Economic Impact Study

This study illustrates the impact UCA has on economic development,  students’ careers, and the quality of life for citizens in the university’s service area.

The report was prepared by Iowa based company EMSI, a leading provider of socioeconomic impact and strategic planning tools to colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.  The company used two major analyses to conduct the study – investment and economic growth.

Some of the highlights of the report are:

  • Taxpayers see a rate of return of 7.9 percent on their investment in UCA.
  • UCA contributes a total of $96.6 million in income to the UCA Service Area economy each year.
  • For every dollar students invest in UCA, they receive a cumulative $5.30 in higher future income.
  • The average annual added income due to the activities of UCA and its former students equals $426.1 million.


Economic Impact Study [PDF]