Westfield State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$970
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$17,149
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
4.39%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
87.2%
4,455 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
5,795
79.5% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
63.4%
626 Graduates

About

Westfield State University is a higher education institution located in Hampden County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Westfield State University were General Business (234 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (229 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (182 degrees).

In 2019, 1,739 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Westfield State University. 60.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,325 degrees), 8.89 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (149 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Westfield State University is $970, which is $−21,056 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Westfield State University is $970, which is $−21,056 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,149.

In 2019, 53% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 63% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$970
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Westfield State University was $970. The cost of tuition at Westfield State University is $−21,056 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$17,149
2019 Value
6.7%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Westfield State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,149. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Westfield State University grew by 6.7%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,948
Room and Board
$1,070
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Westfield State University was of $10,948 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,070. The cost of room and board increased by 2.42% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.9% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

53%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
63%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

53% of undergraduate students at Westfield State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 3.64% with respect to 2018, when 55% 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.
4.39%
2017 Default Rate
71
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Westfield State University was 4.39%, which represents 71 out of the 1618 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

Westfield State University received 4,455 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 3.56% annual growth. Out of those 4,455 applicants, 3,883 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 87.2% acceptance rate.

There were 5,795 students enrolled at Westfield State University in 2019, and 90% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Westfield State University has an overall enrollment yield of 26.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

87.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
3,883
Accepted Out of 4,455

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Westfield State University was 87.2% (3,883 admissions from 4,455 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 86.1%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 3.56%, while admissions grew by 4.89%.

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SAT Scores

90%
Submission Percentage
940
Scores Submitted

90% of enrolled first-time students at Westfield State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Westfield State University has a total enrollment of 5,795 students. The full-time enrollment at Westfield State University is 4,605 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,190. This means that 79.5% of students enrolled at Westfield State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Westfield State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 71.6% White, 10.5% Hispanic or Latino, 5.13% Black or African American, 3.16% Two or More Races, 1.73% Asian, 0.276% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0518% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Westfield State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (41.7%), followed by White Male (34.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.12%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (47%), followed by White Male (16.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Westfield State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,795 students. The full-time enrollment at Westfield State University is 4,605 and the part-time enrollment is 1,190. This means that 79.5% of students enrolled at Westfield State University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%
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 Westfield State University was 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Westfield 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
    4,149
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    607
  3. Black or African American
    297

The enrolled student population at Westfield State University is 71.6% White, 10.5% Hispanic or Latino, 5.13% Black or African American, 3.16% Two or More Races, 1.73% Asian, 0.276% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0518% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 412 students (7.11%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 351 more women than men received degrees from Westfield State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Westfield State University is white (1,325 degrees awarded). There were 8.89 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (149 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Westfield State University is General Business (234 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (229 degrees) and Liberal Arts & Sciences (182 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Westfield State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (245 degrees awarded), History (55 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (41 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 Westfield State University are Social workers, all other (187,279 people), Other managers (149,618 people), Police officers (148,723 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (137,218 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (117,742 people).

The most specialized majors at Westfield State University are Protective Services (245 degrees awarded), History (55 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (41 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (125 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (68 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 Westfield State University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, Public relations specialists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Westfield State University are Protective Services (245 degrees awarded), History (55 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (41 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (125 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (68 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Westfield State University are Justice, public order, & safety activities (388,745 people), Elementary & secondary schools (330,330 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (166,893 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (156,914 people), and Individual & family services (134,911 people).

The most specialized majors at Westfield State University are Protective Services (245 degrees awarded), History (55 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (41 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (125 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (68 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 Westfield State University.
Most Common
  1. 234 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 229 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 182 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Westfield State University was General Business with 234 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

694
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,045
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 694 degrees were awarded to men at Westfield State University, which is 0.664 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,045).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 168 degrees were awarded to men at Westfield State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 2.18 times more than the 77 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 140 degrees were awarded to women at Westfield State University in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 3.33 times more than the 42 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

53%
100% Completion Time
65%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 53% of students graduating from Westfield State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 65% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 66% 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.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (71.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Westfield State University is Female and Asian (71.4% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and 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, 1.6% of graduates (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,325 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    149 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    82 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Westfield State University is white (1,325 degrees awarded). There were 8.89 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (149 degrees).

4.54% of degree recipients (79 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    802 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    523 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    97 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Westfield State University is white female (802 degrees awarded). There were 1.53 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (523 degrees).

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Operations

Westfield State University has an endowment valued at nearly $10.3M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $538k (5.2%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Westfield State University had a total salary expenditure of $137M. Westfield State University employs 89 Professors, 68 Associate professors, and 66 Assistant professors. Most academics at Westfield State University are Male Professors (49), Female Professors(40), and Female Assistant professors (36).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Westfield State University are: Service, with 131 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 106 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 55 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$10.3M
2019 Endowment
11.5%
growth from 2018

Westfield State University has an endowment valued at about $10.3M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Westfield State University grew 11.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $28.1M 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. $1.47M - Federal
  2. $3.05M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Westfield State University received $1.47M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.05M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$53.2M
2019 Salaries
7.69%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Westfield State University paid a median of $53.2M in salaries, which represents 38.9% of their overall expenditure ($137M) and a 7.69% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.54% growth from 2017 and a 8.5% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20.5M
Instructional Salaries
233
Number of Employees

In 2019, Westfield State University paid a total of $20.5M to 233 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
89 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
131 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Westfield State University were Professor with 89 employees; Associate professor with 68 employees; and Associate professor with 66 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Westfield State University were Service with 131 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 106 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 55 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Westfield State University was Male Professor with 49 employees, Female Professor with 40 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 36 employees.

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

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