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  
1

3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
(276) 523-2400

0.25 to 1 56% N/A 48% 21% 40 0% N/A  
1

101 E Huntington Dr
Monrovia, California 91016
(626) 873-2144

N/A 44% 98% N/A 27% 18 0% 100%  
1

5301 South Highway 16
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3692
(605) 394-4800

0.38 to 1 3% N/A 52% 31% 29 0% 90%  
1

2376 Sir Barton Way
Lexington, Kentucky 40509
(859) 253-0621

N/A 3% N/A N/A 33% 11 0% N/A  
1

10000 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, Maryland 20903-1706
(301) 431-6400

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 10 0% N/A  
1

720 North 87th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114-2852
(402) 354-7000

4.55 to 1 87% 51% 72% 64% 25 0% 98%  
1

10 High St Ste 204
Boston, Massachusetts 2110
(617) 951-2350

0.04 to 1 0% N/A 79% 0% 8 0% N/A  
1

801 Leroy Place
Socorro, New Mexico 87801
(800) 428-8324

3.26 to 1 88% 71% 74% 47% 65 0% 72%  
1

1500 University Dr
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
(575) 234-9200

0.82 to 1 22% N/A 41% 9% 64 0% N/A  
1

2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001
(575) 646-0111

2.89 to 1 47% 80% 72% 44% 73 0% 40%  
1

941 W 3rd St
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701-5894
(570) 326-2869

N/A 29% N/A N/A 80% 59 0% N/A  
1

31 College Drive
Concord, New Hampshire 03301-7412
(603) 271-6484

N/A 0% N/A N/A 23% 13 0% 60%  
1

1601 E Market St
Greensboro, North Carolina 27411
(336) 334-7500

3.75 to 1 45% 66% 74% 43% 78 0% N/A  
1

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7001
(919) 515-2011

10.75 to 1 52% 53% 92% 71% 86 0% N/A  
1

1301 12th Avenue North
Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050
(701) 231-8011

3.38 to 1 33% 84% 80% 53% 99 0% 53%  
1

10000 E. University Dr
Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314
(888) 327-2877

0.10 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 1 0% N/A  
1

1625 Hwy 150
Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400
(563) 562-3263

0.44 to 1 14% N/A 50% 30% 37 0% 48%  
1

905 Grant Avenue SE
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601-4907
(218) 333-6600

0.86 to 1 5% N/A 39% 42% 19 0% N/A  
1

University Parkway
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71497-0002
(318) 357-6011

1.16 to 1 71% 85% 68% 35% 73 0% N/A  
1

1114 W FM 1382
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104-1204
(972) 291-1541

0.83 to 1 99% 59% 58% 45% 48 0% N/A  
1

4545 College Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44121-4293
(216) 381-1680

0.40 to 1 99% 51% 65% 36% 83 0% 80%  
1

One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd
Statesboro, Georgia 30458
(912) 681-5500

N/A 1% N/A 71% 31% 22 0% N/A  
1

490 Piya Wiconi Road
Kyle, South Dakota 57752-0490
(605) 455-6000

N/A 81% N/A N/A 12% 31 0% N/A  
1

190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6446

2.32 to 1 71% 64% 92% 82% 101 0% N/A  
1

020 Chubb Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
(740) 593-1000

2.26 to 1 49% 78% 79% 64% 101 0% 75%  
1

1804 Liberty Ave
Ironton, Ohio 45638
(740) 533-4600

N/A 27% N/A N/A 25% 58 0% N/A  
1

1425 Newark Rd
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
(740) 453-0762

0.31 to 1 100% N/A 55% 33% 68 0% N/A  
1

1801 E 4th St
Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447-3901
(918) 293-4678

N/A 52% N/A N/A 25% 39 0% 95%  
1

107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-1015
(405) 744-5000

3.27 to 1 72% 78% 79% 62% 98 0% N/A  
1

900 N Portland
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107-6195
(405) 947-4421

0.28 to 1 20% N/A 40% 5% 39 0% N/A  
1

3250 Saint Matthews Rd
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118-8299
(803) 536-0311

0.85 to 1 0% N/A N/A 13% 44 0% 91%  
1

287 Quarter Master Court
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
(812) 280-7271

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 12 0% N/A  
1

4370 W. 109th Street Suite 200
Overland Park, Kansas 66211
(913) 451-1431

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 40 0% N/A  
1

245 South Executive Drive, Suite 110
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005
(262) 879-0200

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 22 0% N/A  
1

1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
(785) 242-5200

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 100 0% N/A  
1

1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, Kansas 66067-3399
(785) 242-5200

2.27 to 1 99% 96% 51% 40% 100 0% 50%  
1

10020 North 25th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 371-1188

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 37 0% N/A  
1

411 SW 24th St
San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689
(210) 434-6711

0.68 to 1 100% 65% 60% 27% 91 0% N/A  
1

30335 Oregon Rd
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
(567) 661-7000

0.14 to 1 13% N/A N/A 6% 38 0% 33%  
1

1 Pace Plaza
New York, New York 10038-1598
(212) 346-1200

0.54 to 1 98% 84% 76% 56% 57 0% 76%  
1

5049 Hwy 306 South
Grantsboro, North Carolina 28529
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1.50 to 1 6% N/A N/A 75% 37 0% N/A  
1

1109 W Panola St
Carthage, Texas 75633
(903) 693-2000

0.84 to 1 37% N/A 39% 23% 54 0% N/A  
1

10230 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, Florida 34654-5199
(727) 847-2727

0.50 to 1 7% N/A 60% 33% 40 0% N/A  
1

Mount Braddock Road
Mount Braddock, Pennsylvania 15465
(724) 437-4600

N/A 38% N/A N/A 63% 61 0% N/A  
1

201 Old Main
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1589
(814) 865-4700

6.42 to 1 30% 52% 92% 86% 93 0% 83%  
1

1715 College Dr
Roxboro, North Carolina 27573
(336) 599-1181

N/A 14% N/A N/A 43% 37 0% N/A  
1

4905C East Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
(520) 206-4500

0.27 to 1 11% N/A 60% 10% 39 0% N/A  
1

17 High Street
Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264-1595
(603) 535-5000

0.81 to 1 57% 76% 74% 55% 59 0% N/A  
1

4000 Chesapeake St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
(202) 686-0876

0.15 to 1 0% N/A 88% 11% 8 0% N/A  
1

FM 1098 Road & University Drive
Prairie View, Texas 77446
(936) 261-3311

4.62 to 1 21% 39% N/A 36% 80 0% 50%  
1

303 Lowe Street
Valdez, Alaska 99686-0097
(907) 834-1600

0.15 to 1 12% N/A N/A 4% 25 0% N/A  
1

2200 169th St
Hammond, Indiana 46323-2094
(219) 989-2400

1.05 to 1 17% 47% 69% 29% 45 0% N/A  
1

629 Industrial Pk Ave
Asheboro, North Carolina 27205
(336) 633-0200

0.48 to 1 3% N/A 56% 23% 40 0% N/A  
1

12745 College Drive
Glenns, Virginia 23149-2616
(804) 758-6700

N/A 22% N/A N/A 22% 41 0% N/A  
1

226 Park Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713
(320) 251-5600

N/A 16% 88% N/A 36% 35 0% N/A  
1

500 International Parkway
Heathrow, Florida 33612-5627
(877) 253-7152

N/A 0% 62% N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

2525 E. Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64132-1199
(816) 995-2800

8.67 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 11 0% 95%  
1

1042 W Hamlet Ave
Hamlet, North Carolina 28345-1189
(910) 410-1700

N/A 4% N/A N/A 21% 45 0% N/A  
1

2323 W 14th St
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 517-8000

N/A 4% N/A N/A 16% 33 0% N/A  
1

5160 Fayetteville Rd
Lumberton, North Carolina 28360
(910) 272-3700

0.63 to 1 1% N/A N/A 17% 39 0% N/A  
1

1600 Pierce St
Denver, Colorado 80214
(303) 753-6046

0.75 to 1 88% N/A 100% 41% 14 0% N/A  
1

11 Sunset Way
Henderson, Nevada 89014
(702) 990-4433

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 6 0% N/A  
1

1333 Jake Alexander Blvd
Salisbury, North Carolina 28146-1595
(704) 216-3602

N/A 13% N/A N/A 34% 44 0% N/A  
1

100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-1310
(603) 641-7000

1.97 to 1 96% 75% 88% 74% 73 0% N/A  
1

5658 E State St
Rockford, Illinois 61108-2468
(815) 395-5091

4.00 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 20 0% 85%  
1

2735 Bardstown Road
Saint Catharine, Kentucky 40061
(859) 336-5082

2.50 to 1 90% N/A N/A 31% 57 0% N/A  
1

511 NE Greenleaf St
Peoria, Illinois 61603-3783
(309) 655-2201

1.30 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 23 0% N/A  
1

5001 Saint Johns Ave
Palatka, Florida 32177
(386) 312-4200

0.72 to 1 22% N/A N/A 36% 51 0% N/A  
1

278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, Maine 04084-5236
(207) 892-6766

1.17 to 1 100% 80% 76% 51% 53 0% 89%  
1

One Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2097
(314) 977-2222

1.23 to 1 90% 64% 88% 70% 98 0% 57%  
1

1 St Mary of Woods Coll
Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana 47876-1099
(812) 535-5151

63.00 to 1 100% 64% 74% 62% 95 0% N/A  
1

2641 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306-5997
(201) 761-6000

0.70 to 1 98% 61% 76% 52% 79 0% N/A  
1

720 Heber Ave
Calexico, California 92231
(760) 768-5500

N/A N/A 44% N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

8060 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, Texas 77501-2007
(281) 998-6150

0.71 to 1 1% N/A N/A 14% N/A 0% N/A  
1

8400 W Mineral King Ave
Visalia, California 93291-9283
(559) 651-2500

N/A 4% N/A N/A 53% 19 0% N/A  
1

5300 California Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93309
(661) 835-1100

N/A 24% N/A N/A 65% 29 0% N/A  
1

342 Bull St
Savannah, Georgia 31402-3146
(912) 525-5000

3.76 to 1 96% 63% 81% 65% 9 0% N/A  
1

9600 College Way North
Seattle, Washington 98103-3599
(206) 934-3600

0.41 to 1 9% N/A N/A 21% 41 0% N/A  
1

400 S Orange Ave
South Orange, New Jersey 07079-2697
(973) 761-9000

1.10 to 1 95% 84% 82% 67% 82 0% 50%  
1

6151 Powers Ferry Rd Ste 170
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
(800) 475-0982

0.98 to 1 13% N/A 68% 40% N/A 0% N/A  
1

3201 W Pecan
McAllen, Texas 78502-9701
(956) 872-8311

2.23 to 1 1% N/A 57% 16% 19 0% 95%  
1

7700 W Palmer Ln Bldg A Ste A100
Austin, Texas 78729
(512) 516-8800

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

4743 Richmond Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44128
(855) 398-9280

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

709 Mall Blvd
Savannah, Georgia 31406
(912) 201-8000

N/A 23% 63% N/A 25% 29 0% N/A  
1

301south 68th Street Place
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-2449
(402) 471-3333

N/A 36% N/A N/A 23% 31 0% N/A  
1

Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4512
(618) 453-2121

6.84 to 1 40% 51% 61% 48% 101 0% 75%  
1

1156 College Dr
Summit, Mississippi 39666-0000
(601) 276-2000

3.74 to 1 35% N/A 50% 28% 56 0% N/A  
1

737 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 333-5000

N/A 5% 100% N/A 5% 14 0% N/A  
1

369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill
Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101
(276) 964-2555

0.28 to 1 52% N/A 57% 24% 44 0% N/A  
1

1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702-2694
(217) 525-1420

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
1

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
Cottleville, Missouri 63376-0975
(636) 922-8000

0.29 to 1 3% N/A 64% 16% 23 0% 80%  
1

323 Erie Street
Port Huron, Michigan 48061-5015
(810) 984-3881

0.42 to 1 15% N/A 60% 16% 84 0% N/A  
1

729 E. Carpenter St
Springfield, Illinois 62702
(217) 525-5628

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 19 0% N/A  
1

1801 Martin Luther King Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78203-2098
(210) 486-2000

0.77 to 1 0% N/A N/A 4% 63 0% N/A  
1

2800 Main St
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606-4201
(203) 576-5235

N/A 100% 82% 100% 60% 20 0% N/A  
1

2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
(651) 690-6000

4.24 to 1 99% 59% 83% 55% 98 0% N/A  
1

8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, New York 11439
(718) 990-6161

0.78 to 1 98% 49% 76% 59% 93 0% 45%  
1

383 W Vine St
Murray, Utah 84123-5671
(801) 281-7620

N/A 0% N/A N/A 55% 12 0% N/A  
1

2121 15th Street N
Arlington, Virginia 22207
(703) 892-5100

N/A 0% N/A N/A 53% 33 0% N/A  
1

101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681
(518) 564-2000

1.22 to 1 80% 46% 78% 61% 62 0% 45%  

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