Schools Ranked by Default RatePage 6

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
501

University of North Dakota

21 to 154%81%82%39%51%N/A
502

University of Northern Iowa

17 to 168%80%80%36%55%N/A
503

University of Northwestern-St Paul

18 to 166%82%87%33%59%N/A
504

University of Notre Dame

10 to 197%98%20%11%63%N/A
505

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 166%86%78%35%62%N/A
506

University of Oregon

19 to 171%88%74%19%60%N/A
507

University of Pennsylvania

6 to 195%98%10%7%54%N/A
508

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

15 to 182%92%54%13%53%N/A
509

University of Redlands

14 to 172%85%68%11%81%N/A
510

University of Richmond

8 to 188%93%31%8%69%N/A
511

University of Rochester

10 to 188%96%34%8%78%N/A
512

University of Saint Mary

8 to 141%75%49%14%63%N/A
513

University of San Francisco

14 to 171%83%64%8%61%N/A
514

University of Scranton

10 to 180%88%72%9%88%N/A
515

University of South Carolina-Columbia

19 to 172%87%65%20%71%N/A
516

University of South Dakota

17 to 152%77%74%31%54%N/A
517

University of South Florida-Main Campus

24 to 168%88%45%14%72%N/A
518

University of St Francis

11 to 165%76%51%13%86%N/A
519

University of St Thomas

14 to 176%89%84%26%91%N/A
520

University of St Thomas

9 to 158%83%78%28%78%N/A
521

University of Utah

16 to 164%89%81%28%51%N/A
522

University of Vermont

15 to 177%86%71%9%77%N/A
523

University of Virginia-Main Campus

15 to 193%97%30%12%40%N/A
524

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

20 to 184%94%53%18%43%N/A
525

University of Western States

16 to 188%N/AN/AN/A56%N/A
526

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

21 to 165%80%85%39%46%N/A
527

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

23 to 146%75%85%37%47%N/A
528

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

18 to 168%85%80%34%43%N/A
529

University of Wisconsin-Madison

18 to 185%96%58%22%42%N/A
530

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

22 to 154%75%94%46%47%N/A
531

University of Wisconsin-Stout

20 to 157%76%93%49%44%N/A
532

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

22 to 160%81%80%36%43%N/A
533

University of Wyoming

14 to 155%77%96%36%71%N/A
534

University of the Sciences

10 to 172%90%58%9%84%N/A
535

Valley City State University

11 to 141%71%86%52%56%N/A
536

Valparaiso University

13 to 167%82%82%11%91%N/A
537

Vanguard University of Southern California

15 to 156%78%68%25%81%N/A
538

Villanova University

12 to 190%96%48%10%50%N/A
539

Virginia Baptist College

5 to 1100%25%N/AN/A38%N/A
540

Virginia Commonwealth University

17 to 162%86%79%27%55%N/A
541

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

14 to 183%94%73%28%52%N/A
542

Viterbo University

11 to 151%78%66%20%85%N/A
543

Wake Forest University

10 to 188%93%29%10%50%N/A
544

Walsh University

13 to 160%78%80%30%85%N/A
545

Warner University

17 to 140%72%51%36%99%N/A
546

Wartburg College

11 to 170%80%74%17%94%N/A
547

Washington State University

15 to 164%78%80%24%61%N/A
548

Washington University in St Louis

8 to 193%96%17%6%49%N/A
549

Webster University

13 to 162%78%56%21%79%N/A
550

Wentworth Institute of Technology

15 to 167%84%67%14%86%N/A
551

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

19 to 171%88%59%19%43%N/A
552

West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown

25 to 153%69%N/AN/A88%N/A
553

Western Carolina University

16 to 157%80%40%9%65%N/A
554

Western Washington University

18 to 171%82%82%28%48%N/A
555

Westfield State University

17 to 163%79%80%25%56%N/A
556

Westminster College

9 to 162%82%96%23%89%N/A
557

Wheeling Jesuit University

11 to 154%72%61%15%79%N/A
558

Whittier College

12 to 166%80%63%9%94%N/A
559

Whitworth University

11 to 175%95%62%13%94%N/A
560

Widener University-Main Campus

12 to 157%78%68%16%81%N/A
561

Wilkes University

15 to 159%77%82%18%84%N/A
562

William Carey University

13 to 154%81%57%23%85%N/A
563

William Jewell College

10 to 162%82%49%17%94%N/A
564

William Woods University

11 to 152%75%73%21%90%N/A
565

Wilson College

10 to 139%73%45%10%71%N/A
566

Winona State University

20 to 158%81%62%24%54%N/A
567

Wisconsin Lutheran College

12 to 162%75%92%38%89%N/A
568

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

13 to 185%96%49%11%92%N/A
569

Xavier University

11 to 174%83%72%11%92%N/A
570

Yale University

6 to 197%99%7%5%52%N/A
571

Yeshiva University

7 to 188%94%80%50%82%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