Western State Colorado University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$6,312

8.01% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$15,780

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

6.02%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

91.9%

2,191 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

2,908

76.2% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

45%

215 Graduates

About

Western State Colorado University is a higher education institution located in Gunnison County, CO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western State Colorado University were General Business Administration & Management (91 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (38 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (35 degrees).

In 2016, 490 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western State Colorado University. 41% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 59% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (357 degrees), 5.41 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (66 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western State Colorado University is $6,312, which is $-13,848 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western State Colorado University is $6,312, which is $-13,848 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 $15,780.

In 2016, 65% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 49% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,312

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Western State Colorado University was $6,312. The cost of tuition at Western State Colorado University is $-13,848 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$15,780

2016 Value

3.75%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Western State Colorado University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,780. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Western State Colorado University grew by 3.75%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,455

Room and Board

$1,300

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western State Colorado University was of $9,455 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 3.05% 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

65%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

49%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

65% of undergraduate students at Western State Colorado University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, when 65% 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.

6.02%

2015 Default Rate

33

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Western State Colorado University was 6.02%, which represents 33 out of the 548 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 State Colorado University received 2,191 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 34.3% annual growth. Out of those 2,191 applicants, 2,013 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 91.9% acceptance rate.

There were 2,908 students enrolled at Western State Colorado University in 2016, and 19% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western State Colorado University has an overall enrollment yield of 23.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

91.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

2,013

Accepted Out of 2,191

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western State Colorado University was 91.9% (2,013 admissions from 2,191 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 97.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 34.3%, while admissions grew by 26.4%.

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SAT Scores

19%

Submission Percentage

89

Scores Submitted

19% of enrolled first-time students at Western State Colorado University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western State Colorado University has a total enrollment of 2,908 students. The full-time enrollment at Western State Colorado University is 2,217 students and the part-time enrollment is 691. This means that 76.2% of students enrolled at Western State Colorado University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western State Colorado University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.2% White, 11.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.23% Two or More Races, 2.82% Black or African American, 0.791% Asian, 0.688% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.413% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western State Colorado University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (43.6%), followed by White Female (29.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.29%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (52.2%), followed by White Male (26.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.76%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western State Colorado University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,908 students. The full-time enrollment at Western State Colorado University is 2,217 and the part-time enrollment is 691. This means that 76.2% of students enrolled at Western State Colorado University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

69%

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 State Colorado University was 69%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Western State Colorado University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,041

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    344

  3. Two or More Races

    94

The enrolled student population at Western State Colorado University is 70.2% White, 11.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.23% Two or More Races, 2.82% Black or African American, 0.791% Asian, 0.688% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.413% 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, 280 students (9.63%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 88 fewer women than men received degrees from Western State Colorado University. The majority of degree recipients at Western State Colorado University are white (357 degrees awarded). There were 5.41 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (66 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western State Colorado University is General Business Administration & Management (91 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (38 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (35 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Western State Colorado University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Natural Resources & Conservation (55 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (63 degrees), and Physical Sciences (23 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Physicians & surgeons (467,020 people), Miscellaneous managers (277,171 people), Postsecondary teachers (266,254 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (243,128 people), and Other Physical Scientists (125,262 people).

The most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (55 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (63 degrees), Physical Sciences (23 degrees), English (21 degrees), and Biology (38 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 State Colorado University are Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Dentists, Chief executives & legislators, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (55 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (63 degrees), Physical Sciences (23 degrees), English (21 degrees), and Biology (38 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 State Colorado University are Hospitals (591,457 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (501,221 people), Elementary & secondary schools (448,360 people), Offices of physicians (195,366 people), and Scientific research & development services (178,697 people).

The most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (55 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (63 degrees), Physical Sciences (23 degrees), English (21 degrees), and Biology (38 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 State Colorado University.

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western State Colorado University was General Business Administration & Management with 91 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 289

  2. 201

In 2016, 289 degrees were awarded to men at Western State Colorado University, which is 1.44 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (201).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 66 degrees were awarded to men at Western State Colorado University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.64 times more than the 25 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 25 degrees were awarded to women at Western State Colorado University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.379 times less than the 66 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

19%

100% Completion Time

36%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 19% of students graduating from Western State Colorado 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.

Two or More Races Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western State Colorado University is Male and Two or More Races (100% 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, 10.2% of graduates (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    357 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    66 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    36 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western State Colorado University is white (357 degrees awarded). There were 5.41 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (66 degrees).

13.5% of degree recipients (66 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    214 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    143 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    18 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western State Colorado University is white male (214 degrees awarded). There were 1.5 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (143 degrees).

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Operations

Western State Colorado University has an endowment valued at nearly $14.4M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $151k (1.05%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Western State Colorado University had a total expenditure of $48.7M. Of that $48.7M, they spent $18.5M on salaries and $48.7M on benefits.

Western State Colorado University employs 43 Professors, 40 Lecturers, and 23 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western State Colorado University are Male Professors (29), Female Lecturers(21), and Male Lecturers (19).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western State Colorado University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 41 employees, Service, with 34 employees, and Management with 32 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$14.4M

2015 Endowment

0%

growth from 2014

Western State Colorado University has an endowment valued at about $14.4M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Western State Colorado University grew 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $14.5M 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: Small Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $400k - Federal

  2. $1.33M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Western State Colorado University received $400k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.33M 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.

$18.5M

Salary Expenditure

$48.7M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Western State Colorado University had a total expenditure of $48.7M. Of that $48.7M, they spent $18.5M on salaries and $48.7M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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

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Salary Expenditure

$18.5M

2015 Salaries

5.64%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Western State Colorado University paid a median of $18.5M in salaries, which represents 38% of their overall expenditure ($48.7M) and a 5.64% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 8.59% growth from 2013 and a 2.65% 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

$7.02M

Instructional Salaries

117

Number of Employees

In 2015, Western State Colorado University paid a total of $7.02M to 117 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.9% 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

43 Employees

Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

41 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western State Colorado University were Professor with 43 employees; Lecturer with 40 employees; and Lecturer with 23 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western State Colorado University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 41 employees; Service with 34 employees; and Management with 32 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Lecturer

  3. Male Lecturer

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western State Colorado University was Male Professor with 29 employees, Female Lecturer with 21 employees, and Male Lecturer with 19 employees.

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

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