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

Hope International University

14 to 145%73%47%41%96%6%
102

Immaculata University

9 to 148%82%80%19%100%6%
103

Indiana Wesleyan University

15 to 165%78%95%44%42%6%
104

Judson University

10 to 150%72%71%39%99%6%
105

Kennesaw State University

21 to 137%72%78%61%1%6%
106

King University

12 to 152%69%64%35%81%6%
107

Lakeland College

15 to 151%70%66%37%98%6%
108

Malone University

11 to 159%71%72%33%100%6%
109

Marian University

11 to 149%68%76%33%99%6%
110

Maryville University of Saint Louis

12 to 167%87%76%34%97%6%
111

Mercy College

18 to 133%70%57%22%87%6%
112

Mercy College of Ohio

7 to 168%86%74%34%51%6%
113

Mississippi College

15 to 153%68%67%46%97%6%
114

Mount Mercy University

14 to 173%82%68%42%85%6%
115

Oklahoma Christian University

16 to 149%85%63%43%97%6%
116

Palm Beach Atlantic University

13 to 147%73%84%43%100%6%
117

Simpson University

11 to 147%81%55%47%99%6%
118

Spring Arbor University

12 to 157%76%65%21%100%6%
119

Temple University

14 to 166%89%64%37%73%6%
120

Ursuline College

7 to 150%65%58%40%100%6%
121

Webster University

15 to 159%81%58%41%93%6%
122

Albertus Magnus College

14 to 161%93%68%28%83%7%
123

Caldwell College

11 to 153%73%64%17%96%7%
124

California Baptist University

18 to 158%77%79%33%93%7%
125

Cedar Crest College

9 to 160%67%59%23%100%7%
126

Dallas Baptist University

14 to 155%70%42%44%91%7%
127

Dowling College

15 to 134%62%78%19%90%7%
128

Franklin Pierce University

12 to 144%67%85%18%88%7%
129

Georgia Regents University

14 to 129%68%41%21%7%7%
130

Greenville College

11 to 150%73%66%24%97%7%
131

La Roche College

13 to 146%72%56%28%77%7%
132

LeTourneau University

13 to 153%77%41%46%96%7%
133

Marywood University

13 to 165%81%71%28%100%7%
134

Metropolitan State University

17 to 134%61%100%33%0%7%
135

Minot State University

13 to 137%68%57%73%72%7%
136

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

17 to 161%73%63%37%97%7%
137

Muskingum University

14 to 148%68%76%27%99%7%
138

National University

22 to 131%77%N/AN/A0%7%
139

North Greenville University

14 to 155%73%58%49%100%7%
140

Old Dominion University

20 to 151%80%77%38%33%7%
141

Ouachita Baptist University

12 to 160%76%70%32%99%7%
142

Rider University

12 to 166%79%72%16%97%7%
143

Rosemont College

10 to 146%71%58%19%100%7%
144

Southern New Hampshire University

26 to 154%69%79%24%70%7%
145

University of Illinois at Springfield

13 to 143%74%60%36%86%7%
146

University of Saint Mary

10 to 153%72%47%30%99%7%
147

Western Governors University

41 to 124%75%N/AN/A0%7%
148

Avila University

14 to 149%70%61%18%99%8%
149

Briar Cliff University

12 to 145%66%N/AN/A97%8%
150

Buena Vista University

10 to 153%69%70%27%98%8%
151

California University of Pennsylvania

22 to 150%80%93%41%25%8%
152

Central Washington University

19 to 151%74%82%41%59%8%
153

Chestnut Hill College

10 to 142%72%58%18%98%8%
154

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

20 to 153%76%93%55%8%8%
155

Cumberland University

14 to 137%64%47%56%98%8%
156

Daniel Webster College

14 to 154%69%60%35%24%8%
157

Gwynedd Mercy University

14 to 166%82%66%26%100%8%
158

Liberty University

18 to 150%69%22%45%80%8%
159

McKendree University

14 to 148%75%63%38%100%8%
160

Midland University

8 to 149%62%68%32%99%8%
161

Mississippi State University

19 to 161%79%65%44%66%8%
162

Montreat College

12 to 142%58%54%29%100%8%
163

New England College

14 to 140%62%90%8%77%8%
164

Texas Wesleyan University

15 to 141%71%30%27%93%8%
165

University of Alabama at Birmingham

18 to 154%80%87%36%60%8%
166

University of Charleston

14 to 146%66%69%30%100%8%
167

Upper Iowa University

17 to 140%72%58%30%80%8%
168

Western Carolina University

16 to 151%79%38%27%70%8%
169

William Carey University

13 to 162%77%49%48%71%8%
170

Wilmington University

14 to 139%64%N/AN/A14%8%
171

American National University

11 to 127%N/AN/AN/A11%9%
172

Barton College

11 to 148%69%42%18%100%9%
173

Bemidji State University

23 to 148%67%67%35%34%9%
174

Charleston Southern University

15 to 136%65%69%26%99%9%
175

Dakota State University

18 to 147%69%83%49%58%9%
176

Eastern University

13 to 155%80%64%39%100%9%
177

Georgia Southern University

21 to 150%80%52%66%8%9%
178

Lawrence Technological University

11 to 149%82%44%43%80%9%
179

Savannah College of Art and Design

18 to 168%81%65%31%95%9%
180

Tarleton State University

20 to 143%68%57%46%31%9%
181

Thomas College

22 to 143%65%72%35%98%9%
182

Trine University

15 to 151%74%72%21%97%9%
183

University of Great Falls

12 to 130%69%73%17%96%9%
184

University of the Incarnate Word

14 to 140%69%93%28%90%9%
185

Central Christian College of Kansas

14 to 150%63%50%39%68%10%
186

Granite State College

11 to 19%60%N/AN/A0%10%
187

Hampton University

10 to 168%76%36%18%45%10%
188

Hiram College

11 to 165%76%57%20%99%10%
189

Keystone College

11 to 142%71%72%40%97%10%
190

Midway College

13 to 152%83%54%48%99%10%
191

Missouri Valley College

14 to 125%44%22%86%99%10%
192

Northern Arizona University

19 to 149%72%91%15%61%10%
193

Northwest Missouri State University

23 to 150%66%72%31%90%10%
194

University of Louisville

11 to 153%78%71%44%58%10%
195

University of West Alabama

16 to 132%58%100%83%56%10%
196

Valdosta State University

20 to 140%69%55%55%4%10%
197

Coastal Carolina University

17 to 146%63%74%27%29%11%
198

Indiana State University

20 to 142%64%83%29%72%11%
199

King's College

13 to 166%76%72%25%100%11%
200

Monroe College

15 to 157%74%44%68%69%11%

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