Schools Ranked by Default RatePage 11

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  
998

467 Franklin St
Bloomfield, New Jersey 7003
(973) 748-9000

0.45 to 1 95% 55% 64% 37% 54 13% 50%  
998

1000 W Foothill Blvd
Glendora, California 91741-1899
(626) 963-0323

0.62 to 1 2% N/A N/A 32% 62 13% N/A  
998

1 Abenaki Way
Winooski, Vermont 05404-2245
(802) 828-2800

N/A 10% N/A N/A 14% 39 13% N/A  
998

1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
(386) 506-3000

0.54 to 1 14% N/A N/A 28% 51 13% N/A  
998

53 Pendell Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601-1595
(845) 431-8000

0.30 to 1 5% N/A N/A 24% 50 13% 66%  
998

8099 College Pky SW
Fort Myers, Florida 33919-0000
(239) 489-9300

N/A 20% N/A 52% 29% 48 13% N/A  
998

1704 Weeksville Rd
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
(252) 335-3400

3.27 to 1 38% 50% 79% 43% 67 13% 42%  
998

1100 College Ave
Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126
(800) 322-9235

N/A 53% N/A N/A 25% 51 13% N/A  
998

121 Ellicott St
Buffalo, New York 14203-2698
(716) 842-2770

0.53 to 1 1% N/A N/A 18% 33 13% 23%  
998

15800 NW 42 Avenue
Miami Gardens, Florida 33054-6199
(305) 626-3600

1.54 to 1 39% 90% 70% 41% 63 13% N/A  
998

601 High Point Rd.
Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
(336) 334-4822

0.61 to 1 5% N/A 52% 12% 45 13% N/A  
998

874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-4598
(808) 845-9211

1.70 to 1 23% N/A 55% 14% 44 13% N/A  
998

3209 Virginia Ave
Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596
(772) 462-4772

0.35 to 1 15% N/A N/A 41% 49 13% N/A  
998

1851 Hwy 169 East
Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744-3397
(218) 322-2300

1.26 to 1 14% N/A 53% 31% 17 13% N/A  
998

100 Academic Pkwy
Grayson, Kentucky 41143-1199
(606) 474-3000

2.06 to 1 98% 58% 57% 41% 30 13% N/A  
998

1600 Maple Street
Longview, Washington 98632-0310
(360) 442-2311

0.45 to 1 3% N/A 53% 25% 66 13% N/A  
998

3700 S Center St
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
(641) 752-7106

N/A 35% N/A N/A 27% 48 13% N/A  
998

1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, Arizona 85202
(480) 461-7000

N/A 23% N/A N/A 13% 47 13% N/A  
998

1101 Halligan Drive
North Platte, Nebraska 69101
(800) 658-4308

0.27 to 1 78% N/A N/A 36% 49 13% N/A  
998

120 White Bridge Rd
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-4515
(615) 353-3333

0.51 to 1 2% N/A N/A 10% 42 13% 87%  
998

4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, New York 13215-4585
(315) 498-2622

0.36 to 1 7% N/A N/A 18% 42 13% N/A  
998

700 College Rd
Cumberland, Kentucky 40823
(606) 589-2145

0.98 to 1 8% N/A 65% 26% 13 13% N/A  
998

1601 East 27th Street
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-1899
(308) 635-3606

N/A 53% N/A 56% 3% 26 13% N/A  
1024

3000 College Heightts Blvd
Ridgecrest, California 93555-9571
(760) 384-6100

N/A 0% N/A N/A 9% 39 14% N/A  
1024

25555 Hesperian Blvd
Hayward, California 94545
(510) 723-6600

N/A 0% N/A N/A 20% 51 14% N/A  
1024

6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164
(702) 651-5000

N/A 10% N/A N/A 9% 39 14% N/A  
1024

802 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601-0233
(800) 621-8559

N/A 9% N/A N/A 22% 40 14% N/A  
1024

425 South Nova Road
Ormond Beach, Florida 32174-8445
(386) 267-0565

N/A 0% N/A N/A 61% 10 14% N/A  
1024

201 E Greene St
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061-3398
(478) 387-4900

0.42 to 1 14% N/A 55% 23% 74 14% N/A  
1024

505 East Main Street
Raymond, Mississippi 39154
(601) 857-5261

1.26 to 1 25% N/A 60% 15% 86 14% N/A  
1024

1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, Texas 79720
(432) 264-5000

1.45 to 1 27% N/A 54% 26% 59 14% N/A  
1024

One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
(515) 576-7201

0.35 to 1 48% N/A N/A 41% 40 14% 80%  
1024

400 East Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-2355
(502) 597-6000

4.79 to 1 48% 45% 46% 14% 75 14% 60%  
1024

8900 US Hwy 14
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012-2761
(815) 455-3700

0.33 to 1 8% N/A N/A 27% 38 14% N/A  
1024

7020 Professional Pkwy E
Sarasota, Florida 34240
(941) 377-4880

N/A 5% N/A N/A 82% 31 14% N/A  
1024

3400 N Wesleyan Blvd
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
(252) 985-5100

0.26 to 1 87% 54% 56% 24% 48 14% N/A  
1024

1400 W Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, Texas 78224-2499
(210) 486-3000

0.71 to 1 0% N/A N/A 9% 27 14% N/A  
1024

13300 W Sixth Ave
Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255
(303) 914-6600

0.22 to 1 2% N/A N/A 24% 39 14% N/A  
1024

1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420-2193
(541) 888-2525

N/A 50% N/A N/A 22% 48 14% N/A  
1024

3201 Jermantown Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 539-6890

0.72 to 1 4% N/A 87% 20% 12 14% 80%  
1024

1002 N First St
Vincennes, Indiana 47591
(812) 888-8888

0.18 to 1 18% N/A 69% 26% 56 14% N/A  
1024

2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, Nevada 89703-7399
(775) 445-3000

N/A 20% N/A N/A 15% 39 14% N/A  
1043

1600 South Arlington Street, Suite 100
Akron, Ohio 44306-3931
(330) 724-1600

N/A 4% 98% N/A 41% 12 15% N/A  
1043

6220 East Texas
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
(318) 678-6000

0.69 to 1 6% N/A 49% 13% 31 15% N/A  
1043

1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
(615) 444-2562

0.65 to 1 96% 47% 68% 31% 52 15% 70%  
1043

1200 Murchison Rd
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298
(910) 672-1111

4.76 to 1 85% 64% 76% 31% 67 15% N/A  
1043

500 Technology Way
Florence, Kentucky 41042
(859) 441-4500

0.46 to 1 3% N/A N/A 33% 41 15% N/A  
1043

200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720-4091
(808) 934-2500

N/A 26% N/A N/A 18% 41 15% N/A  
1043

One College Drive
East Peoria, Illinois 61635-0001
(309) 694-5422

0.41 to 1 13% N/A 59% 21% 42 15% N/A  
1043

1202 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(602) 264-2492

0.29 to 1 17% N/A N/A 17% 86 15% N/A  
1043

1500 West Agency Road
West Burlington, Iowa 52655-0180
(319) 752-2731

4.69 to 1 17% N/A 33% 28% 40 15% N/A  
1043

3101 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40205-3013
(502) 456-6504

0.81 to 1 56% N/A N/A 51% 35 15% 60%  
1053

2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, Arizona 85365-8834
(928) 317-6000

0.35 to 1 15% N/A N/A 17% 46 16% N/A  
1053

16000 E CentreTech Pky
Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036
(303) 360-4700

N/A 12% N/A N/A 15% 26 16% N/A  
1053

1111 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80204-2026
(303) 556-2600

0.26 to 1 9% N/A N/A 9% 39 16% N/A  
1053

411 W Northmoor Road
Peoria, Illinois 61614-3595
(309) 692-4092

N/A 0% 90% N/A 43% 32 16% 82%  
1053

1971 Jagerson Ave
Kingman, Arizona 86409-1238
(928) 757-4331

0.24 to 1 3% N/A N/A 33% 33 16% N/A  
1053

101 College Dr
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
(501) 760-4222

0.77 to 1 14% N/A 100% 23% 33 16% 75%  
1053

1100 E Sheldon St
Prescott, Arizona 86301
(928) 445-7300

0.38 to 1 18% N/A N/A 16% 39 16% 70%  
1060

384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 190
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 237-7573

N/A 0% N/A N/A 28% 29 17% N/A  
1060

2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, Wyoming 82501
(800) 735-8418

0.48 to 1 53% N/A 52% 30% 38 17% N/A  
1060

3200 West C St
Torrington, Wyoming 82240-1699
(307) 532-8200

0.89 to 1 57% N/A N/A 39% 38 17% N/A  
1060

2009 W Wilson St
Tarboro, North Carolina 27886
(252) 823-5166

N/A 6% N/A N/A 12% 41 17% 70%  
1060

109 E Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2005
(502) 213-4000

0.81 to 1 0% N/A N/A 15% 9 17% N/A  
1060

125 W. Cooper
Sterling, Kansas 67579
(620) 278-2173

1.74 to 1 100% 46% 55% 34% 57 17% 67%  
1060

444 Appleyard Dr
Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
(850) 201-6200

0.27 to 1 10% N/A N/A 33% 45 17% N/A  
1067

1101 E. 78th Street, Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55420-1554
(952) 851-0066

.08 to 1 0% N/A 100% 36% 38 18% N/A  
1067

6600-34th Avenue
Moline, Illinois 61265-5899
(309) 796-5000

0.69 to 1 19% N/A N/A 19% 63 18% 75%  
1067

606 W Main
Highland, Kansas 66035-4165
(785) 442-6000

N/A 51% N/A N/A 34% 37 18% N/A  
1067

188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, Connecticut 6854
(203) 857-7060

0.32 to 1 26% N/A N/A 8% 41 18% N/A  
1071

303 North Main Street
Elmira, New York 14901
(607) 733-7177

N/A 0% N/A N/A 42% 45 19% N/A  
1071

173 Illinois Rt 2
Dixon, Illinois 61021-9112
(815) 288-5511

0.43 to 1 16% N/A N/A 31% 42 19% N/A  
1073

4190 W Highway 80
Douglas, Arizona 85607-9724
(520) 515-0500

0.33 to 1 23% N/A 55% 22% 45 20% N/A  
1073

3737 Motley Dr
Mesquite, Texas 75150-2099
(972) 860-7100

0.27 to 1 7% N/A N/A 10% 42 20% N/A  
1073

10400 N. 25th Avenue, Suite 190
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-1641
(602) 942-4141

0.43 to 1 0% N/A 62% 36% 17 20% 86%  
1076

297 Davidson Community College Rd
Thomasville, North Carolina 27360-7385
(336) 249-8186

N/A 4% N/A N/A 27% 46 33% N/A  
1076

3575 College Road
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
(618) 252-5400

N/A 32% N/A N/A 32% 38 33% N/A  
1078

141 College Drive
Albemarle, North Carolina 28001
(704) 982-0121

1.00 to 1 13% N/A N/A 30% 35 100% 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