Walden University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$10,139
2.77% growth from 2019
2018 Student Loan
4.7%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
49,695
41.5% Full-Time

About

Walden University is a higher education institution located in Hennepin County, MN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Walden University were Registered Nursing (892 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (168 degrees), and General Psychology (124 degrees).

In 2020, 13,053 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Walden University. 82.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 17.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,722 degrees), 1.3 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4412 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Walden University is $10,139, which is $−18,490 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Walden University is $10,139, which is $−18,490 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $0.

In 2020, 44% of undergraduate students attending Walden University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 40% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,139
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Walden University was $10,139. The cost of tuition at Walden University is $−18,490 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$0
2020 Value

In 2020 Walden University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $0. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Walden University grew by 0%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,119
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Walden University was of $9,119 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 0.22% 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

44%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
40%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

44% of undergraduate students at Walden University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 15.8% with respect to 2019, when 38% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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4.7%
2018 Default Rate
1011
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Walden University was 4.7%, which represents 1011 out of the 21497 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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Enrollment

Walden University has a total enrollment of 49,695 students. The full-time enrollment at Walden University is 20,615 students and the part-time enrollment is 29,080. This means that 41.5% of students enrolled at Walden University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Walden University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 38.6% Black or African American, 37.2% White, 6.94% Hispanic or Latino, 3.43% Asian, 1.6% Two or More Races, 0.376% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.225% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Walden University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.3%), followed by Black or African American Female (20.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.38%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (33.2%), followed by White Female (30.7%) and Black or African American Male (7.22%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

41.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Walden University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49,695 students. The full-time enrollment at Walden University is 20,615 and the part-time enrollment is 29,080. This means that 41.5% of students enrolled at Walden University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

33%
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 Walden University was 33%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Walden University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    19,160
  2. White
    18,467
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,450

The enrolled student population at Walden University is 38.6% Black or African American, 37.2% White, 6.94% Hispanic or Latino, 3.43% Asian, 1.6% Two or More Races, 0.376% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.225% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% 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, 4,953 students (9.97%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 8425 more women than men received degrees from Walden University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Walden University is white (5,722 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4412 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Walden University is Registered Nursing (892 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (168 degrees) and General Psychology (124 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Walden University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Public Administration and Social Service (1,526 degrees awarded), Health (6,526 degrees), and Education (2,053 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 Walden University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,831,337 people), Registered nurses (1,394,579 people), Secondary school teachers (393,314 people), Education administrators (311,582 people), and Social workers, all other (296,450 people).

The most specialized majors at Walden University are Public Administration and Social Service (1,526 degrees awarded), Health (6,526 degrees), Education (2,053 degrees), Psychology (1,079 degrees), and Protective Services (278 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 Walden University are Surgeons, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Podiatrists, and Public relations specialists

The most specialized majors at Walden University are Public Administration and Social Service (1,526 degrees awarded), Health (6,526 degrees), Education (2,053 degrees), Psychology (1,079 degrees), and Protective Services (278 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 Walden University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,189,136 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,732,415 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (484,896 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (439,806 people), and Outpatient care centers (418,000 people).

The most specialized majors at Walden University are Public Administration and Social Service (1,526 degrees awarded), Health (6,526 degrees), Education (2,053 degrees), Psychology (1,079 degrees), and Protective Services (278 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 Walden University.
Most Common
  1. 892 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 168 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 124 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Walden University was Registered Nursing with 892 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,314
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
10,739
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,314 degrees were awarded to men at Walden University, which is 0.215 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (10,739).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 633 degrees were awarded to men at Walden University in Registered Nursing, which is 0.145 times less than the 4365 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 4365 degrees were awarded to women at Walden University in Registered Nursing, which is 6.9 times more than the 633 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

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N/A
Highest Graduation Rate (N/A%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Walden University is N/A and N/A (N/A% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, 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, N/A% of graduates (N/A students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,722 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    4,412 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    1,362 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Walden University is white (5,722 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4412 degrees).

10.4% of degree recipients (1,362 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    4,802 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    3,635 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    920 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Walden University is white female (4,802 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (3,635 degrees).

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Operations

Walden University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $33.4M (NaNM%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Walden University had a total salary expenditure of $488M. Walden University employs 233 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Walden University are Female No academic ranks (162), Male No academic ranks(71), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Walden University are: Management, with 463 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 301 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 222 employees.

Finances

Endowment

0%
growth from 2019

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Walden University received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$153M
2020 Salaries
0.198%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Walden University paid a median of $153M in salaries, which represents 31.3% of their overall expenditure ($488M) and a 0.198% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 8.29% growth from 2018 and a 12% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20.1M
Instructional Salaries
233
Number of Employees

In 2020, Walden University paid a total of $20.1M to 233 employees working as instructors, which represents 13.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
233 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
463 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Walden University were No academic rank with 233 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Walden University were Management with 463 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 301 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 222 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Walden University was Female No academic rank with 162 employees, and Male No academic rank with 71 employees.

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