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 most recent cohort default rates published by the Peterson’s for the 2013 fiscal year.

Peterson’s 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.

RankSchoolStudent to
Faculty Ratio
Graduation
Rate
Retention
Rate
Acceptance
Rate
Enrollment
Rate
Institutional
Aid Rate
Default
Rate
1

Fairfield University

12 to 182%89%65%9%75%1%
2

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

9 to 169%88%66%13%86%1%
3

Brigham Young University-Provo

20 to 180%86%48%38%71%1%
4

Bethesda University

10 to 177%68%N/AN/A58%2%
5

Catholic University of America

7 to 169%86%79%15%83%2%
6

Elmhurst College

14 to 167%79%55%13%95%2%
7

Dordt College

15 to 169%81%70%27%100%2%
8

Boston College

14 to 192%95%29%7%45%2%
9

Gordon College

13 to 169%85%93%24%98%2%
10

Concordia College at Moorhead

11 to 173%82%78%23%96%2%
11

Elon University

12 to 183%90%57%15%54%2%
12

Cedarville University

13 to 172%86%74%26%88%2%
13

Juniata College

13 to 173%86%77%14%92%2%
14

Bob Jones University

12 to 162%80%82%55%71%2%
15

George Mason University

16 to 169%87%69%14%41%2%
16

University of Mary Washington

14 to 170%82%83%18%41%2%
17

International Baptist College and Seminary

4 to 160%79%N/AN/A91%2%
18

Biola University

15 to 170%85%70%21%91%3%
19

California Lutheran University

15 to 166%84%62%9%87%3%
20

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

22 to 176%93%31%11%55%3%
21

Colorado School of Mines

16 to 177%94%38%9%68%3%
22

Brigham Young University-Idaho

25 to 161%68%100%47%60%3%
23

Bradley University

12 to 174%86%66%10%94%3%
24

Illinois Wesleyan University

11 to 183%93%62%12%99%3%
25

Drake University

13 to 175%88%67%12%94%3%
26

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

11 to 166%80%64%50%90%3%
27

Luther College

12 to 177%85%67%16%97%3%
28

Goucher College

11 to 169%82%77%11%90%3%
29

Calvin College

13 to 174%86%74%25%95%3%
30

Grace Bible College

13 to 160%56%81%44%83%3%
31

Hope College

11 to 176%88%72%18%87%3%
32

Bethel University

12 to 174%84%95%40%89%3%
33

Bryan College of Health Sciences

9 to 179%86%86%67%56%3%
34

Clarkson University

14 to 172%88%68%11%96%3%
35

Ithaca College

11 to 176%86%67%11%88%3%
36

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

18 to 154%78%94%48%56%3%
37

Baldwin Wallace University

13 to 167%83%60%18%84%3%
38

Ohio Northern University

11 to 169%86%69%19%75%3%
39

George Fox University

14 to 170%81%77%21%90%3%
40

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

11 to 163%86%84%20%96%3%
41

Multnomah University

13 to 155%70%59%29%90%3%
42

Pacific University

11 to 171%77%79%16%93%3%
43

Chatham University

10 to 156%76%55%14%64%3%
44

Duquesne University

13 to 174%85%76%20%92%3%
45

Elizabethtown College

12 to 178%82%71%15%99%3%
46

Lebanon Valley College

11 to 174%85%72%14%94%3%
47

Augustana University

10 to 175%84%65%25%97%3%
48

Belmont University

14 to 169%83%80%23%65%3%
49

Eastern Mennonite University

10 to 161%73%62%15%95%3%
50

James Madison University

16 to 183%91%73%21%34%3%
51

Pacific Lutheran University

11 to 168%83%76%18%96%3%
52

Seattle Pacific University

15 to 171%87%82%13%93%3%
53

Marquette University

15 to 180%90%74%9%96%3%
54

Saint Norbert College

13 to 173%82%78%16%94%3%
55

Azusa Pacific University

11 to 168%88%81%20%92%4%
56

Chapman University

14 to 179%90%48%10%79%4%
57

University of Colorado Boulder

18 to 171%86%80%20%43%4%
58

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

18 to 167%87%81%26%50%4%
59

American University

12 to 181%88%35%11%63%4%
60

Berry College

12 to 164%83%55%13%99%4%
61

Concordia University-Chicago

15 to 150%62%50%7%89%4%
62

Illinois State University

18 to 173%82%88%30%50%4%
63

Goshen College

10 to 166%78%66%22%90%4%
64

Grace College and Theological Seminary

23 to 160%80%77%9%71%4%
65

Huntington University

10 to 166%79%84%22%85%4%
66

Central College

12 to 167%78%64%10%94%4%
67

Cornell College

11 to 168%82%70%14%98%4%
68

Mount Mercy University

14 to 165%78%61%21%86%4%
69

Mount St Mary's University

12 to 169%75%67%8%95%4%
70

McDaniel College

11 to 170%75%80%15%98%4%
71

Assumption College

12 to 173%83%76%12%92%4%
72

Lesley University

10 to 154%80%67%12%75%4%
73

Merrimack College

13 to 171%83%79%11%89%4%
74

Grand Valley State University

17 to 167%84%81%24%65%4%
75

Hamline University

13 to 163%79%72%13%94%4%
76

Concordia University-Nebraska

14 to 159%76%78%25%73%4%
77

Houghton College

12 to 173%84%95%35%97%4%
78

Manhattan College

13 to 172%84%67%11%87%4%
79

Nazareth College

9 to 173%84%76%14%97%4%
80

Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing

8 to 150%100%50%39%67%4%
81

Appalachian State University

16 to 171%86%66%23%45%4%
82

John Carroll University

13 to 173%85%82%19%97%4%
83

DeSales University

13 to 170%78%78%16%79%4%
84

La Salle University

12 to 163%78%75%13%85%4%
85

Moravian College

12 to 169%80%75%19%91%4%
86

Saint Vincent College

12 to 169%87%70%23%96%4%
87

Presbyterian College

11 to 170%81%62%13%89%4%
88

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

14 to 190%N/AN/AN/A83%4%
89

Edgewood College

10 to 160%81%77%26%85%4%
90

Touro University Worldwide

13 to 1N/A100%N/AN/A76%4%
91

Harding University

16 to 164%85%99%66%87%5%
92

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

27 to 163%89%39%8%67%5%
93

California State University-Long Beach

24 to 167%89%34%8%72%5%
94

San Jose State University

27 to 157%86%55%11%64%5%
95

Stetson University

13 to 164%77%63%9%98%5%
96

Georgia College and State University

17 to 160%86%76%37%79%5%
97

Mercer University

13 to 161%87%67%18%85%5%
98

Augustana College

12 to 176%86%49%10%97%5%
99

Loyola University Chicago

14 to 174%86%71%10%83%5%
100

Anderson University

11 to 154%75%60%16%89%5%

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