Valdosta State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,264

1.99% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$13,978

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

8.55%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

74.2%

5,303 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

11,341

70.3% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

36.8%

814 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 (128 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (110 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (97 degrees).

In 2017, 2,607 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Valdosta State University. 65.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,616 degrees), 2.28 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (710 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Valdosta State University is $4,264, which is $-22,236 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Valdosta State University is $4,264, which is $-22,236 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,978.

In 2017, 68% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 63% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,264

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Valdosta State University was $4,264. The cost of tuition at Valdosta State University is $-22,236 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$13,978

2017 Value

4.08%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Valdosta State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,978. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Valdosta State University grew by 4.08%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,847

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Valdosta State University was of $8,847 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 0.557% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

68%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

63%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

68% of undergraduate students at Valdosta State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 2.86% with respect to 2016, when 70% 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.

8.55%

2016 Default Rate

309

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Valdosta State University was 8.55%, which represents 309 out of the 3616 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 5,303 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 3.82% annual growth. Out of those 5,303 applicants, 3,933 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 74.2% acceptance rate.

There were 11,341 students enrolled at Valdosta State University in 2017, and 69% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Valdosta State University has an overall enrollment yield of 40.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

74.2%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

3,933

Accepted Out of 5,303

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Valdosta State University was 74.2% (3,933 admissions from 5,303 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 65.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 3.82%, while admissions grew by 18.2%.

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SAT Scores

69%

Submission Percentage

1,115

Scores Submitted

69% of enrolled first-time students at Valdosta State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Valdosta State University has a total enrollment of 11,341 students. The full-time enrollment at Valdosta State University is 7,977 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,364. This means that 70.3% of students enrolled at Valdosta State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Valdosta State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52.1% White, 34.8% Black or African American, 5.63% Hispanic or Latino, 3.45% Two or More Races, 1.2% Asian, 0.256% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0529% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Valdosta State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (29.2%), followed by Black or African American Female (24%) and White Male (17.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (53.3%), followed by Black or African American Female (19.7%) and White Male (12.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Valdosta State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,341 students. The full-time enrollment at Valdosta State University is 7,977 and the part-time enrollment is 3,364. This means that 70.3% of students enrolled at Valdosta State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

69%

2017 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 69%. 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

    5,913

  2. Black or African American

    3,948

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    639

The enrolled student population at Valdosta State University is 52.1% White, 34.8% Black or African American, 5.63% Hispanic or Latino, 3.45% Two or More Races, 1.2% Asian, 0.256% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0529% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 41 students (0.362%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 825 more women than men received degrees from Valdosta State University. The majority of degree recipients at Valdosta State University are white (1,616 degrees awarded). There were 2.28 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (710 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Valdosta State University is General Psychology (128 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (110 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (97 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 (71 degrees awarded), Education (648 degrees), and Communications (136 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 (1,922,755 people), Secondary school teachers (314,099 people), Education administrators (277,127 people), Social workers, all other (194,390 people), and Other managers (192,820 people).

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (71 degrees awarded), Education (648 degrees), Communications (136 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (104 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (34 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 Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Dentists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Sales engineers

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (71 degrees awarded), Education (648 degrees), Communications (136 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (104 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (34 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 (2,859,703 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (349,630 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (199,906 people), Individual & family services (146,215 people), and Computer Systems Design (121,804 people).

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (71 degrees awarded), Education (648 degrees), Communications (136 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (104 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (34 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 Valdosta State University.

Most Common

  1. 128 degrees awarded

  2. 110 degrees awarded

  3. 97 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Valdosta State University was General Psychology with 128 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 891

  2. 1,716

In 2017, 891 degrees were awarded to men at Valdosta State University, which is 0.519 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,716).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 72 degrees were awarded to men at Valdosta State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.47 times more than the 49 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 118 degrees were awarded to women at Valdosta State University in Speech-Language Pathology, which is 29.5 times more than the 4 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

15%

100% Completion Time

36%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 15% of students graduating from Valdosta State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 36% 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 Male

Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Valdosta State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (50% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.47% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,616 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    710 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    95 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Valdosta State University is white (1,616 degrees awarded). There were 2.28 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (710 degrees).

0.422% of degree recipients (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,065 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    551 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    485 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Valdosta State University is white female (1,065 degrees awarded). There were 1.93 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (551 degrees).

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Operations

Valdosta State University has an endowment valued at nearly $45.3M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $953k (2.1%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Valdosta State University had a total salary expenditure of $182M. Valdosta State University employs 129 Professors, 112 Associate professors, and 92 Assistant professors. Most academics at Valdosta State University are Male Professors (81), Male Associate professors(60), and Female Associate professors (52).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valdosta State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 151 employees, Management, with 147 employees, and Service with 144 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$45.3M

2017 Endowment

14.8%

growth from 2016

Valdosta State University has an endowment valued at about $45.3M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Valdosta State University grew 14.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $241M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral 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 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.34M - Federal

  2. $630k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Valdosta State University received $1.34M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $630k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$73.9M

2017 Salaries

1.54%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Valdosta State University paid a median of $73.9M in salaries, which represents 40.6% of their overall expenditure ($182M) and a 1.54% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.46% decline from 2015 and a 0.93% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$28.5M

Instructional Salaries

421

Number of Employees

In 2017, Valdosta State University paid a total of $28.5M to 421 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

129 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

151 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Valdosta State University were Professor with 129 employees; Associate professor with 112 employees; and Associate professor with 92 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valdosta State University were Office and Administrative Support with 151 employees; Management with 147 employees; and Service with 144 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Valdosta State University was Male Professor with 81 employees, Male Associate professor with 60 employees, and Female Associate professor with 52 employees.

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

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