Ashford University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$10,848
2.03% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$18,469
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
13.8%
Default Rate
2017 Enrolled Students
36,453
100% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
7.07%
468 Graduates

About

Ashford University is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Ashford University were Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (1,080 degrees awarded), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (855 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (674 degrees).

In 2017, 11,493 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Ashford University. 67.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (5,429 degrees), 1.41 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3841 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Ashford University is $10,848, which is $-9,885 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Ashford University is $10,848, which is $-9,885 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,469.

In 2017, 82% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 65% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,848
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Ashford University was $10,848. The cost of tuition at Ashford University is $-9,885 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$18,469
2017 Value
1.28%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Ashford University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,469. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Ashford University grew by 1.28%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,162
Room and Board
$950
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Ashford University was of $7,162 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $950. The cost of room and board increased by 1.26% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

82%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
65%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

82% of undergraduate students at Ashford University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 5.13% with respect to 2016, 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.
13.8%
2016 Default Rate
4702
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Ashford University was 13.8%, which represents 4702 out of the 34163 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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Enrollment

Ashford University has a total enrollment of 36,453 students. The full-time enrollment at Ashford University is 36,452 students and the part-time enrollment is 1. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Ashford University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Ashford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 41.3% White, 37% Black or African American, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino, 3.86% Two or More Races, 1.57% Asian, 0.807% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.793% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Ashford University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (28.2%), followed by Black or African American Female (26.7%) and White Male (14.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (37.1%), followed by White Female (23.3%) and White Male (10.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Ashford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 36,453 students. The full-time enrollment at Ashford University is 36,452 and the part-time enrollment is 1. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Ashford University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

26%
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 Ashford University was 26%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Ashford University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    15,061
  2. Black or African American
    13,475
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    4,533

The enrolled student population at Ashford University is 41.3% White, 37% Black or African American, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino, 3.86% Two or More Races, 1.57% Asian, 0.807% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.793% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 792 students (2.17%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 4045 more women than men received degrees from Ashford University. The majority of degree recipients at Ashford University are white (5,429 degrees awarded). There were 1.41 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3841 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Ashford University is Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (1,080 degrees awarded), followed by Early Childhood Education & Teaching (855 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (674 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Ashford University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Applied Sciences (32 degrees awarded), Education (2,335 degrees), and Library Science (36 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 Ashford University are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,051,637 people), Accountants & auditors (1,119,314 people), Other managers (689,180 people), Financial managers (438,732 people), and Chief executives & legislators (341,384 people).

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (32 degrees awarded), Education (2,335 degrees), Library Science (36 degrees), Business (4,681 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (541 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 Ashford University are Surgeons, Physicians, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (32 degrees awarded), Education (2,335 degrees), Library Science (36 degrees), Business (4,681 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (541 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 Ashford University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,128,261 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (522,011 people), Banking & related activities (515,622 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (479,763 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (460,343 people).

The most specialized majors at Ashford University are Applied Sciences (32 degrees awarded), Education (2,335 degrees), Library Science (36 degrees), Business (4,681 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (541 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 Ashford University.
Most Common
  1. 1080 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 855 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 674 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Ashford University was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 1080 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 3,724
  2. 7,769

In 2017, 3,724 degrees were awarded to men at Ashford University, which is 0.479 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (7,769).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 924 degrees were awarded to men at Ashford University in Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations, which is 1.09 times more than the 844 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 1087 degrees were awarded to women at Ashford University in Early Childhood Education & Teaching, which is 29.4 times more than the 37 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

2%
100% Completion Time
14%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 2% of students graduating from Ashford University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 14% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 14% 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.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (9.66%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Ashford University is Female and White (9.66% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and 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, 1.28% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,429 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    3,841 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,203 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Ashford University is white (5,429 degrees awarded). There were 1.41 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3841 degrees).

2.04% of degree recipients (234 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    3,456 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    2,868 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    1,973 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Ashford University is white female (3,456 degrees awarded). There were 1.21 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (2,868 degrees).

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Operations

Ashford University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.47M (NaNM%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Ashford University had a total salary expenditure of $445M. Ashford University employs 120 Assistant professors, 31 Associate professors, and 21 Professors. Most academics at Ashford University are Female Assistant professors (79), Male Assistant professors(41), and Female Associate professors (18).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ashford University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 203 employees, Management, with 34 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 17 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A
2017 Endowment
0%
growth from 2016

Ashford University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Ashford University stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $NaNM approximately the same as 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. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Ashford University received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$151M
2017 Salaries
6%
decline from 2016

In 2017, Ashford University paid a median of $151M in salaries, which represents 34% of their overall expenditure ($445M) and a 6% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 9.42% decline from 2015 and a 15.5% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.7M
Instructional Salaries
191
Number of Employees

In 2017, Ashford University paid a total of $14.7M to 191 employees working as instructors, which represents 9.69% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
120 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
203 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Ashford University were Assistant professor with 120 employees; Associate professor with 31 employees; and Associate professor with 21 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ashford University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 203 employees; Management with 34 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 17 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Ashford University was Female Assistant professor with 79 employees, Male Assistant professor with 41 employees, and Female Associate professor with 18 employees.

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

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