Schools Ranked by Graduation Rate

The graduation rate is an indicator of success of a college’s student in attaining their educational goals. The figures are provided by the College Navigator database offered by the U.S. Department of Education. College Navigator defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time undergraduate students. We used the latest figures available, which are of students who began their studies in the fall of 2007 and who graduated within 150% of the normal time to program completion. (For example, for a four-year program, the graduation rate includes students who graduate within six years of beginning the program.)

College Navigator did not have graduation 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

University of Southern California

9 to 191%96%20%31%59%2%
2

College of William and Mary

12 to 190%96%33%32%30%N/A
3

Villanova University

12 to 190%94%49%23%54%2%
4

University of Florida

21 to 187%96%47%51%32%4%
5

Lehigh University

10 to 186%94%31%31%51%1%
6

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

17 to 185%92%54%30%32%N/A
7

University of Maryland-College Park

18 to 184%95%47%33%53%N/A
8

Northeastern University

13 to 183%96%32%19%71%4%
9

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%92%56%41%72%N/A
10

University of Georgia

17 to 183%94%56%48%18%4%
11

University of Miami

12 to 182%91%40%18%70%3%
12

University of Scranton

11 to 182%90%75%13%92%4%
13

University of Washington

15 to 182%93%55%37%31%N/A
14

George Washington University

13 to 181%92%33%33%65%1%
15

American University

12 to 180%88%43%22%71%N/A
16

Marist College

16 to 180%90%37%30%85%2%
17

Pepperdine University

13 to 180%92%37%22%66%2%
18

University of Delaware

15 to 180%92%65%26%51%4%
19

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 179%96%38%33%97%3%
20

Texas A & M University-College Station

23 to 179%91%69%47%58%N/A
21

Full Sail University

22 to 178%50%N/AN/A50%20%
22

Duquesne University

14 to 177%88%74%31%100%N/A
23

Florida State University

26 to 177%92%57%36%38%6%
24

Quinnipiac University

12 to 176%85%67%13%86%1%
25

Baylor University

15 to 175%88%57%19%94%5%
26

Stevens-Henager College-Ogden

14 to 175%62%N/AN/A68%N/A
27

Elmhurst College

13 to 174%78%72%26%88%2%
28

Saint Anselm College

11 to 174%85%74%18%96%2%
29

Taylor University

13 to 174%89%88%32%99%3%
30

Clarkson University

15 to 173%87%64%18%99%2%
31

Franciscan University of Steubenville

15 to 173%86%76%32%94%2%
32

Mount Mercy University

14 to 173%82%68%42%85%6%
33

Saint John Fisher College

13 to 173%83%63%21%100%4%
34

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 173%89%63%21%55%N/A
35

University of South Carolina-Columbia

18 to 173%87%61%33%63%N/A
36

Truman State University

17 to 172%87%72%41%98%4%
37

Endicott College

14 to 171%81%72%24%89%3%
38

Loyola University Chicago

14 to 171%85%91%19%95%5%
39

Pacific College

15 to 171%100%N/AN/A0%4%
40

Simmons College

10 to 171%86%49%16%97%2%
41

University of North Carolina - Wilmington

17 to 171%86%54%34%43%N/A
42

Cairn University-Langhorne

13 to 170%75%51%50%100%N/A
43

California Lutheran University

15 to 170%85%48%16%97%4%
44

DePaul University

16 to 170%85%60%20%94%6%
45

DeSales University

15 to 170%85%76%21%99%3%
46

Drexel University

10 to 170%86%81%8%92%4%
47

Purdue University-Main Campus

13 to 170%91%60%34%43%N/A
48

Rowan University

13 to 170%84%59%29%44%5%
49

Saint Edward's University

13 to 170%83%79%27%85%N/A
50

Saint Louis University

12 to 170%87%64%19%88%5%
51

University of Missouri-Columbia

20 to 170%84%79%38%67%N/A
52

Appalachian State University

16 to 169%87%63%39%34%5%
53

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

9 to 169%N/A31%91%20%1%
54

Misericordia University

13 to 169%81%65%32%99%N/A
55

Belmont University

13 to 168%83%80%31%69%2%
56

Hampton University

10 to 168%76%36%18%45%10%
57

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

12 to 168%80%92%23%99%N/A
58

Mercy College of Ohio

7 to 168%86%74%34%51%6%
59

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

12 to 168%79%33%72%81%2%
60

Savannah College of Art and Design

18 to 168%81%65%31%95%9%
61

The College of Saint Scholastica

15 to 168%84%73%33%99%N/A
62

Maryville University of Saint Louis

12 to 167%87%76%34%97%6%
63

The University of Alabama

21 to 167%87%57%37%50%N/A
64

University of Central Florida

31 to 167%87%49%39%45%5%
65

Gwynedd Mercy University

14 to 166%82%66%26%100%8%
66

King's College

13 to 166%76%72%25%100%11%
67

Molloy College

10 to 166%89%73%21%92%4%
68

Mount St Mary's University

13 to 166%78%67%13%100%N/A
69

Rider University

12 to 166%79%72%16%97%7%
70

Stony Brook University

17 to 166%90%39%23%54%N/A
71

Temple University

14 to 166%89%64%37%73%6%
72

University of Northern Iowa

16 to 166%83%83%51%59%5%
73

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 166%84%80%46%57%N/A
74

Azusa Pacific University

14 to 165%82%80%29%87%4%
75

Hiram College

11 to 165%76%57%20%99%10%
76

Indiana Wesleyan University

15 to 165%78%95%44%42%6%
77

John Brown University

15 to 165%82%70%38%95%5%
78

Marywood University

13 to 165%81%71%28%100%7%
79

Washington State University

15 to 165%80%82%34%49%4%
80

Eastern Mennonite University

10 to 164%77%65%33%99%4%
81

Mount St Mary's College

12 to 164%79%74%33%100%N/A
82

Rochester Institute of Technology

14 to 164%87%60%28%89%5%
83

Union University

8 to 164%94%74%32%100%4%
84

Concordia University-Irvine

11 to 163%76%91%20%100%N/A
85

Missouri University of Science and Technology

17 to 163%83%82%46%91%4%
86

Northwestern College

11 to 163%79%76%31%100%2%
87

Roger Williams University

14 to 163%83%81%15%90%3%
88

Bryan College-Dayton

15 to 162%71%38%43%87%N/A
89

Huntington University

13 to 162%79%97%30%97%5%
90

Lewis University

13 to 162%82%56%23%99%5%
91

William Carey University

13 to 162%77%49%48%71%8%
92

AIB College of Business

20 to 161%N/A69%63%93%N/A
93

Albertus Magnus College

14 to 161%93%68%28%83%7%
94

Mississippi State University

19 to 161%79%65%44%66%8%
95

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

17 to 161%73%63%37%97%7%
96

Oregon State University

23 to 161%84%79%36%64%5%
97

Roberts Wesleyan College

13 to 161%86%73%35%100%5%
98

California State University-Long Beach

22 to 160%89%31%25%40%N/A
99

Cedar Crest College

9 to 160%67%59%23%100%7%
100

Ouachita Baptist University

12 to 160%76%70%32%99%7%

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