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 Peterson’s database. Peterson’s 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 Peterson’s 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.

Rank School FT to PT
Faculty Ratio
Institution
Fin. Aid Rate
Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
Years
Default
Rate
Job Place. Rate  
N/A

13180 Paramount Blvd.
South Gate, California 90280
(562) 408-6969

N/A 35% N/A N/A 75% 11 8% N/A  
N/A

671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, Florida 32803
(407) 303-7742

0.33 to 1 8% 96% N/A 29% 18 0% 90%  
N/A

1600 South Arlington Street, Suite 100
Akron, Ohio 44306-3931
(330) 724-1600

N/A 4% 98% N/A 41% 12 15% N/A  
N/A

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Graham, North Carolina 27253-8000
(336) 578-2002

0.36 to 1 25% N/A N/A 15% 45 0% 95%  
N/A

101 College Hill Drive
Philippi, West Virginia 26416-2035
(304) 457-1700

N/A 99% 41% N/A 44% 55 0% N/A  
N/A

1601 Jefferson Streeet
Alexandria, Minnesota 56308
(320) 762-0221

1.63 to 1 30% N/A N/A 52% 34 0% 92%  
N/A

22952 Alcalde Drive
Laguna Hills, California 92653-1337
(888) 384-0849

N/A 78% N/A N/A 0% 6 0% N/A  
N/A

3110 Mustang Rd
Alvin, Texas 77511-4898
(281) 756-3500

0.60 to 1 6% N/A N/A 12% 55 13% N/A  
N/A

1700 Eastgate Dr
Garland, Texas 75041-5595
(972) 279-6511

0.60 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 33 0% N/A  
N/A

2700 N Belt Hwy Ste 201
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506-2000
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N/A 0% N/A N/A 59% 8 0% N/A  
N/A

231 N. Martingale Rd., 6th Floor
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
(877) 701-3800

N/A 29% N/A N/A 32% 5 0% N/A  
N/A

111 W Congress St
Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
(877) 468-6268

N/A 11% N/A N/A 19% 8 5% N/A  
N/A

2260 South Xanadu Way
Aurora, Colorado 80014-6510
(303) 991-1575

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% 9 0% N/A  
N/A

2660 Airport Rd Ste 780
Santa Teresa, New Mexico 88008
(575) 589-3158

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% 11 0% N/A  
N/A

3500 South First
Lufkin, Texas 75902-1768
(936) 639-1301

N/A 23% N/A N/A 7% 44 0% N/A  
N/A

50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, Massachusetts 01612-1198
(508) 849-3300

0.31 to 1 97% 68% N/A 47% 59 6% N/A  
N/A

101 College Pky
Arnold, Maryland 21012-1895
(410) 777-2222

0.28 to 1 4% N/A N/A 15% 46 12% N/A  
N/A

1355 Highway 10 West
Anoka, Minnesota 55303
(763) 576-4700

N/A 0% N/A N/A 23% 15 5% N/A  
N/A

1515 E Indian School Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85014
(954) 535-8678

N/A 0% N/A N/A 46% 5 0% N/A  
N/A

2323 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39232
(601) 362-9991

N/A 0% N/A N/A 46% 18 0% N/A  
N/A

2233 West Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 216-2600

N/A 13% N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, Arizona 85365-8834
(928) 317-6000

0.35 to 1 15% N/A N/A 17% 46 16% N/A  
N/A

1600 South College Street
Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
(870) 508-6100

N/A 14% N/A N/A 57% 11 0% N/A  
N/A

7648 Victory Blvd
Newport, Arkansas 72112
(870) 512-7800

N/A 8% N/A N/A 41% 12 0% N/A  
N/A

720 S Colorado Blvd Ste 1150N
Denver, Colorado 80246
(800) 441-4746

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% 21 0% N/A  
N/A

300 N Beaty St
Athens, Alabama 35611
(256) 233-8100

0.68 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 59 2% N/A  
N/A

511 W Citrus Edge St
Glendora, California 91740
(877) 816-6546

N/A 11% N/A N/A 0% 1 0% N/A  
N/A

2299 Old Bacone Rd
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403-1597
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N/A 92% 39% N/A 10% 49 12% N/A  
N/A

1050 West Bristol Road
Flint, Michigan 48507-5508
(810) 766-4000

N/A 68% N/A N/A 13% 37 0% N/A  
N/A

2901 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-7893
(410) 462-8300

N/A 10% N/A N/A 4% 51 0% N/A  
N/A

4483 Duncan Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 454-7055

6.14 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 19 0% 100%  
N/A

245 NE 30th Road
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
(620) 792-2701

0.50 to 1 76% N/A N/A 28% 40 11% N/A  
N/A

201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
(225) 216-8000

N/A 2% N/A N/A 3% 10 0% N/A  
N/A

384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 190
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 237-7573

N/A 0% N/A N/A 28% 29 17% N/A  
N/A

12214 W Lakeshore Dr
Brimley, Michigan 49715
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N/A 52% N/A N/A 16% 19 0% N/A  
N/A

16 Spiral Drive
Florence, Kentucky 41042
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N/A 1% N/A N/A 36% 21 0% N/A  
N/A

225 Pictoria Drive
Springdale, Ohio 45246
(513) 671-1920

N/A 8% N/A N/A 12% 6 0% N/A  
N/A

3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue, Washington 98007-6484
(425) 564-1000

N/A 11% N/A N/A 28% 44 0% N/A  
N/A

3028 Lindbergh Ave
Bellingham, Washington 98225-1599
(360) 752-7000

2.00 to 1 13% N/A N/A 49% 15 7% N/A  
N/A

400 Paramus Rd
Paramus, New Jersey 07652-1595
(201) 447-7200

N/A 0% N/A N/A 17% 42 8% N/A  
N/A

1603 Edwards Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5587
(701) 224-5400

0.50 to 1 23% N/A N/A 41% 48 3% N/A  
N/A

6600-34th Avenue
Moline, Illinois 61265-5899
(309) 796-5000

0.69 to 1 19% N/A N/A 19% 63 18% 75%  
N/A

1410 Hwy 304 East
Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455
(870) 248-4000

N/A 8% N/A N/A 19% 17 12% 80%  
N/A

Broadway at 11th Street
Quincy, Illinois 62305-7005
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N/A N/A N/A N/A 55% 20 0% 100%  
N/A

470 Cooper Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
(859) 246-6200

0.44 to 1 1% N/A N/A 19% 9 0% N/A  
N/A

16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, California 92618
(949) 341-9800

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 58 0% N/A  
N/A

1519 Clearlake Rd
Cocoa, Florida 32922
(321) 632-1111

0.26 to 1 9% N/A N/A 42% 49 9% N/A  
N/A

1055 Stewart Ave
Bethpage, New York 11714-3545
(516) 918-3600

N/A 15% N/A N/A 37% 18 12% N/A  
N/A

525 S Center
Rexburg, Idaho 83460-1690
(208) 496-1411

N/A 40% 99% N/A 61% 78 1% N/A  
N/A

777 Elsbree St
Fall River, Massachusetts 02720-7395
(508) 678-2811

0.21 to 1 2% N/A N/A 16% 44 9% N/A  
N/A

240 E Morris Ave
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
(801) 300-4300

1.67 to 1 67% N/A N/A 0% 4 0% N/A  
N/A

765 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, New Jersey 07738-1597
(732) 224-2345

N/A 3% N/A N/A 22% 42 11% N/A  
N/A

2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 242-6265

1.05 to 1 1% N/A N/A 57% 32 0% N/A  
N/A

3580 Wilshire blvd suite 400
Los Angeles, California 90010
(213) 484-8850

N/A 0% N/A N/A 15% 39 0% N/A  
N/A

5035 Everett
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506-1299
(402) 481-3801

N/A 7% 84% N/A 0% 6 0% N/A  
N/A

465 Main Street, Suite 400
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 884-9120

0.26 to 1 26% N/A N/A 17% 12 0% 85%  
N/A

275 Swamp Rd
Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940-4106
(215) 968-8000

0.42 to 1 13% N/A N/A 11% 46 5% N/A  
N/A

250 New Rutherford Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2925
(617) 228-2000

0.26 to 1 4% N/A N/A 11% 38 9% N/A  
N/A

401 Medical Park Drive
Concord, North Carolina 28025-3959
(704) 403-1555

0.96 to 1 9% 52% N/A 73% 19 3% N/A  
N/A

6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, California 95003
(831) 479-6100

N/A 0% N/A N/A 23% 53 7% N/A  
N/A

411 North Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401-3910
(910) 362-7000

0.41 to 1 5% N/A N/A 20% 43 3% 95%  
N/A

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402-3389
(888) 227-3552

N/A 100% N/A N/A 0% 17 3% N/A  
N/A

6801 N Yates Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217-3985
(414) 410-4000

0.32 to 1 97% 42% N/A 38% 61 3% 21%  
N/A

4522 Fredericksburg RD Suite A-18
San Antonio, Texas 78201
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N/A 10% N/A N/A 75% 26 0% N/A  
N/A

3030 North Dallas Ave
Lancaster, Texas 75134-3799
(972) 860-8201

N/A 5% N/A N/A 9% 35 11% N/A  
N/A

3910 Kirby Ste 200
Houston, Texas 77098-4151
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0.09 to 1 0% 60% N/A 64% 25 7% N/A  
N/A

1105 Kelly Dr
Sanford, North Carolina 27330-9840
(919) 775-5401

0.54 to 1 1% N/A N/A 33% 42 0% N/A  
N/A

3134 West Hwy 34
Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903
(308) 398-4222

N/A 28% N/A N/A 37% 34 12% 97%  
N/A

411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, Missouri 65248-1198
(660) 248-6272

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

3506 Wards Rd
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502-2498
(434) 832-7600

N/A 5% N/A N/A 24% 45 0% N/A  
N/A

2697 Dean Dr Ste 100
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-7431
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N/A 32% N/A N/A 55% 28 0% N/A  
N/A

3300 Century Ave N
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
(651) 770-3200

1.37 to 1 0% N/A N/A 18% 18 7% N/A  
N/A

3000 College Heightts Blvd
Ridgecrest, California 93555-9571
(760) 384-6100

N/A 0% N/A N/A 9% 39 14% N/A  
N/A

25555 Hesperian Blvd
Hayward, California 94545
(510) 723-6600

N/A 0% N/A N/A 20% 51 14% N/A  
N/A

3005 Highland Parkway
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515-5683
(888) 556-8226

0.24 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

6000 Lombardo Center, Suite 200,205,210
Seven Hills, Ohio 44131
(216) 391-6937

N/A 0% 100% N/A 4% N/A 10% N/A  
N/A

2221 E Northern Lights Blvd Ste 120
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 277-1000

0.30 to 1 14% N/A N/A 34% 26 0% N/A  
N/A

55 Paul Manafort Drive
New Britain, Connecticut 6053
(860) 515-3800

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 33 9% N/A  
N/A

1000 W Foothill Blvd
Glendora, California 91741-1899
(626) 963-0323

0.62 to 1 2% N/A N/A 32% 62 13% N/A  
N/A

521 Wall Street, Suite 100
Seattle, Washington 98121
(800) 426-5596

0.16 to 1 17% N/A N/A 25% 36 3% N/A  
N/A

137 S Post Rd
Shelby, North Carolina 28152-6224
(704) 669-6000

N/A 0% N/A N/A 28% 39 0% N/A  
N/A

3535 Adkisson Drive
Cleveland, Tennessee 37312
(423) 472-7141

0.58 to 1 19% 100% N/A 17% 45 11% 77%  
N/A

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
(253) 589-5800

N/A 11% N/A N/A 34% 15 9% N/A  
N/A

1385 S Colorado Blvd., 5th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80222
(303) 300-8740

N/A 90% N/A N/A 54% 30 0% N/A  
N/A

3001 SW College Rd
Ocala, Florida 34474
(352) 873-5800

0.27 to 1 29% N/A N/A 37% 50 9% N/A  
N/A

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, California 94402-3784
(650) 574-6161

N/A 4% N/A N/A 12% 62 12% N/A  
N/A

315 Falls Ave.
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
(208) 733-9554

0.80 to 1 42% N/A N/A 19% 46 10% N/A  
N/A

8730 Mitchell Rd
La Plata, Maryland 20646-0910
(301) 934-2251

0.32 to 1 4% N/A N/A 11% 45 9% N/A  
N/A

6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164
(702) 651-5000

N/A 10% N/A N/A 9% 39 14% N/A  
N/A

5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, Idaho 83687
(208) 562-3000

N/A 17% N/A N/A 14% 2 0% N/A  
N/A

9801 N. Metro Parkway East
Phoenix, Arizona 85051
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N/A 0% N/A N/A 68% 9 0% N/A  
N/A

901 Pier View Drive
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
(208) 528-7696

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

802 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601-0233
(800) 621-8559

N/A 9% N/A N/A 22% 40 14% N/A  
N/A

8000 East Maplewood Avenue
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111-0000
(800) 920-6723

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 3 0% N/A  
N/A

4435 N Chestnut, Suite E
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907
(866) 813-1836

N/A 10% N/A N/A 13% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

400 E Scenic Dr
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
(541) 506-6000

N/A 6% N/A N/A 39% 1 0% N/A  
N/A

550 E Spring St
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5353

N/A 16% N/A N/A 9% 41 6% N/A  
N/A

4242 South Sheridan
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145
(919) 610-0027

N/A 0% N/A N/A 65% 16 12% N/A  
N/A

800 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233-1895
(412) 323-2323

0.28 to 1 6% N/A N/A 10% 44 8% N/A  
N/A

16000 E CentreTech Pky
Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036
(303) 360-4700

N/A 12% N/A N/A 15% 26 16% 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