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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  
799

400 Paramus Rd
Paramus, New Jersey 07652-1595
(201) 447-7200

N/A 0% N/A N/A 17% 42 8% N/A  
799

7000 Mercy Rd.
Omaha, Nebraska 68106
(402) 399-2400

0.58 to 1 99% 52% 69% 36% 56 8% 82%  
799

800 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233-1895
(412) 323-2323

0.28 to 1 6% N/A N/A 10% 44 8% N/A  
799

2700 Christian Pkwy.
Dallas, Texas 75234-7299
(972) 241-3371

0.17 to 1 82% 40% 67% 25% 36 8% N/A  
799

101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-3897
(361) 698-1255

0.91 to 1 17% N/A N/A 9% 68 8% N/A  
799

900 N.Benton
Springfield, Missouri 65802-3791
(417) 873-7879

3.97 to 1 71% 87% 83% 51% 99 8% 63%  
799

1973 Edison Dr
Piqua, Ohio 45356-9239
(937) 778-8600

0.28 to 1 15% N/A 52% 26% 33 8% 70%  
799

801 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75202-3604
(214) 860-2037

0.38 to 1 9% N/A 39% 5% 46 8% N/A  
799

5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, Alabama 36109-3378
(334) 272-5820

0.50 to 1 96% N/A 54% 33% 43 8% 60%  
799

3520 30th Ave
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-1690
(262) 564-2200

N/A 1% N/A 64% 23% 44 8% N/A  
799

2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, Washington 98198-9800
(206) 878-3710

0.67 to 1 19% N/A 57% 31% 49 8% N/A  
799

815 N Orlando Smith Ave
Oglesby, Illinois 61348-9692
(815) 224-2720

0.51 to 1 7% N/A 52% 35% 85 8% N/A  
799

1301 S 48th Street
Quincy, Illinois 62305-8736
(217) 224-6500

0.28 to 1 25% N/A N/A 31% 34 8% N/A  
799

450 North Ave
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-3397
(269) 965-3931

0.31 to 1 3% N/A N/A 21% 49 8% N/A  
799

1115 College Drive
Gaffney, South Carolina 29340-3799
(864) 489-7151

2.96 to 1 86% 53% 53% 43% 86 8% N/A  
799

1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634-3899
(570) 740-0200

0.31 to 1 3% N/A 55% 19% 39 8% N/A  
799

14500 E Twelve Mile Rd
Warren, Michigan 48088-3896
(586) 445-7999

0.26 to 1 9% N/A 56% 12% 44 8% N/A  
799

1066 Front St
Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-8518
(603) 206-8000

0.35 to 1 0% N/A N/A 20% 12 8% N/A  
799

701 College Rd
Lebanon, Illinois 62254-1291
(618) 537-4481

0.46 to 1 99% 66% 81% 49% 44 8% 97%  
799

1200 Old Trenton Rd
West Windsor, New Jersey 08550-3407
(609) 586-4800

0.29 to 1 1% N/A 68% 14% 47 8% N/A  
799

1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
(615) 898-2300

N/A 23% 67% N/A 45% 86 8% N/A  
799

3600 N Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4500

0.99 to 1 10% N/A N/A 12% 39 8% N/A  
799

700 W State St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
(414) 297-6370

0.75 to 1 1% N/A 47% 15% 55 8% 87%  
799

500 E College St
Marshall, Missouri 65340
(660) 831-4000

1.90 to 1 99% 52% 55% 28% 98 8% N/A  
799

4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507
(816) 271-4200

0.89 to 1 48% N/A 58% 31% 91 8% 80%  
799

1000 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, New York 14623
(585) 292-2000

0.56 to 1 6% N/A 61% 23% 49 8% N/A  
799

340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422-0796
(215) 641-6300

0.33 to 1 2% N/A 61% 14% 44 8% N/A  
799

University Blvd
Morehead, Kentucky 40351
(606) 783-2221

3.89 to 1 67% 93% 66% 39% 84 8% 48%  
799

2100 College St
Newberry, South Carolina 29108
(803) 276-5010

1.16 to 1 98% 34% 68% 40% 78 8% 42%  
799

University Station La Hwy 1
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70310
(877) 642-4655

7.51 to 1 31% 92% 69% 39% 50 8% N/A  
799

600 N Grand
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464-2399
(918) 456-5511

1.27 to 1 43% 76% 65% 30% 65 8% N/A  
799

1600 E Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-1268
(847) 635-1600

N/A 19% N/A N/A 13% 38 8% N/A  
799

600 Hoyt Street
Peru, Nebraska 68421-0010
(402) 872-3815

0.76 to 1 72% N/A N/A 35% 99 8% N/A  
799

301 Largo Rd
Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
(301) 336-6000

0.54 to 1 4% N/A 58% 7% 45 8% N/A  
799

670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01606-2092
(508) 853-2300

0.31 to 1 11% N/A N/A 14% 47 8% N/A  
799

1100 S. Marietta Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30060-2896
(678) 915-4188

2.43 to 1 2% 79% 76% 35% 50 8% N/A  
799

1501 W. Townline Street
Creston, Iowa 50801
(828) 339-4000

0.54 to 1 39% N/A 57% 43% 39 8% 47%  
799

100 Campus Dr
Weatherford, Oklahoma 73096-3098
(580) 772-6611

11.32 to 1 69% 91% 57% 36% 64 8% N/A  
799

4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
(202) 274-5012

N/A 9% N/A 54% 15% 43 8% N/A  
799

9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5696
(919) 866-5000

N/A 4% N/A 71% 15% 44 8% N/A  
799

181 White Street
Danbury, Connecticut 06810-6826
(203) 837-8200

0.63 to 1 1% 59% 68% 43% 60 8% 71%  
799

1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1000
(270) 745-0111

2.27 to 1 32% 92% 71% 43% 88 8% N/A  
799

1000 W. College Ave
Silver City, New Mexico 88061
(505) 538-6336

0.98 to 1 2% N/A 48% 17% 72 8% 75%  
844

1519 Clearlake Rd
Cocoa, Florida 32922
(321) 632-1111

0.26 to 1 9% N/A N/A 42% 49 9% N/A  
844

777 Elsbree St
Fall River, Massachusetts 02720-7395
(508) 678-2811

0.21 to 1 2% N/A N/A 16% 44 9% N/A  
844

225 E las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
(954) 201-7400

N/A 17% N/A 75% 28% 49 9% N/A  
844

250 New Rutherford Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2925
(617) 228-2000

0.26 to 1 4% N/A N/A 11% 38 9% N/A  
844

55 Paul Manafort Drive
New Britain, Connecticut 6053
(860) 515-3800

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 33 9% N/A  
844

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
(253) 589-5800

N/A 11% N/A N/A 34% 15 9% N/A  
844

3001 SW College Rd
Ocala, Florida 34474
(352) 873-5800

0.27 to 1 29% N/A N/A 37% 50 9% N/A  
844

8730 Mitchell Rd
La Plata, Maryland 20646-0910
(301) 934-2251

0.32 to 1 4% N/A N/A 11% 45 9% N/A  
844

807 University Pky
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614-0000
(423) 439-1000

1.99 to 1 14% 87% 66% 41% 87 9% N/A  
844

521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3102
(859) 622-1000

1.57 to 1 31% 66% 62% 37% 86 9% N/A  
844

3175 Cedartown Highway, S.E.
Rome, Georgia 30161-3897
(800) 332-2406

1.25 to 1 0% N/A 56% 10% 42 9% N/A  
844

12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299
(913) 469-8500

N/A 12% N/A N/A 13% 39 9% N/A  
844

300 E. 6th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103-7020
(605) 221-3100

0.17 to 1 13% N/A N/A 4% 28 9% N/A  
844

1801 College Dr N
Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301-1598
(701) 662-1600

0.30 to 1 56% N/A 45% 40% 40 9% 75%  
844

4400 MLK Blvd
Beaumont, Texas 77705
(409) 880-7011

1.67 to 1 15% 88% 56% 32% 59 9% N/A  
844

1400 E College Dr
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007-3299
(307) 778-5222

0.47 to 1 48% N/A 58% 17% 39 9% N/A  
844

4525 Education Park Dr
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania 18078-2598
(610) 799-2121

0.29 to 1 2% N/A N/A 14% 42 9% 47%  
844

500 8th Ave
Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698
(208) 792-5272

1.83 to 1 55% 99% 50% 30% 50 9% N/A  
844

99 Powell Rd E
Mayfield, Kentucky 42066-9007
(270) 247-8521

0.29 to 1 4% 87% 60% 36% 27 9% N/A  
844

1515 Pioneer Dr
Harrison, Arkansas 72601-5508
(870) 743-3000

N/A 28% N/A 50% 24% 35 9% N/A  
844

100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830-2399
(978) 556-3000

0.20 to 1 5% N/A 61% 16% 45 9% N/A  
844

100 College Blvd
Niceville, Florida 32578-1295
(850) 678-5111

0.44 to 1 7% N/A N/A 44% 47 9% 90%  
844

4975 Hwy 51 N
Senatobia, Mississippi 38668-1714
(662) 562-3200

N/A 28% N/A N/A 20% 61 9% N/A  
844

709 Oklahoma Blvd
Alva, Oklahoma 73717-2799
(580) 327-1700

0.80 to 1 83% 73% 65% 31% 65 9% N/A  
844

College Drive
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-2001
(732) 255-0400

0.28 to 1 2% N/A 71% 30% 45 9% N/A  
844

1000 College Blvd
Pensacola, Florida 32504-8998
(850) 484-1000

0.42 to 1 21% N/A N/A 31% 58 9% N/A  
844

12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97219-7132
(503) 244-6111

N/A 0% N/A N/A 13% 44 9% N/A  
844

78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, New York 12305
(518) 381-1200

N/A 4% N/A N/A 17% 40 9% N/A  
844

8560 Ulmerton Road
Largo, Florida 33771
(727) 736-5082

0.03 to 1 0% N/A N/A 32% 31 9% 80%  
844

1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
(509) 533-8020

1.39 to 1 16% N/A N/A 22% 47 9% 55%  
844

3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane, Washington 99224-5288
(509) 533-3500

0.43 to 1 10% N/A N/A 23% 47 9% N/A  
844

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561
(615) 963-5111

2.57 to 1 32% N/A 55% 35% 68 9% N/A  
844

1815 Union Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
(423) 493-4100

N/A 67% 54% N/A 25% 14 9% N/A  
844

99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666
(757) 825-2700

N/A 2% N/A N/A 14% 44 9% N/A  
844

1501 Millpond Rd
Thomasville, Georgia 31792
(229) 226-1621

25.50 to 1 58% 66% N/A 14% 30 9% N/A  
844

1 University Ave
Angola, Indiana 46703-1764
(260) 665-4100

1.36 to 1 97% 72% 69% 52% 48 9% 92%  
844

2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
(501) 569-3000

1.57 to 1 40% 99% 67% 20% 85 9% N/A  
844

One Harrison Plaza
Florence, Alabama 35632-0001
(256) 765-4100

2.52 to 1 39% 88% 69% 32% 80 9% N/A  
844

3000 Wayne Memorial Dr
Goldsboro, North Carolina 27534-8002
(919) 735-5151

0.70 to 1 2% N/A N/A 14% 44 9% N/A  
844

9000 Overland Avenue
Culver City, California 90230-3519
(310) 287-4200

N/A 0% N/A 61% 13% 43 9% N/A  
844

South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
(509) 574-4600

0.50 to 1 4% N/A N/A 22% 66 9% N/A  
885

665 Johnson St
Alpena, Michigan 49707
(989) 356-9021

0.79 to 1 24% N/A 55% 33% 51 10% 65%  
885

Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave
Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222
(479) 968-0389

1.75 to 1 36% 88% 67% 41% 84 10% N/A  
885

2800 West Gore Blvd
Lawton, Oklahoma 73505-6377
(580) 581-2200

1.23 to 1 39% N/A 57% 19% 41 10% N/A  
885

6000 Lombardo Center, Suite 200,205,210
Seven Hills, Ohio 44131
(216) 391-6937

N/A 0% 100% N/A 4% N/A 10% N/A  
885

315 Falls Ave.
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
(208) 733-9554

0.80 to 1 42% N/A N/A 19% 46 10% N/A  
885

2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
(515) 964-6241

80.50 to 1 8% N/A 58% 42% 40 10% N/A  
885

1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, Missouri 63084
(636) 583-5193

0.43 to 1 7% N/A 61% 19% 38 10% 79%  
885

118 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 2116
(617) 236-8800

0.23 to 1 81% 64% 65% 40% 44 10% N/A  
885

12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-7777

0.52 to 1 6% N/A N/A 56% 55 10% N/A  
885

143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295
(616) 234-4722

0.44 to 1 6% N/A 55% 15% 97 10% N/A  
885

One College Dr
Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301-9739
(413) 775-1000

0.51 to 1 14% N/A 60% 25% 48 10% N/A  
885

303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke, Massachusetts 1040
(413) 552-2000

0.32 to 1 21% N/A N/A 18% 44 10% N/A  
885

525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
(641) 683-5111

N/A 18% N/A N/A 24% 34 10% N/A  
885

1651 E Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia 23228-2327
(804) 371-3000

N/A 5% N/A N/A 13% 40 10% N/A  
885

2111 Emmons Rd
Jackson, Michigan 49201-8399
(517) 787-0800

0.22 to 1 14% N/A N/A 13% 81 10% N/A  
885

525 Falconer St
Jamestown, New York 14701
(716) 338-1000

0.27 to 1 13% N/A N/A 30% 58 10% 14%  

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