Schools Ranked by Default RatePage 5

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
401

Saint Francis University

14 to 172%87%74%22%84%N/A
402

Saint John Fisher College

12 to 172%86%62%12%96%N/A
403

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

12 to 158%86%78%20%56%N/A
404

Saint Joseph's College-New York

11 to 168%86%68%16%82%N/A
405

Saint Joseph's University

13 to 179%90%82%14%90%N/A
406

Saint Louis University

11 to 171%90%63%12%54%N/A
407

Saint Mary's College

10 to 179%90%80%24%94%N/A
408

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

18 to 161%80%78%19%69%N/A
409

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

6 to 150%74%59%26%83%N/A
410

Saint Michael's College

11 to 176%87%76%10%98%N/A
411

Salve Regina University

13 to 172%86%73%12%81%N/A
412

Samford University

12 to 174%89%93%26%88%N/A
413

San Diego State University

28 to 168%89%34%9%59%N/A
414

Sessions College for Professional Design

15 to 160%90%N/AN/A53%N/A
415

Seton Hall University

13 to 163%84%76%10%86%N/A
416

Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

5 to 158%100%73%55%85%N/A
417

Simmons College

7 to 174%85%58%10%91%N/A
418

Skidmore College

8 to 186%94%36%8%48%N/A
419

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

22 to 168%83%68%26%58%N/A
420

Southeastern Baptist College

6 to 180%40%N/AN/A21%N/A
421

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

14 to 141%74%28%20%87%N/A
422

Spring Arbor University

11 to 152%79%69%19%88%N/A
423

St Catherine University

10 to 157%86%67%14%89%N/A
424

St Lawrence University

11 to 187%89%46%12%93%N/A
425

State University of New York at New Paltz

15 to 173%89%42%7%53%N/A
426

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 182%94%44%10%92%N/A
427

Stevenson University

14 to 153%80%60%13%81%N/A
428

Stockton University

17 to 173%87%64%21%56%N/A
429

Stony Brook University

17 to 168%90%41%8%57%N/A
430

Summit University of Pennsylvania

11 to 159%74%61%32%74%N/A
431

Susquehanna University

12 to 171%89%76%13%98%N/A
432

Syracuse University

16 to 181%91%48%10%70%N/A
433

Taylor University

12 to 177%87%85%30%84%N/A
434

Temple University

14 to 171%90%56%17%72%N/A
435

Texas A & M University-College Station

20 to 179%90%67%31%57%N/A
436

Texas A & M University-Commerce

20 to 142%73%47%15%73%N/A
437

Texas Christian University

13 to 176%90%43%11%66%N/A
438

Texas Tech University

22 to 160%83%63%22%52%N/A
439

The Baptist College of Florida

11 to 151%76%52%29%97%N/A
440

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

10 to 169%83%54%29%68%N/A
441

The College of Saint Scholastica

15 to 170%84%61%12%82%N/A
442

The Master's College and Seminary

10 to 169%85%95%41%82%N/A
443

The Sage Colleges

12 to 160%78%54%11%90%N/A
444

The University of Alabama

24 to 167%86%54%20%57%N/A
445

The University of Findlay

16 to 156%78%76%23%92%N/A
446

The University of Texas at Arlington

25 to 146%71%66%26%54%N/A
447

The University of Texas at Austin

18 to 180%95%39%18%45%N/A
448

The University of West Florida

22 to 147%72%42%19%63%N/A
449

Toccoa Falls College

13 to 147%66%45%20%93%N/A
450

Towson University

17 to 170%86%73%25%47%N/A
451

Truman State University

16 to 173%89%79%32%80%N/A
452

Tufts University

9 to 193%97%16%7%43%N/A
453

Tulane University of Louisiana

9 to 183%92%30%7%70%N/A
454

Union University

10 to 164%84%69%19%74%N/A
455

Unitek College

16 to 1N/A100%N/AN/A20%N/A
456

University at Buffalo

13 to 174%88%60%15%55%N/A
457

University of Alabama at Birmingham

18 to 155%79%60%21%58%N/A
458

University of Arkansas

19 to 162%82%60%24%58%N/A
459

University of California-Berkeley

17 to 192%96%17%7%61%N/A
460

University of California-Davis

18 to 185%93%38%8%72%N/A
461

University of California-Irvine

19 to 188%93%39%8%73%N/A
462

University of California-Los Angeles

16 to 191%96%17%6%61%N/A
463

University of California-Merced

18 to 166%84%61%9%88%N/A
464

University of California-Riverside

19 to 173%91%56%11%84%N/A
465

University of California-Santa Barbara

17 to 181%93%33%6%66%N/A
466

University of California-Santa Cruz

18 to 178%88%50%8%74%N/A
467

University of Central Florida

30 to 170%89%49%18%69%N/A
468

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

18 to 162%88%86%29%58%N/A
469

University of Connecticut

17 to 183%92%53%11%62%N/A
470

University of Dayton

16 to 179%91%58%13%86%N/A
471

University of Delaware

16 to 179%92%67%18%62%N/A
472

University of Denver

11 to 177%86%73%9%80%N/A
473

University of Florida

20 to 187%96%48%24%88%N/A
474

University of Florida-Online

35 to 1N/A88%56%51%55%N/A
475

University of Georgia

18 to 185%95%53%24%82%N/A
476

University of Idaho

16 to 157%80%72%26%67%N/A
477

University of Illinois at Chicago

18 to 160%81%77%22%65%N/A
478

University of Illinois at Springfield

14 to 148%77%63%18%65%N/A
479

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19 to 185%93%66%22%51%N/A
480

University of Iowa

15 to 172%85%81%20%58%N/A
481

University of La Verne

17 to 164%85%47%9%73%N/A
482

University of Mary

13 to 160%75%96%46%86%N/A
483

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

19 to 163%86%59%15%51%N/A
484

University of Maryland-College Park

17 to 186%95%45%14%52%N/A
485

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 178%91%58%12%69%N/A
486

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

17 to 156%86%57%15%55%N/A
487

University of Memphis

14 to 145%77%40%13%76%N/A
488

University of Miami

12 to 182%92%38%6%70%N/A
489

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

12 to 190%97%26%12%51%N/A
490

University of Michigan-Dearborn

15 to 153%80%62%18%63%N/A
491

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

17 to 177%93%45%13%50%N/A
492

University of Missouri-Columbia

20 to 169%87%78%28%60%N/A
493

University of Nebraska at Kearney

14 to 156%80%85%37%71%N/A
494

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

21 to 167%83%76%48%52%N/A
495

University of New England

13 to 165%75%85%14%80%N/A
496

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

19 to 179%85%79%17%58%N/A
497

University of North Carolina Wilmington

17 to 171%85%61%18%53%N/A
498

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

14 to 190%97%31%13%53%N/A
499

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

19 to 153%83%63%21%52%N/A
500

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

17 to 156%77%59%26%55%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