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  
686

105 Simrall Blvd
Bottineau, North Dakota 58318-1198
(701) 228-2277

0.42 to 1 25% N/A N/A 36% 43 6% N/A  
686

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, California 91754-6099
(323) 265-8650

0.39 to 1 0% N/A N/A 21% 62 6% N/A  
686

One University Blvd
La Grande, Oregon 97850
(541) 962-3672

10.64 to 1 64% 65% 72% 32% 83 6% N/A  
686

262 S Main St
Lodi, New Jersey 7644
(201) 559-6000

0.93 to 1 95% 90% 73% 42% 40 6% N/A  
686

800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, Georgia 31709-4693
(877) 871-4594

1.91 to 1 24% 66% 63% 29% 82 6% N/A  
686

738 S Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, South Carolina 29607-2418
(864) 250-8000

N/A 19% N/A N/A 8% 46 6% N/A  
686

80 Vandenburgh Ave
Troy, New York 12180
(518) 629-4822

N/A 7% N/A N/A 25% 45 6% N/A  
686

1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401-2999
(207) 941-7000

0.59 to 1 80% 77% 72% 42% 40 6% 55%  
686

1600 E Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803-1228
(800) 937-2448

0.15 to 1 80% 64% 73% 30% 52 6% N/A  
686

2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
(904) 256-8000

1.19 to 1 98% 45% 61% 41% 64 6% N/A  
686

2601 Carson Rd
Birmingham, Alabama 35215-3098
(205) 853-1200

0.46 to 1 15% N/A N/A 12% 46 6% N/A  
686

900 N. North Branch St.
Chicago, Illinois 60642
(312) 752-2000

0.27 to 1 82% 93% 52% 58% 52 6% N/A  
686

92 Western Ave
Fairfield, Maine 04937-1367
(207) 453-5000

N/A 30% N/A N/A 34% 11 6% 63%  
686

2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, Texas 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000

0.71 to 1 96% 43% 78% 61% 44 6% N/A  
686

700 Fox Chase Rd
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania 19046-3399
(215) 885-2360

N/A 30% 49% N/A 40% 47 6% N/A  
686

Academy Street
Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933
(570) 662-4000

2.69 to 1 36% 69% 72% 48% 72 6% N/A  
686

330 Third Street NE
Mayville, North Dakota 58257-1299
(701) 788-2301

1.03 to 1 84% N/A 53% 39% 54 6% 90%  
686

18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, New York 14214-2695
(716) 880-2000

0.41 to 1 98% 60% N/A 46% 63 6% N/A  
686

555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
(800) 637-2969

0.27 to 1 83% 64% 69% 29% 46 6% N/A  
686

501 E 38th St
Erie, Pennsylvania 16546
(814) 824-2000

1.74 to 1 99% 77% 81% 67% 83 6% 78%  
686

437 Pequot Avenue
New London, Connecticut 6320
(860) 701-5000

0.59 to 1 94% 60% 56% 39% 58 6% N/A  
686

2800 College Dr
Sidney, Michigan 48885-9723
(989) 328-2111

0.33 to 1 8% N/A N/A 11% 40 6% N/A  
686

218 Wells Hall
Murray, Kentucky 42071-3318
(270) 809-3011

2.25 to 1 66% 83% 70% 54% 86 6% N/A  
686

Center Rd
Dudley, Massachusetts 01571-5000
(508) 213-1560

0.82 to 1 94% 74% 66% 50% 49 6% 95%  
686

7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
(763) 424-0702

0.73 to 1 1% N/A 56% 18% 42 6% N/A  
686

3225 W Foster Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4895
(773) 244-6200

N/A 96% 42% N/A 56% 88 6% 60%  
686

Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099
(859) 572-5100

1.07 to 1 38% 64% 67% 37% 41 6% N/A  
686

1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198
(605) 626-3011

7.42 to 1 62% 90% 69% 42% 74 6% 93%  
686

603 W Park St
Sheldon, Iowa 51201
(712) 324-5061

0.40 to 1 35% N/A 93% 56% 34 6% 94%  
686

138 N Lucretia St
Oakland City, Indiana 47660-1099
(812) 749-4781

0.22 to 1 94% 48% 75% 71% 37 6% 65%  
686

901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
(561) 803-2000

0.99 to 1 100% 96% 68% 51% 42 6% 64%  
686

1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762
(620) 231-7000

3.19 to 1 44% 79% 69% 52% 99 6% 70%  
686

348 NE SR 61
Pratt, Kansas 67124
(620) 672-5641

N/A 81% N/A 60% 32% 38 6% N/A  
686

One University Plaza, MS4675
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 651-2000

1.95 to 1 67% 97% 74% 46% 99 6% N/A  
686

907 Wesleyan Drive
Central, South Carolina 29630-1020
(864) 644-5000

0.42 to 1 88% 96% 70% 57% 41 6% N/A  
686

901 S Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203-2188
(502) 585-9911

1.11 to 1 92% 29% 73% 39% 76 6% N/A  
686

2720 Stone Park Blvd
Sioux City, Iowa 51104-0263
(712) 279-3149

N/A 50% 43% N/A 100% 13 6% N/A  
686

10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, New York 14802
(800) 425-3733

4.76 to 1 77% 51% 81% 48% 62 6% 51%  
686

34 Cornell Drive
Canton, New York 13617-1098
(315) 386-7011

1.16 to 1 81% 67% 75% 32% 62 6% N/A  
686

One Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-4391
(518) 587-2100

0.17 to 1 4% 80% N/A 31% 40 6% N/A  
686

1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, Texas 76401-0000
(254) 968-9000

1.07 to 1 25% 62% 67% 39% 88 6% N/A  
686

155 Miami Street
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
(800) 968-6446

0.20 to 1 57% 51% 66% 38% 29 6% 82%  
686

7000 Rivers Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
(843) 574-6111

0.60 to 1 1% N/A N/A 8% 13 6% N/A  
686

200 W Kawili St
Hilo, Hawaii 96720-4091
(808) 974-7311

3.11 to 1 39% 72% 70% 39% 38 6% N/A  
686

212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2018
(713) 743-1000

2.37 to 1 46% 56% 83% 46% 60 6% N/A  
686

One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
(217) 206-6600

1.34 to 1 82% 56% 72% 47% 39 6% N/A  
686

104 University Circle
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
(377) 482-1000

3.77 to 1 30% 60% 74% 44% 89 6% N/A  
686

2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
(419) 530-4636

2.56 to 1 71% N/A 62% 44% 92 6% N/A  
686

1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, Texas 79072
(806) 291-1000

1.94 to 1 82% 95% 48% 36% 58 6% N/A  
686

208 University Drive
West Liberty, West Virginia 26074
(304) 336-5000

1.50 to 1 49% 70% 71% 41% 72 6% N/A  
686

4001 East 700 South, Suite 701
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
(801) 274-3280

N/A 0% N/A N/A 27% 11 6% N/A  
686

1 University Circle
Macomb, Illinois 61455
(309) 295-1414

9.10 to 1 30% 63% 68% 54% 101 6% 82%  
686

400 Seventh St. North
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54602-0908
(608) 785-9200

N/A 0% N/A N/A 36% 42 6% N/A  
686

505 Pine Ridge Drive
Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871-8727
(715) 468-2815

0.30 to 1 12% N/A 70% 40% 35 6% N/A  
686

112 College Drive
Wells, Maine 4090
(207) 646-9282

0.15 to 1 32% N/A 52% 19% 10 6% N/A  
756

1003 Monroe Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 572-2468

1.23 to 1 57% 25% 83% 60% 15 7% N/A  
756

3028 Lindbergh Ave
Bellingham, Washington 98225-1599
(360) 752-7000

2.00 to 1 13% N/A N/A 49% 15 7% N/A  
756

6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, California 95003
(831) 479-6100

N/A 0% N/A N/A 23% 53 7% N/A  
756

3910 Kirby Ste 200
Houston, Texas 77098-4151
(713) 529-2778

0.09 to 1 0% 60% N/A 64% 25 7% N/A  
756

2600 NW College Way
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 383-7500

0.66 to 1 8% N/A 53% 19% 48 7% N/A  
756

3300 Century Ave N
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
(651) 770-3200

1.37 to 1 0% N/A N/A 18% 18 7% N/A  
756

2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, Georgia 30260-0285
(678) 466-4000

1.57 to 1 11% 40% 68% 27% 43 7% 55%  
756

6191 Kraft Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512-9396
(616) 698-7111

0.19 to 1 86% 95% 69% 35% 38 7% N/A  
756

5002 T-Rex Avenue, Suite 100
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
(561) 912-1211

N/A 24% 100% N/A 58% 21 7% N/A  
756

9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
(952) 995-1300

N/A 6% N/A N/A 26% 15 7% N/A  
756

2655 Northbrooke Drive
Naples, Florida 34119-7932
(239) 513-1122

1.42 to 1 17% 71% N/A 20% 16 7% 72%  
756

210 N 7th St
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
(812) 237-6311

2.38 to 1 65% 86% 61% 44% 99 7% N/A  
756

13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, Virginia 23831-5316
(804) 796-4000

0.28 to 1 2% N/A 51% 12% 45 7% N/A  
756

One College Green
La Plume, Pennsylvania 18440-0200
(570) 945-8000

0.39 to 1 81% 91% 61% 41% 78 7% 77%  
756

2101 Trinity Rd
Duluth, Minnesota 55811-3399
(800) 432-2884

0.79 to 1 0% N/A 48% 31% 16 7% N/A  
756

Hot Springs Blvd
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
(505) 454-2500

N/A 27% N/A 38% 19% 32 7% 60%  
756

1001 College Rd
Lyndonville, Vermont 05851-0919
(802) 626-6200

0.57 to 1 87% 98% 59% 31% 49 7% 87%  
756

3500 SW 119th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170-9797
(405) 691-3800

N/A 65% N/A N/A 27% 29 7% N/A  
756

1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
(218) 736-1500

0.73 to 1 6% N/A N/A 32% 54 7% N/A  
756

1593 11th Ave
Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241
(320) 564-4511

7.64 to 1 2% N/A 54% 45% 46 7% N/A  
756

51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(240) 567-5000

0.53 to 1 16% N/A N/A 17% 46 7% N/A  
756

One Education Dr
Garden City, New York 11530-6793
(516) 572-7501

0.48 to 1 0% N/A 32% 18% 47 7% 52%  
756

University Ave
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
(505) 425-7511

0.74 to 1 59% N/A 55% 16% 77 7% N/A  
756

2441 Kenwood Circle
Mansfield, Ohio 44901-0698
(419) 755-4800

N/A 9% N/A N/A 13% 38 7% 94%  
756

4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
(703) 323-3000

N/A 15% N/A N/A 22% 46 7% N/A  
756

828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401-3745
(541) 343-1641

0.50 to 1 100% 66% 71% 48% 52 7% N/A  
756

1701 E Front St
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
(231) 995-1000

0.48 to 1 12% N/A 61% 17% 53 7% 63%  
756

1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, Ohio 43113-9487
(740) 474-8896

N/A 67% 72% N/A 40% 38 7% N/A  
756

One College Blvd
Paterson, New Jersey 07505-1179
(973) 684-6800

0.28 to 1 9% N/A N/A 8% 36 7% N/A  
756

1420 Pine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-4699
(888) 467-3472

0.33 to 1 33% N/A N/A 45% 43 7% N/A  
756

One College Ave
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701-5799
(570) 326-3761

1.61 to 1 5% N/A 66% 48% 44 7% N/A  
756

3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, California 95822-1386
(916) 558-2111

N/A 0% N/A N/A 19% 62 7% N/A  
756

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, Texas 77340
(936) 294-1111

3.50 to 1 18% 65% 71% 48% 89 7% 76%  
756

501 Crescent Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06515-1355
(203) 392-5200

0.70 to 1 7% 75% 73% 44% 62 7% 90%  
756

100 W Hillcrest
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 645-3921

2.00 to 1 85% N/A 61% 29% 56 7% 65%  
756

1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(888) 937-7248

0.95 to 1 76% 38% 67% 39% 46 7% N/A  
756

900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, California 91910-7299
(619) 482-6550

N/A 1% N/A 59% 15% 50 7% N/A  
756

204 East College Street
Athens, Tennessee 37303
(423) 745-7504

1.08 to 1 100% 76% 62% 45% 88 7% N/A  
756

505 South Chandalar Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7500
(907) 474-7211

0.48 to 1 40% N/A 74% 31% 80 7% N/A  
756

118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001
(601) 266-1000

3.18 to 1 70% 65% 75% 50% 85 7% 70%  
756

Station One
Livingston, Alabama 35470
(205) 652-3400

0.90 to 1 57% 49% 56% 34% 76 7% N/A  
756

1125 E 8th St
York, Nebraska 68467-2699
(402) 363-5600

1.38 to 1 96% 56% 58% 31% 44 7% 70%  
756

One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio 44555-0001
(877) 468-6978

0.69 to 1 36% N/A 65% 32% 69 7% N/A  
799

13180 Paramount Blvd.
South Gate, California 90280
(562) 408-6969

N/A 35% N/A N/A 75% 11 8% N/A  
799

601 College St
Clarksville, Tennessee 37044
(931) 221-7011

1.32 to 1 17% 83% 67% 36% 67 8% 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