Of those accepted into a college, colleges with a better history and reputation for offering strong programs will see a higher rate of enrollment. The acceptance rate figures are provided by the IPEDS database from the U.S. Department of Education. The most recently available data is for the winter 2013-14 entering undergraduate class.

The IPEDS database did not have retention rate figures 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
1

Luther Rice University & Seminary

23 to 1100%100%100%100%65%N/A
2

Midwives College of Utah

5 to 1N/A100%100%100%30%N/A
3

Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary

3 to 150%N/A70%70%90%N/A
4

Bryan College of Health Sciences

9 to 179%86%86%67%56%3%
5

Harding University

16 to 164%85%99%66%87%5%
6

Martin Luther College

12 to 173%83%78%66%94%N/A
7

Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois

22 to 189%93%68%64%57%N/A
8

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc

12 to 161%85%63%63%23%N/A
9

John A Gupton College

15 to 150%83%77%59%63%13%
10

Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

5 to 158%100%73%55%85%N/A
11

Bob Jones University

12 to 162%80%82%55%71%2%
12

Maranatha Baptist University

13 to 144%77%69%55%65%N/A
13

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

13 to 172%85%82%54%50%N/A
14

Valley City State University

11 to 141%71%86%52%56%N/A
15

University of Florida-Online

35 to 1N/A88%56%51%55%N/A
16

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

11 to 166%80%64%50%90%3%
17

Yeshiva University

7 to 188%94%80%50%82%N/A
18

Grace College of Divinity

6 to 1N/A83%53%50%24%N/A
19

University of Wisconsin-Stout

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

Moody Bible Institute

17 to 169%86%68%48%80%N/A
21

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

21 to 167%83%76%48%52%N/A
22

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

18 to 154%78%94%48%56%3%
23

Brigham Young University-Idaho

25 to 161%68%100%47%60%3%
24

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

16 to 172%93%74%47%52%5%
25

Cleary University

11 to 152%65%72%46%100%7%
26

University of Mary

13 to 160%75%96%46%86%N/A
27

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

22 to 154%75%94%46%47%N/A
28

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

15 to 160%82%95%45%57%N/A
29

Grace Bible College

13 to 160%56%81%44%83%3%
30

South Dakota State University

17 to 154%76%92%44%58%5%
31

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

18 to 149%73%96%43%62%8%
32

Lancaster Bible College

14 to 173%79%68%42%90%N/A
33

Johnson University

14 to 157%74%58%42%89%N/A
34

The Master's College and Seminary

10 to 169%85%95%41%82%N/A
35

Fort Hays State University

16 to 143%70%86%41%44%7%
36

Missouri University of Science and Technology

19 to 165%87%88%41%77%5%
37

Minot State University

12 to 143%75%57%41%59%N/A
38

Bethel University

12 to 174%84%95%40%89%3%
39

Kansas State University

19 to 162%83%95%39%57%6%
40

Clarkson College

13 to 171%71%52%39%60%N/A
41

Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing

8 to 150%100%50%39%67%4%
42

University of North Dakota

21 to 154%81%82%39%51%N/A
43

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

21 to 165%80%85%39%46%N/A
44

Dakota State University

18 to 138%74%81%38%39%9%
45

Brigham Young University-Provo

20 to 180%86%48%38%71%1%
46

Wisconsin Lutheran College

12 to 162%75%92%38%89%N/A
47

Georgia College and State University

17 to 160%86%76%37%79%5%
48

University of Nebraska at Kearney

14 to 156%80%85%37%71%N/A
49

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

23 to 146%75%85%37%47%N/A
50

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

11 to 168%100%53%37%42%N/A
51

Warner University

17 to 140%72%51%36%99%N/A
52

Lincoln Christian University

13 to 161%67%60%36%84%8%
53

University of Northern Iowa

17 to 168%80%80%36%55%N/A
54

Fontbonne University

11 to 154%79%97%36%76%10%
55

Columbia College

13 to 150%76%89%36%81%9%
56

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

22 to 160%81%80%36%43%N/A
57

University of Wyoming

14 to 155%77%96%36%71%N/A
58

Georgia Southern University

21 to 150%82%60%35%67%9%
59

Houghton College

12 to 173%84%95%35%97%4%
60

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 166%86%78%35%62%N/A
61

North Greenville University

14 to 155%73%58%34%91%6%
62

Central Washington University

20 to 152%79%82%34%56%7%
63

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

18 to 168%85%80%34%43%N/A
64

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles

20 to 170%92%49%33%39%10%
65

Iowa State University

19 to 171%87%87%33%67%5%
66

University of Northwestern-St Paul

18 to 166%82%87%33%59%N/A
67

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

20 to 161%81%75%33%76%7%
68

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

23 to 167%85%77%32%72%5%
69

Truman State University

16 to 173%89%79%32%80%N/A
70

Grace University

12 to 146%93%59%32%86%5%
71

Summit University of Pennsylvania

11 to 159%74%61%32%74%N/A
72

John Brown University

15 to 162%81%74%31%74%N/A
73

University of West Georgia

20 to 139%72%57%31%73%9%
74

Louisiana Tech University

23 to 152%80%64%31%72%8%
75

University of South Dakota

17 to 152%77%74%31%54%N/A
76

Trevecca Nazarene University

17 to 151%77%73%31%77%6%
77

Texas A & M University-College Station

20 to 179%90%67%31%57%N/A
78

Old Dominion University

19 to 153%82%83%31%55%N/A
79

West Virginia University

20 to 157%79%86%31%64%9%
80

Milligan College

9 to 163%78%65%31%87%5%
81

Illinois State University

18 to 173%82%88%30%50%4%
82

Taylor University

12 to 177%87%85%30%84%N/A
83

Walsh University

13 to 160%78%80%30%85%N/A
84

The Baptist College of Florida

11 to 151%76%52%29%97%N/A
85

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

10 to 169%83%54%29%68%N/A
86

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

18 to 162%88%86%29%58%N/A
87

Multnomah University

13 to 155%70%59%29%90%3%
88

Cumberland University

16 to 145%70%49%29%87%11%
89

Sam Houston State University

21 to 149%80%73%29%69%11%
90

Utah State University

22 to 149%71%97%29%56%6%
91

Chaminade University of Honolulu

11 to 147%74%82%28%81%9%
92

University of Kentucky

17 to 163%83%89%28%78%6%
93

Mississippi State University

19 to 160%82%65%28%78%8%
94

University of Missouri-Columbia

20 to 169%87%78%28%60%N/A
95

Monroe College

18 to 153%78%45%28%92%10%
96

Messiah College

12 to 177%88%79%28%97%N/A
97

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

17 to 170%85%76%28%75%7%
98

University of St Thomas

9 to 158%83%78%28%78%N/A
99

University of Utah

16 to 164%89%81%28%51%N/A
100

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

14 to 183%94%73%28%52%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