at Valdosta State University in General Psychology, which is 4.1 times more than the 29 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%

100% Completion Time

39%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 16% of students graduating from Valdosta State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 39% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 41% 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 (77.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Valdosta State University is Female and Asian (77.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral 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, 1.21% of graduates (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,516 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    694 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    92 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Valdosta State University is white (1,516 degrees awarded). There were 2.18 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (694 degrees).

0.284% of degree recipients (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    985 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    531 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    491 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Valdosta State University is white female (985 degrees awarded). There were 1.85 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (531 degrees).

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Operations

Valdosta State University has an endowment valued at nearly $36.9M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $202k (0.547%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Valdosta State University had a total expenditure of $183M. Of that $183M, they spent $77M on salaries and $183M on benefits.

Valdosta State University employs 128 Professors, 106 Associate professors, and 104 Assistant professors. Most academics at Valdosta State University are Male Professors (80), Male Associate professors(57), and Female Assistant professors (54).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valdosta State University are: Management, with 149 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 149 employees, and Service with 141 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$36.9M

2015 Endowment

3.96%

growth from 2014

Valdosta State University has an endowment valued at about $36.9M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Valdosta State University grew 3.96% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $234M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.45M - Federal

  2. $790k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Valdosta State University received $1.45M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $790k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$77M

Salary Expenditure

$183M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Valdosta State University had a total expenditure of $183M. Of that $183M, they spent $77M on salaries and $183M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$77M

2015 Salaries

0.93%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Valdosta State University paid a median of $77M in salaries, which represents 42.1% of their overall expenditure ($183M) and a 0.93% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.38% growth from 2013 and a 2.11% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$29.2M

Instructional Salaries

471

Number of Employees

In 2015, Valdosta State University paid a total of $29.2M to 471 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

128 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

149 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Valdosta State University were Professor with 128 employees; Associate professor with 106 employees; and Associate professor with 104 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valdosta State University were Management with 149 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 149 employees; and Service with 141 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 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Valdosta State University was Male Professor with 80 employees, Male Associate professor with 57 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 54 employees.

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

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