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
301

Pacific University

11 to 171%77%79%16%93%3%
302

DeSales University

13 to 170%78%78%16%79%4%
303

Cedar Crest College

10 to 158%79%67%16%75%8%
304

Marywood University

12 to 170%83%71%16%97%6%
305

Widener University-Main Campus

12 to 157%78%68%16%81%N/A
306

University of Charleston

14 to 147%66%52%16%89%12%
307

Saint Norbert College

13 to 173%82%78%16%94%3%
308

California State University-San Marcos

24 to 151%81%54%16%69%5%
309

Catholic University of America

7 to 169%86%79%15%83%2%
310

Nova Southeastern University

16 to 144%80%59%15%83%N/A
311

Marian University

13 to 156%80%56%15%66%6%
312

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

19 to 163%86%59%15%51%N/A
313

McDaniel College

11 to 170%75%80%15%98%4%
314

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

17 to 156%86%57%15%55%N/A
315

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%70%55%15%66%6%
316

Crown College

18 to 156%68%53%15%80%6%
317

University at Buffalo

13 to 174%88%60%15%55%N/A
318

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

17 to 149%74%60%15%69%N/A
319

SUNY College at Geneseo

20 to 182%89%73%15%55%N/A
320

Elon University

12 to 183%90%57%15%54%2%
321

Elizabethtown College

12 to 178%82%71%15%99%3%
322

Gannon University

12 to 165%84%76%15%79%6%
323

Clemson University

18 to 181%93%51%15%71%N/A
324

Texas A & M University-Commerce

20 to 142%73%47%15%73%N/A
325

Eastern Mennonite University

10 to 161%73%62%15%95%3%
326

Wheeling Jesuit University

11 to 154%72%61%15%79%N/A
327

Purdue University-Main Campus

12 to 175%92%59%15%51%N/A
328

Simpson University

9 to 149%74%52%14%94%6%
329

Sacred Heart University

15 to 164%83%59%14%85%N/A
330

University of North Florida

18 to 155%80%57%14%61%8%
331

University of South Florida-Main Campus

24 to 168%88%45%14%72%N/A
332

Greenville College

13 to 157%82%56%14%91%N/A
333

Bethel College-Indiana

12 to 164%78%66%14%84%9%
334

Clarke University

9 to 157%76%72%14%91%6%
335

Cornell College

11 to 168%82%70%14%98%4%
336

Emmaus Bible College

9 to 175%83%35%14%95%N/A
337

University of Saint Mary

8 to 141%75%49%14%63%N/A
338

University of New England

13 to 165%75%85%14%80%N/A
339

University of Maryland-College Park

17 to 186%95%45%14%52%N/A
340

Salisbury University

16 to 167%82%61%14%56%5%
341

Mount Holyoke College

10 to 185%90%50%14%80%N/A
342

Wentworth Institute of Technology

15 to 167%84%67%14%86%N/A
343

St Catherine University

10 to 157%86%67%14%89%N/A
344

Monmouth University

14 to 167%83%74%14%96%6%
345

Canisius College

11 to 170%83%87%14%92%6%
346

Nazareth College

9 to 173%84%76%14%97%4%
347

SUNY College at Oswego

17 to 166%80%51%14%76%N/A
348

Miami University-Oxford

15 to 180%90%65%14%63%11%
349

Chatham University

10 to 156%76%55%14%64%3%
350

Juniata College

13 to 173%86%77%14%92%2%
351

Lebanon Valley College

11 to 174%85%72%14%94%3%
352

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

16 to 186%93%51%14%68%N/A
353

Saint Joseph's University

13 to 179%90%82%14%90%N/A
354

LeTourneau University

12 to 157%69%45%14%66%N/A
355

George Mason University

16 to 169%87%69%14%41%2%
356

George Washington University

13 to 183%94%46%13%64%N/A
357

Berry College

12 to 164%83%55%13%99%4%
358

DePaul University

16 to 173%84%72%13%80%6%
359

Eastern Illinois University

15 to 158%75%50%13%73%6%
360

Elmhurst College

14 to 167%79%55%13%95%2%
361

University of St Francis

11 to 165%76%51%13%86%N/A
362

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

13 to 177%93%58%13%95%N/A
363

Graceland University-Lamoni

16 to 152%62%48%13%82%9%
364

Georgetown College

10 to 157%72%68%13%90%5%
365

Stevenson University

14 to 153%80%60%13%81%N/A
366

Hamline University

13 to 163%79%72%13%94%4%
367

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

17 to 177%93%45%13%50%N/A
368

Ramapo College of New Jersey

17 to 174%86%53%13%43%N/A
369

College of Saint Elizabeth

10 to 149%71%63%13%66%8%
370

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

9 to 169%88%66%13%86%1%
371

Marist College

16 to 178%91%45%13%75%N/A
372

St Bonaventure University

11 to 164%86%66%13%99%7%
373

Utica College

11 to 142%70%83%13%76%8%
374

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

14 to 190%97%31%13%53%N/A
375

Queens University of Charlotte

9 to 153%74%67%13%86%7%
376

University of Dayton

16 to 179%91%58%13%86%N/A
377

Eastern University

10 to 161%74%52%13%88%8%
378

La Salle University

12 to 163%78%75%13%85%4%
379

Philadelphia University

13 to 165%82%64%13%88%N/A
380

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

15 to 182%92%54%13%53%N/A
381

Robert Morris University

15 to 158%85%78%13%80%N/A
382

Susquehanna University

12 to 171%89%76%13%98%N/A
383

Presbyterian College

11 to 170%81%62%13%89%4%
384

University of Memphis

14 to 145%77%40%13%76%N/A
385

Seattle Pacific University

15 to 171%87%82%13%93%3%
386

Whitworth University

11 to 175%95%62%13%94%N/A
387

California State University-Chico

25 to 164%84%63%12%63%7%
388

Hope International University

14 to 142%91%34%12%82%N/A
389

Jacksonville University

14 to 141%68%54%12%68%10%
390

Illinois Wesleyan University

11 to 183%93%62%12%99%3%
391

Lewis University

13 to 166%84%62%12%81%N/A
392

Dominican University

11 to 159%79%63%12%90%6%
393

University of Evansville

12 to 168%81%70%12%91%5%
394

Drake University

13 to 175%88%67%12%94%3%
395

Assumption College

12 to 173%83%76%12%92%4%
396

Berklee College of Music

11 to 156%87%29%12%53%12%
397

Lesley University

10 to 154%80%67%12%75%4%
398

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 178%91%58%12%69%N/A
399

Andrews University

9 to 154%80%39%12%84%7%
400

University of Detroit Mercy

10 to 163%85%73%12%90%6%

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