Valdosta State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,371
2.51% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$13,502
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
8.84%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
57.2%
7,563 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
11,270
67.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
41.9%
804 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 Registered Nursing (118 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (104 degrees), and General Psychology (102 degrees).

In 2019, 2,447 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Valdosta State University. 69.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 30.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,431 degrees), 2.12 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (674 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Valdosta State University is $4,371, which is $−24,129 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Valdosta State University is $4,371, which is $−24,129 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,502.

In 2019, 78% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 60% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,371
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Valdosta State University was $4,371. The cost of tuition at Valdosta State University is $−24,129 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$13,502
2019 Value
0.939%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Valdosta State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,502. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Valdosta State University grew by 0.939%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,383
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Valdosta State University was of $8,383 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board decreased by 4.47% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
60%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

78% of undergraduate students at Valdosta State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.3% with respect to 2018, when 77% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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8.84%
2017 Default Rate
314
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Valdosta State University was 8.84%, which represents 314 out of the 3552 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 7,563 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 15.3% annual growth. Out of those 7,563 applicants, 4,324 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 57.2% acceptance rate.

There were 11,270 students enrolled at Valdosta State University in 2019, and 84% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Valdosta State University has an overall enrollment yield of 36.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

57.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
4,324
Accepted Out of 7,563

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Valdosta State University was 57.2% (4,324 admissions from 7,563 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 62.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 15.3%, while admissions grew by 5.33%.

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SAT Scores

84%
Submission Percentage
1,310
Scores Submitted

84% of enrolled first-time students at Valdosta State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Valdosta State University has a total enrollment of 11,270 students. The full-time enrollment at Valdosta State University is 7,577 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,693. This means that 67.2% of students enrolled at Valdosta State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Valdosta State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.4% White, 35.5% Black or African American, 6.64% Hispanic or Latino, 4.03% Two or More Races, 1.22% Asian, 0.213% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.124% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Valdosta State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (28%), followed by Black or African American Female (26.4%) and White Male (15.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (49.7%), followed by Black or African American Female (19.9%) and White Male (13.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Valdosta State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,270 students. The full-time enrollment at Valdosta State University is 7,577 and the part-time enrollment is 3,693. This means that 67.2% of students enrolled at Valdosta State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
2019 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 70%. 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
    5,675
  2. Black or African American
    4,002
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    748

The enrolled student population at Valdosta State University is 50.4% White, 35.5% Black or African American, 6.64% Hispanic or Latino, 4.03% Two or More Races, 1.22% Asian, 0.213% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.124% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 20 students (0.177%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 965 more women than men received degrees from Valdosta State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Valdosta State University is white (1,431 degrees awarded). There were 2.12 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (674 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Valdosta State University is Registered Nursing (118 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (104 degrees) and General Psychology (102 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 (90 degrees awarded), Education (646 degrees), and Communications (107 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 (1,530,661 people), Secondary school teachers (528,143 people), Education administrators (303,739 people), Other managers (239,422 people), and Special education teachers (215,269 people).

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (90 degrees awarded), Education (646 degrees), Communications (107 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (84 degrees), and History (26 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 Valdosta State University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Public relations specialists

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (90 degrees awarded), Education (646 degrees), Communications (107 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (84 degrees), and History (26 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 (2,908,057 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (386,850 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (188,032 people), Individual & family services (160,395 people), and Computer Systems Design (151,612 people).

The most specialized majors at Valdosta State University are Library Science (90 degrees awarded), Education (646 degrees), Communications (107 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (84 degrees), and History (26 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. 118 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 104 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 102 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Valdosta State University was Registered Nursing with 118 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

741
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,706
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 741 degrees were awarded to men at Valdosta State University, which is 0.434 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,706).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 83 degrees were awarded to men at Valdosta State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.66 times more than the 50 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 121 degrees were awarded to women at Valdosta State University in Speech-Language Pathology, which is 40.3 times more than the 3 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%
100% Completion Time
37%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 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, 37% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 39% 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 (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Valdosta State University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.498% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,431 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    674 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    147 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Valdosta State University is white (1,431 degrees awarded). There were 2.12 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (674 degrees).

0.409% of degree recipients (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    987 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    494 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    444 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Valdosta State University is white female (987 degrees awarded). There were 2 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (494 degrees).

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Operations

Valdosta State University has an endowment valued at nearly $51.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $834k (1.63%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Valdosta State University had a total salary expenditure of $180M. Valdosta State University employs 128 Professors, 109 Associate professors, and 85 Assistant professors. Most academics at Valdosta State University are Male Professors (80), Male Associate professors(57), and Female Associate professors (52).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valdosta State University are: Management, with 158 employees, Service, with 140 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 140 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$51.1M
2019 Endowment
2.77%
decline from 2018

Valdosta State University has an endowment valued at about $51.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Valdosta State University declined 2.77% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $260M 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. $1.46M - Federal
  2. $66k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Valdosta State University received $1.46M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $66k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$74.5M
2019 Salaries
0.103%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Valdosta State University paid a median of $74.5M in salaries, which represents 41.3% of their overall expenditure ($180M) and a 0.103% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.926% growth from 2017 and a 1.54% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$28.7M
Instructional Salaries
416
Number of Employees

In 2019, Valdosta State University paid a total of $28.7M to 416 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) 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
158 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Valdosta State University were Professor with 128 employees; Associate professor with 109 employees; and Associate professor with 85 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valdosta State University were Management with 158 employees; Service with 140 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 140 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 2019, 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 Associate professor with 52 employees.

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

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