Schools Ranked by Default RatePage 4

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.

  1. RankSchoolStudent to
    Faculty Ratio
    Graduation
    Rate
    Retention
    Rate
    Acceptance
    Rate
    Enrollment
    Rate
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    Default
    Rate
  2. Rank
    301
    School

    University of Advancing Technology

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    24 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    24%
    Retention
    Rate
    64%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    46%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  3. Rank
    302
    School

    University of Hawaii-West Oahu

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    20 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    25%
    Retention
    Rate
    68%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    76%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    43%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    38%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  4. Rank
    303
    School

    University of Houston-Victoria

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    17 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    N/A
    Retention
    Rate
    48%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    51%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    19%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    90%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  5. Rank
    304
    School

    University of Maryland-College Park

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    18 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    84%
    Retention
    Rate
    95%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    47%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    33%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    53%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  6. Rank
    305
    School

    University of Maryland-University College

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    17 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    3%
    Retention
    Rate
    36%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    11%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  7. Rank
    306
    School

    University of Massachusetts - Lowell

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    18 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    54%
    Retention
    Rate
    84%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    64%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    28%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    62%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  8. Rank
    307
    School

    University of Massachusetts-Amherst

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    18 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    73%
    Retention
    Rate
    89%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    63%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    21%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    55%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  9. Rank
    308
    School

    University of Memphis

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    14 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    43%
    Retention
    Rate
    76%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    68%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    52%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    34%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  10. Rank
    309
    School

    University of Minnesota-Crookston

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    19 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    44%
    Retention
    Rate
    69%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    69%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    40%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    86%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  11. Rank
    310
    School

    University of Missouri-Columbia

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    20 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    70%
    Retention
    Rate
    84%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    79%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    38%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    67%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  12. Rank
    311
    School

    University of Missouri-Kansas City

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    13 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    51%
    Retention
    Rate
    73%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    33%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    75%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    74%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  13. Rank
    312
    School

    University of Nebraska at Omaha

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    17 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    42%
    Retention
    Rate
    75%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    71%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    54%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    52%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  14. Rank
    313
    School

    University of North Carolina - Wilmington

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    17 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    71%
    Retention
    Rate
    86%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    54%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    34%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    43%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  15. Rank
    314
    School

    University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    18 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    66%
    Retention
    Rate
    84%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    80%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    46%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    57%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  16. Rank
    315
    School

    University of Phoenix-Online Campus

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    38 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    20%
    Retention
    Rate
    35%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    19%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  17. Rank
    316
    School

    University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    21 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    16%
    Retention
    Rate
    46%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    28%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  18. Rank
    317
    School

    University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    12 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    54%
    Retention
    Rate
    70%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    54%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    38%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    100%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  19. Rank
    318
    School

    University of South Carolina-Columbia

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    18 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    73%
    Retention
    Rate
    87%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    61%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    33%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    63%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  20. Rank
    319
    School

    University of St Francis

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    11 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    57%
    Retention
    Rate
    79%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    51%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    27%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    100%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  21. Rank
    320
    School

    University of Washington

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    15 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    82%
    Retention
    Rate
    93%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    37%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    31%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  22. Rank
    321
    School

    West Texas A & M University

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    19 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    40%
    Retention
    Rate
    66%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    74%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    38%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    36%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  23. Rank
    322
    School

    Westwood College

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    22 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    33%
    Retention
    Rate
    67%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    35%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  24. Rank
    323
    School

    Westwood College-Anaheim

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    18 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    46%
    Retention
    Rate
    61%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    61%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  25. Rank
    324
    School

    Westwood College-Denver North

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    22 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    32%
    Retention
    Rate
    75%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    10%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  26. Rank
    325
    School

    Westwood College-Los Angeles

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    15 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    35%
    Retention
    Rate
    50%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    12%
    Default
    Rate
    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