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.

RankSchoolStudent to
Faculty Ratio
Graduation
Rate
Retention
Rate
Acceptance
Rate
Enrollment
Rate
Institutional
Aid Rate
Default
Rate
301

University of Advancing Technology

24 to 124%64%N/AN/A46%N/A
302

University of Hawaii-West Oahu

20 to 125%68%76%43%38%N/A
303

University of Houston-Victoria

17 to 1N/A48%51%19%90%N/A
304

University of Maryland-College Park

18 to 184%95%47%33%53%N/A
305

University of Maryland-University College

17 to 13%36%N/AN/A11%N/A
306

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

18 to 154%84%64%28%62%N/A
307

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 173%89%63%21%55%N/A
308

University of Memphis

14 to 143%76%68%52%34%N/A
309

University of Minnesota-Crookston

19 to 144%69%69%40%86%N/A
310

University of Missouri-Columbia

20 to 170%84%79%38%67%N/A
311

University of Missouri-Kansas City

13 to 151%73%33%75%74%N/A
312

University of Nebraska at Omaha

17 to 142%75%71%54%52%N/A
313

University of North Carolina - Wilmington

17 to 171%86%54%34%43%N/A
314

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 166%84%80%46%57%N/A
315

University of Phoenix-Online Campus

38 to 120%35%N/AN/A19%N/A
316

University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus

21 to 116%46%N/AN/A28%N/A
317

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

12 to 154%70%54%38%100%N/A
318

University of South Carolina-Columbia

18 to 173%87%61%33%63%N/A
319

University of St Francis

11 to 157%79%51%27%100%N/A
320

University of Washington

15 to 182%93%55%37%31%N/A
321

West Texas A & M University

19 to 140%66%74%38%36%N/A
322

Westwood College

22 to 133%67%N/AN/A35%N/A
323

Westwood College-Anaheim

18 to 146%61%N/AN/A61%N/A
324

Westwood College-Denver North

22 to 132%75%N/AN/A10%N/A
325

Westwood College-Los Angeles

15 to 135%50%N/AN/A12%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