Schools Ranked by Default Rate

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

2501 4th Ave
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
(806) 651-0000

2.25 to 1 29% 69% 62% 44% 89 0% 77%  
1

148 Willey St
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
(304) 296-8282

N/A 4% N/A 64% 67% 61 0% N/A  
1

577 Western Ave
Westfield, Massachusetts 01086-1630
(413) 572-5300

0.91 to 1 27% 64% 81% 60% 57 0% N/A  
1

3250 Wilshire Blvd Ste 400
Los Angeles, California 90010
(213) 739-9999

N/A 3% 57% N/A 23% 23 0% N/A  
1

One University Place
Chester, Pennsylvania 19013-5792
(610) 499-4000

0.94 to 1 95% 66% 71% 55% 60 0% 80%  
1

15 E Peace St
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-1194
(919) 508-2000

0.31 to 1 100% 59% 65% 31% 67 0% N/A  
1

902 Herring Ave
Wilson, North Carolina 27893-3310
(252) 291-1195

0.33 to 1 6% N/A N/A 28% 45 0% N/A  
1

601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110-0001
(336) 750-2000

167.00 to 1 41% 56% 78% 40% 67 0% N/A  
1

4089 Val Tech Rd
Valdosta, Georgia 31602
(229) 333-2100

N/A 2% N/A 63% 33% 4 0% N/A  
1

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001
(937) 775-3333

128.40 to 1 45% N/A 56% 40% 46 0% N/A  
1

441 Country Club Rd
York, Pennsylvania 17403-3651
(717) 846-7788

0.52 to 1 98% 74% 73% 60% 55 0% N/A  
412

401 College Ave
Ashland, Ohio 44805
(419) 289-4142

0.85 to 1 96% 71% 69% 61% 76 1% 85%  
412

325 Cherry Ave
McKenzie, Tennessee 38201
(731) 352-4000

0.50 to 1 53% 55% 64% 29% 62 1% 48%  
412

525 S Center
Rexburg, Idaho 83460-1690
(208) 496-1411

N/A 40% 99% N/A 61% 78 1% N/A  
412

8700 College View Drive
Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375-9001
(952) 446-4100

0.26 to 1 98% 56% 79% 50% 34 1% N/A  
412

2303 College Ave
Huntington, Indiana 46750
(260) 356-6000

1.14 to 1 97% 97% 73% 59% 53 1% 65%  
412

608 6th St NE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58405
(701) 252-3467

3.00 to 1 100% 56% 68% 52% 94 1% N/A  
412

800 Martinsburg Rd
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050-9500
(740) 392-6868

0.74 to 1 97% 73% 76% 54% 42 1% 81%  
412

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5005
(617) 373-2000

2.52 to 1 72% 32% 96% 79% 74 1% 83%  
412

One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914-2271
(815) 939-5011

N/A 99% 79% N/A 57% 58 1% N/A  
412

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144-5497
(215) 951-2700

0.30 to 1 98% 72% 71% 61% 59 1% N/A  
412

3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, California 92106-2899
(619) 849-2200

0.65 to 1 81% 56% 83% 75% 65 1% N/A  
412

3601 4th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79430
(806) 742-2011

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 10 1% N/A  
412

1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 955-6000

N/A N/A N/A N/A 86% 38 1% N/A  
412

987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-7815
(402) 559-4000

4.89 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 101 1% N/A  
412

Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall
Rochester, New York 14627-0011
(888) 822-2256

2.91 to 1 87% 35% 96% 85% 93 1% 26%  
412

1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-1699
(605) 331-5000

0.75 to 1 99% 56% 68% 48% 56 1% 96%  
412

201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 203
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9008
(801) 581-7200

2.47 to 1 40% 83% 88% 59% 81 1% 75%  
412

Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-1400
(435) 797-1000

4.26 to 1 56% 97% 72% 48% 90 1% N/A  
412

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-1092
(513) 745-3000

1.02 to 1 100% 68% 80% 78% 79 1% 67%  
431

1704 South Slappey Boulevard
Albany, Georgia 31701
(229) 430-3500

N/A 3% N/A 76% 47% 40 2% N/A  
431

4150 Administration Drive, Room 136
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104
(800) 253-2874

3.63 to 1 99% 36% 79% 59% 75 2% N/A  
431

Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, North Carolina 28608
(828) 262-2000

2.50 to 1 31% 62% 88% 66% 72 2% N/A  
431

300 N Beaty St
Athens, Alabama 35611
(256) 233-8100

0.68 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 59 2% N/A  
431

901 E Alosta
Azusa, California 91702-7000
(626) 969-3434

0.66 to 1 92% 49% 83% 63% 53 2% N/A  
431

2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40205-0671
(502) 272-8263

0.71 to 1 100% 86% 81% 62% 58 2% N/A  
431

450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, North Carolina 27506
(800) 334-4111

1.80 to 1 100% 29% 71% 51% 73 2% 79%  
431

100 College Drive
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104-6196
(610) 606-4666

0.90 to 1 100% 61% 70% 61% 70 2% 34%  
431

106 Warriner Hall
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
(989) 774-4000

2.19 to 1 64% 69% 75% 57% 91 2% 59%  
431

400 East University Way
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111

2.64 to 1 59% 80% 78% 53% 96 2% N/A  
431

Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
(412) 365-1100

0.45 to 1 100% 60% 76% 59% 90 2% N/A  
431

1001 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525-5897
(616) 949-5300

0.87 to 1 93% 71% 74% 45% 37 2% 61%  
431

820 N Washington Ave
Madison, South Dakota 57042-1799
(605) 256-5111

3.41 to 1 55% 89% 60% 44% 53 2% 61%  
431

55 E Jackson
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 362-8000

0.97 to 1 94% 62% 85% 68% 89 2% N/A  
431

2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034-9568
(610) 282-1100

0.52 to 1 99% 72% 83% 68% 44 2% 60%  
431

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
(215) 895-2000

1.11 to 1 98% 75% 85% 65% 87 2% N/A  
431

East 5th Street
Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353
(252) 328-6131

3.59 to 1 38% 61% 78% 58% 87 2% N/A  
431

4400 University Dr
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
(703) 993-1000

1.04 to 1 19% 55% 86% 66% 42 2% 69%  
431

1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania 19437-0901
(215) 646-7300

0.42 to 1 99% 66% 81% 62% 56 2% 92%  
431

1101 W College Ave
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650-2299
(217) 245-3000

3.33 to 1 100% 58% 72% 62% 101 2% N/A  
431

North and School Streets
Normal, Illinois 61790-1000
(309) 438-2111

2.44 to 1 31% 74% 82% 71% 101 2% 75%  
431

800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
(540) 568-6211

1.94 to 1 17% 61% 91% 80% 87 2% N/A  
431

2000 W University St
Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761
(479) 524-9500

1.17 to 1 96% 65% 84% 68% 52 2% 98%  
431

9697 East Mineral Avenue
Centennial, Colorado 80112
(800) 811-5663

0.12 to 1 0% N/A N/A 0% 15 2% N/A  
431

W3718 South Drive, Cth M
Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073
(920) 565-2111

4.07 to 1 99% 60% 81% 46% 53 2% 98%  
431

29 Everett St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-2790
(617) 868-9600

0.36 to 1 93% 64% 79% 46% 62 2% N/A  
431

209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, Missouri 63301-1695
(636) 949-2000

0.34 to 1 93% 66% 72% 41% 93 2% 61%  
431

36600 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5300

0.45 to 1 68% 70% 83% 39% 55 2% N/A  
431

2807 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, Virginia 22207-4299
(703) 522-5600

0.74 to 1 92% 80% 74% 50% 56 2% N/A  
431

700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106-5000
(651) 793-1212

N/A 2% 100% 70% 35% 39 2% N/A  
431

426 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1046
(517) 355-1855

5.89 to 1 41% 71% 91% 79% 91 2% N/A  
431

1104 7th Ave S
Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
(218) 477-4000

0.73 to 1 29% 84% 68% 45% 66 2% N/A  
431

1408 Division Road
East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818-1205
(401) 739-5000

0.68 to 1 54% N/A N/A 48% 9 2% N/A  
431

623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, Idaho 83686-5897
(208) 467-8011

25.75 to 1 98% 67% 80% 55% 84 2% N/A  
431

4829 North Lipps Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60630
(773) 777-4220

N/A 41% 93% N/A 31% 17 2% N/A  
431

3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796
(954) 262-7300

0.90 to 1 86% 56% 72% 42% 43 2% N/A  
431

3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601-8801
(541) 885-1000

1.27 to 1 63% 64% 73% 49% 52 2% N/A  
431

1500 S.W. Jefferson
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
(541) 737-0123

2.36 to 1 64% 78% 81% 61% 90 2% N/A  
431

55 Eureka Street
Pasadena, California 91103
(626) 529-8500

0.28 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 55 2% N/A  
431

6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108-1189
(800) 762-0097

0.72 to 1 97% 82% 76% 54% 46 2% 87%  
431

2406 S Alverno Rd
Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220-9319
(920) 684-6691

0.47 to 1 91% 53% 63% 42% 55 2% 69%  
431

Administration Lane
Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1898
(800) 952-3541

3.33 to 1 54% 92% 75% 55% 94 2% N/A  
431

351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, Utah 84720
(435) 586-7700

1.53 to 1 52% 57% 66% 45% 81 2% N/A  
431

1501 State St
Marshall, Minnesota 56258-5468
(507) 537-7678

1.90 to 1 57% 70% 70% 41% 42 2% N/A  
431

Charles at Mount Royal
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 837-4200

0.82 to 1 66% 65% 78% 0% 43 2% 88%  
431

2199 S. University Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80208
(303) 871-2000

0.99 to 1 82% 68% 86% 76% 100 2% 93%  
431

355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611-3115
(352) 392-3261

13.07 to 1 38% 44% 96% 85% 101 2% N/A  
431

Administration Building
Athens, Georgia 30602
(706) 542-3000

5.06 to 1 21% 63% 94% 83% 105 2% 59%  
431

2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822-2301
(808) 956-8975

18.77 to 1 59% 78% 79% 56% 59 2% N/A  
431

601 S Morgan
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 996-7000

2.55 to 1 63% 64% 78% 58% 44 2% N/A  
431

101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316
(319) 335-3500

19.44 to 1 50% 78% 86% 70% 101 2% 68%  
431

Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-2700

3.33 to 1 53% 93% 79% 64% 101 2% N/A  
431

7500 University Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
(701) 255-7500

0.65 to 1 100% 75% 72% 50% 45 2% 70%  
431

105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
(573) 882-2121

11.41 to 1 67% 81% 84% 71% 101 2% 72%  
431

264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193
(800) 225-5863

9.82 to 1 48% 71% 77% 54% 101 2% N/A  
431

1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0005
(319) 273-2311

3.24 to 1 56% 78% 81% 66% 96 2% 76%  
431

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2512
(804) 828-0100

1.70 to 1 48% 65% 85% 56% 61 2% N/A  
431

900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-8804
(608) 796-3000

0.40 to 1 98% 69% 76% 52% 60 2% N/A  
431

100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 900
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
(800) 925-3368

0.11 to 1 100% N/A N/A 0% 24 2% N/A  
431

3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, Utah 84408-1137
(801) 626-6000

0.82 to 1 47% N/A 74% 37% 82 2% N/A  
431

1215 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, Massachusetts 01119-2684
(413) 782-3111

1.55 to 1 98% 79% 73% 62% 49 2% N/A  
431

One University Avenue
Fulton, Missouri 65251-1098
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0.26 to 1 91% 80% 74% 49% 95 2% N/A  
493

South Ave
Garden City, New York 11530-0701
(516) 877-3000

0.48 to 1 92% 66% 82% 66% 93 3% 88%  
493

10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, California 92131-1799
(866) 825-5426

0.50 to 1 N/A 44% 66% 0% 37 3% N/A  
493

400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, Pennsylvania 19607-1799
(610) 796-8200

0.54 to 1 98% 80% 75% 51% 47 3% N/A  
493

3400 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53234-3922
(414) 382-6000

0.79 to 1 99% 65% 72% 39% 63 3% 92%  
493

618 Eighth Street
Baldwin City, Kansas 66006-0065
(800) 873-4282

1.39 to 1 93% 84% 75% 55% 101 3% N/A  
493

1603 Edwards Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5587
(701) 224-5400

0.50 to 1 23% N/A N/A 41% 48 3% N/A  
493

3000 College Dr
Bluefield, Virginia 24605
(276) 326-3682

0.53 to 1 99% 53% 61% 34% 65 3% N/A  
493

610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
(712) 749-2400

2.84 to 1 100% 71% 77% 51% 62 3% 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