Lamar University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,228
2022 Average Net Price
$11,757
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.598%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
83.7%
6,214 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
16,803
54.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
37.7%
552 Graduates

About

Lamar University is a higher education institution located in Jefferson County, TX. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Lamar University were General Educational Leadership & Administration (1,155 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (418 degrees), and Counseling Psychology (413 degrees).

In 2022, 5,940 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lamar University. 71.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 28.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,758 degrees), 1.94 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1,425 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lamar University is $6,228, which is $−23,922 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Lamar University is $6,228, which is $−23,922 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,757.

In 2022, 85% of undergraduate students attending Lamar University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 39% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$6,228
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Lamar University was $6,228. The cost of tuition at Lamar University is $−23,922 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$11,757
2022 Value
2.69%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Lamar University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,757. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Lamar University grew by 2.69%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,976
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lamar University was of $8,976 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

85%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
39%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

85% of undergraduate students at Lamar University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 25% with respect to 2021, when 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0.598%
2019 Default Rate
25
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Lamar University was 0.598%, which represents 25 out of the 4181 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Lamar University received 6,214 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 1.39% annual growth. Out of those 6,214 applicants, 5,203 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.7% acceptance rate.

There were 16,803 students enrolled at Lamar University in 2022. 9% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lamar University has an overall enrollment yield of 28.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
5,203
Accepted Out of 6,214

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lamar University was 83.7% (5,203 admissions from 6,214 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 88.1%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 1.39%, while admissions declined by −3.59%..

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SAT Scores

9%
Submission Percentage (2022)
125
Scores Submitted (2022)

9% of enrolled first-time students at Lamar University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lamar University had a total enrollment of 16,803 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Lamar University is 9,088 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,715. This means that 54.1% of students enrolled at Lamar University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lamar University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 39.6% White, 25.7% Black or African American, 21.5% Hispanic or Latino, 4.3% Asian, 0.381% Two or More Races, 0.28% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0357% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lamar University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (22%), followed by Black or African American Female (18.9%) and White Male (16.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (21.1%), followed by Black or African American Female (16.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

54.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lamar University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 16,803 students. The full-time enrollment at Lamar University is 9,088 and the part-time enrollment is 7,715. This means that 54.1% of students enrolled at Lamar University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

59%
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 Lamar University was 59%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Lamar University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    6,649 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    4,322 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,609 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Lamar University is 39.6% White, 25.7% Black or African American, 21.5% Hispanic or Latino, 4.3% Asian, 0.381% Two or More Races, 0.28% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0357% 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 Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% 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, 341 students (2.03%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 2,558 more women than men received degrees from Lamar University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Lamar University is white (2,758 degrees awarded). There were 1.94 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1425 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Lamar University is General Educational Leadership & Administration (1,155 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (418 degrees) and Counseling Psychology (413 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Lamar University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (2,718 degrees awarded), Psychology (460 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (258 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lamar University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,703,474 people), Secondary school teachers (480,168 people), Education administrators (312,850 people), Other managers (239,794 people), and Special education teachers (214,198 people).

The most specialized majors at Lamar University in 2022 are Education (2,718 degrees awarded), Psychology (460 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (258 degrees), Human Sciences (106 degrees), and Protective Services (215 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 Lamar University are Surgeons, Physicians, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Financial examiners, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Lamar University are Education (2,718 degrees awarded), Psychology (460 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (258 degrees), Human Sciences (106 degrees), and Protective Services (215 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 Lamar University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,131,753 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (423,774 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (415,545 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (377,707 people), and Outpatient care centers (230,940 people).

The most specialized majors at Lamar University are Education (2,718 degrees awarded), Psychology (460 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (258 degrees), Human Sciences (106 degrees), and Protective Services (215 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 Lamar University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 1,155 degrees awarded
  2. 418 degrees awarded
  3. 413 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common masters degree concentration at Lamar University was General Educational Leadership & Administration with 1,155 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,691
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
4,249
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,691 degrees were awarded to men at Lamar University, which is 0.398 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,249).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 519 degrees were awarded to men at Lamar University in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 0.353 times less than the 1472 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 1472 degrees were awarded to men at Lamar University in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 2.84 times more than the 519 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%
100% Completion Time
37%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 16% of students graduating from Lamar University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 37% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 39% 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.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Lamar University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral 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, 2.36% of graduates (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,758 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,425 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,246 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lamar University is white (2,758 degrees awarded). There were 1.94 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1425 degrees).

1.18% of degree recipients (70 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,977 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    1,074 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    917 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Lamar University is white female (1,977 degrees awarded). There were 1.84 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (1074 degrees).

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Operations

Lamar University has an endowment valued at nearly $147M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−2.18%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Lamar University had a total salary expenditure of 263M. Lamar University employs 127 Instructors, 114 Associate professors and 84 Professors. Most academics at Lamar University are Female Instructor (80), Male Associate professor (63), and Male Professor (53).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lamar University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 160 employees, Service, with 151 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 118 employees.

Endowment

$147M
2022 Endowment
8.13%
decline from 2021

Lamar University has an endowment valued at about $147M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Lamar University declined 8.13% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $225M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral 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 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$83.7M
2022 Salaries
2.22%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Lamar University paid a median of $83.7M in salaries, which represents 31.9% of their overall expenditure ($263M) and a 2.22% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$31.2M
Instructional Salaries
405
Number of Employees

In 2022, Lamar University paid a total of $31.2M to 405 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
127 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
160 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lamar University were Instructor with 127 employees, Associate professor with 114 employees, and Professor with 84 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lamar University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 160 employees, Service with 151 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 118 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lamar University was Female Instructor with 80 employees, Male Associate professor with 63 employees, and Male Professor with 53 employees.

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