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

Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

5 to 158%100%73%55%85%N/A
2

Nazarene Bible College

9 to 140%100%N/AN/A49%13%
3

Holy Apostles College and Seminary

6 to 160%100%N/AN/A22%N/A
4

Luther Rice University & Seminary

23 to 1100%100%100%100%65%N/A
5

Maine College of Health Professions

5 to 1100%100%25%25%59%N/A
6

Emerson College

13 to 180%100%49%11%58%N/A
7

Cox College

9 to 199%100%59%22%60%N/A
8

Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing

8 to 150%100%50%39%67%4%
9

Provo College

12 to 171%100%N/AN/A74%18%
10

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

11 to 168%100%53%37%42%N/A
11

Unitek College

16 to 1N/A100%N/AN/A20%N/A
12

Touro University Worldwide

13 to 1N/A100%N/AN/A76%4%
13

American Sentinel University

20 to 1N/A100%N/AN/A22%N/A
14

Midwives College of Utah

5 to 1N/A100%100%100%30%N/A
15

Yale University

6 to 197%99%7%5%52%N/A
16

University of Notre Dame

10 to 197%98%20%11%63%N/A
17

Harvard University

7 to 198%98%6%4%44%N/A
18

Carnegie Mellon University

10 to 188%98%24%8%54%N/A
19

University of Pennsylvania

6 to 195%98%10%7%54%N/A
20

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

19 to 185%97%32%11%63%N/A
21

Johns Hopkins University

10 to 194%97%14%5%51%N/A
22

Northeastern University

14 to 184%97%28%6%65%N/A
23

Tufts University

9 to 193%97%16%7%43%N/A
24

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

12 to 190%97%26%12%51%N/A
25

Cornell University

9 to 193%97%15%8%55%N/A
26

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

14 to 190%97%31%13%53%N/A
27

University of Virginia-Main Campus

15 to 193%97%30%12%40%N/A
28

Apex School of Theology

17 to 195%97%N/AN/A99%11%
29

University of California-Berkeley

17 to 192%96%17%7%61%N/A
30

University of California-Los Angeles

16 to 191%96%17%6%61%N/A
31

Georgetown University

11 to 194%96%17%8%42%N/A
32

University of Florida

20 to 187%96%48%24%88%N/A
33

Babson College

14 to 189%96%26%7%48%N/A
34

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

13 to 185%96%49%11%92%N/A
35

Washington University in St Louis

8 to 193%96%17%6%49%N/A
36

University of Rochester

10 to 188%96%34%8%78%N/A
37

Villanova University

12 to 190%96%48%10%50%N/A
38

University of Wisconsin-Madison

18 to 185%96%58%22%42%N/A
39

University of Georgia

18 to 185%95%53%24%82%N/A
40

University of Maryland-College Park

17 to 186%95%45%14%52%N/A
41

Boston College

14 to 192%95%29%7%45%2%
42

Lehigh University

10 to 188%95%30%10%51%N/A
43

The University of Texas at Austin

18 to 180%95%39%18%45%N/A
44

College of William and Mary

12 to 190%95%34%10%44%N/A
45

Gonzaga University

12 to 183%95%73%20%96%N/A
46

Whitworth University

11 to 175%95%62%13%94%N/A
47

Colorado School of Mines

16 to 177%94%38%9%68%3%
48

George Washington University

13 to 183%94%46%13%64%N/A
49

Emory University

8 to 189%94%24%7%54%N/A
50

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 182%94%44%10%92%N/A
51

Skidmore College

8 to 186%94%36%8%48%N/A
52

Yeshiva University

7 to 188%94%80%50%82%N/A
53

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%94%49%17%65%N/A
54

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

14 to 183%94%73%28%52%N/A
55

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

20 to 184%94%53%18%43%N/A
56

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

22 to 176%93%31%11%55%3%
57

University of California-Davis

18 to 185%93%38%8%72%N/A
58

University of California-Irvine

19 to 188%93%39%8%73%N/A
59

University of California-Santa Barbara

17 to 181%93%33%6%66%N/A
60

Florida State University

25 to 179%93%56%20%81%N/A
61

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19 to 185%93%66%22%51%N/A
62

Illinois Wesleyan University

11 to 183%93%62%12%99%3%
63

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

13 to 177%93%58%13%95%N/A
64

Boston University

12 to 185%93%33%7%49%N/A
65

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

16 to 172%93%74%47%52%5%
66

Kettering University

14 to 154%93%70%18%93%N/A
67

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

17 to 177%93%45%13%50%N/A
68

Grace University

12 to 146%93%59%32%86%5%
69

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

15 to 180%93%58%19%51%N/A
70

New York University

10 to 184%93%32%10%57%N/A
71

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

15 to 175%93%50%20%54%N/A
72

Wake Forest University

10 to 188%93%29%10%50%N/A
73

Muhlenberg College

11 to 185%93%48%12%82%N/A
74

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

16 to 186%93%51%14%68%N/A
75

Clemson University

18 to 181%93%51%15%71%N/A
76

University of Richmond

8 to 188%93%31%8%69%N/A
77

Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois

22 to 189%93%68%64%57%N/A
78

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles

20 to 170%92%49%33%39%10%
79

University of Connecticut

17 to 183%92%53%11%62%N/A
80

University of Delaware

16 to 179%92%67%18%62%N/A
81

University of Miami

12 to 182%92%38%6%70%N/A
82

Tulane University of Louisiana

9 to 183%92%30%7%70%N/A
83

Brandeis University

10 to 186%92%34%8%58%N/A
84

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

9 to 172%92%71%23%55%7%
85

Michigan State University

17 to 177%92%66%23%51%N/A
86

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

15 to 182%92%54%13%53%N/A
87

Purdue University-Main Campus

12 to 175%92%59%15%51%N/A
88

University of California-Riverside

19 to 173%91%56%11%84%N/A
89

Loyola Marymount University

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

Hope International University

14 to 142%91%34%12%82%N/A
91

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 178%91%58%12%69%N/A
92

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

17 to 170%91%32%7%56%5%
93

Fordham University

14 to 181%91%48%5%80%5%
94

Marist College

16 to 178%91%45%13%75%N/A
95

SUNY at Binghamton

20 to 181%91%42%9%51%N/A
96

Syracuse University

16 to 181%91%48%10%70%N/A
97

University of Dayton

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

James Madison University

16 to 183%91%73%21%34%3%
99

Auburn University

19 to 173%90%78%25%53%6%
100

Chapman University

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

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