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

Allied American University

10 to 1N/A80%N/AN/A0%0%
2

Navajo Technical University

14 to 143%44%N/AN/A1%0%
3

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

9 to 169%N/A31%91%20%1%
4

George Washington University

13 to 181%92%33%33%65%1%
5

Lehigh University

10 to 186%94%31%31%51%1%
6

Quinnipiac University

12 to 176%85%67%13%86%1%
7

Belmont University

13 to 168%83%80%31%69%2%
8

Chatham University

10 to 150%77%61%25%97%2%
9

Clarkson University

15 to 173%87%64%18%99%2%
10

Elmhurst College

13 to 174%78%72%26%88%2%
11

Franciscan University of Steubenville

15 to 173%86%76%32%94%2%
12

Marist College

16 to 180%90%37%30%85%2%
13

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

12 to 168%79%33%72%81%2%
14

New England Institute of Technology

13 to 151%N/AN/AN/A45%2%
15

Northwestern College

11 to 163%79%76%31%100%2%
16

Pepperdine University

13 to 180%92%37%22%66%2%
17

Saint Anselm College

11 to 174%85%74%18%96%2%
18

Simmons College

10 to 171%86%49%16%97%2%
19

University of Southern California

9 to 191%96%20%31%59%2%
20

Villanova University

12 to 190%94%49%23%54%2%
21

Alliant International University

13 to 1N/A75%49%44%50%3%
22

Aspen University

13 to 1N/A100%N/AN/A0%3%
23

DeSales University

15 to 170%85%76%21%99%3%
24

Endicott College

14 to 171%81%72%24%89%3%
25

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

12 to 156%77%54%93%35%3%
26

Regis University

8 to 158%82%70%25%98%3%
27

Roger Williams University

14 to 163%83%81%15%90%3%
28

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 179%96%38%33%97%3%
29

Taylor University

13 to 174%89%88%32%99%3%
30

Trident University International

18 to 158%33%N/AN/A0%3%
31

University of Miami

12 to 182%91%40%18%70%3%
32

Anderson University

11 to 157%73%55%29%96%4%
33

Anderson University

16 to 141%73%65%35%99%4%
34

Azusa Pacific University

14 to 165%82%80%29%87%4%
35

Brandman University

14 to 1N/AN/A100%71%N/A4%
36

Bryan College of Health Sciences

10 to 156%83%72%86%20%4%
37

California Lutheran University

15 to 170%85%48%16%97%4%
38

Corban University

13 to 155%77%32%24%100%4%
39

Drexel University

10 to 170%86%81%8%92%4%
40

Eastern Mennonite University

10 to 164%77%65%33%99%4%
41

Lesley University

11 to 146%79%67%18%96%4%
42

Lindenwood University

17 to 145%71%66%61%90%4%
43

Missouri University of Science and Technology

17 to 163%83%82%46%91%4%
44

Molloy College

10 to 166%89%73%21%92%4%
45

Northeastern University

13 to 183%96%32%19%71%4%
46

Northwest Christian University

12 to 146%54%70%37%100%4%
47

Pacific College

15 to 171%100%N/AN/A0%4%
48

Philadelphia University

13 to 158%75%64%16%98%4%
49

Rivier University

17 to 159%77%89%27%99%4%
50

Saint John Fisher College

13 to 173%83%63%21%100%4%
51

Truman State University

17 to 172%87%72%41%98%4%
52

Union University

8 to 164%94%74%32%100%4%
53

University of Delaware

15 to 180%92%65%26%51%4%
54

University of Florida

21 to 187%96%47%51%32%4%
55

University of Georgia

17 to 183%94%56%48%18%4%
56

University of Mobile

13 to 149%77%71%42%92%4%
57

University of North Dakota

19 to 155%75%74%59%48%4%
58

University of Scranton

11 to 182%90%75%13%92%4%
59

Washington State University

15 to 165%80%82%34%49%4%
60

Appalachian State University

16 to 169%87%63%39%34%5%
61

Ashland University

9 to 156%74%74%29%97%5%
62

Baylor University

15 to 175%88%57%19%94%5%
63

Bellevue University

33 to 139%50%N/AN/A50%5%
64

Brenau University

12 to 146%67%78%12%96%5%
65

City University of Seattle

7 to 10%40%N/AN/A0%5%
66

Huntington University

13 to 162%79%97%30%97%5%
67

John Brown University

15 to 165%82%70%38%95%5%
68

Lewis University

13 to 162%82%56%23%99%5%
69

Loyola University Chicago

14 to 171%85%91%19%95%5%
70

Milwaukee School of Engineering

14 to 156%83%68%37%97%5%
71

New Jersey Institute of Technology

13 to 158%86%65%36%47%5%
72

Northwest University

13 to 143%78%97%48%93%5%
73

Norwich University

14 to 157%75%255%31%98%5%
74

Olivet Nazarene University

16 to 157%75%82%25%100%5%
75

Oregon Institute of Technology

21 to 144%74%71%18%61%5%
76

Oregon State University

23 to 161%84%79%36%64%5%
77

Robert Morris University

15 to 156%81%81%22%96%5%
78

Roberts Wesleyan College

13 to 161%86%73%35%100%5%
79

Rochester Institute of Technology

14 to 164%87%60%28%89%5%
80

Rowan University

13 to 170%84%59%29%44%5%
81

Saint Louis University

12 to 170%87%64%19%88%5%
82

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

8 to 160%77%98%20%100%5%
83

University of Central Florida

31 to 167%87%49%39%45%5%
84

University of Hawaii - Manoa

13 to 157%78%80%36%61%5%
85

University of Mary

17 to 149%71%83%56%100%5%
86

University of Northern Iowa

16 to 166%83%83%51%59%5%
87

Vanguard University of Southern California

15 to 152%76%70%38%97%5%
88

Viterbo University

12 to 147%81%71%25%99%5%
89

William Woods University

10 to 156%74%75%31%99%5%
90

Aurora University

15 to 158%73%76%34%100%6%
91

Baker University

9 to 152%76%87%31%100%6%
92

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

12 to 139%74%46%54%64%6%
93

Belhaven University

12 to 140%60%48%25%98%6%
94

Champlain College

14 to 158%79%71%17%92%6%
95

Colorado Christian University

14 to 137%69%98%39%95%6%
96

Columbia Southern University

61 to 140%56%N/AN/A18%6%
97

Crown College

17 to 156%70%55%36%95%6%
98

DePaul University

16 to 170%85%60%20%94%6%
99

Florida Gulf Coast University

22 to 144%77%66%39%17%6%
100

Florida State University

26 to 177%92%57%36%38%6%

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