University of the Southwest

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$17,000
6.25% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$20,533
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.57%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
1,066
46.8% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
26.6%
25 Graduates

About

University of the Southwest is a higher education institution located in Lea County, NM. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at University of the Southwest were School Counseling & Guidance Services (53 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (18 degrees), and Curriculum & Instruction (17 degrees).

In 2022, 292 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of the Southwest. 67.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (123 degrees), 1.29 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (95 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of the Southwest is $17,000, which is $−6,996 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of the Southwest is $17,000, which is $−6,996 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 $20,533.

In 2022, 100% of undergraduate students attending University of the Southwest received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 65% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$17,000
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of the Southwest was $17,000. The cost of tuition at University of the Southwest is $−6,996 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$20,533
2022 Value
7.28%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of the Southwest had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,533. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of the Southwest grew by 7.28%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,465
Room and Board

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of the Southwest was of $12,465 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

100%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
65%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

100% of undergraduate students at University of the Southwest received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 4.17% with respect to 2021, when 96% 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.
4.57%
2019 Default Rate
18
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of the Southwest was 4.57%, which represents 18 out of the 394 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

University of the Southwest had a total enrollment of 1,066 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of the Southwest is 499 students and the part-time enrollment is 567. This means that 46.8% of students enrolled at University of the Southwest are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of the Southwest, both undergraduate and graduate, is 40.2% White, 35.2% Hispanic or Latino, 14.7% Black or African American, 1.97% Asian, 1.88% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.844% Two or More Races, and 0.0938% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of the Southwest in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Male (31.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (25.2%) and White Male (14.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (41.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (17.6%) and White Male (13.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

46.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of the Southwest in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,066 students. The full-time enrollment at University of the Southwest is 499 and the part-time enrollment is 567. This means that 46.8% of students enrolled at University of the Southwest are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%
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 the Southwest was 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), University of the Southwest had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    429 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    375 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    157 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of the Southwest is 40.2% White, 35.2% Hispanic or Latino, 14.7% Black or African American, 1.97% Asian, 1.88% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.844% Two or More Races, and 0.0938% 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.

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Graduates

In 2022, 100 more women than men received degrees from University of the Southwest. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of the Southwest is white (123 degrees awarded). There were 1.29 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (95 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at University of the Southwest is School Counseling & Guidance Services (53 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (18 degrees) and Curriculum & Instruction (17 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of the Southwest, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (43 degrees awarded), Education (122 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (5 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 the Southwest are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,616,246 people), Secondary school teachers (501,221 people), Physicians (412,386 people), Education administrators (281,959 people), and Other managers (239,268 people).

The most specialized majors at University of the Southwest in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (43 degrees awarded), Education (122 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (5 degrees), Biology (20 degrees), and Protective Services (10 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 the Southwest are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at University of the Southwest are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (43 degrees awarded), Education (122 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (5 degrees), Biology (20 degrees), and Protective Services (10 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 the Southwest are Elementary & secondary schools (2,872,928 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (609,523 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (517,527 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (391,509 people), and Offices of physicians (226,445 people).

The most specialized majors at University of the Southwest are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (43 degrees awarded), Education (122 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (5 degrees), Biology (20 degrees), and Protective Services (10 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 the Southwest.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 53 degrees awarded
  2. 18 degrees awarded
  3. 17 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common masters degree concentration at University of the Southwest was School Counseling & Guidance Services with 53 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

96
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
196
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 96 degrees were awarded to men at University of the Southwest, which is 0.49 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (196).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 17 degrees were awarded to men at University of the Southwest in School Counseling & Guidance Services, which is 0.472 times less than the 36 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 36 degrees were awarded to men at University of the Southwest in School Counseling & Guidance Services, which is 2.12 times more than the 17 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

13%
100% Completion Time
17%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 13% of students graduating from University of the Southwest completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 17% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 20% 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.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (40%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of the Southwest is Female and Black or African American (40% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    123 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    95 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    37 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of the Southwest is white (123 degrees awarded). There were 1.29 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (95 degrees).

5.82% of degree recipients (17 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    84 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    63 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    39 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of the Southwest is white female (84 degrees awarded). There were 1.33 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (63 degrees).

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Operations

University of the Southwest has an endowment valued at nearly $12.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 1.3M (10.2%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, University of the Southwest had a total salary expenditure of 13.9M. University of the Southwest employs 12 Assistant professors, 6 Associate professors and 5 Professors. Most academics at University of the Southwest are Female Assistant professor (8), Male Professor (4), and Male Assistant professor (4).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of the Southwest are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 17 employees, Management, with 9 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 9 employees.

Endowment

$12.8M
2022 Endowment
5.59%
decline from 2021

University of the Southwest has an endowment valued at about $12.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of University of the Southwest declined 5.59% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $33.7M 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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Salary Expenditure

$5.95M
2022 Salaries
2.27%
decline from 2021

In 2022, University of the Southwest paid a median of $5.95M in salaries, which represents 42.7% of their overall expenditure ($13.9M) and a 2.27% decline 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

$1.14M
Instructional Salaries
25
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of the Southwest paid a total of $1.14M to 25 employees working as instructors, which represents 19.2% 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
12 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
17 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of the Southwest were Assistant professor with 12 employees, Associate professor with 6 employees, and Professor with 5 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of the Southwest were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 17 employees, Management with 9 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 9 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of the Southwest was Female Assistant professor with 8 employees, Male Professor with 4 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 4 employees.

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

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