University of South Alabama

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$7,512

3.64% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$12,968

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

8.47%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

82.1%

5,898 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

15,569

81.6% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

39.8%

726 Graduates

About

University of South Alabama is a higher education institution located in Mobile County, AL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of South Alabama were Registered Nursing (287 degrees awarded), Other Health Preparatory Programs (129 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (118 degrees).

In 2017, 3,804 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of South Alabama. 66.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,517 degrees), 3.96 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (635 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Alabama is $7,512, which is $-18,988 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Alabama is $7,512, which is $-18,988 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,968.

In 2017, 60% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 53% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,512

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of South Alabama was $7,512. The cost of tuition at University of South Alabama is $-18,988 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$12,968

2017 Value

0.0386%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of South Alabama had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,968. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of South Alabama grew by 0.0386%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,591

Room and Board

$1,260

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of South Alabama was of $8,591 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,260. The cost of room and board increased by 3.93% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 5% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

60%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

53%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

60% of undergraduate students at University of South Alabama received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 3.23% with respect to 2016, when 62% 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.

8.47%

2016 Default Rate

325

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of South Alabama was 8.47%, which represents 325 out of the 3836 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

University of South Alabama received 5,898 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.56% annual decline. Out of those 5,898 applicants, 4,841 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 82.1% acceptance rate.

There were 15,569 students enrolled at University of South Alabama in 2017, and 7% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of South Alabama has an overall enrollment yield of 39%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

82.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

4,841

Accepted Out of 5,898

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of South Alabama was 82.1% (4,841 admissions from 5,898 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 80.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -4.56%, while admissions declined by -2.69%.

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SAT Scores

7%

Submission Percentage

137

Scores Submitted

7% of enrolled first-time students at University of South Alabama in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of South Alabama has a total enrollment of 15,569 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Alabama is 12,709 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,860. This means that 81.6% of students enrolled at University of South Alabama are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of South Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.7% White, 20.6% Black or African American, 3.38% Asian, 3.25% Hispanic or Latino, 2.69% Two or More Races, 0.687% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.161% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of South Alabama in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (33.9%), followed by White Male (24.7%) and Black or African American Female (14%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (52%), followed by White Male (15.6%) and Black or African American Female (13.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of South Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,569 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Alabama is 12,709 and the part-time enrollment is 2,860. This means that 81.6% of students enrolled at University of South Alabama are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%

2017 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 University of South Alabama was 78%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), University of South Alabama had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    9,603

  2. Black or African American

    3,200

  3. Asian

    527

The enrolled student population at University of South Alabama is 61.7% White, 20.6% Black or African American, 3.38% Asian, 3.25% Hispanic or Latino, 2.69% Two or More Races, 0.687% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.161% 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 Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 445 students (2.86%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 1248 more women than men received degrees from University of South Alabama. The majority of degree recipients at University of South Alabama are white (2,517 degrees awarded). There were 3.96 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (635 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of South Alabama is Registered Nursing (287 degrees awarded), followed by Other Health Preparatory Programs (129 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (118 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of South Alabama, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Health (1,806 degrees awarded), Engineering (277 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (128 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 University of South Alabama are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,999,184 people), Registered nurses (1,426,856 people), Physicians (548,287 people), Other managers (508,089 people), and Software developers (386,748 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Alabama are Health (1,806 degrees awarded), Engineering (277 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (128 degrees), Education (391 degrees), and Biology (158 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 University of South Alabama are Surgeons, Public relations specialists, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Podiatrists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University of South Alabama are Health (1,806 degrees awarded), Engineering (277 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (128 degrees), Education (391 degrees), and Biology (158 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 University of South Alabama are Elementary & secondary schools (3,060,706 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (2,055,327 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (716,750 people), Computer Systems Design (497,648 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (433,367 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Alabama are Health (1,806 degrees awarded), Engineering (277 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (128 degrees), Education (391 degrees), and Biology (158 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 University of South Alabama.

Most Common

  1. 287 degrees awarded

  2. 129 degrees awarded

  3. 118 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of South Alabama was Registered Nursing with 287 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,278

  2. 2,526

In 2017, 1,278 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Alabama, which is 0.506 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,526).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 163 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Alabama in Registered Nursing, which is 0.161 times less than the 1011 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 1011 degrees were awarded to women at University of South Alabama in Registered Nursing, which is 6.2 times more than the 163 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%

100% Completion Time

35%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 14% of students graduating from University of South Alabama completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 35% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 41% 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 Male

Highest Graduation Rate (59.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of South Alabama is Male and Asian (59.4% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 2.07% of graduates (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,517 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    635 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    111 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of South Alabama is white (2,517 degrees awarded). There were 3.96 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (635 degrees).

2.29% of degree recipients (87 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,728 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    789 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    443 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of South Alabama is white female (1,728 degrees awarded). There were 2.19 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (789 degrees).

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Operations

University of South Alabama has an endowment valued at nearly $153M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $18.4M (12.1%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, University of South Alabama had a total salary expenditure of $782M. University of South Alabama employs 239 Assistant professors, 133 Instructors, and 118 Associate professors. Most academics at University of South Alabama are Female Assistant professors (124), Male Assistant professors(115), and Female Instructors (92).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Alabama are: Office and Administrative Support, with 242 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 186 employees, and Service with 172 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$153M

2017 Endowment

3.71%

growth from 2016

University of South Alabama has an endowment valued at about $153M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of South Alabama grew 3.71% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $134M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral 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 Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $19.5M - Federal

  2. $8.85M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, University of South Alabama received $19.5M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $8.85M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$355M

2017 Salaries

3.8%

growth from 2016

In 2017, University of South Alabama paid a median of $355M in salaries, which represents 45.4% of their overall expenditure ($782M) and a 3.8% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.543% growth from 2015 and a 4.81% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$44.1M

Instructional Salaries

601

Number of Employees

In 2017, University of South Alabama paid a total of $44.1M to 601 employees working as instructors, which represents 12.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

239 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

242 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of South Alabama were Assistant professor with 239 employees; Instructor with 133 employees; and Instructor with 118 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Alabama were Office and Administrative Support with 242 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 186 employees; and Service with 172 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Female Instructor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of South Alabama was Female Assistant professor with 124 employees, Male Assistant professor with 115 employees, and Female Instructor with 92 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of South Alabama.

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