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  
567

1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
(434) 582-2000

5.48 to 1 75% N/A 81% 46% 34 4% N/A  
567

1701 Wright St
Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
(608) 246-6100

0.26 to 1 11% N/A N/A 22% 45 4% 38%  
567

928 Sixth Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239
(515) 643-3180

0.77 to 1 28% 84% N/A 50% 15 4% N/A  
567

500 University Ave W
Minot, North Dakota 58707
(701) 858-3000

1.73 to 1 57% 54% 65% 33% 67 4% N/A  
567

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762
(662) 325-2323

7.17 to 1 66% 62% 81% 58% 88 4% 74%  
567

One College Park Dr
Saint Louis, Missouri 63141-8698
(877) 434-1115

0.32 to 1 96% 58% 60% 39% 36 4% 75%  
567

11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648

0.10 to 1 0% N/A 58% 24% 37 4% N/A  
567

3100 McCormick Ave
Wichita, Kansas 67213-2097
(316) 942-4291

0.62 to 1 95% 45% 69% 47% 47 4% N/A  
567

9700 France Ave S
Bloomington, Minnesota 55431
(952) 358-8200

1.17 to 1 3% N/A 53% 17% 41 4% N/A  
567

800 N 6th St
Wahpeton, North Dakota 58076-0002
(701) 671-2403

0.55 to 1 24% N/A N/A 51% 43 4% 99%  
567

Knoles Drive, Babbitt Administrative Center
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-4132
(928) 523-9011

1.41 to 1 64% 76% 76% 49% 84 4% N/A  
567

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, Illinois 60115-2828
(800) 892-3050

3.47 to 1 78% 56% 70% 54% 99 4% N/A  
567

158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, Vermont 05663-1035
(802) 485-2000

0.97 to 1 100% 65% 85% 53% 81 4% 79%  
567

7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171
(918) 495-6161

1.53 to 1 99% 59% N/A 51% 43 4% N/A  
567

8700 NW River Park Dr
Parkville, Missouri 64152-3795
(816) 741-2000

1.18 to 1 66% 69% 61% 41% 101 4% 86%  
567

724 SW Harrison
Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 725-3511

1.19 to 1 45% 66% 74% 42% 58 4% N/A  
567

1500 N Main
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-1280
(605) 225-1634

1.70 to 1 86% 74% 49% 44% 43 4% N/A  
567

2083 Lawrence Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-3099
(609) 896-5000

0.70 to 1 95% 72% 77% 67% 59 4% 78%  
567

2301 Westside Dr
Rochester, New York 14624
(585) 594-6000

0.55 to 1 98% 47% 80% 59% 51 4% 79%  
567

201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, New Jersey 8028
(856) 256-4000

0.52 to 1 38% 56% 85% 71% 56 4% N/A  
567

3395 Airport Rd
Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374
(910) 692-6185

0.55 to 1 12% N/A N/A 20% 46 4% N/A  
567

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, Washington 98133-5696
(206) 546-4101

0.60 to 1 11% N/A N/A 27% 48 4% N/A  
567

2211 College View Drive
Redding, California 96003-8606
(530) 224-5600

0.51 to 1 99% 60% 63% 41% 45 4% N/A  
567

2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
(605) 367-7624

0.78 to 1 6% N/A 56% 38% 33 4% 97%  
567

1540 Northway Drive
Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303-1240
(320) 308-5000

0.59 to 1 5% N/A 49% 30% 29 4% 96%  
567

440 E McMillan St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206-1925
(800) 861-6400

0.10 to 1 46% N/A 71% 27% 29 4% N/A  
567

Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0110
(205) 934-4011

10.09 to 1 57% 72% 80% 48% 44 4% 45%  
567

11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, Alaska 99801-8697
(877) 465-4827

0.80 to 1 21% N/A 61% 11% 31 4% N/A  
567

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
(719) 255-3000

N/A 35% 60% N/A 47% 44 4% N/A  
567

4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, Michigan 48221-3038
(313) 993-1000

N/A 98% 62% 77% 57% 23 4% N/A  
567

1301 Twentieth St S
Great Falls, Montana 59405-4996
(406) 761-8210

0.61 to 1 95% N/A 66% 21% 79 4% N/A  
567

1400 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227-3697
(317) 788-3368

0.79 to 1 98% 73% 74% 55% 67 4% N/A  
567

One University Drive
Pembroke, North Carolina 28372-1510
(910) 521-6000

4.22 to 1 13% 70% 64% 34% 63 4% N/A  
567

1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224-7699
(904) 620-1000

1.87 to 1 47% 52% 83% 48% 40 4% N/A  
567

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 829-6000

1.11 to 1 90% 94% 75% 47% 89 4% N/A  
567

1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta, Georgia 31698
(229) 333-5800

3.08 to 1 4% 59% 67% 41% 85 4% N/A  
567

1 Main Street
Randolph Center, Vermont 05061-0500
(802) 728-1000

0.64 to 1 53% 84% 69% 50% 9 4% N/A  
567

255 N Highland
Memphis, Tennessee 38111-1375
(901) 320-9700

1.25 to 1 26% 31% 70% 13% 28 4% N/A  
567

French Administration Building
Pullman, Washington 99164-5910
(509) 335-3564

2.57 to 1 50% 76% 82% 67% 96 4% N/A  
567

Highway 107
Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723-9646
(828) 227-7100

2.86 to 1 65% 39% 74% 48% 68 4% N/A  
641

1000 State Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 1109
(413) 737-7000

0.38 to 1 100% 74% 60% 39% 81 5% 84%  
641

111 W Congress St
Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
(877) 468-6268

N/A 11% N/A N/A 19% 8 5% N/A  
641

1355 Highway 10 West
Anoka, Minnesota 55303
(763) 576-4700

N/A 0% N/A N/A 23% 15 5% N/A  
641

11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433-3470
(763) 433-1100

0.96 to 1 7% N/A 52% 16% 39 5% N/A  
641

607 N Kingman
Haviland, Kansas 67059-0288
(620) 862-5252

0.43 to 1 100% 100% 71% 53% 39 5% 90%  
641

200 ACC Drive NE
Wilson, North Carolina 27893-7000
(252) 399-6300

1.64 to 1 100% 44% 71% 48% 59 5% N/A  
641

500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, Georgia 30501-3668
(770) 534-6299

1.61 to 1 97% 30% 69% 45% 67 5% N/A  
641

275 Swamp Rd
Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940-4106
(215) 968-8000

0.42 to 1 13% N/A N/A 11% 46 5% N/A  
641

400 Jefferson St
Hackettstown, New Jersey 7840
(908) 852-1400

0.51 to 1 96% 89% 76% 49% 82 5% N/A  
641

3140 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816-1578
(808) 735-4711

N/A 98% 87% 69% 36% 54 5% N/A  
641

320 Porter Ave
Buffalo, New York 14201-1084
(716) 829-8000

0.81 to 1 97% 82% 73% 40% 86 5% 93%  
641

300 College Dr
Glendive, Montana 59330
(406) 377-3396

7.67 to 1 51% N/A N/A 54% 45 5% N/A  
641

11200 S. W. 8 Street
Miami, Florida 33199
(305) 348-2000

1.19 to 1 38% 40% 82% 49% 40 5% N/A  
641

231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
(478) 445-2770

2.51 to 1 7% 66% 86% 57% 89 5% N/A  
641

One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, Connecticut 6118
(860) 528-4111

0.30 to 1 88% N/A 57% 29% 10 5% N/A  
641

921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
(208) 282-2700

2.99 to 1 40% N/A 62% 35% 96 5% N/A  
641

133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, North Carolina 28349
(910) 296-2400

0.88 to 1 9% N/A N/A 12% 41 5% N/A  
641

1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144-5591
(770) 423-6000

1.23 to 1 4% 62% 76% 42% 46 5% N/A  
641

650 W Easterday Ave
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan 49783
(906) 632-6841

1.67 to 1 73% 89% 70% 38% 46 5% N/A  
641

1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, Wisconsin 53015-1414
(920) 693-1000

0.76 to 1 15% N/A N/A 40% 37 5% 77%  
641

100 Campus View Drive
Lincoln, Illinois 62656-2111
(217) 732-3168

0.44 to 1 75% 67% 75% 47% 60 5% N/A  
641

3601 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-5598
(561) 237-7000

1.06 to 1 78% N/A 69% 40% 47 5% N/A  
641

512 E. Stephens St
Midway, Kentucky 40347-1120
(859) 846-4421

0.93 to 1 71% 69% 75% 62% 65 5% N/A  
641

1100 College Street
Columbus, Mississippi 39701
(662) 329-4750

1.55 to 1 82% 44% 74% 37% 93 5% N/A  
641

98 Bridge St
Henniker, New Hampshire 3242
(603) 428-2211

0.61 to 1 97% 72% 63% 43% 47 5% 73%  
641

1101 Hwy One East
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
(218) 683-8800

1.18 to 1 0% N/A N/A 29% 38 5% 88%  
641

2201 Silver Lake Rd
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006-6299
(918) 333-6151

0.23 to 1 99% 51% 66% 45% 36 5% N/A  
641

201 Wood St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-1984
(412) 391-4100

0.43 to 1 97% 76% 74% 50% 46 5% 36%  
641

1800 College Ave
Quincy, Illinois 62301-2699
(217) 222-8020

0.49 to 1 100% 91% 70% 56% 60 5% 61%  
641

33701 State Road 52
Saint Leo, Florida 33574-6665
(352) 588-8200

1.41 to 1 96% 85% 73% 43% 47 5% N/A  
641

315 Shorter Ave
Rome, Georgia 30165
(706) 291-2121

0.98 to 1 95% 64% 68% 47% 91 5% N/A  
641

304 Administration Dr
Denton, Texas 76201
(940) 898-2000

0.89 to 1 38% 86% 68% 45% 91 5% 72%  
641

574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, Connecticut 6360
(860) 886-0177

0.32 to 1 18% N/A N/A 11% 41 5% N/A  
641

2301 S 3rd St
Louisville, Kentucky 40292-0001
(502) 852-5555

2.64 to 1 54% 73% 77% 52% 99 5% 70%  
641

Carter Hall - Rm 4000
Greeley, Colorado 80639
(970) 351-1890

1.90 to 1 72% 70% 65% 45% 98 5% N/A  
641

1441 N Cable Rd
Lima, Ohio 45805
(419) 227-3141

2.74 to 1 26% N/A N/A 62% 27 5% N/A  
641

307 N University Blvd
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
(251) 460-6101

1.61 to 1 51% 87% 66% 37% 46 5% 65%  
641

8600 University Blvd
Evansville, Indiana 47712
(812) 464-8600

0.95 to 1 30% 72% 67% 39% 40 5% 81%  
641

605 Washington St
Fayette, Iowa 52142-1857
(563) 425-5200

0.16 to 1 69% 62% 68% 41% 63 5% 67%  
641

106 S Sixth St
Forest City, Iowa 50436-1713
(641) 585-2450

12.67 to 1 100% 48% 47% 43% 66 5% 87%  
641

800 Main Street
Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072-4601
(262) 691-5566

0.28 to 1 14% N/A N/A 31% 39 5% N/A  
641

Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6201
(304) 293-0111

2.82 to 1 61% 85% 77% 57% 84 5% 68%  
641

800 Mickelson Dr
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
(605) 394-4034

0.58 to 1 0% N/A 67% 41% 31 5% 83%  
641

1845 N. Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0124
(316) 978-3456

1.29 to 1 62% 95% 70% 41% 80 5% N/A  
641

320 Dupont Hwy
New Castle, Delaware 19720
(877) 967-5464

0.09 to 1 12% N/A 64% 36% 39 5% N/A  
686

4101 University Dr
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 561-1266

0.77 to 1 94% 63% 65% 52% 33 6% N/A  
686

700 Prospect St
New Haven, Connecticut 06511-1189
(203) 773-8550

1.24 to 1 79% 81% 76% 53% 82 6% 59%  
686

1200 Taylor Rd
Montgomery, Alabama 36117-3553
(334) 387-7000

N/A 100% N/A 75% 0% 25 6% N/A  
686

50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, Massachusetts 01612-1198
(508) 849-3300

0.31 to 1 97% 68% N/A 47% 59 6% N/A  
686

420 W Main St
Danville, Virginia 24541
(434) 791-5600

1.07 to 1 100% 58% 62% 40% 86 6% N/A  
686

3303 Rebecca St
Sioux City, Iowa 51104
(515) 419-2656

1.36 to 1 94% N/A 69% 43% 69 6% 45%  
686

120 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006-6195
(973) 618-3000

0.63 to 1 94% 61% 82% 51% 62 6% N/A  
686

1 University Dr
Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718-2799
(270) 789-5000

0.88 to 1 89% 67% 63% 45% 51 6% N/A  
686

1200 S Main
McPherson, Kansas 67460-5740
(620) 241-0723

0.70 to 1 100% N/A 72% 45% 39 6% 87%  
686

525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 224-3000

0.44 to 1 20% N/A 58% 10% 36 6% 53%  
686

550 E Spring St
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5353

N/A 16% N/A N/A 9% 41 6% N/A  
686

4225 University Ave
Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645
(706) 507-8800

1.21 to 1 9% 52% 67% 34% 51 6% N/A  
686

11711 Sand Canyon Road
Yucaipa, California 92399-1799
(909) 794-2161

N/A 1% N/A N/A 24% 39 6% N/A  
686

One College Hill
Canton, Missouri 63435-1299
(573) 288-6000

1.23 to 1 100% 62% 68% 50% 90 6% 79%  
686

4380 Main St
Amherst, New York 14226-3592
(716) 839-3600

0.69 to 1 97% 50% 81% 48% 58 6% 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