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  
885

1220 Coffeen St
Watertown, New York 13601-1897
(315) 786-2200

0.53 to 1 9% N/A N/A 27% 45 10% N/A  
885

5001 Lake Land Blvd
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
(217) 234-5253

1.55 to 1 23% N/A 56% 34% 41 10% 96%  
885

4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605
(337) 475-5000

2.08 to 1 39% 69% 68% 38% 60 10% N/A  
885

300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
(305) 237-8888

0.38 to 1 24% N/A N/A 31% 49 10% N/A  
885

900 N. Clarkson
Fremont, Nebraska 68025
(800) 642-8382

2.00 to 1 100% 98% 80% 47% 51 10% 95%  
885

3950 E Newman Rd
Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
(417) 625-9300

2.06 to 1 52% 96% 60% 34% 65 10% N/A  
885

444 Green St
Gardner, Massachusetts 01440-1000
(978) 632-6600

0.45 to 1 10% N/A 54% 14% 46 10% N/A  
885

1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707
(919) 530-6100

3.01 to 1 64% 52% 72% 43% 76 10% N/A  
885

801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, Nebraska 68702-0469
(402) 371-2020

0.43 to 1 30% N/A 65% 47% 35 10% N/A  
885

3535 N. Ellison Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78251
(210) 486-4000

0.20 to 1 3% N/A N/A 14% 13 10% N/A  
885

7777 S May Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159-9987
(405) 682-1611

0.24 to 1 34% N/A N/A 11% 37 10% 40%  
885

323 Eagle Ave
Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939-0430
(580) 349-2611

2.50 to 1 62% 61% 53% 20% 56 10% N/A  
885

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 447-7500

0.39 to 1 3% N/A 59% 16% 18 10% N/A  
885

2400 W Bradley Ave
Champaign, Illinois 61821-1899
(217) 351-2200

0.50 to 1 9% N/A N/A 17% 42 10% N/A  
885

1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, Pennsylvania 15071
(412) 809-5100

1.27 to 1 58% N/A 63% 54% 12 10% 83%  
885

800 Country Club Rd
Waterbury, Connecticut 6723
(800) 345-2562

0.35 to 1 48% 58% 58% 25% 42 10% 69%  
885

721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, California 93109-2394
(805) 965-0581

0.49 to 1 5% N/A N/A 35% 62 10% N/A  
885

1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395
(707) 527-4011

0.31 to 1 11% N/A N/A 34% 62 10% N/A  
885

940 Second St
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
(740) 354-3205

0.86 to 1 34% N/A 49% 29% 39 10% N/A  
885

444 W. Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
(937) 512-3000

N/A 12% N/A N/A 11% 44 10% N/A  
885

1685 Medical Lane
Fort Myers, Florida 33907-1108
(239) 939-4766

N/A 48% N/A N/A 37% 30 10% N/A  
885

2008 Alumin Drive, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 468-2011

2.89 to 1 47% 56% 63% 44% 87 10% N/A  
885

533 College Rd
Selden, New York 11784-2899
(631) 451-4110

N/A 1% N/A N/A 19% 48 10% N/A  
885

2 Main Street
Delhi, New York 13753-1100
(607) 746-4000

1.32 to 1 71% 51% 72% 39% 62 10% N/A  
885

1500 Houston St
Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6524
(817) 515-5100

0.53 to 1 11% N/A N/A 9% 45 10% N/A  
885

University Avenue
Troy, Alabama 36082-0001
(334) 670-3100

0.75 to 1 38% 62% 71% 34% 80 10% N/A  
885

7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
(775) 673-7000

0.43 to 1 7% N/A 62% 16% 34 10% N/A  
885

1400 East Fifth Street
Tyler, Texas 75701
(903) 510-2200

1.03 to 1 19% N/A 49% 14% 83 10% N/A  
885

6191 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, Kentucky 40769
(606) 549-2200

1.37 to 1 100% 69% 63% 45% 50 10% 90%  
885

6610 North Lovington Hwy
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
(575) 392-6561

0.48 to 1 94% N/A 45% 22% 34 10% N/A  
931

79 New Montgomery
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 274-2200

0.22 to 1 6% N/A 71% 32% 16 11% N/A  
931

1000 ASU Dr Ste 359
Alcorn State, Mississippi 39096-7500
(601) 877-6100

3.76 to 1 23% 47% 69% 32% 66 11% 28%  
931

1801 N Cottonwood
Iola, Kansas 66749
(620) 365-5116

0.29 to 1 68% N/A 56% 28% 40 11% N/A  
931

245 NE 30th Road
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
(620) 792-2701

0.50 to 1 76% N/A N/A 28% 40 11% N/A  
931

765 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, New Jersey 07738-1597
(732) 224-2345

N/A 3% N/A N/A 22% 42 11% N/A  
931

3030 North Dallas Ave
Lancaster, Texas 75134-3799
(972) 860-8201

N/A 5% N/A N/A 9% 35 11% N/A  
931

4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, Oregon 97305
(503) 399-5000

0.34 to 1 12% N/A 61% 17% 42 11% N/A  
931

3535 Adkisson Drive
Cleveland, Tennessee 37312
(423) 472-7141

0.58 to 1 19% 100% N/A 17% 45 11% 77%  
931

650 College Drive
Dalton, Georgia 30720-3797
(706) 272-4436

2.91 to 1 2% 43% 61% 17% 45 11% N/A  
931

1005 State University Dr
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030-4313
(478) 825-6211

3.12 to 1 6% 32% 73% 29% 63 11% N/A  
931

10208 Technology Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37932
(865) 688-9422

0.92 to 1 14% N/A 82% 86% 47 11% 85%  
931

3645 W 112th Ave
Westminster, Colorado 80031
(303) 404-5000

0.23 to 1 14% N/A 43% 17% 39 11% N/A  
931

3 Point Place
Madison, Wisconsin 53719-2848
(608) 620-2200

N/A N/A 69% N/A 0% 3 11% N/A  
931

1215 Houbolt Rd
Joliet, Illinois 60431-8938
(815) 729-9020

N/A 7% N/A N/A 11% 97 11% N/A  
931

10775 N Saint Helen Road
Roscommon, Michigan 48653
(989) 275-5000

0.44 to 1 16% N/A N/A 15% 38 11% N/A  
931

7390 South Sixth Street
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603-7121
(541) 882-3521

0.28 to 1 8% N/A 58% 2% 10 11% N/A  
931

5250 Shepherd Rd
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9256
(217) 786-2200

0.51 to 1 7% N/A 50% 23% 41 11% N/A  
931

1400 College Dr
Waco, Texas 76708
(254) 299-8622

N/A 21% N/A N/A 14% 46 11% N/A  
931

3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020-7599
(610) 861-5300

0.21 to 1 4% N/A N/A 20% 44 11% 44%  
931

4200 Congress Ave
Lake Worth, Florida 33461-4796
(561) 967-7222

0.24 to 1 8% N/A N/A 35% 72 11% N/A  
931

118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, New Jersey 8876
(908) 526-1200

0.33 to 1 3% N/A N/A 20% 42 11% N/A  
931

223 W Main St
Salem, West Virginia 26426
(304) 326-1109

0.76 to 1 79% N/A 43% 11% 51 11% N/A  
931

6415 Spellman Road
Camden, Arkansas 71701-1906
(870) 574-4500

0.38 to 1 15% N/A N/A 47% 34 11% N/A  
931

6021 142nd Ave N
Clearwater, Florida 33760-2822
(727) 341-4772

0.23 to 1 22% N/A N/A 31% 83 11% N/A  
931

100 Cardinal Drive
Athens, Texas 75751
(903) 675-6200

1.18 to 1 29% N/A N/A 21% 62 11% N/A  
931

830 Bay Boulevard
Chula Vista, California 91911
(888) 422-3381

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 5 11% N/A  
931

9215 N Black Canyon Hwy.
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-2718
(602) 943-2311

0.01 to 1 82% N/A N/A 4% 30 11% N/A  
931

2500 College Dr
Rock Springs, Wyoming 82902-0428
(307) 382-1600

0.48 to 1 40% N/A N/A 46% 38 11% N/A  
959

5401 W. 20th St.
Greeley, Colorado 80632
(970) 330-8008

0.50 to 1 23% N/A 80% 22% 37 12% 88%  
959

101 College Pky
Arnold, Maryland 21012-1895
(410) 777-2222

0.28 to 1 4% N/A N/A 15% 46 12% N/A  
959

5100 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330-2699
(609) 625-1111

N/A 2% N/A 60% 18% 43 12% N/A  
959

2299 Old Bacone Rd
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403-1597
(918) 683-4581

N/A 92% 39% N/A 10% 49 12% N/A  
959

122 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 2116
(617) 217-9000

N/A 74% N/A 76% 47% 7 12% N/A  
959

1410 Hwy 304 East
Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455
(870) 248-4000

N/A 8% N/A N/A 19% 17 12% 80%  
959

1055 Stewart Ave
Bethpage, New York 11714-3545
(516) 918-3600

N/A 15% N/A N/A 37% 18 12% N/A  
959

125 College Dr
Casper, Wyoming 82601-4699
(307) 268-2110

1.32 to 1 37% N/A 61% 30% 54 12% N/A  
959

3134 West Hwy 34
Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903
(308) 398-4222

N/A 28% N/A N/A 37% 34 12% 97%  
959

417 Schepps Blvd
Clovis, New Mexico 88101-8381
(800) 769-2811

0.40 to 1 5% N/A 43% 8% 27 12% 55%  
959

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, California 94402-3784
(650) 574-6161

N/A 4% N/A N/A 12% 62 12% N/A  
959

4242 South Sheridan
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145
(919) 610-0027

N/A 0% N/A N/A 65% 16 12% N/A  
959

1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130-3991
(215) 751-8000

0.63 to 1 0% N/A N/A 10% 46 12% N/A  
959

2000 E Main St
Danville, Illinois 61832-5118
(217) 443-3222

0.69 to 1 7% N/A N/A 31% 47 12% N/A  
959

9050 Viscount Blvd
El Paso, Texas 79925
(915) 831-2000

0.40 to 1 2% N/A N/A 11% 36 12% 81%  
959

501 W State St
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 359-5433

0.51 to 1 16% N/A 36% 33% 45 12% N/A  
959

One College Rd
Batavia, New York 14020
(585) 343-0055

0.31 to 1 16% N/A N/A 24% 43 12% 66%  
959

1620 Edward P Smith Drive
Aberdeen, Washington 98520-7599
(360) 532-9020

0.86 to 1 9% N/A 57% 38% 66 12% N/A  
959

1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 89801
(775) 738-8493

0.36 to 1 13% N/A 77% 27% 40 12% N/A  
959

720 North Dr.
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240
(270) 707-3700

0.66 to 1 10% N/A 55% 23% 43 12% N/A  
959

2700 College Rd
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-1057
(712) 325-3200

N/A 21% N/A N/A 19% 39 12% N/A  
959

3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
(270) 926-3111

1.78 to 1 95% 21% 54% 36% 66 12% 35%  
959

419 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
(517) 483-1957

0.12 to 1 7% N/A N/A 9% 50 12% N/A  
959

96-045 Ala Ike
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782-3393
(808) 455-0011

1.70 to 1 28% N/A 65% 11% 43 12% N/A  
959

100 College Station Dr
Macon, Georgia 31206-5145
(478) 471-2700

N/A 3% 47% N/A 11% 44 12% N/A  
959

One Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, Massachusetts 02302-3996
(508) 588-9100

0.31 to 1 6% N/A N/A 14% 43 12% N/A  
959

1375 S Clare Ave
Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447
(989) 386-6622

0.21 to 1 25% N/A 43% 10% 40 12% N/A  
959

100 Training Hill Rd
Middletown, Connecticut 06457-4829
(860) 343-5701

0.43 to 1 25% N/A 54% 14% 41 12% N/A  
959

980 Fremont St
Monterey, California 93940-4799
(831) 646-4000

0.75 to 1 3% N/A N/A 21% 62 12% N/A  
959

5251 College Drive
Dublin, Virginia 24084-1127
(540) 674-3600

0.33 to 1 12% N/A N/A 25% 42 12% N/A  
959

1235 15th St
Augusta, Georgia 30901-3182
(706) 821-8200

2.04 to 1 34% 69% 52% 22% 70 12% N/A  
959

5675 S Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498
(719) 502-2000

N/A 0% N/A N/A 14% 39 12% N/A  
959

One College Pk
Decatur, Illinois 62521-8512
(217) 875-7200

0.66 to 1 31% N/A 59% 24% 36 12% N/A  
959

1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, Oklahoma 74017-3252
(918) 343-7777

0.61 to 1 10% 55% 61% 16% 64 12% N/A  
959

1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, Texas 78212-4299
(210) 486-0000

0.69 to 1 1% N/A N/A 5% 62 12% N/A  
959

701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, California 92410-2798
(909) 384-4400

0.88 to 1 1% N/A N/A 14% 62 12% N/A  
959

170 North St
Dryden, New York 13053-0139
(607) 844-8211

0.24 to 1 5% N/A N/A 25% 41 12% 65%  
959

2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
(304) 357-4800

1.93 to 1 100% 56% 70% 42% 56 12% N/A  
959

4647 Stone Ave
Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
(712) 274-6400

0.26 to 1 32% N/A 41% 21% 37 12% N/A  
998

3110 Mustang Rd
Alvin, Texas 77511-4898
(281) 756-3500

0.60 to 1 6% N/A N/A 12% 55 13% N/A  
998

2011 S. Washington
Amarillo, Texas 79109
(806) 371-5000

1.00 to 1 22% N/A 52% 15% 81 13% N/A  
998

400 N Bluff Blvd
Clinton, Iowa 52733-2967
(563) 242-4023

0.06 to 1 13% 96% 45% 21% 64 13% 91%  

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