University of West Alabama

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,100
7.69% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$15,383
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
7.4%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
34.9%
7,569 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
5,653
91.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
29.4%
106 Graduates

About

University of West Alabama is a higher education institution located in Sumter County, AL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of West Alabama were Other Multidisciplinary Studies (54 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (24 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (22 degrees).

In 2019, 1,375 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of West Alabama. 74.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 25.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (833 degrees), 2.25 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (371 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of West Alabama is $9,100, which is $−12,926 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of West Alabama is $9,100, which is $−12,926 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 $15,383.

In 2019, 70% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 60% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,100
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of West Alabama was $9,100. The cost of tuition at University of West Alabama is $−12,926 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$15,383
2019 Value
15.2%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of West Alabama had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,383. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of West Alabama grew by 15.2%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,101
Room and Board
$1,216
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of West Alabama was of $7,101 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,216. The cost of room and board did not change between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

70%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
60%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

70% of undergraduate students at University of West Alabama received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 10.3% with respect to 2018, when 78% 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.
7.4%
2017 Default Rate
128
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of West Alabama was 7.4%, which represents 128 out of the 1730 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 West Alabama received 7,569 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 14.7% annual decline. Out of those 7,569 applicants, 2,644 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 34.9% acceptance rate.

There were 5,653 students enrolled at University of West Alabama in 2019, and 8% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of West Alabama has an overall enrollment yield of 12.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

34.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,644
Accepted Out of 7,569

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of West Alabama was 34.9% (2,644 admissions from 7,569 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 39.7%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −14.7%, while admissions declined by −24.8%.

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SAT Scores

8%
Submission Percentage
25
Scores Submitted

8% of enrolled first-time students at University of West Alabama in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of West Alabama has a total enrollment of 5,653 students. The full-time enrollment at University of West Alabama is 5,165 students and the part-time enrollment is 488. This means that 91.4% of students enrolled at University of West Alabama are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of West Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.3% White, 36.3% Black or African American, 1.77% Two or More Races, 1.33% Hispanic or Latino, 0.725% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.248% Asian, and 0.106% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of West Alabama in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (27.9%), followed by Black or African American Female (26.1%) and White Male (17.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.6%), followed by Black or African American Female (28.2%) and White Male (10.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of West Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,653 students. The full-time enrollment at University of West Alabama is 5,165 and the part-time enrollment is 488. This means that 91.4% of students enrolled at University of West Alabama are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

67%
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 University of West Alabama was 67%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), University of West Alabama had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,843
  2. Black or African American
    2,052
  3. Two or More Races
    100

The enrolled student population at University of West Alabama is 50.3% White, 36.3% Black or African American, 1.77% Two or More Races, 1.33% Hispanic or Latino, 0.725% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.248% Asian, and 0.106% 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, 403 students (7.13%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 685 more women than men received degrees from University of West Alabama. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of West Alabama is white (833 degrees awarded). There were 2.25 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (371 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of West Alabama is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (54 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (24 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (22 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of West Alabama, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (983 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (57 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (24 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 West Alabama are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,497,342 people), Secondary school teachers (539,279 people), Education administrators (265,817 people), Special education teachers (206,146 people), and Preschool & kindergarten teachers (192,197 people).

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama are Education (983 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (57 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (24 degrees), Math & Statistics (13 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (24 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 West Alabama are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Physicians, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama are Education (983 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (57 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (24 degrees), Math & Statistics (13 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (24 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 West Alabama are Elementary & secondary schools (2,815,080 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (318,208 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (223,005 people), Computer Systems Design (165,869 people), and Construction (106,368 people).

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama are Education (983 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (57 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (24 degrees), Math & Statistics (13 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (24 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 West Alabama.
Most Common
  1. 54 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 24 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 22 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of West Alabama was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 54 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

345
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,030
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 345 degrees were awarded to men at University of West Alabama, which is 0.335 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,030).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 52 degrees were awarded to men at University of West Alabama in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 0.612 times less than the 85 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 183 degrees were awarded to women at University of West Alabama in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 30.5 times more than the 6 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%
100% Completion Time
33%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 18% of students graduating from University of West Alabama completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 33% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 34% 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.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of West Alabama is Male and Hispanic or Latino (50% 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, 6.6% of graduates (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    833 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    371 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    70 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of West Alabama is white (833 degrees awarded). There were 2.25 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (371 degrees).

5.09% of degree recipients (70 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    640 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    289 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    193 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of West Alabama is white female (640 degrees awarded). There were 2.21 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (289 degrees).

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Operations

University of West Alabama has an endowment valued at nearly $427k, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $76.9k (18%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, University of West Alabama had a total salary expenditure of $74.4M. University of West Alabama employs 37 Assistant professors, 33 Associate professors, and 24 Professors. Most academics at University of West Alabama are Female Assistant professors (23), Female Associate professors(21), and Male Professors (14).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of West Alabama are: Service, with 54 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 54 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 53 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$427k
2019 Endowment
0.715%
growth from 2018

University of West Alabama has an endowment valued at about $427k, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of West Alabama grew 0.715% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $38.1M 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: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.02M - Federal
  2. $149k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, University of West Alabama received $4.02M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $149k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$25.6M
2019 Salaries
1.79%
growth from 2018

In 2019, University of West Alabama paid a median of $25.6M in salaries, which represents 34.4% of their overall expenditure ($74.4M) and a 1.79% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 31.4% growth from 2017 and a 3.76% 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

$7.16M
Instructional Salaries
116
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of West Alabama paid a total of $7.16M to 116 employees working as instructors, which represents 28% 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

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
37 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
54 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of West Alabama were Assistant professor with 37 employees; Associate professor with 33 employees; and Associate professor with 24 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of West Alabama were Service with 54 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 54 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 53 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of West Alabama was Female Assistant professor with 23 employees, Female Associate professor with 21 employees, and Male Professor with 14 employees.

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

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