Schools Ranked by Default RatePage 2

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
101

University of Evansville

12 to 168%81%70%12%91%5%
102

Indiana University-Bloomington

17 to 177%89%78%23%59%5%
103

Iowa State University

19 to 171%87%87%33%67%5%
104

Georgetown College

10 to 157%72%68%13%90%5%
105

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

23 to 167%85%77%32%72%5%
106

Loyola University New Orleans

12 to 166%77%90%19%92%5%
107

Salisbury University

16 to 167%82%61%14%56%5%
108

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

16 to 172%93%74%47%52%5%
109

Michigan Technological University

12 to 165%87%75%24%86%5%
110

Augsburg College

12 to 156%79%59%16%82%5%
111

Missouri University of Science and Technology

19 to 165%87%88%41%77%5%
112

Grace University

12 to 146%93%59%32%86%5%
113

Plymouth State University

17 to 158%76%74%20%61%5%
114

Montclair State University

17 to 166%83%70%26%51%5%
115

Adelphi University

11 to 167%84%72%9%88%5%
116

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

17 to 170%91%32%7%56%5%
117

CUNY Hunter College

11 to 154%83%39%8%56%5%
118

CUNY Queens College

14 to 158%85%40%8%53%5%
119

Fordham University

14 to 181%91%48%5%80%5%
120

Ashland University

14 to 158%75%77%19%59%5%
121

Cleveland Institute of Art

9 to 168%83%65%23%97%5%
122

Malone University

12 to 157%70%69%21%86%5%
123

Carlow University

11 to 150%77%81%24%87%5%
124

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

13 to 167%86%77%25%62%5%
125

South Dakota State University

17 to 154%76%92%44%58%5%
126

Lipscomb University

12 to 155%84%61%20%73%5%
127

Longwood University

16 to 166%80%79%22%48%5%
128

Milwaukee School of Engineering

16 to 164%87%65%22%89%5%
129

California State University-San Marcos

24 to 151%81%54%16%69%5%
130

Milligan College

9 to 163%78%65%31%87%5%
131

Auburn University

19 to 173%90%78%25%53%6%
132

California State University-Fullerton

25 to 162%88%42%11%65%6%
133

Laguna College of Art and Design

12 to 166%84%37%21%100%6%
134

Simpson University

9 to 149%74%52%14%94%6%
135

Colorado Christian University

15 to 147%79%N/AN/A54%6%
136

DePaul University

16 to 173%84%72%13%80%6%
137

Eastern Illinois University

15 to 158%75%50%13%73%6%
138

Dominican University

11 to 159%79%63%12%90%6%
139

Marian University

13 to 156%80%56%15%66%6%
140

Clarke University

9 to 157%76%72%14%91%6%
141

Baker University

12 to 160%77%82%21%73%6%
142

Kansas State University

19 to 162%83%95%39%57%6%
143

Asbury University

11 to 163%81%57%19%77%6%
144

University of Kentucky

17 to 163%83%89%28%78%6%
145

Central Michigan University

20 to 159%79%69%19%74%6%
146

University of Detroit Mercy

10 to 163%85%73%12%90%6%
147

Siena Heights University

12 to 137%72%77%17%71%6%
148

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%70%55%15%66%6%
149

Minnesota State University-Mankato

23 to 149%74%67%24%48%6%
150

University of Minnesota-Morris

12 to 165%77%60%11%74%6%
151

Crown College

18 to 156%68%53%15%80%6%
152

Belhaven University

11 to 147%67%51%9%93%6%
153

Rockhurst University

12 to 171%85%74%12%68%6%
154

Monmouth University

14 to 167%83%74%14%96%6%
155

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

12 to 149%75%24%21%73%6%
156

Canisius College

11 to 170%83%87%14%92%6%
157

Le Moyne College

13 to 168%88%62%9%90%6%
158

The New School

10 to 165%81%67%19%83%6%
159

Roberts Wesleyan College

13 to 162%78%66%18%79%6%
160

Muskingum University

14 to 152%74%74%18%83%6%
161

Otterbein University

10 to 161%81%75%20%81%6%
162

Arcadia University

10 to 158%79%59%6%94%6%
163

Gannon University

12 to 165%84%76%15%79%6%
164

Geneva College

15 to 164%83%73%20%75%6%
165

Immaculata University

9 to 170%83%79%12%59%6%
166

Marywood University

12 to 170%83%71%16%97%6%
167

North Greenville University

14 to 155%73%58%34%91%6%
168

Trevecca Nazarene University

17 to 151%77%73%31%77%6%
169

Utah State University

22 to 149%71%97%29%56%6%
170

Concordia University-Wisconsin

12 to 158%76%67%21%75%6%
171

University of Arizona

22 to 161%80%76%23%69%7%
172

California State University-Chico

25 to 164%84%63%12%63%7%
173

California State University-Fresno

25 to 158%83%52%18%75%7%
174

Agnes Scott College

9 to 168%87%62%19%95%7%
175

Brenau University

11 to 148%59%66%9%78%7%
176

Ball State University

14 to 160%82%61%16%65%7%
177

Buena Vista University

9 to 151%78%68%16%85%7%
178

Fort Hays State University

16 to 143%70%86%41%44%7%
179

MidAmerica Nazarene University

7 to 155%74%61%21%85%7%
180

Capitol Technology University

12 to 135%87%97%23%71%7%
181

Framingham State University

15 to 156%74%71%18%57%7%
182

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

9 to 172%92%71%23%55%7%
183

Andrews University

9 to 154%80%39%12%84%7%
184

Cleary University

11 to 152%65%72%46%100%7%
185

Lawrence Technological University

12 to 156%81%55%16%51%7%
186

Evangel University

14 to 154%71%61%24%95%7%
187

Rider University

12 to 164%80%69%9%87%7%
188

CUNY Brooklyn College

15 to 154%82%37%7%60%7%
189

Fashion Institute of Technology

17 to 175%90%41%27%41%7%
190

St Bonaventure University

11 to 164%86%66%13%99%7%
191

SUNY at Purchase College

15 to 158%81%41%10%59%7%
192

Queens University of Charlotte

9 to 153%74%67%13%86%7%
193

Salem College

11 to 160%83%62%21%95%7%
194

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

20 to 161%81%75%33%76%7%
195

Bryan College-Dayton

14 to 157%65%46%24%60%7%
196

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

17 to 170%85%76%28%75%7%
197

The University of Texas at Dallas

23 to 166%84%61%24%65%7%
198

Shenandoah University

10 to 155%77%82%22%59%7%
199

Central Washington University

20 to 152%79%82%34%56%7%
200

Faith Evangelical College & Seminary

15 to 180%67%N/AN/A76%7%

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