Western Connecticut State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,216

4.99% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$17,422

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

5.84%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

66.8%

5,484 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

5,721

73.3% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

45.7%

435 Graduates

About

Western Connecticut State University is a higher education institution located in Fairfield County, CT. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western Connecticut State University were Criminal Justice - Police Science (144 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (95 degrees), and General Psychology (94 degrees).

In 2016, 1,238 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Connecticut State University. 58.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (875 degrees), 4.97 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (176 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Connecticut State University is $5,216, which is $-14,944 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Connecticut State University is $5,216, which is $-14,944 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 $17,422.

In 2016, 52% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 55% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,216

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Western Connecticut State University was $5,216. The cost of tuition at Western Connecticut State University is $-14,944 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$17,422

2016 Value

2.93%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Western Connecticut State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,422. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Western Connecticut State University grew by 2.93%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,738

Room and Board

$1,300

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Connecticut State University was of $11,738 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 3.78% 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

52%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

55%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

52% of undergraduate students at Western Connecticut State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 10.3% with respect to 2015, when 58% 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.

5.84%

2015 Default Rate

80

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Western Connecticut State University was 5.84%, which represents 80 out of the 1369 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

Western Connecticut State University received 5,484 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.76% annual growth. Out of those 5,484 applicants, 3,665 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 66.8% acceptance rate.

There were 5,721 students enrolled at Western Connecticut State University in 2016, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Connecticut State University has an overall enrollment yield of 22.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

66.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

3,665

Accepted Out of 5,484

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Connecticut State University was 66.8% (3,665 admissions from 5,484 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 57.3%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 4.76%, while admissions grew by 22.2%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

N/A

Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Western Connecticut State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Connecticut State University has a total enrollment of 5,721 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Connecticut State University is 4,195 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,526. This means that 73.3% of students enrolled at Western Connecticut State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Connecticut State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.7% White, 16.9% Hispanic or Latino, 10.9% Black or African American, 4.11% Asian, 2.81% Two or More Races, 0.14% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.105% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Connecticut State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (30.6%), followed by White Female (29.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (59.5%), followed by White Male (20.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.06%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

73.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Connecticut State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,721 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Connecticut State University is 4,195 and the part-time enrollment is 1,526. This means that 73.3% of students enrolled at Western Connecticut State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

73%

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 Western Connecticut State University was 73%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Western Connecticut 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

    3,530

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    965

  3. Black or African American

    626

The enrolled student population at Western Connecticut State University is 61.7% White, 16.9% Hispanic or Latino, 10.9% Black or African American, 4.11% Asian, 2.81% Two or More Races, 0.14% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.105% 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, 178 students (3.11%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 212 more women than men received degrees from Western Connecticut State University. The majority of degree recipients at Western Connecticut State University are white (875 degrees awarded). There were 4.97 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (176 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Connecticut State University is Criminal Justice - Police Science (144 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (95 degrees) and General Psychology (94 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Connecticut State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are History (36 degrees awarded), Protective Services (144 degrees), and English (53 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 Western Connecticut State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (381,389 people), Miscellaneous managers (336,515 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (257,358 people), Counselors (213,840 people), and Postsecondary teachers (188,853 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Connecticut State University are History (36 degrees awarded), Protective Services (144 degrees), English (53 degrees), Communications (96 degrees), and Psychology (108 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 Western Connecticut State University are Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Dentists, and Personal financial advisors

The most specialized majors at Western Connecticut State University are History (36 degrees awarded), Protective Services (144 degrees), English (53 degrees), Communications (96 degrees), and Psychology (108 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 Western Connecticut State University are Elementary & secondary schools (791,446 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (456,940 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (442,533 people), Hospitals (304,746 people), and Legal services (236,851 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Connecticut State University are History (36 degrees awarded), Protective Services (144 degrees), English (53 degrees), Communications (96 degrees), and Psychology (108 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 Western Connecticut State University.

Most Common

  1. 144 degrees awarded

  2. 95 degrees awarded

  3. 94 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Connecticut State University was Criminal Justice - Police Science with 144 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 513

  2. 725

In 2016, 513 degrees were awarded to men at Western Connecticut State University, which is 0.708 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (725).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 83 degrees were awarded to men at Western Connecticut State University in Criminal Justice - Police Science, which is 1.36 times more than the 61 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 90 degrees were awarded to women at Western Connecticut State University in Registered Nursing, which is 18 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

20%

100% Completion Time

42%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 20% of students graduating from Western Connecticut State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 42% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 46% 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.

Two or More Races Female

Highest Graduation Rate (60%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Connecticut State University is Female and Two or More Races (60% 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, 8.05% of graduates (35 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    875 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    176 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    106 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Connecticut State University is white (875 degrees awarded). There were 4.97 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (176 degrees).

1.94% of degree recipients (24 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    504 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    371 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    107 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Connecticut State University is white female (504 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (371 degrees).

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Operations

Western Connecticut State University has an endowment valued at nearly $18.4M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $53k (0.288%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Western Connecticut State University had a total expenditure of $141M. Of that $141M, they spent $61.8M on salaries and $141M on benefits.

Western Connecticut State University employs 88 Professors, 66 Assistant professors, and 59 Associate professors. Most academics at Western Connecticut State University are Male Professors (51), Female Assistant professors(46), and Female Professors (37).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Connecticut State University are: Service, with 94 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 69 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 44 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$18.4M

2015 Endowment

24.5%

growth from 2014

Western Connecticut State University has an endowment valued at about $18.4M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Connecticut State University grew 24.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.4M 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: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Western Connecticut State 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

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$61.8M

Salary Expenditure

$141M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Western Connecticut State University had a total expenditure of $141M. Of that $141M, they spent $61.8M on salaries and $141M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Western Connecticut State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$61.8M

2015 Salaries

12.5%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Western Connecticut State University paid a median of $61.8M in salaries, which represents 43.8% of their overall expenditure ($141M) and a 12.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.7% growth from 2013 and a 1.11% 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

$19.7M

Instructional Salaries

209

Number of Employees

In 2015, Western Connecticut State University paid a total of $19.7M to 209 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.8% 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

Professor

Most Common Instructor

88 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

94 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Connecticut State University were Professor with 88 employees; Assistant professor with 66 employees; and Assistant professor with 59 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Connecticut State University were Service with 94 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 69 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 44 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Connecticut State University was Male Professor with 51 employees, Female Assistant professor with 46 employees, and Female Professor with 37 employees.

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

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