Western Oregon University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$7,440

1.78% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$15,898

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

8%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

80.6%

2,942 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

5,336

82% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

43.5%

426 Graduates

About

Western Oregon University is a higher education institution located in Polk County, OR. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western Oregon University were General Business (150 degrees awarded), General Psychology (140 degrees), and General Education (103 degrees).

In 2017, 1,520 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Oregon University. 65.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,115 degrees), 10.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (107 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Oregon University is $7,440, which is $-13,293 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Oregon University is $7,440, which is $-13,293 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 $15,898.

In 2017, 66% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 69% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,440

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Western Oregon University was $7,440. The cost of tuition at Western Oregon University is $-13,293 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$15,898

2017 Value

3.57%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Western Oregon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,898. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Western Oregon University grew by 3.57%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,798

Room and Board

$1,350

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Oregon University was of $9,798 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,350. The cost of room and board decreased by 1.56% 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

66%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

69%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

66% of undergraduate students at Western Oregon University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 19.5% with respect to 2016, when 82% 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%

2016 Default Rate

126

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Western Oregon University was 8%, which represents 126 out of the 1575 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

Western Oregon University received 2,942 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 1.41% annual growth. Out of those 2,942 applicants, 2,371 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80.6% acceptance rate.

There were 5,336 students enrolled at Western Oregon University in 2017, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Oregon University has an overall enrollment yield of 30.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

2,371

Accepted Out of 2,942

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Oregon University was 80.6% (2,371 admissions from 2,942 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 87.8%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 1.41%, while admissions declined by -6.87%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

0

Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Western Oregon University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Oregon University has a total enrollment of 5,336 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Oregon University is 4,375 students and the part-time enrollment is 961. This means that 82% of students enrolled at Western Oregon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Oregon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 62.4% White, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, 4.33% Asian, 3.45% Black or African American, 2.6% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 1.63% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.394% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Western Oregon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (38.9%), followed by White Male (21.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (51%), followed by White Male (23.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (1.94%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Oregon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,336 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Oregon University is 4,375 and the part-time enrollment is 961. This means that 82% of students enrolled at Western Oregon University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%

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 Western Oregon University was 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Western Oregon University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,331

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    793

  3. Asian

    231

The enrolled student population at Western Oregon University is 62.4% White, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, 4.33% Asian, 3.45% Black or African American, 2.6% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 1.63% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.394% Two or More Races. 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, 200 students (3.75%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 468 more women than men received degrees from Western Oregon University. The majority of degree recipients at Western Oregon University are white (1,115 degrees awarded). There were 10.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (107 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Oregon University is General Business (150 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (140 degrees) and General Education (103 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Oregon University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (557 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (46 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (118 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 Western Oregon University are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,027,675 people), Secondary school teachers (338,660 people), Education administrators (306,206 people), Other managers (200,648 people), and Postsecondary teachers (183,772 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Education (557 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (46 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (118 degrees), Psychology (140 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 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 Western Oregon University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Education (557 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (46 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (118 degrees), Psychology (140 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 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 Western Oregon University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,104,167 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (431,810 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (384,358 people), Outpatient care centers (209,123 people), and Individual & family services (172,608 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Education (557 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (46 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (118 degrees), Psychology (140 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 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 Western Oregon University.

Most Common

  1. 150 degrees awarded

  2. 140 degrees awarded

  3. 103 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Oregon University was General Business with 150 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 526

  2. 994

In 2017, 526 degrees were awarded to men at Western Oregon University, which is 0.529 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (994).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 78 degrees were awarded to men at Western Oregon University in General Business, which is 1.08 times more than the 72 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 124 degrees were awarded to women at Western Oregon University in Teacher Education, which is 1.61 times more than the 77 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

21%

100% Completion Time

44%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 21% of students graduating from Western Oregon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 44% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 46% 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.

Two or More Races Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Oregon University is Female and Two or More Races (100% 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, 2.82% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,115 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    107 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    49 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Oregon University is white (1,115 degrees awarded). There were 10.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (107 degrees).

3.22% of degree recipients (49 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    749 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    366 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    69 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Oregon University is white female (749 degrees awarded). There were 2.05 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (366 degrees).

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Operations

Western Oregon University has an endowment valued at nearly $14.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $533k (3.76%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Western Oregon University had a total salary expenditure of $113M. Western Oregon University employs 87 Professors, 76 Instructors, and 64 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Oregon University are Male Professors (48), Female Assistant professors(43), and Female Professors (39).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Oregon University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 114 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 69 employees, and Service with 69 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$14.2M

2017 Endowment

8.12%

growth from 2016

Western Oregon University has an endowment valued at about $14.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Oregon University grew 8.12% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $18.9M 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. $7.95M - Federal

  2. $2.34M - State

  3. $53.2k - Local

As of 2017, Western Oregon University received $7.95M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.34M from state grants and contracts, and $53.2k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$43.6M

2017 Salaries

3.01%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Western Oregon University paid a median of $43.6M in salaries, which represents 38.5% of their overall expenditure ($113M) and a 3.01% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.838% decline from 2015 and a 4.21% growth from 2014.

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

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Instructional Salaries

$17.4M

Instructional Salaries

287

Number of Employees

In 2017, Western Oregon University paid a total of $17.4M to 287 employees working as instructors, which represents 40% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.02M (34.2%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

87 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

114 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Oregon University were Professor with 87 employees; Instructor with 76 employees; and Instructor with 64 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Oregon University were Business and Financial Operations with 114 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 69 employees; and Service with 69 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Oregon University was Male Professor with 48 employees, Female Assistant professor with 43 employees, and Female Professor with 39 employees.

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

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