Schools Ranked by Default Rate

Default rates measure the percentage of students who fail to repay their federal student loans. A lower default rate indicates that students are finding an adequate means of income after leaving the school because they can afford to pay back their student loans. In addition, lower default rates also indicate a lower amount of student debt. For each school, we looked at the cohort default rates published by the U.S. Department of Education for the 2011 fiscal year.

The USDE did not have the default rate for all of the colleges on our list. We did not, however, want to penalize those colleges without data. To that end, we simply excluded those schools from the rankings in this category.

Rank School FT to PT
Faculty Ratio
Institution
Fin. Aid Rate
Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
Years
Default
Rate
Job Place. Rate  
1

208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa, Colorado 81101
(719) 587-7011

1.72 to 1 66% 61% 55% 21% 64 0% N/A  
1

671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, Florida 32803
(407) 303-7742

0.33 to 1 8% 96% N/A 29% 18 0% 90%  
1

2500 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50321-1799
(515) 244-4221

0.51 to 1 79% 73% 73% 59% 28 0% 85%  
1

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Graham, North Carolina 27253-8000
(336) 578-2002

0.36 to 1 25% N/A N/A 15% 45 0% 95%  
1

101 College Hill Drive
Philippi, West Virginia 26416-2035
(304) 457-1700

N/A 99% 41% N/A 44% 55 0% N/A  
1

1601 Jefferson Streeet
Alexandria, Minnesota 56308
(320) 762-0221

1.63 to 1 30% N/A N/A 52% 34 0% 92%  
1

22952 Alcalde Drive
Laguna Hills, California 92653-1337
(888) 384-0849

N/A 78% N/A N/A 0% 6 0% N/A  
1

1700 Eastgate Dr
Garland, Texas 75041-5595
(972) 279-6511

0.60 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 33 0% N/A  
1

2700 N Belt Hwy Ste 201
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506-2000
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N/A 0% N/A N/A 59% 8 0% N/A  
1

231 N. Martingale Rd., 6th Floor
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
(877) 701-3800

N/A 29% N/A N/A 32% 5 0% N/A  
1

2260 South Xanadu Way
Aurora, Colorado 80014-6510
(303) 991-1575

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% 9 0% N/A  
1

2660 Airport Rd Ste 780
Santa Teresa, New Mexico 88008
(575) 589-3158

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% 11 0% N/A  
1

1100 E 5th St
Anderson, Indiana 46012-3495
(765) 649-9071

0.97 to 1 95% 54% 75% 57% 68 0% 85%  
1

3500 South First
Lufkin, Texas 75902-1768
(936) 639-1301

N/A 23% N/A N/A 7% 44 0% N/A  
1

1515 E Indian School Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85014
(954) 535-8678

N/A 0% N/A N/A 46% 5 0% N/A  
1

2323 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39232
(601) 362-9991

N/A 0% N/A N/A 46% 18 0% N/A  
1

2233 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 216-2600

N/A 13% N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85287
(480) 965-2100

11.79 to 1 75% 89% 80% 57% 83 0% 65%  
1

1000 Iowa Street
Beebe, Arkansas 72012-1000
(501) 882-3600

1.85 to 1 37% N/A 64% 35% 43 0% N/A  
1

2105 E. Aggie Road
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
(870) 972-2100

2.82 to 1 54% 71% 70% 40% 86 0% 70%  
1

1600 South College Street
Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
(870) 508-6100

N/A 14% N/A N/A 57% 11 0% N/A  
1

7648 Victory Blvd
Newport, Arkansas 72112
(870) 512-7800

N/A 8% N/A N/A 41% 12 0% N/A  
1

11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997
(912) 344-2806

1.55 to 1 3% 74% 69% 33% 74 0% 31%  
1

720 S Colorado Blvd Ste 1150N
Denver, Colorado 80246
(800) 441-4746

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% 21 0% N/A  
1

1630 Metropolitan Parkway, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4498
(404) 756-4000

N/A 3% 69% 56% 9% 38 0% N/A  
1

1560 Metropolitan Pky SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
(404) 225-4400

N/A 5% N/A 67% 23% 43 0% N/A  
1

7440 East Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117-3596
(334) 244-3000

2.03 to 1 33% 74% 58% 30% 46 0% N/A  
1

511 W Citrus Edge St
Glendora, California 91740
(877) 816-6546

N/A 11% N/A N/A 0% 1 0% N/A  
1

1050 West Bristol Road
Flint, Michigan 48507-5508
(810) 766-4000

N/A 68% N/A N/A 13% 37 0% N/A  
1

2000 University Ave
Muncie, Indiana 47306
(765) 289-1241

4.97 to 1 47% 61% 77% 57% 89 0% 60%  
1

2901 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-7893
(410) 462-8300

N/A 10% N/A N/A 4% 51 0% N/A  
1

4483 Duncan Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 454-7055

6.14 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 19 0% 100%  
1

201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
(225) 216-8000

N/A 2% N/A N/A 3% 10 0% N/A  
1

12214 W Lakeshore Dr
Brimley, Michigan 49715
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N/A 52% N/A N/A 16% 19 0% N/A  
1

16 Spiral Drive
Florence, Kentucky 41042
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N/A 1% N/A N/A 36% 21 0% N/A  
1

225 Pictoria Drive
Springdale, Ohio 45246
(513) 671-1920

N/A 8% N/A N/A 12% 6 0% N/A  
1

3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue, Washington 98007-6484
(425) 564-1000

N/A 11% N/A N/A 28% 44 0% N/A  
1

1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
(800) 475-2001

1.43 to 1 27% 42% 69% 46% 71 0% N/A  
1

3 East 43 Street
New York, New York 10017
(212) 986-4343

N/A 92% N/A 52% 35% 21 0% N/A  
1

3900 Bethel Dr
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112
(651) 638-6400

1.47 to 1 99% 71% 83% 71% 55 0% N/A  
1

7418 NC Hwy 41 West
Dublin, North Carolina 28332
(910) 879-5500

0.70 to 1 10% N/A 35% 11% 38 0% 50%  
1

Broadway at 11th Street
Quincy, Illinois 62305-7005
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N/A N/A N/A N/A 55% 20 0% 100%  
1

180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731-4728
(828) 694-1700

N/A 16% N/A 57% 12% 41 0% N/A  
1

470 Cooper Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
(859) 246-6200

0.44 to 1 1% N/A N/A 19% 9 0% N/A  
1

1910 University Dr
Boise, Idaho 83725
(208) 426-1011

0.94 to 1 22% 85% 71% 28% 73 0% 75%  
1

220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
(419) 372-2531

3.22 to 1 78% 74% 70% 58% 98 0% N/A  
1

16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, California 92618
(949) 341-9800

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 58 0% N/A  
1

131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, Massachusetts 2325
(508) 531-1000

0.71 to 1 45% 73% 81% 54% 61 0% 79%  
1

240 E Morris Ave
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
(801) 300-4300

1.67 to 1 67% N/A N/A 0% 4 0% N/A  
1

2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 242-6265

1.05 to 1 1% N/A N/A 57% 32 0% N/A  
1

3580 Wilshire blvd suite 400
Los Angeles, California 90010
(213) 484-8850

N/A 0% N/A N/A 15% 39 0% N/A  
1

5035 Everett
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506-1299
(402) 481-3801

N/A 7% 84% N/A 0% 6 0% N/A  
1

465 Main Street, Suite 400
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 884-9120

0.26 to 1 26% N/A N/A 17% 12 0% 85%  
1

601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road
Pemberton, New Jersey 08068-1599
(609) 894-9311

0.09 to 1 3% N/A 60% 19% 42 0% N/A  
1

2820 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, California 92108-3824
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N/A 59% N/A 89% 60% 34 0% N/A  
1

First and Normal Sts
Chico, California 95929-0150
(530) 898-6116

1.10 to 1 33% 74% 86% 57% 60 0% N/A  
1

1000 E Victoria St
Carson, California 90747-0005
(310) 243-3300

0.54 to 1 65% 53% 77% 28% 50 0% N/A  
1

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, California 94542
(510) 885-3000

0.76 to 1 50% 36% 75% 41% 53 0% N/A  
1

5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, California 93740
(559) 278-4240

1.11 to 1 55% 60% 84% 48% 65 0% N/A  
1

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, California 92831-3599
(657) 278-2011

1.02 to 1 36% 47% 88% 51% 53 0% N/A  
1

6000 J St
Sacramento, California 95819-2694
(916) 278-6011

1.01 to 1 46% 67% 83% 41% 63 0% N/A  
1

5500 University Pky
San Bernardino, California 92407-2397
(909) 537-5000

1.43 to 1 62% 58% 88% 44% 50 0% N/A  
1

4522 Fredericksburg RD Suite A-18
San Antonio, Texas 78201
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N/A 10% N/A N/A 75% 26 0% N/A  
1

1227 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy
Shreveport, Louisiana 71105
(318) 629-2889

1.33 to 1 0% N/A 90% 43% 25 0% N/A  
1

1646 S Russell Ave
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
(865) 471-2000

1.17 to 1 99% 66% 60% 55% 87 0% N/A  
1

197 Franklin St
Auburn, New York 13021-3099
(315) 255-1743

0.25 to 1 12% N/A 51% 26% 49 0% 54%  
1

1105 Kelly Dr
Sanford, North Carolina 27330-9840
(919) 775-5401

0.54 to 1 1% N/A N/A 33% 42 0% N/A  
1

3300 Macon Tech Dr
Macon, Georgia 31206
(478) 757-3400

N/A 1% N/A 67% 19% 15 0% N/A  
1

411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, Missouri 65248-1198
(660) 248-6272

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, Missouri 65248-1198
(660) 248-3391

1.05 to 1 100% 67% 72% 50% 99 0% N/A  
1

6200 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, Texas 76549-4199
(254) 526-7161

0.12 to 1 10% N/A 58% 11% 45 0% N/A  
1

3506 Wards Rd
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502-2498
(434) 832-7600

N/A 5% N/A N/A 24% 45 0% N/A  
1

2697 Dean Dr Ste 100
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-7431
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N/A 32% N/A N/A 55% 28 0% N/A  
1

3005 Highland Parkway
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515-5683
(888) 556-8226

0.24 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

2221 E Northern Lights Blvd Ste 120
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 277-1000

0.30 to 1 14% N/A N/A 34% 26 0% N/A  
1

980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE
Marietta, Georgia 30060
(770) 975-4064

N/A 2% N/A 69% 12% 26 0% N/A  
1

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223-2690
(513) 569-1500

0.35 to 1 7% N/A 51% 15% 38 0% 96%  
1

177 Montgomery Road
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714
(407) 831-9816

0.06 to 1 0% N/A 47% 40% 14 0% N/A  
1

137 S Post Rd
Shelby, North Carolina 28152-6224
(704) 669-6000

N/A 0% N/A N/A 28% 39 0% N/A  
1

136 Clinton Point Dr
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
(518) 562-4200

2.31 to 1 4% N/A 58% 20% 39 0% N/A  
1

1385 S Colorado Blvd., 5th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80222
(303) 300-8740

N/A 90% N/A N/A 54% 30 0% N/A  
1

425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
(630) 942-2800

0.32 to 1 8% N/A 60% 13% 82 0% 59%  
1

1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, Texas 77591-2499
(409) 938-1211

0.95 to 1 24% N/A 58% 11% 45 0% 30%  
1

5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, Idaho 83687
(208) 562-3000

N/A 17% N/A N/A 14% 2 0% N/A  
1

9801 N. Metro Parkway East
Phoenix, Arizona 85051
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N/A 0% N/A N/A 68% 9 0% N/A  
1

901 Pier View Drive
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
(208) 528-7696

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122
(970) 248-1020

0.77 to 1 33% 82% 64% 29% 57 0% N/A  
1

102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-0100
(970) 491-1101

36.15 to 1 47% 75% 84% 63% 89 0% 47%  
1

8000 East Maplewood Avenue
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111-0000
(800) 920-6723

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 3 0% N/A  
1

4435 N Chestnut, Suite E
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907
(866) 813-1836

N/A 10% N/A N/A 13% N/A 0% N/A  
1

11600 Columbia College Dr
Sonora, California 95370
(209) 588-5100

1.36 to 1 0% N/A 67% 15% 42 0% 86%  
1

400 E Scenic Dr
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
(541) 506-6000

N/A 6% N/A N/A 39% 1 0% N/A  
1

21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561-9000
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0.16 to 1 22% N/A 84% 47% 13 0% N/A  
1

12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, Wisconsin 53097-2402
(262) 243-5700

0.74 to 1 100% 70% 74% 59% 50 0% N/A  
1

1 Academic Dr
Corning, New York 14830
(607) 962-9011

0.60 to 1 5% N/A 56% 26% 50 0% N/A  
1

125 S 2nd St
Arkansas City, Kansas 67005
(620) 442-0430

0.23 to 1 52% N/A 58% 28% 39 0% N/A  
1

1423 N Jefferson
Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 269-3401

N/A 0% 50% N/A 54% 14 0% N/A  
1

300 Jay St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 260-5500

0.47 to 1 0% 87% 77% 14% 57 0% N/A  
1

700 Carnegie Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
(800) 954-8742

0.27 to 1 2% N/A 48% 4% 35 0% N/A  
1

3721-1 NW 7th street
Miami, Florida 33126
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N/A 0% N/A N/A 71% 11 0% N/A  

Methodology

For each college, we gathered data for nine different metrics: the number of full-time faculty per part-time faculty member; institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, job placement, and default rates; years accredited; and undergraduate tuition. Learn more