Schools Ranked by Retention Rate

A college’s retention rate reflects the student body’s overall interest in the college. This figure can explain many factors that compose the attractiveness of a college, including the quality of its teaching staff, the relevance of the curriculum, and the perceived value of what is being taught. The retention rate figures are provided by the NCES database. The NCES defines retention rate as the percentage of first-time bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduates from fall 2011 who enrolled again in fall 2012.

The NCES 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
1

Aspen University

13 to 1N/A100%N/AN/A0%3%
2

Pacific College

15 to 171%100%N/AN/A0%4%
3

College of William and Mary

12 to 190%96%33%32%30%N/A
4

Northeastern University

13 to 183%96%32%19%71%4%
5

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 179%96%38%33%97%3%
6

University of Florida

21 to 187%96%47%51%32%4%
7

University of Southern California

9 to 191%96%20%31%59%2%
8

University of Maryland-College Park

18 to 184%95%47%33%53%N/A
9

Lehigh University

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

Union University

8 to 164%94%74%32%100%4%
11

University of Georgia

17 to 183%94%56%48%18%4%
12

Villanova University

12 to 190%94%49%23%54%2%
13

Albertus Magnus College

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

University of Washington

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

Florida State University

26 to 177%92%57%36%38%6%
16

George Washington University

13 to 181%92%33%33%65%1%
17

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%92%56%41%72%N/A
18

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

17 to 185%92%54%30%32%N/A
19

Pepperdine University

13 to 180%92%37%22%66%2%
20

University of Delaware

15 to 180%92%65%26%51%4%
21

Purdue University-Main Campus

13 to 170%91%60%34%43%N/A
22

Texas A & M University-College Station

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

University of Miami

12 to 182%91%40%18%70%3%
24

Marist College

16 to 180%90%37%30%85%2%
25

Stony Brook University

17 to 166%90%39%23%54%N/A
26

University of Scranton

11 to 182%90%75%13%92%4%
27

California State University-Long Beach

22 to 160%89%31%25%40%N/A
28

Molloy College

10 to 166%89%73%21%92%4%
29

Taylor University

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

Temple University

14 to 166%89%64%37%73%6%
31

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 173%89%63%21%55%N/A
32

American University

12 to 180%88%43%22%71%N/A
33

Baylor University

15 to 175%88%57%19%94%5%
34

Duquesne University

14 to 177%88%74%31%100%N/A
35

Appalachian State University

16 to 169%87%63%39%34%5%
36

Clarkson University

15 to 173%87%64%18%99%2%
37

Maryville University of Saint Louis

12 to 167%87%76%34%97%6%
38

Rochester Institute of Technology

14 to 164%87%60%28%89%5%
39

Saint Louis University

12 to 170%87%64%19%88%5%
40

The University of Alabama

21 to 167%87%57%37%50%N/A
41

Truman State University

17 to 172%87%72%41%98%4%
42

University of Central Florida

31 to 167%87%49%39%45%5%
43

University of South Carolina-Columbia

18 to 173%87%61%33%63%N/A
44

Drexel University

10 to 170%86%81%8%92%4%
45

Franciscan University of Steubenville

15 to 173%86%76%32%94%2%
46

Mercy College of Ohio

7 to 168%86%74%34%51%6%
47

New Jersey Institute of Technology

13 to 158%86%65%36%47%5%
48

Roberts Wesleyan College

13 to 161%86%73%35%100%5%
49

Simmons College

10 to 171%86%49%16%97%2%
50

University of North Carolina - Wilmington

17 to 171%86%54%34%43%N/A
51

California Lutheran University

15 to 170%85%48%16%97%4%
52

DePaul University

16 to 170%85%60%20%94%6%
53

DeSales University

15 to 170%85%76%21%99%3%
54

Loyola University Chicago

14 to 171%85%91%19%95%5%
55

Oklahoma Christian University

16 to 149%85%63%43%97%6%
56

Quinnipiac University

12 to 176%85%67%13%86%1%
57

Saint Anselm College

11 to 174%85%74%18%96%2%
58

American Public University System

21 to 142%84%N/AN/A8%13%
59

Arizona State University

23 to 159%84%80%41%85%N/A
60

Oregon State University

23 to 161%84%79%36%64%5%
61

Rowan University

13 to 170%84%59%29%44%5%
62

The College of Saint Scholastica

15 to 168%84%73%33%99%N/A
63

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

18 to 154%84%64%28%62%N/A
64

University of Missouri-Columbia

20 to 170%84%79%38%67%N/A
65

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 166%84%80%46%57%N/A
66

Belmont University

13 to 168%83%80%31%69%2%
67

Bryan College of Health Sciences

10 to 156%83%72%86%20%4%
68

Midway College

13 to 152%83%54%48%99%10%
69

Milwaukee School of Engineering

14 to 156%83%68%37%97%5%
70

Missouri University of Science and Technology

17 to 163%83%82%46%91%4%
71

National American University-Rapid City

14 to 117%83%N/AN/A10%21%
72

Northwood University-Michigan

11 to 154%83%65%32%100%N/A
73

Roger Williams University

14 to 163%83%81%15%90%3%
74

Saint Edward's University

13 to 170%83%79%27%85%N/A
75

Saint John Fisher College

13 to 173%83%63%21%100%4%
76

University of Northern Iowa

16 to 166%83%83%51%59%5%
77

Azusa Pacific University

14 to 165%82%80%29%87%4%
78

Gwynedd Mercy University

14 to 166%82%66%26%100%8%
79

Immaculata University

9 to 148%82%80%19%100%6%
80

John Brown University

15 to 165%82%70%38%95%5%
81

Lawrence Technological University

11 to 149%82%44%43%80%9%
82

Lewis University

13 to 162%82%56%23%99%5%
83

Mount Mercy University

14 to 173%82%68%42%85%6%
84

Regis University

8 to 158%82%70%25%98%3%
85

California State University-Monterey Bay

22 to 138%81%44%16%46%N/A
86

Endicott College

14 to 171%81%72%24%89%3%
87

Marywood University

13 to 165%81%71%28%100%7%
88

Misericordia University

13 to 169%81%65%32%99%N/A
89

Oral Roberts University

15 to 153%81%44%65%95%11%
90

Robert Morris University

15 to 156%81%81%22%96%5%
91

Savannah College of Art and Design

18 to 168%81%65%31%95%9%
92

Simpson University

11 to 147%81%55%47%99%6%
93

Viterbo University

12 to 147%81%71%25%99%5%
94

Webster University

15 to 159%81%58%41%93%6%
95

Allied American University

10 to 1N/A80%N/AN/A0%0%
96

California University of Pennsylvania

22 to 150%80%93%41%25%8%
97

Eastern University

13 to 155%80%64%39%100%9%
98

Florida Institute of Technology

9 to 154%80%60%17%95%15%
99

Georgia Southern University

21 to 150%80%52%66%8%9%
100

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

12 to 168%80%92%23%99%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