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
401

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

12 to 190%97%26%12%51%N/A
402

The College of Saint Scholastica

15 to 170%84%61%12%82%N/A
403

Rockhurst University

12 to 171%85%74%12%68%6%
404

Saint Louis University

11 to 171%90%63%12%54%N/A
405

St Lawrence University

11 to 187%89%46%12%93%N/A
406

Saint John Fisher College

12 to 172%86%62%12%96%N/A
407

SUNY at Albany

18 to 168%82%56%12%60%N/A
408

SUNY College at Brockport

16 to 169%82%53%12%61%N/A
409

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

16 to 165%83%50%12%72%N/A
410

Gardner-Webb University

13 to 152%73%53%12%58%10%
411

Immaculata University

9 to 170%83%79%12%59%6%
412

Muhlenberg College

11 to 185%93%48%12%82%N/A
413

Salve Regina University

13 to 172%86%73%12%81%N/A
414

University of Virginia-Main Campus

15 to 193%97%30%12%40%N/A
415

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

22 to 176%93%31%11%55%3%
416

California State University-Fullerton

25 to 162%88%42%11%65%6%
417

University of California-Riverside

19 to 173%91%56%11%84%N/A
418

Concordia University-Irvine

15 to 161%72%59%11%81%N/A
419

University of Redlands

14 to 172%85%68%11%81%N/A
420

San Jose State University

27 to 157%86%55%11%64%5%
421

University of Connecticut

17 to 183%92%53%11%62%N/A
422

American University

12 to 181%88%35%11%63%4%
423

Howard University

11 to 161%89%49%11%78%10%
424

Florida Southern College

13 to 157%80%45%11%93%10%
425

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

19 to 185%97%32%11%63%N/A
426

Illinois Institute of Technology

13 to 173%87%53%11%89%N/A
427

University of Notre Dame

10 to 197%98%20%11%63%N/A
428

Valparaiso University

13 to 167%82%82%11%91%N/A
429

Goucher College

11 to 169%82%77%11%90%3%
430

Notre Dame of Maryland University

12 to 154%79%52%11%59%8%
431

Emerson College

13 to 180%100%49%11%58%N/A
432

Merrimack College

13 to 171%83%79%11%89%4%
433

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

13 to 185%96%49%11%92%N/A
434

University of Minnesota-Morris

12 to 165%77%60%11%74%6%
435

Park University

17 to 143%59%40%11%37%10%
436

Creighton University

11 to 179%90%70%11%91%N/A
437

Rivier University

18 to 143%77%57%11%60%N/A
438

Clarkson University

14 to 172%88%68%11%96%3%
439

Ithaca College

11 to 176%86%67%11%88%3%
440

Manhattan College

13 to 172%84%67%11%87%4%
441

The Sage Colleges

12 to 160%78%54%11%90%N/A
442

SUNY College at Cortland

16 to 173%78%51%11%61%N/A
443

Xavier University

11 to 174%83%72%11%92%N/A
444

Roger Williams University

14 to 164%81%78%11%84%N/A
445

Texas Christian University

13 to 176%90%43%11%66%N/A
446

Chapman University

14 to 179%90%48%10%79%4%
447

Loyola Marymount University

11 to 179%91%51%10%78%N/A
448

Regis University

14 to 173%79%66%10%54%N/A
449

Augustana College

12 to 176%86%49%10%97%5%
450

Bradley University

12 to 174%86%66%10%94%3%
451

Loyola University Chicago

14 to 174%86%71%10%83%5%
452

Oakland City University

12 to 163%71%55%10%24%10%
453

Central College

12 to 167%78%64%10%94%4%
454

Simmons College

7 to 174%85%58%10%91%N/A
455

Avila University

10 to 155%74%51%10%78%9%
456

Seton Hall University

13 to 163%84%76%10%86%N/A
457

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 182%94%44%10%92%N/A
458

New York University

10 to 184%93%32%10%57%N/A
459

SUNY at Purchase College

15 to 158%81%41%10%59%7%
460

Syracuse University

16 to 181%91%48%10%70%N/A
461

Pfeiffer University

12 to 143%69%47%10%75%8%
462

Wake Forest University

10 to 188%93%29%10%50%N/A
463

Lehigh University

10 to 188%95%30%10%51%N/A
464

Villanova University

12 to 190%96%48%10%50%N/A
465

Wilson College

10 to 139%73%45%10%71%N/A
466

Providence College

12 to 185%90%57%10%71%N/A
467

Abilene Christian University

15 to 161%79%50%10%94%9%
468

Champlain College

14 to 158%79%66%10%73%N/A
469

Saint Michael's College

11 to 176%87%76%10%98%N/A
470

College of William and Mary

12 to 190%95%34%10%44%N/A
471

Liberty University

18 to 147%75%22%10%84%N/A
472

California Lutheran University

15 to 166%84%62%9%87%3%
473

California Institute of the Arts

7 to 156%87%25%9%55%8%
474

University of La Verne

17 to 164%85%47%9%73%N/A
475

San Diego State University

28 to 168%89%34%9%59%N/A
476

Whittier College

12 to 166%80%63%9%94%N/A
477

Colorado School of Mines

16 to 177%94%38%9%68%3%
478

University of Denver

11 to 177%86%73%9%80%N/A
479

Fairfield University

12 to 182%89%65%9%75%1%
480

Stetson University

13 to 164%77%63%9%98%5%
481

Brenau University

11 to 148%59%66%9%78%7%
482

North Park University

11 to 152%75%49%9%89%8%
483

Grace College and Theological Seminary

23 to 160%80%77%9%71%4%
484

Belhaven University

11 to 147%67%51%9%93%6%
485

Caldwell University

12 to 164%82%64%9%74%9%
486

Rider University

12 to 164%80%69%9%87%7%
487

Adelphi University

11 to 167%84%72%9%88%5%
488

Le Moyne College

13 to 168%88%62%9%90%6%
489

SUNY at Binghamton

20 to 181%91%42%9%51%N/A
490

Western Carolina University

16 to 157%80%40%9%65%N/A
491

Corban University

15 to 159%80%31%9%94%N/A
492

Drexel University

10 to 168%84%75%9%80%N/A
493

University of the Sciences

10 to 172%90%58%9%84%N/A
494

University of Scranton

10 to 180%88%72%9%88%N/A
495

University of Vermont

15 to 177%86%71%9%77%N/A
496

Marquette University

15 to 180%90%74%9%96%3%
497

University of California-Merced

18 to 166%84%61%9%88%N/A
498

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

27 to 163%89%39%8%67%5%
499

California State University-Long Beach

24 to 167%89%34%8%72%5%
500

University of California-Davis

18 to 185%93%38%8%72%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