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  
493

401 Medical Park Drive
Concord, North Carolina 28025-3959
(704) 403-1555

0.96 to 1 9% 52% N/A 73% 19 3% N/A  
493

411 North Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401-3910
(910) 362-7000

0.41 to 1 5% N/A N/A 20% 43 3% 95%  
493

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402-3389
(888) 227-3552

N/A 100% N/A N/A 0% 17 3% N/A  
493

6801 N Yates Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217-3985
(414) 410-4000

0.32 to 1 97% 42% N/A 38% 61 3% 21%  
493

9200 University Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina 29406-9121
(843) 863-7000

1.37 to 1 99% 82% 57% 38% 44 3% 69%  
493

521 Wall Street, Suite 100
Seattle, Washington 98121
(800) 426-5596

0.16 to 1 17% N/A N/A 25% 36 3% N/A  
493

3601 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-2659
(800) 686-1883

N/A 80% 76% 75% 23% 26 3% N/A  
493

8787 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, Colorado 80226
(303) 963-3000

N/A 100% 83% 94% 41% 33 3% N/A  
493

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois 61920
(217) 581-5000

4.37 to 1 35% 65% 79% 60% 99 3% 42%  
493

202 Welch Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
(734) 487-1849

1.63 to 1 76% 60% 75% 37% 99 3% N/A  
493

1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, Pennsylvania 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800

0.44 to 1 91% 67% 80% 60% 60 3% N/A  
493

1201 S State St
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2251
(231) 591-2000

1.41 to 1 62% 71% 70% 44% 55 3% N/A  
493

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975
(321) 674-8000

1.11 to 1 89% 59% 79% 55% 50 3% 49%  
493

222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1037
(850) 644-2525

3.32 to 1 40% 54% 91% 75% 99 3% N/A  
493

201 S Grant Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215-5399
(614) 797-4700

0.08 to 1 0% N/A 30% 12% 38 3% N/A  
493

3300 University Blvd
Winter Park, Florida 32792-7429
(407) 679-0100

N/A 28% N/A 84% 79% 28 3% N/A  
493

33 gilmer st
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000

2.43 to 1 3% 51% 83% 51% 62 3% 87%  
493

25 Hall Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301-3471
(603) 228-3000

0.03 to 1 0% N/A 75% 37% 34 3% 89%  
493

100 College Drive
Weldon, North Carolina 27890
(252) 536-7242

N/A 6% N/A N/A 20% 39 3% N/A  
493

915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, Arkansas 72143
(501) 279-4000

0.97 to 1 96% 75% 81% 61% 60 3% N/A  
493

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 544-0200

0.60 to 1 91% 72% 69% 40% 41 3% 49%  
493

4201 S Washington St
Marion, Indiana 46953-4974
(765) 674-6901

1.21 to 1 50% 73% 74% 64% 48 3% N/A  
493

101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, Virginia 24013
(888) 985-8483

1.17 to 1 99% 42% 71% 52% 28 3% 92%  
493

245 College Road
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577-2350
(919) 934-3051

0.60 to 1 5% N/A N/A 29% 37 3% N/A  
493

Anderson Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
(785) 532-6011

4.96 to 1 61% 99% 80% 58% 98 3% N/A  
493

9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237-5898
(412) 367-9300

0.44 to 1 72% 52% 66% 53% 41 3% N/A  
493

1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141-1199
(215) 951-1000

1.16 to 1 94% 74% 80% 66% 84 3% N/A  
493

320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649-2099
(864) 388-8000

1.93 to 1 32% 42% 61% 40% 62 3% N/A  
493

21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075-1058
(248) 204-4000

0.40 to 1 82% 51% 74% 52% 47 3% 85%  
493

191 Main Street
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
(828) 898-5241

0.96 to 1 99% 68% 55% 34% 61 3% N/A  
493

1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60660
(773) 274-3000

0.97 to 1 94% 58% 87% 70% 93 3% N/A  
493

2030 E College Way
Olathe, Kansas 66062-1899
(913) 782-3750

19.00 to 1 99% 71% 70% 51% 40 3% N/A  
493

200 South Capitol Street
Clinton, Mississippi 39058
(601) 925-3000

0.80 to 1 98% 58% 73% 62% 92 3% 68%  
493

1 Normal Avenue - 855 Valley Road
Montclair, New Jersey 07043-1624
(973) 655-4000

0.57 to 1 15% 55% 82% 63% 77 3% N/A  
493

235 N National Avenue
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940
(920) 924-3207

0.92 to 1 5% N/A N/A 37% 39 3% 89%  
493

7373 Admiral Peary Hwy
Cresson, Pennsylvania 16630-1999
(814) 886-4131

0.57 to 1 100% 76% 66% 49% 71 3% N/A  
493

634 Henderson St
Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365-0919
(919) 658-2502

0.79 to 1 88% 54% 60% 41% 54 3% N/A  
493

330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, New York 12550
(845) 561-0800

0.46 to 1 99% 81% 70% 56% 46 3% 60%  
493

2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309-4401
(248) 370-2100

N/A 79% 62% 70% 43% 48 3% 82%  
493

5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
(757) 683-3000

1.41 to 1 23% 74% 80% 49% 53 3% N/A  
493

801 East Main Street
Radford, Virginia 24141-0672
(540) 831-5000

1.63 to 1 22% 76% 74% 60% 86 3% 68%  
493

1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
(757) 352-4127

0.43 to 1 84% 82% 78% 36% 30 3% 65%  
493

430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1394
(312) 341-3500

0.51 to 1 87% 76% 58% 42% 68 3% 68%  
493

3690 East Ave
Rochester, New York 14618-3597
(585) 385-8000

1.16 to 1 100% 64% 84% 75% 57 3% N/A  
493

1247 E. Siena Heights Dr
Adrian, Michigan 49221
(517) 263-0731

N/A 99% 63% 63% 43% 74 3% N/A  
493

2500 North River Road
Manchester, New Hampshire 03106-1045
(603) 668-2211

0.12 to 1 81% 83% 73% 58% 41 3% N/A  
493

1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, Oregon 97520
(541) 552-7672

1.47 to 1 67% 75% 68% 32% 86 3% N/A  
493

800 Brisack Road
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
(864) 592-4600

N/A 2% N/A 58% 13% 44 3% 66%  
493

Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, New York 13820-4015
(607) 436-3500

1.10 to 1 51% 44% 84% 67% 65 3% N/A  
493

236 W Reade Ave
Upland, Indiana 46989-1001
(765) 998-2751

1.13 to 1 98% 84% 88% 77% 67 3% 60%  
493

1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6096
(215) 204-7000

1.01 to 1 69% 67% 87% 66% 93 3% N/A  
493

1 William L. Jones Drive
Cookeville, Tennessee 38505-0001
(931) 372-3223

1.55 to 1 31% 93% 76% 52% 75 3% 66%  
493

2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
(817) 257-7000

1.82 to 1 68% 41% 90% 75% 92 3% 72%  
493

601 University Dr
San Marcos, Texas 78666
(512) 245-2111

3.04 to 1 5% 66% 77% 55% 89 3% 68%  
493

107 North Chapel Drive
Toccoa Falls, Georgia 30598-7062
(706) 886-6831

1.53 to 1 98% 41% 60% 46% 57 3% N/A  
493

1050 Union University Dr
Jackson, Tennessee 38305-3697
(731) 668-1818

40.33 to 1 99% 75% 92% 67% 66 3% 78%  
493

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32816
(407) 823-2000

2.52 to 1 41% 46% 88% 65% 44 3% 76%  
493

1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400
Denver, Colorado 80217-3364
(303) 556-5600

5.17 to 1 52% 74% 76% 45% 44 3% N/A  
493

1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, Indiana 47722
(812) 488-2000

3.03 to 1 99% 80% 85% 68% 83 3% N/A  
493

4100 S 4th St Trafficway
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-5082
(913) 682-5151

0.51 to 1 100% 46% 64% 37% 86 3% N/A  
493

414 E Clark St
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2390
(605) 677-5301

3.05 to 1 62% 49% 75% 50% 101 3% 80%  
493

1600 Burrstone Rd
Utica, New York 13502-4892
(315) 792-3111

0.61 to 1 95% 81% 67% 47% 68 3% N/A  
493

55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 556-3610

0.45 to 1 99% 67% 73% 54% 50 3% N/A  
493

51 W College St
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370-1257
(724) 627-8191

0.38 to 1 96% 76% 83% 60% 64 3% 83%  
493

470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63119-3194
(314) 961-2660

0.43 to 1 86% 59% 79% 64% 89 3% 72%  
493

316 Washington Ave
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
(304) 243-2000

1.36 to 1 98% 66% 72% 61% 52 3% 70%  
567

316 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina 29621-4035
(864) 231-2000

0.61 to 1 99% 71% 77% 48% 55 4% 38%  
567

Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University, Alabama 36849
(334) 844-4000

6.77 to 1 69% 77% 90% 68% 92 4% 75%  
567

347 S Gladstone Ave
Aurora, Illinois 60506-4892
(630) 892-6431

0.46 to 1 99% 75% 70% 52% 76 4% N/A  
567

1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005-3098
(402) 291-8100

0.28 to 1 50% N/A 50% 31% 37 4% N/A  
567

717 Frederica St
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301-3023
(270) 685-3131

1.32 to 1 95% 16% 57% 46% 57 4% N/A  
567

8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, California 92504-3297
(951) 689-5771

0.75 to 1 93% 73% 78% 59% 53 4% N/A  
567

250 University Ave
California, Pennsylvania 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

1.59 to 1 11% 59% 78% 51% 63 4% N/A  
567

1000 Main St
Chadron, Nebraska 69337-2690
(308) 432-6000

N/A 59% N/A 64% 42% 91 4% N/A  
567

163 S. Willard St
Burlington, Vermont 5401
(802) 860-2700

0.42 to 1 85% 74% 79% 66% 24 4% 97%  
567

840 Wood St
Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214
(814) 393-2000

2.39 to 1 11% 47% 70% 48% 66 4% N/A  
567

101 S 42nd St
Omaha, Nebraska 68131-2739
(402) 552-3100

0.91 to 1 59% 67% 85% 50% 30 4% 100%  
567

800 College Ct
New Bern, North Carolina 28562-4900
(252) 638-7200

N/A 6% N/A N/A 15% 43 4% N/A  
567

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100

0.29 to 1 89% 41% 71% 54% 55 4% N/A  
567

20 University Dr
Nashua, New Hampshire 03063-1300
(603) 577-6000

0.37 to 1 11% 64% 58% 47% 42 4% 61%  
567

701 N Clinton
Defiance, Ohio 43512
(419) 784-4010

0.62 to 1 100% 62% 59% 50% 53 4% 82%  
567

291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601-4896
(701) 483-2507

0.68 to 1 62% 67% 57% 38% 65 4% 99%  
567

160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420-2697
(978) 345-2151

2.04 to 1 52% 70% 73% 51% 61 4% N/A  
567

777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
(561) 297-3000

1.47 to 1 33% 42% 78% 41% 47 4% N/A  
567

6800 Wydown Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri 63105-3098
(314) 862-3456

0.42 to 1 87% 63% 70% 34% 88 4% N/A  
567

600 Park St
Hays, Kansas 67601-4099
(785) 628-4000

1.49 to 1 74% 81% N/A 42% 99 4% N/A  
567

40 University Drive
Rindge, New Hampshire 03461-0060
(603) 899-4000

0.44 to 1 89% 85% 63% 50% 46 4% 72%  
567

1717 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, California 93702-4709
(559) 453-2000

0.37 to 1 98% 73% 78% 59% 53 4% N/A  
567

2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, Kansas 67213
(316) 295-5000

0.57 to 1 91% 58% 60% 32% 63 4% N/A  
567

101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-1099
(301) 687-4000

1.84 to 1 47% 59% 72% 44% 61 4% 91%  
567

Brannen Hall, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391

6.19 to 1 8% 49% 77% 50% 79 4% 55%  
567

E 4946 Jackson Rd
Ironwood, Michigan 49938
(906) 932-4231

N/A 27% N/A N/A 26% 65 4% N/A  
567

1 University Place
Lamoni, Iowa 50140
(641) 784-5000

1.31 to 1 100% 48% 68% 50% 94 4% 63%  
567

3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85017
(800) 800-9776

N/A 94% 32% N/A 31% 46 4% N/A  
567

401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, Maryland 21015-1698
(443) 412-2000

0.37 to 1 13% N/A N/A 19% 47 4% N/A  
567

2500 E Nutwood Ave
Fullerton, California 92831-3199
(714) 879-3901

0.24 to 1 91% 52% 72% 40% 45 4% N/A  
567

2400 Sixth St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20059-0001
(202) 806-6100

2.33 to 1 64% 54% 85% 63% 93 4% 65%  
567

1145 King Rd
Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345-0702
(610) 647-4400

0.31 to 1 96% 80% 80% 53% 86 4% N/A  
567

302 Bibb St
Marion, Alabama 36756
(334) 683-5100

2.64 to 1 95% 82% 72% 37% 89 4% 65%  
567

231 Highway 58 South
Kinston, North Carolina 28502-0188
(252) 527-6223

0.38 to 1 16% N/A N/A 14% 46 4% 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