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
101

University of California-Santa Cruz

18 to 178%88%50%8%74%N/A
102

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 178%91%58%12%69%N/A
103

Marist College

16 to 178%91%45%13%75%N/A
104

Elizabethtown College

12 to 178%82%71%15%99%3%
105

Bethesda University

10 to 177%68%N/AN/A58%2%
106

Colorado School of Mines

16 to 177%94%38%9%68%3%
107

University of Denver

11 to 177%86%73%9%80%N/A
108

Indiana University-Bloomington

17 to 177%89%78%23%59%5%
109

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

13 to 177%93%58%13%95%N/A
110

Taylor University

12 to 177%87%85%30%84%N/A
111

Luther College

12 to 177%85%67%16%97%3%
112

Michigan State University

17 to 177%92%66%23%51%N/A
113

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

17 to 177%93%45%13%50%N/A
114

Messiah College

12 to 177%88%79%28%97%N/A
115

University of Vermont

15 to 177%86%71%9%77%N/A
116

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

22 to 176%93%31%11%55%3%
117

Quinnipiac University

12 to 176%87%74%8%83%N/A
118

Augustana College

12 to 176%86%49%10%97%5%
119

Hope College

11 to 176%88%72%18%87%3%
120

University of St Thomas

14 to 176%89%84%26%91%N/A
121

Ithaca College

11 to 176%86%67%11%88%3%
122

Texas Christian University

13 to 176%90%43%11%66%N/A
123

Saint Michael's College

11 to 176%87%76%10%98%N/A
124

Point Loma Nazarene University

15 to 175%84%71%21%82%N/A
125

Drake University

13 to 175%88%67%12%94%3%
126

Emmaus Bible College

9 to 175%83%35%14%95%N/A
127

Fashion Institute of Technology

17 to 175%90%41%27%41%7%
128

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

16 to 175%85%52%20%76%N/A
129

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

15 to 175%93%50%20%54%N/A
130

Augustana University

10 to 175%84%65%25%97%3%
131

Whitworth University

11 to 175%95%62%13%94%N/A
132

Purdue University-Main Campus

12 to 175%92%59%15%51%N/A
133

American Medical Academy

6 to 175%83%N/AN/A18%N/A
134

Samford University

12 to 174%89%93%26%88%N/A
135

Bradley University

12 to 174%86%66%10%94%3%
136

Loyola University Chicago

14 to 174%86%71%10%83%5%
137

Simmons College

7 to 174%85%58%10%91%N/A
138

Calvin College

13 to 174%86%74%25%95%3%
139

Bethel University

12 to 174%84%95%40%89%3%
140

Ramapo College of New Jersey

17 to 174%86%53%13%43%N/A
141

University at Buffalo

13 to 174%88%60%15%55%N/A
142

Xavier University

11 to 174%83%72%11%92%N/A
143

Duquesne University

13 to 174%85%76%20%92%3%
144

Lebanon Valley College

11 to 174%85%72%14%94%3%
145

Auburn University

19 to 173%90%78%25%53%6%
146

University of California-Riverside

19 to 173%91%56%11%84%N/A
147

Regis University

14 to 173%79%66%10%54%N/A
148

DePaul University

16 to 173%84%72%13%80%6%
149

Illinois Institute of Technology

13 to 173%87%53%11%89%N/A
150

Illinois State University

18 to 173%82%88%30%50%4%
151

Assumption College

12 to 173%83%76%12%92%4%
152

Concordia College at Moorhead

11 to 173%82%78%23%96%2%
153

Martin Luther College

12 to 173%83%78%66%94%N/A
154

Truman State University

16 to 173%89%79%32%80%N/A
155

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

12 to 173%81%34%19%72%N/A
156

Stockton University

17 to 173%87%64%21%56%N/A
157

Houghton College

12 to 173%84%95%35%97%4%
158

Nazareth College

9 to 173%84%76%14%97%4%
159

SUNY College at Cortland

16 to 173%78%51%11%61%N/A
160

State University of New York at New Paltz

15 to 173%89%42%7%53%N/A
161

John Carroll University

13 to 173%85%82%19%97%4%
162

Juniata College

13 to 173%86%77%14%92%2%
163

Lancaster Bible College

14 to 173%79%68%42%90%N/A
164

Saint Norbert College

13 to 173%82%78%16%94%3%
165

University of Redlands

14 to 172%85%68%11%81%N/A
166

University of Iowa

15 to 172%85%81%20%58%N/A
167

MCPHS University

16 to 172%84%87%16%87%N/A
168

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

9 to 172%92%71%23%55%7%
169

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

16 to 172%93%74%47%52%5%
170

Clarkson University

14 to 172%88%68%11%96%3%
171

Manhattan College

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

Saint John Fisher College

12 to 172%86%62%12%96%N/A
173

Pamlico Community College

9 to 172%76%N/AN/A39%N/A
174

Cedarville University

13 to 172%86%74%26%88%2%
175

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

13 to 172%85%82%54%50%N/A
176

Misericordia University

12 to 172%85%71%22%83%N/A
177

University of the Sciences

10 to 172%90%58%9%84%N/A
178

Saint Francis University

14 to 172%87%74%22%84%N/A
179

Salve Regina University

13 to 172%86%73%12%81%N/A
180

University of South Carolina-Columbia

19 to 172%87%65%20%71%N/A
181

University of San Francisco

14 to 171%83%64%8%61%N/A
182

University of Colorado Boulder

18 to 171%86%80%20%43%4%
183

Iowa State University

19 to 171%87%87%33%67%5%
184

Endicott College

14 to 171%86%73%20%77%N/A
185

Merrimack College

13 to 171%83%79%11%89%4%
186

Maryville University of Saint Louis

13 to 171%89%72%26%68%N/A
187

Rockhurst University

12 to 171%85%74%12%68%6%
188

Saint Louis University

11 to 171%90%63%12%54%N/A
189

Clarkson College

13 to 171%71%52%39%60%N/A
190

Appalachian State University

16 to 171%86%66%23%45%4%
191

University of North Carolina Wilmington

17 to 171%85%61%18%53%N/A
192

University of Oregon

19 to 171%88%74%19%60%N/A
193

Pacific University

11 to 171%77%79%16%93%3%
194

Susquehanna University

12 to 171%89%76%13%98%N/A
195

Temple University

14 to 171%90%56%17%72%N/A
196

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

19 to 171%88%59%19%43%N/A
197

Seattle Pacific University

15 to 171%87%82%13%93%3%
198

Western Washington University

18 to 171%82%82%28%48%N/A
199

Provo College

12 to 171%100%N/AN/A74%18%
200

Biola University

15 to 170%85%70%21%91%3%

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