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

Luther Rice University & Seminary

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

Maine College of Health Professions

5 to 1100%100%25%25%59%N/A
3

Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs

7 to 1100%N/A55%17%34%11%
4

Virginia Baptist College

5 to 1100%25%N/AN/A38%N/A
5

Cox College

9 to 199%100%59%22%60%N/A
6

Harvard University

7 to 198%98%6%4%44%N/A
7

Yale University

6 to 197%99%7%5%52%N/A
8

University of Notre Dame

10 to 197%98%20%11%63%N/A
9

University of Pennsylvania

6 to 195%98%10%7%54%N/A
10

Apex School of Theology

17 to 195%97%N/AN/A99%11%
11

Georgetown University

11 to 194%96%17%8%42%N/A
12

Johns Hopkins University

10 to 194%97%14%5%51%N/A
13

Tufts University

9 to 193%97%16%7%43%N/A
14

Washington University in St Louis

8 to 193%96%17%6%49%N/A
15

Cornell University

9 to 193%97%15%8%55%N/A
16

University of Virginia-Main Campus

15 to 193%97%30%12%40%N/A
17

University of California-Berkeley

17 to 192%96%17%7%61%N/A
18

Boston College

14 to 192%95%29%7%45%2%
19

Mountain State College

17 to 192%83%N/AN/A6%18%
20

University of California-Los Angeles

16 to 191%96%17%6%61%N/A
21

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

12 to 190%97%26%12%51%N/A
22

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

14 to 190%97%31%13%53%N/A
23

Villanova University

12 to 190%96%48%10%50%N/A
24

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

14 to 190%N/AN/AN/A83%4%
25

College of William and Mary

12 to 190%95%34%10%44%N/A
26

Emory University

8 to 189%94%24%7%54%N/A
27

Babson College

14 to 189%96%26%7%48%N/A
28

Bristol University

15 to 189%60%46%26%35%12%
29

Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois

22 to 189%93%68%64%57%N/A
30

University of California-Irvine

19 to 188%93%39%8%73%N/A
31

University of Rochester

10 to 188%96%34%8%78%N/A
32

Yeshiva University

7 to 188%94%80%50%82%N/A
33

Wake Forest University

10 to 188%93%29%10%50%N/A
34

University of Western States

16 to 188%N/AN/AN/A56%N/A
35

Carnegie Mellon University

10 to 188%98%24%8%54%N/A
36

Lehigh University

10 to 188%95%30%10%51%N/A
37

University of Richmond

8 to 188%93%31%8%69%N/A
38

Laurus College

9 to 188%70%N/AN/A74%20%
39

University of Florida

20 to 187%96%48%24%88%N/A
40

St Lawrence University

11 to 187%89%46%12%93%N/A
41

University of Maryland-College Park

17 to 186%95%45%14%52%N/A
42

Brandeis University

10 to 186%92%34%8%58%N/A
43

Skidmore College

8 to 186%94%36%8%48%N/A
44

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

16 to 186%93%51%14%68%N/A
45

University of California-Davis

18 to 185%93%38%8%72%N/A
46

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

19 to 185%97%32%11%63%N/A
47

University of Georgia

18 to 185%95%53%24%82%N/A
48

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19 to 185%93%66%22%51%N/A
49

Boston University

12 to 185%93%33%7%49%N/A
50

Mount Holyoke College

10 to 185%90%50%14%80%N/A
51

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

13 to 185%96%49%11%92%N/A
52

Muhlenberg College

11 to 185%93%48%12%82%N/A
53

Providence College

12 to 185%90%57%10%71%N/A
54

University of Wisconsin-Madison

18 to 185%96%58%22%42%N/A
55

Northeastern University

14 to 184%97%28%6%65%N/A
56

New York University

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

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

20 to 184%94%53%18%43%N/A
58

University of Connecticut

17 to 183%92%53%11%62%N/A
59

George Washington University

13 to 183%94%46%13%64%N/A
60

Illinois Wesleyan University

11 to 183%93%62%12%99%3%
61

Tulane University of Louisiana

9 to 183%92%30%7%70%N/A
62

Elon University

12 to 183%90%57%15%54%2%
63

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%94%49%17%65%N/A
64

James Madison University

16 to 183%91%73%21%34%3%
65

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

14 to 183%94%73%28%52%N/A
66

Gonzaga University

12 to 183%95%73%20%96%N/A
67

Fairfield University

12 to 182%89%65%9%75%1%
68

University of Miami

12 to 182%92%38%6%70%N/A
69

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 182%94%44%10%92%N/A
70

SUNY College at Geneseo

20 to 182%89%73%15%55%N/A
71

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

15 to 182%92%54%13%53%N/A
72

University of California-Santa Barbara

17 to 181%93%33%6%66%N/A
73

American University

12 to 181%88%35%11%63%4%
74

Loyola University Maryland

11 to 181%86%61%7%70%N/A
75

Fordham University

14 to 181%91%48%5%80%5%
76

SUNY at Binghamton

20 to 181%91%42%9%51%N/A
77

Syracuse University

16 to 181%91%48%10%70%N/A
78

Clemson University

18 to 181%93%51%15%71%N/A
79

Emerson College

13 to 180%100%49%11%58%N/A
80

Southeastern Baptist College

6 to 180%40%N/AN/A21%N/A
81

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

15 to 180%93%58%19%51%N/A
82

Miami University-Oxford

15 to 180%90%65%14%63%11%
83

University of Scranton

10 to 180%88%72%9%88%N/A
84

The University of Texas at Austin

18 to 180%95%39%18%45%N/A
85

Brigham Young University-Provo

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

Marquette University

15 to 180%90%74%9%96%3%
87

Faith Evangelical College & Seminary

15 to 180%67%N/AN/A76%7%
88

Chapman University

14 to 179%90%48%10%79%4%
89

Loyola Marymount University

11 to 179%91%51%10%78%N/A
90

University of Delaware

16 to 179%92%67%18%62%N/A
91

Florida State University

25 to 179%93%56%20%81%N/A
92

Saint Mary's College

10 to 179%90%80%24%94%N/A
93

North Central Kansas Technical College

10 to 179%78%N/AN/A57%14%
94

Bryan College of Health Sciences

9 to 179%86%86%67%56%3%
95

Creighton University

11 to 179%90%70%11%91%N/A
96

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

19 to 179%85%79%17%58%N/A
97

University of Dayton

16 to 179%91%58%13%86%N/A
98

Franciscan University of Steubenville

14 to 179%86%79%26%89%N/A
99

Saint Joseph's University

13 to 179%90%82%14%90%N/A
100

Texas A & M University-College Station

20 to 179%90%67%31%57%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