Westfield State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$970

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$15,593

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

3.86%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

77.9%

4,737 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

6,335

82.5% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

66.3%

751 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 Liberal Arts & Sciences (214 degrees awarded), General Business (193 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (189 degrees).

In 2016, 1,660 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Westfield State University. 59.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,324 degrees), 8.77 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (151 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Westfield State University is $970, which is $-19,190 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Westfield State University is $970, which is $-19,190 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 $15,593.

In 2016, 56% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 64% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$970

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Westfield State University was $970. The cost of tuition at Westfield State University is $-19,190 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$15,593

2016 Value

2.57%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Westfield State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,593. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Westfield State University grew by 2.57%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,012

Room and Board

$1,100

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Westfield State University was of $10,012 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,100. The cost of room and board increased by 4.13% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 8.33% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

56%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

64%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

56% of undergraduate students at Westfield State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, when 56% 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.

3.86%

2015 Default Rate

66

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Westfield State University was 3.86%, which represents 66 out of the 1712 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 4,737 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 7.84% annual decline. Out of those 4,737 applicants, 3,691 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 77.9% acceptance rate.

There were 6,335 students enrolled at Westfield State University in 2016, and 88% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Westfield State University has an overall enrollment yield of 28.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

77.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

3,691

Accepted Out of 4,737

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Westfield State University was 77.9% (3,691 admissions from 4,737 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 79.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -7.84%, while admissions declined by -9.8%.

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SAT Scores

88%

Submission Percentage

937

Scores Submitted

88% of enrolled first-time students at Westfield State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Westfield State University has a total enrollment of 6,335 students. The full-time enrollment at Westfield State University is 5,224 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,111. This means that 82.5% of students enrolled at Westfield State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Westfield State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.3% White, 9.12% Hispanic or Latino, 4.63% Black or African American, 4.26% Two or More Races, 1.56% Asian, 0.158% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0789% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Westfield State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (40.8%), followed by White Male (35.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.26%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (50.6%), followed by White Male (17.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.5%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Westfield State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,335 students. The full-time enrollment at Westfield State University is 5,224 and the part-time enrollment is 1,111. This means that 82.5% of students enrolled at Westfield State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%

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 Westfield State University was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Westfield State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,707

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    578

  3. Black or African American

    293

The enrolled student population at Westfield State University is 74.3% White, 9.12% Hispanic or Latino, 4.63% Black or African American, 4.26% Two or More Races, 1.56% Asian, 0.158% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0789% 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, 335 students (5.29%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 312 more women than men received degrees from Westfield State University. The majority of degree recipients at Westfield State University are white (1,324 degrees awarded). There were 8.77 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (151 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Westfield State University is Liberal Arts & Sciences (214 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (193 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (189 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 Natural Resources & Conservation (45 degrees awarded), History (52 degrees), and Protective Services (201 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 Westfield State University are Social workers (217,473 people), Miscellaneous managers (177,890 people), Police officers (141,627 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (123,523 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (119,443 people).

The most specialized majors at Westfield State University are Natural Resources & Conservation (45 degrees awarded), History (52 degrees), Protective Services (201 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (120 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (19 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Westfield State University are Public relations specialists, Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Financial analysts, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Westfield State University are Natural Resources & Conservation (45 degrees awarded), History (52 degrees), Protective Services (201 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (120 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (19 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 (360,103 people), Elementary & secondary schools (264,280 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (157,644 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (148,233 people), and Individual & family services (125,373 people).

The most specialized majors at Westfield State University are Natural Resources & Conservation (45 degrees awarded), History (52 degrees), Protective Services (201 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (120 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (19 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. 214 degrees awarded

  2. 193 degrees awarded

  3. 189 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Westfield State University was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 214 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 674

  2. 986

In 2016, 674 degrees were awarded to men at Westfield State University, which is 0.684 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (986).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 136 degrees were awarded to men at Westfield State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 2.09 times more than the 65 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 172 degrees were awarded to women at Westfield State University in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 4.1 times more than the 42 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

48%

100% Completion Time

63%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 48% of students graduating from Westfield State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 63% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 64% 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 Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Westfield State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (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, 2.53% of graduates (19 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,324 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    151 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    60 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Westfield State University is white (1,324 degrees awarded). There were 8.77 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (151 degrees).

2.77% of degree recipients (46 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    783 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    541 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    96 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Westfield State University is white female (783 degrees awarded). There were 1.45 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (541 degrees).

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Operations

Westfield State University has an endowment valued at nearly $6.4M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $311k (4.86%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Westfield State University had a total expenditure of $109M. Of that $109M, they spent $43.8M on salaries and $109M on benefits.

Westfield State University employs 87 Professors, 70 Associate professors, and 61 Assistant professors. Most academics at Westfield State University are Male Professors (53), Female Associate professors(39), and Female Professors (34).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Westfield State University are: Service, with 140 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 99 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 59 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$6.4M

2015 Endowment

3.18%

growth from 2014

Westfield State University has an endowment valued at about $6.4M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Westfield State University grew 3.18% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $22.5M 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: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.09M - Federal

  2. $2.21M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Westfield State University received $1.09M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.21M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$43.8M

Salary Expenditure

$109M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Westfield State University had a total expenditure of $109M. Of that $109M, they spent $43.8M on salaries and $109M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$43.8M

2015 Salaries

4.17%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Westfield State University paid a median of $43.8M in salaries, which represents 40% of their overall expenditure ($109M) and a 4.17% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.37% growth from 2013 and a 6.96% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18.8M

Instructional Salaries

235

Number of Employees

In 2015, Westfield State University paid a total of $18.8M to 235 employees working as instructors, which represents 43% 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

87 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

140 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Westfield State University were Professor with 87 employees; Associate professor with 70 employees; and Associate professor with 61 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Westfield State University were Service with 140 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 99 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 59 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Associate professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Westfield State University was Male Professor with 53 employees, Female Associate professor with 39 employees, and Female Professor with 34 employees.

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

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