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 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

630 S. Main St.
Dobson, North Carolina 27017-8432
(336) 386-8121

0.50 to 1 15% N/A N/A 19% 45 0% N/A  
1

29 Emmons Park Drive
Taft, California 93268
(661) 763-7700

0.69 to 1 22% N/A N/A 21% 62 0% N/A  
1

5190 SE 125th Street
Belleview, Florida 34420
(352) 245-4119

N/A 0% N/A N/A 94% 8 0% N/A  
1

5201 University Blvd
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
(956) 326-2001

1.23 to 1 31% 47% 72% 39% 44 0% 47%  
1

7101 University Ave.
Texarkana, Texas 75503
(903) 223-3000

N/A 96% 35% N/A 0% 35 0% N/A  
1

8441 State Hwy 47, Clinical Building 1 - Suite 3100
Bryan, Texas 77807
(979) 436-9100

1.16 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 15 0% N/A  
1

2233 W Dunlap Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-2859
(602) 678-4300

N/A 54% 97% N/A 42% 9 0% N/A  
1

1400 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-4332
(877) 872-8869

N/A 79% 76% N/A 11% N/A 0% N/A  
1

1820 N Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, Virginia 22209-1802
(703) 358-9550

N/A 55% 67% N/A 26% N/A 0% N/A  
1

2139 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219-2989
(513) 585-2401

1.56 to 1 68% 48% N/A 69% 5 0% N/A  
1

1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, Minnesota 55811-4199
(218) 723-6000

0.82 to 1 97% 78% 81% 65% 83 0% 72%  
1

14271 Story Rd
San Jose, California 95127-3823
(408) 254-6900

N/A 74% N/A N/A 33% 12 0% 90%  
1

66 W 12th Street
New York, New York 10011-8603
(212) 229-5600

N/A 89% 65% N/A 64% 54 0% N/A  
1

739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0166
(205) 348-6010

2.61 to 1 47% 53% 85% 67% 117 0% N/A  
1

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
(865) 974-1000

5.12 to 1 59% 67% 85% 66% 14 0% 84%  
1

615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403-2598
(423) 425-4111

1.40 to 1 34% 76% 67% 38% 104 0% N/A  
1

544 University Street
Martin, Tennessee 38238-0002
(731) 881-7000

1.06 to 1 53% 76% 76% 49% 63 0% 67%  
1

701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, Texas 76013
(817) 272-2011

1.53 to 1 43% 69% 76% 40% 50 0% N/A  
1

2400 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, Texas 78712
(512) 471-3434

9.15 to 1 39% 47% 93% 79% 113 0% N/A  
1

80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520-4991
(956) 882-8200

1.45 to 1 83% N/A 57% 25% 19 0% N/A  
1

500 W. University Ave
El Paso, Texas 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000

1.36 to 1 42% 100% 72% 38% 78 0% N/A  
1

3900 University Blvd
Tyler, Texas 75799-6699
(903) 566-7000

1.86 to 1 46% 80% 64% 41% 40 0% N/A  
1

301 University Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77555-0129
(409) 772-1011

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 41 0% N/A  
1

4901 E University
Odessa, Texas 79762-0001
(432) 552-2020

1.38 to 1 92% 82% 66% 37% 39 0% 61%  
1

1 College Avenue
Wise, Virginia 24293-4400
(276) 328-0100

0.85 to 1 80% 83% 70% 42% 44 0% N/A  
1

11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida 32514-5750
(850) 474-2000

1.09 to 1 30% 61% 70% 45% 45 0% 41%  
1

101 W State St
Trenton, New Jersey 08608-1176
(609) 984-1100

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 37 0% N/A  
1

Highway 86, Mile Post 115.5 N
Sells, Arizona 85634-3129
(520) 383-8401

1.55 to 1 0% N/A 100% 17% 9 0% N/A  
1

7900 U.S. Hwy 76
Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
(864) 646-1500

N/A 7% N/A 45% 8% 43 0% N/A  
1

5757 Plaza Drive, Suite 100
Cypress, California 90630-5041
(800) 375-9878

N/A 0% N/A N/A 11% 9 0% N/A  
1

125 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017-1094
(202) 884-9050

N/A 99% 76% N/A 30% 93 0% 95%  
1

100 Alumni Dr
Cleveland, Georgia 30528
(706) 865-2134

0.62 to 1 97% 86% 74% 24% 48 0% N/A  
1

3315 University Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
(701) 255-3285

3.50 to 1 28% N/A 30% 14% 32 0% 90%  
1

4670 Auto Mall Pkwy
Fremont, California 94538
(510) 249-1060

N/A 0% N/A N/A 74% 5 0% N/A  
1

2625 W Baseline Rd
Tempe, Arizona 85283
(602) 383-8228

1.07 to 1 48% 78% N/A 32% 22 0% 90%  
1

302 Buchtel Common
Akron, Ohio 44325-4702
(330) 972-7111

0.85 to 1 39% 97% 67% 41% 100 0% N/A  
1

2005 White Drive
Batesville, Arkansas 72503-3350
(870) 612-2000

N/A 38% N/A 58% 22% 16 0% N/A  
1

5210 Grand Ave
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
(479) 788-7000

1.21 to 1 57% 54% 64% 23% 41 0% 58%  
1

One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8678
(530) 752-1011

9.87 to 1 72% 48% 92% 81% 60 0% 91%  
1

9555 Plainfield Rd
Blue Ash, Ohio 45236-1096
(513) 745-5600

N/A 29% N/A N/A 21% 45 0% N/A  
1

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0063
(513) 556-6000

40.21 to 1 49% 68% 86% 55% 101 0% N/A  
1

91-1001 Farrington Highway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
(808) 689-2800

1.02 to 1 42% 72% 67% 0% 33 0% N/A  
1

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, Texas 77058-1098
(281) 283-7600

1.04 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 38 0% N/A  
1

1 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002-1014
(713) 221-8000

1.00 to 1 37% N/A 67% 12% 38 0% N/A  
1

3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, Texas 77901
(877) 970-4848

1.52 to 1 74% 51% 55% 0% 36 0% N/A  
1

700 University Avenue
Monroe, Louisiana 71209-0000
(318) 342-1000

0.82 to 1 44% 91% 68% 37% 59 0% N/A  
1

46 University Dr
Augusta, Maine 04330-9410
(207) 621-3000

0.56 to 1 25% N/A 54% 12% 41 0% N/A  
1

224 Main St
Farmington, Maine 04938-9978
(207) 778-7000

2.49 to 1 68% 88% 71% 58% 56 0% N/A  
1

23 University Drive
Fort Kent, Maine 04743-1292
(207) 834-7500

0.68 to 1 71% 69% 64% 43% 44 0% 75%  
1

116 O'Brien Ave
Machias, Maine 04654-1397
(207) 255-1200

0.53 to 1 92% 83% 67% 30% 44 0% N/A  
1

181 Main St
Presque Isle, Maine 04769-2888
(207) 768-9400

0.78 to 1 67% N/A 63% 37% 46 0% N/A  
1

620 West Lexington St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1627
(410) 706-3100

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 93 0% N/A  
1

3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, Maryland 20783-8010
(301) 985-7000

0.09 to 1 9% N/A N/A 4% 68 0% N/A  
1

374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, Massachusetts 1003
(413) 545-0111

8.45 to 1 57% 63% 88% 70% 82 0% 62%  
1

100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393
(617) 287-5000

0.97 to 1 59% 61% 79% 38% 42 0% N/A  
1

285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747-2300
(508) 999-8000

1.32 to 1 64% 70% 74% 50% 50 0% 63%  
1

1 University Ave
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104
(978) 934-4000

N/A 60% 66% 79% 54% 39 0% N/A  
1

Southern Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
(901) 678-2000

1.32 to 1 26% 62% 76% 40% 87 0% N/A  
1

303 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48502-1950
(810) 762-3000

1.10 to 1 44% 74% 74% 37% 44 0% N/A  
1

2900 University Ave
Crookston, Minnesota 56716-5001
(800) 862-6466

4.29 to 1 83% 73% 73% 47% 43 0% 86%  
1

515 Darland Administration Bldg
Duluth, Minnesota 55812
(218) 726-8000

4.01 to 1 61% 78% 79% 54% 46 0% N/A  
1

One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
(314) 516-5000

0.93 to 1 79% 69% 78% 47% 46 0% 79%  
1

905 W 25th St
Kearney, Nebraska 68849-1212
(308) 865-8441

3.02 to 1 71% 85% 79% 56% 98 0% N/A  
1

1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 277-0111

1.90 to 1 48% 64% 77% 46% 92 0% N/A  
1

9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223-0001
(704) 687-2000

2.61 to 1 53% 70% 77% 53% 57 0% 64%  
1

1400 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, North Carolina 27402-6170
(336) 334-5000

3.51 to 1 46% 59% 76% 54% 93 0% N/A  
1

601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5963
(910) 962-3000

1.65 to 1 44% 53% 86% 69% 62 0% 59%  
1

660 Parrington Oval
Norman, Oklahoma 73019-3072
(405) 325-0311

4.59 to 1 65% 79% 85% 66% 101 0% N/A  
1

3157 E. Elwood Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034-7209
(866) 766-0766

0.01 to 1 5% N/A N/A 19% 15 0% N/A  
1

300 Campus Drive
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
(814) 362-7500

0.85 to 1 69% 69% 72% 48% 93 0% 76%  
1

2701 Spring St
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808-3994
(260) 399-7700

1.06 to 1 99% 51% N/A 51% 57 0% N/A  
1

Columbia-Campus
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
(803) 777-7000

2.14 to 1 63% 63% 87% 72% 97 0% N/A  
1

800 University Way
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-4999
(864) 503-5000

1.08 to 1 38% 65% 67% 38% 38 0% N/A  
1

8350 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34243-2049
(941) 359-4200

0.89 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 3 0% N/A  
1

4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, Florida 33620-9951
(813) 974-2011

13.14 to 1 64% 43% 87% 57% 49 0% N/A  
1

140 Seventh Ave S.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-9807
(727) 873-4873

1.30 to 1 34% 51% 68% 33% 7 0% N/A  
1

500 N Wilcox St
Joliet, Illinois 60435-6188
(815) 740-3360

0.56 to 1 100% 52% 79% 56% 76 0% N/A  
1

85 S Prospect St
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0160
(802) 656-3131

4.07 to 1 84% 77% 85% 76% 85 0% 60%  
1

1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, Washington 98195-4550
(206) 543-2100

3.59 to 1 26% 58% 93% 81% 96 0% N/A  
1

105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-4004
(715) 836-2637

2.86 to 1 40% 77% 83% 65% 64 0% 70%  
1

2420 Nicolet Dr
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311-7001
(920) 465-2000

1.26 to 1 17% 86% 74% 51% 42 0% 97%  
1

500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1380
(608) 262-1234

4.41 to 1 44% 69% 95% 82% 101 0% N/A  
1

2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0413
(414) 229-1122

1.94 to 1 7% 88% 69% 43% 45 0% N/A  
1

800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
(920) 424-1234

2.12 to 1 8% 84% 76% 50% 86 0% 98%  
1

1 University Plz
Platteville, Wisconsin 53818-3001
(608) 342-1421

1.36 to 1 20% 97% 77% 52% 63 0% N/A  
1

712 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751
(715) 232-1431

5.74 to 1 12% 88% 70% 52% 86 0% N/A  
1

Belknap & Catlin
Superior, Wisconsin 54880-4500
(715) 394-8101

1.64 to 1 26% 89% 72% 35% 98 0% N/A  
1

800 W Main St
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190-1790
(262) 472-1234

3.41 to 1 15% 82% 79% 58% 71 0% N/A  
1

287 Aikens Ctr Edwin Miller Blvd
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404-6203
(304) 263-0979

2.00 to 1 19% N/A N/A 67% 18 0% N/A  
1

200 Community College Road
Henderson, North Carolina 27536
(252) 492-2061

0.67 to 1 23% N/A N/A 28% 37 0% 63%  
1

5537 NW Expressway
Warr Acres, Oklahoma 73132
(405) 234-3600

0.71 to 1 45% N/A N/A 58% 17 0% N/A  
1

12900 Maurer Industrial Dr
Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127-1516
(314) 843-4200

N/A 28% N/A 82% 63% 18 0% N/A  
1

4343 S. 118th E. Ave, Suite A
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146
(918) 835-8288

0.91 to 1 30% N/A N/A 49% 16 0% N/A  
1

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085-1699
(610) 519-4500

1.63 to 1 55% 46% 94% 88% 93 0% 70%  
1

488 Palisades Blvd.
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
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N/A 4% N/A N/A 67% 24 0% 94%  
1

3838 Livernois
Troy, Michigan 48083-5066
(248) 689-8282

0.11 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 39 0% 85%  
1

1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
(785) 670-1010

0.97 to 1 57% 96% 67% 34% 101 0% 70%  
1

1477 S Manchester Ave
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 782-1700

N/A 3% 51% N/A 0% 3 0% N/A  
1

176 Murphy Campus Blvd.
Waco, Georgia 30182
(770) 537-6000

N/A 4% N/A 66% 21% 16 0% N/A  
1

300 Cherry Lane
Coalinga, California 93210
(559) 934-2000

N/A 14% N/A N/A 20% 62 0% 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