Schools Ranked by Default RatePage 3

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
201

Oral Roberts University

15 to 153%81%44%65%95%11%
202

Point Park University

13 to 150%76%74%23%97%11%
203

University of Louisiana at Monroe

23 to 140%67%77%50%42%11%
204

Valley Forge Christian College

14 to 142%74%66%50%91%11%
205

Broward College

24 to 132%N/AN/AN/A21%12%
206

Davenport University

17 to 139%79%92%46%83%12%
207

ECPI University

21 to 137%63%81%52%72%12%
208

Franklin University

13 to 115%47%N/AN/A11%12%
209

Mississippi University for Women

13 to 137%79%43%33%82%12%
210

Saint Leo University

15 to 146%69%77%26%93%12%
211

Southeast Missouri State University

24 to 149%73%85%46%71%12%
212

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

18 to 132%67%35%48%76%12%
213

University of Southern Mississippi

17 to 145%72%66%43%72%12%
214

American Public University System

21 to 142%84%N/AN/A8%13%
215

Brescia University

14 to 130%57%45%9%97%13%
216

Columbia College

35 to 141%53%N/AN/A21%13%
217

Eastern Kentucky University

17 to 139%71%60%39%43%13%
218

Limestone College

19 to 136%58%53%35%92%13%
219

Troy University

17 to 135%74%68%51%38%13%
220

Hodges University

14 to 130%49%83%93%25%14%
221

Peirce College

15 to 122%63%N/AN/A35%14%
222

Post University

23 to 136%39%83%42%41%14%
223

University of Toledo

21 to 145%68%91%34%86%14%
224

Florida Institute of Technology

9 to 154%80%60%17%95%15%
225

Jones College-Jacksonville

7 to 124%50%N/AN/A50%15%
226

Academy of Art University

16 to 132%71%N/AN/A14%16%
227

Grand Canyon University

21 to 130%59%55%38%95%16%
228

Minnesota School of Business-Richfield

14 to 133%62%N/AN/A56%16%
229

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

17 to 131%59%60%82%87%16%
230

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

19 to 130%76%78%29%81%17%
231

Florida State College at Jacksonville

24 to 135%N/AN/AN/A14%18%
232

Tiffin University

18 to 146%65%39%65%61%19%
233

Full Sail University

22 to 178%50%N/AN/A50%20%
234

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

19 to 120%40%N/AN/A26%20%
235

Sullivan University

19 to 141%N/AN/AN/A76%20%
236

National American University-Rapid City

14 to 117%83%N/AN/A10%21%
237

Broadview University-West Jordan

10 to 158%N/AN/AN/A57%22%
238

Globe University-Woodbury

12 to 135%30%N/AN/A54%22%
239

Virginia College-Birmingham

11 to 157%27%N/AN/A7%22%
240

California College San Diego

8 to 1N/A50%N/AN/A77%26%
241

California College San Diego

11 to 158%27%N/AN/A97%26%
242

AIB College of Business

20 to 161%N/A69%63%93%N/A
243

American University

12 to 180%88%43%22%71%N/A
244

Arizona State University

23 to 159%84%80%41%85%N/A
245

Baker College of Flint

16 to 111%51%N/AN/A70%N/A
246

Bay Path College

11 to 155%72%58%26%100%N/A
247

Berkeley College

24 to 131%58%N/AN/A91%N/A
248

Brown College-Mendota Heights

6 to 150%33%N/AN/A0%N/A
249

Bryan College-Dayton

15 to 162%71%38%43%87%N/A
250

Buffalo State SUNY

15 to 149%75%49%24%68%N/A
251

Cairn University-Langhorne

13 to 170%75%51%50%100%N/A
252

California State University-Long Beach

22 to 160%89%31%25%40%N/A
253

California State University-Monterey Bay

22 to 138%81%44%16%46%N/A
254

College America-Denver

12 to 134%42%N/AN/A76%N/A
255

College of William and Mary

12 to 190%96%33%32%30%N/A
256

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

11 to 122%41%N/AN/A3%N/A
257

Concordia University-Irvine

11 to 163%76%91%20%100%N/A
258

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%73%52%40%99%N/A
259

Duquesne University

14 to 177%88%74%31%100%N/A
260

Eastern New Mexico University

18 to 129%58%63%46%44%N/A
261

Gardner-Webb University

13 to 157%72%48%16%95%N/A
262

Graceland University-Lamoni

15 to 147%70%50%33%100%N/A
263

Herzing University-Kenosha

16 to 1N/A65%77%67%21%N/A
264

Herzing University-Madison

15 to 136%43%81%68%26%N/A
265

Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

12 to 157%74%93%85%67%N/A
266

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

12 to 168%80%92%23%99%N/A
267

Minnesota State University-Mankato

24 to 149%74%66%38%23%N/A
268

Misericordia University

13 to 169%81%65%32%99%N/A
269

Missouri State University-Springfield

20 to 153%75%85%43%48%N/A
270

Mount St Mary's College

12 to 164%79%74%33%100%N/A
271

Mount St Mary's University

13 to 166%78%67%13%100%N/A
272

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

17 to 143%74%85%42%39%N/A
273

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

20 to 137%72%84%52%67%N/A
274

Northwood University-Michigan

11 to 154%83%65%32%100%N/A
275

Notre Dame College

15 to 139%60%90%15%99%N/A
276

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%92%56%41%72%N/A
277

Ottawa University-Ottawa

11 to 134%62%99%55%100%N/A
278

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

17 to 185%92%54%30%32%N/A
279

Purdue University-Main Campus

13 to 170%91%60%34%43%N/A
280

Rasmussen College-Florida

16 to 128%71%74%52%16%N/A
281

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

7 to 149%66%N/AN/A98%N/A
282

Saint Edward's University

13 to 170%83%79%27%85%N/A
283

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

12 to 155%72%78%24%96%N/A
284

St Andrews University

12 to 146%70%64%31%97%N/A
285

St Catherine University

11 to 154%79%61%24%99%N/A
286

St John's University-New York

17 to 156%80%53%10%97%N/A
287

Stevens-Henager College-Murray

20 to 157%64%N/AN/A0%N/A
288

Stevens-Henager College-Ogden

14 to 175%62%N/AN/A68%N/A
289

Stony Brook University

17 to 166%90%39%23%54%N/A
290

Texas A & M University-College Station

23 to 179%91%69%47%58%N/A
291

Texas A & M University-Commerce

18 to 145%67%68%33%48%N/A
292

Texas A & M University-Kingsville

20 to 134%64%88%22%65%N/A
293

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

16 to 139%54%N/AN/A78%N/A
294

The College of Saint Scholastica

15 to 168%84%73%33%99%N/A
295

The Sage Colleges

11 to 158%78%57%23%97%N/A
296

The University of Alabama

21 to 167%87%57%37%50%N/A
297

The University of Findlay

14 to 156%76%68%38%100%N/A
298

The University of West Florida

24 to 142%70%48%22%40%N/A
299

Trine University

8 to 10%75%30%70%25%N/A
300

Trinity International University-Illinois

14 to 145%69%94%44%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