University of West Alabama

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,100
2022 Average Net Price
$13,786
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.61%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
68.9%
3,131 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
5,860
85.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
35.1%
118 Graduates

About

University of West Alabama is a higher education institution located in Sumter County, AL. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at University of West Alabama were Elementary Education & Teaching (279 degrees awarded), Secondary Education & Teaching (130 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (116 degrees).

In 2022, 1,866 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of West Alabama. 77.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 22.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,058 degrees), 2.06 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (513 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of West Alabama is $9,100, which is $−14,896 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of West Alabama is $9,100, which is $−14,896 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,786.

In 2022, 68% of undergraduate students attending University of West Alabama received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$9,100
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of West Alabama was $9,100. The cost of tuition at University of West Alabama is $−14,896 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$13,786
2022 Value
10.7%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of West Alabama had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,786. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of West Alabama grew by 10.7%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,397
Room and Board
$1,216
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of West Alabama was of $7,397 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 0.571% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,216. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 2.72% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

68%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
50%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

68% of undergraduate students at University of West Alabama received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 11.7% with respect to 2021, when 77% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.61%
2019 Default Rate
57
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of West Alabama was 2.61%, which represents 57 out of the 2185 total borrowers.

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Admissions

University of West Alabama received 3,131 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 103% annual growth. Out of those 3,131 applicants, 2,156 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 68.9% acceptance rate.

There were 5,860 students enrolled at University of West Alabama in 2022. 4% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of West Alabama has an overall enrollment yield of 14.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

68.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,156
Accepted Out of 3,131

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of West Alabama was 68.9% (2,156 admissions from 3,131 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 74.3%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 103%, while admissions grew by 88.5%..

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SAT Scores

4%
Submission Percentage (2022)
11
Scores Submitted (2022)

4% of enrolled first-time students at University of West Alabama in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of West Alabama had a total enrollment of 5,860 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of West Alabama is 4,986 students and the part-time enrollment is 874. This means that 85.1% 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 49.1% White, 32.3% Black or African American, 2.63% Hispanic or Latino, 1.77% Two or More Races, 0.785% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.171% Asian, and 0.0341% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of West Alabama in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.6%), followed by Black or African American Female (25.6%) and White Male (12.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (41.3%), followed by Black or African American Female (24.5%) and White Male (11.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of West Alabama in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,860 students. The full-time enrollment at University of West Alabama is 4,986 and the part-time enrollment is 874. This means that 85.1% of students enrolled at University of West Alabama are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

69%
2022 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 69%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), 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 (2022)
  1. White
    2,877 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    1,895 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    154 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of West Alabama is 49.1% White, 32.3% Black or African American, 2.63% Hispanic or Latino, 1.77% Two or More Races, 0.785% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.171% Asian, and 0.0341% 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 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% 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, 669 students (11.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,038 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 (1,058 degrees awarded). There were 2.06 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (513 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at University of West Alabama is Elementary Education & Teaching (279 degrees awarded), followed by Secondary Education & Teaching (130 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (116 degrees).

In 2022,  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 (1,279 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (73 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (31 degrees).

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 (1,736,056 people), Accountants & auditors (1,055,342 people), Other managers (802,996 people), Secondary school teachers (530,271 people), and Financial managers (509,826 people).

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama in 2022 are Education (1,279 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (73 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (31 degrees), Engineering Technologies (18 degrees), and Business (173 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 University of West Alabama are Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Surgeons, Physicians, Nurse anesthetists, and Financial examiners

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama are Education (1,279 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (73 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (31 degrees), Engineering Technologies (18 degrees), and Business (173 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (3,195,625 people), Computer Systems Design (594,026 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (574,012 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (520,491 people), and Banking & related activities (511,428 people).

The most specialized majors at University of West Alabama are Education (1,279 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (73 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (31 degrees), Engineering Technologies (18 degrees), and Business (173 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (2022)
  1. 279 degrees awarded
  2. 130 degrees awarded
  3. 116 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common masters degree concentration at University of West Alabama was Elementary Education & Teaching with 279 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

414
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,452
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 414 degrees were awarded to men at University of West Alabama, which is 0.285 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,452).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 60 degrees were awarded to men at University of West Alabama in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 0.462 times less than the 130 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 303 degrees were awarded to men at University of West Alabama in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 37.9 times more than the 8 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

32%
100% Completion Time
42%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 32% 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, 42% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of West Alabama is Female and Two or More Races (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 3.39% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,058 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    513 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    33 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of West Alabama is white (1,058 degrees awarded). There were 2.06 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (513 degrees).

10% of degree recipients (187 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    826 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    406 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    232 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of West Alabama is white female (826 degrees awarded). There were 2.03 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (406 degrees).

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Operations

University of West Alabama has an endowment valued at nearly $429k, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 2.46k (0.573%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, University of West Alabama had a total salary expenditure of 84.7M. University of West Alabama employs 33 Assistant professors, 32 Associate professors and 26 Professors. Most academics at University of West Alabama are Female Assistant professor (23), Female Associate professor (20), and Male Professor (18).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of West Alabama are: Management, with 60 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 60 employees, and Service with 50 employees.

Endowment

$429k
2022 Endowment
0.00443%
growth from 2021

University of West Alabama has an endowment valued at about $429k, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of University of West Alabama grew 0.00443% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $46.1M 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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Salary Expenditure

$28.1M
2022 Salaries
4.12%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of West Alabama paid a median of $28.1M in salaries, which represents 33.1% of their overall expenditure ($84.7M) and a 4.12% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$7.78M
Instructional Salaries
115
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of West Alabama paid a total of $7.78M to 115 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
33 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
60 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of West Alabama were Assistant professor with 33 employees, Associate professor with 32 employees, and Professor with 26 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of West Alabama were Management with 60 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 60 employees, and Service with 50 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of West Alabama was Female Assistant professor with 23 employees, Female Associate professor with 20 employees, and Male Professor with 18 employees.

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

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