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For-Profit Universities in the US: Market Research Report

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For-Profit Universities Market Research Report | NAICS 61131b | Nov 2016

Academic probation: Increased regulation and scrutiny will limit the industry's expansion

IBISWorld’s For-Profit Universities market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue will slightly rise, but operators will be forced to clean up their act in response to heightened regulation
  • Some critics compared for-profit education with fast food: quick and easy, but not good quality
  • Operators will mitigate marketing regulations by purchasing private nonprofit schools
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

In recent years, for-profit universities and colleges have increasingly come under scrutiny for their marketing tactics and admissions standards. Critics point to the large proportion of student loan defaults among industry operators and an abnormally high drop-out rate compared with traditional colleges. Additionally, bad press has caused many would-be enrollees to search for other options. As a result of these factors, industry revenue has declined over the past five years. In the coming years, revenue for the For-Profit Universities industry will increase, but heightened regulation and scrutiny will keep industry growth slow... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Physical campuses have become less important since the early-2000s, as an increasing number of students are strictly taking online courses. With the online enrollment of some major players representing 99.0% of the student body, some institutions have essentially become clusters of computer servers. In this way, for-profit universities can serve additional students by adding more computing power. Furthermore, students do not necessarily have to be geographically close to a school to attend classes.

Nevertheless, the number of campuses in a specific geographic market often depends on an area's population, availability of educational alternatives and demographics. The Southeast has more for-profit four-year colleges than any other region in the United States. The region has 24.5% o.. ... purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the For-Profit Universities Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the For-Profit Universities Industry are

  • Ability to take advantage of Title IV programs
  • Having a good reputation
  • Aggressive marketing and recruiting
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as External competition for the For-Profit Universities industry and High school retention rate in the For-Profit Universities industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the For-Profit Universities Industry?

    This industry includes colleges and universities that offer academic courses at associate, baccalaureate or graduate levels on a for-profit basis. A high school diploma or equivalent general academic training is an admission requirement. Instruction may be provided in a variety of settings such as educational institutions, the workplace, the home, training facilities and through correspondence, TV, the internet or other electronic or distance-learning means.

    Industry Products
    Associate's coursesBachelor's coursesMaster's coursesDoctorate courses
    Industry Activities
    Providing college and university education on a for-profit basis (except junior colleges)Providing professional school education on a for-profit basis (e.g. business administration, dental, law, medicine)Providing doctorate and master's education on a for-profit basis

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • External competition for the For-Profit Universities industry
  • High school retention rate
  • National unemployment rate
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Current Performance
  • An easy alternative
  • Growth comes to a halt
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Stunted growth
  • Troubling default rates
  • Seeking new markets
  • Table: For-Profit Universities Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - For-Profit Universities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Computer Manufacturing
  • IT Consulting
  • Janitorial Services
  • Office Stationery Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Bachelor's courses
  • Master's courses
  • Associate's courses
  • Doctorate courses
  • Chart: For-Profit Universities Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Students aged 35 or older
  • Students aged 25 to 29
  • Students aged 30 to 34
  • Students aged 22 to 24
  • Students aged 20 to 21
  • Students aged 19 or younger
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the For-Profit Universities Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Marketing
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs For-Profit Universities
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the For-Profit Universities Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Apollo Group Inc.
    DeVry Inc.
  • Table: Apollo Group Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: DeVry Inc. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the For-Profit Universities Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the For-Profit Universities Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Enrollment (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Cohort Default Rate
  • The percentage of borrowers at a school who begin repayment of certain loan programs and default by the end of the next year.
  • Gainful Employment Rule
  • The requirement that programs prove they prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
  • Nontraditional Student
  • A student who does not fit the typical profile of a college-bound student; they often work, attend classes part-time, do not have a high school diploma or come from low-income households.
  • Title Iv Program
  • A program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act that makes up the major source of federal student aid; it includes loans, grants and federal work-study.
  • Traditional Universities
  • Public and private nonprofit schools, where primary enrollment studies on campus.

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