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.

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Rank School FT to PT
Faculty Ratio
Institution
Fin. Aid Rate
Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
Years
Default
Rate
Job Place. Rate  
1

1101 E. 78th Street, Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55420-1554
(952) 851-0066

.08 to 1 0% N/A 100% 36% 38 18% N/A  
1

2221 Madison Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604-1132
(419) 251-1313

0.63 to 1 50% 60% 100% 47% 19 0% N/A  
1

101 College Dr
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
(501) 760-4222

0.77 to 1 14% N/A 100% 23% 33 16% 75%  
1

1600 Pierce St
Denver, Colorado 80214
(303) 753-6046

0.75 to 1 88% N/A 100% 41% 14 0% N/A  
1

2800 Main St
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606-4201
(203) 576-5235

N/A 100% 82% 100% 60% 20 0% N/A  
1

Highway 86, Mile Post 115.5 N
Sells, Arizona 85634-3129
(520) 383-8401

1.55 to 1 0% N/A 100% 17% 9 0% N/A  
7

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5005
(617) 373-2000

2.52 to 1 72% 32% 96% 79% 74 1% 83%  
7

355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611-3115
(352) 392-3261

13.07 to 1 38% 44% 96% 85% 101 2% N/A  
7

Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall
Rochester, New York 14627-0011
(888) 822-2256

2.91 to 1 87% 35% 96% 85% 93 1% 26%  
10

500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1380
(608) 262-1234

4.41 to 1 44% 69% 95% 82% 101 0% N/A  
11

8787 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, Colorado 80226
(303) 963-3000

N/A 100% 83% 94% 41% 33 3% N/A  
11

Administration Building
Athens, Georgia 30602
(706) 542-3000

5.06 to 1 21% 63% 94% 83% 105 2% 59%  
11

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085-1699
(610) 519-4500

1.63 to 1 55% 46% 94% 88% 93 0% 70%  
14

603 W Park St
Sheldon, Iowa 51201
(712) 324-5061

0.40 to 1 35% N/A 93% 56% 34 6% 94%  
14

2400 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, Texas 78712
(512) 471-3434

9.15 to 1 39% 47% 93% 79% 113 0% N/A  
14

1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, Washington 98195-4550
(206) 543-2100

3.59 to 1 26% 58% 93% 81% 96 0% N/A  
17

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7001
(919) 515-2011

10.75 to 1 52% 53% 92% 71% 86 0% N/A  
17

190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6446

2.32 to 1 71% 64% 92% 82% 101 0% N/A  
17

201 Old Main
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1589
(814) 865-4700

6.42 to 1 30% 52% 92% 86% 93 0% 83%  
17

1050 Union University Dr
Jackson, Tennessee 38305-3697
(731) 668-1818

40.33 to 1 99% 75% 92% 67% 66 3% 78%  
17

One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8678
(530) 752-1011

9.87 to 1 72% 48% 92% 81% 60 0% 91%  
22

222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1037
(850) 644-2525

3.32 to 1 40% 54% 91% 75% 99 3% N/A  
22

800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
(540) 568-6211

1.94 to 1 17% 61% 91% 80% 87 2% N/A  
22

426 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1046
(517) 355-1855

5.89 to 1 41% 71% 91% 79% 91 2% N/A  
25

Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University, Alabama 36849
(334) 844-4000

6.77 to 1 69% 77% 90% 68% 92 4% 75%  
25

1227 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy
Shreveport, Louisiana 71105
(318) 629-2889

1.33 to 1 0% N/A 90% 43% 25 0% N/A  
25

2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
(817) 257-7000

1.82 to 1 68% 41% 90% 75% 92 3% 72%  
28

2820 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, California 92108-3824
(800) 622-3188

N/A 59% N/A 89% 60% 34 0% N/A  
28

501 East High St
Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-1809

3.08 to 1 71% 73% 89% 80% 101 0% N/A  
30

Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, North Carolina 28608
(828) 262-2000

2.50 to 1 31% 62% 88% 66% 72 2% N/A  
30

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, California 92831-3599
(657) 278-2011

1.02 to 1 36% 47% 88% 51% 53 0% N/A  
30

5500 University Pky
San Bernardino, California 92407-2397
(909) 537-5000

1.43 to 1 62% 58% 88% 44% 50 0% N/A  
30

107 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7000
(812) 855-4848

5.66 to 1 45% 74% 88% 75% 101 0% N/A  
30

4000 Chesapeake St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
(202) 686-0876

0.15 to 1 0% N/A 88% 11% 8 0% N/A  
30

100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-1310
(603) 641-7000

1.97 to 1 96% 75% 88% 74% 73 0% N/A  
30

One Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2097
(314) 977-2222

1.23 to 1 90% 64% 88% 70% 98 0% 57%  
30

236 W Reade Ave
Upland, Indiana 46989-1001
(765) 998-2751

1.13 to 1 98% 84% 88% 77% 67 3% 60%  
30

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32816
(407) 823-2000

2.52 to 1 41% 46% 88% 65% 44 3% 76%  
30

374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, Massachusetts 1003
(413) 545-0111

8.45 to 1 57% 63% 88% 70% 82 0% 62%  
30

201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 203
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9008
(801) 581-7200

2.47 to 1 40% 83% 88% 59% 81 1% 75%  
41

1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60660
(773) 274-3000

0.97 to 1 94% 58% 87% 70% 93 3% N/A  
41

3201 Jermantown Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 539-6890

0.72 to 1 4% N/A 87% 20% 12 14% 80%  
41

1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6096
(215) 204-7000

1.01 to 1 69% 67% 87% 66% 93 3% N/A  
41

Columbia-Campus
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
(803) 777-7000

2.14 to 1 63% 63% 87% 72% 97 0% N/A  
41

4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, Florida 33620-9951
(813) 974-2011

13.14 to 1 64% 43% 87% 57% 49 0% N/A  
46

First and Normal Sts
Chico, California 95929-0150
(530) 898-6116

1.10 to 1 33% 74% 86% 57% 60 0% N/A  
46

4400 University Dr
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
(703) 993-1000

1.04 to 1 19% 55% 86% 66% 42 2% 69%  
46

231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
(478) 445-2770

2.51 to 1 7% 66% 86% 57% 89 5% N/A  
46

3410 Beardshear Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011-2030
(515) 294-5836

4.84 to 1 73% 86% 86% 71% 98 0% 74%  
46

301 Lake St
Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612-1098
(570) 674-6400

0.52 to 1 100% 59% 86% 68% 79 0% 70%  
46

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0063
(513) 556-6000

40.21 to 1 49% 68% 86% 55% 101 0% N/A  
46

2199 S. University Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80208
(303) 871-2000

0.99 to 1 82% 68% 86% 76% 100 2% 93%  
46

101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316
(319) 335-3500

19.44 to 1 50% 78% 86% 70% 101 2% 68%  
46

601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5963
(910) 962-3000

1.65 to 1 44% 53% 86% 69% 62 0% 59%  
55

101 S 42nd St
Omaha, Nebraska 68131-2739
(402) 552-3100

0.91 to 1 59% 67% 85% 50% 30 4% 100%  
55

55 E Jackson
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 362-8000

0.97 to 1 94% 62% 85% 68% 89 2% N/A  
55

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
(215) 895-2000

1.11 to 1 98% 75% 85% 65% 87 2% N/A  
55

2400 Sixth St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20059-0001
(202) 806-6100

2.33 to 1 64% 54% 85% 63% 93 4% 65%  
55

158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, Vermont 05663-1035
(802) 485-2000

0.97 to 1 100% 65% 85% 53% 81 4% 79%  
55

201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, New Jersey 8028
(856) 256-4000

0.52 to 1 38% 56% 85% 71% 56 4% N/A  
55

739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0166
(205) 348-6010

2.61 to 1 47% 53% 85% 67% 117 0% N/A  
55

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
(865) 974-1000

5.12 to 1 59% 67% 85% 66% 14 0% 84%  
55

1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, Indiana 47722
(812) 488-2000

3.03 to 1 99% 80% 85% 68% 83 3% N/A  
55

660 Parrington Oval
Norman, Oklahoma 73019-3072
(405) 325-0311

4.59 to 1 65% 79% 85% 66% 101 0% N/A  
55

85 S Prospect St
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0160
(802) 656-3131

4.07 to 1 84% 77% 85% 76% 85 0% 60%  
55

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2512
(804) 828-0100

1.70 to 1 48% 65% 85% 56% 61 2% N/A  
67

5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, California 93740
(559) 278-4240

1.11 to 1 55% 60% 84% 48% 65 0% N/A  
67

102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-0100
(970) 491-1101

36.15 to 1 47% 75% 84% 63% 89 0% 47%  
67

21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561-9000
(251) 981-3771

0.16 to 1 22% N/A 84% 47% 13 0% N/A  
67

3300 University Blvd
Winter Park, Florida 32792-7429
(407) 679-0100

N/A 28% N/A 84% 79% 28 3% N/A  
67

2000 W University St
Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761
(479) 524-9500

1.17 to 1 96% 65% 84% 68% 52 2% 98%  
67

3690 East Ave
Rochester, New York 14618-3597
(585) 385-8000

1.16 to 1 100% 64% 84% 75% 57 3% N/A  
67

Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, New York 13820-4015
(607) 436-3500

1.10 to 1 51% 44% 84% 67% 65 3% N/A  
67

105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
(573) 882-2121

11.41 to 1 67% 81% 84% 71% 101 2% 72%  
75

901 E Alosta
Azusa, California 91702-7000
(626) 969-3434

0.66 to 1 92% 49% 83% 63% 53 2% N/A  
75

1003 Monroe Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 572-2468

1.23 to 1 57% 25% 83% 60% 15 7% N/A  
75

3900 Bethel Dr
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112
(651) 638-6400

1.47 to 1 99% 71% 83% 71% 55 0% N/A  
75

6000 J St
Sacramento, California 95819-2694
(916) 278-6011

1.01 to 1 46% 67% 83% 41% 63 0% N/A  
75

2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034-9568
(610) 282-1100

0.52 to 1 99% 72% 83% 68% 44 2% 60%  
75

900 N.Benton
Springfield, Missouri 65802-3791
(417) 873-7879

3.97 to 1 71% 87% 83% 51% 99 8% 63%  
75

33 gilmer st
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000

2.43 to 1 3% 51% 83% 51% 62 3% 87%  
75

36600 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5300

0.45 to 1 68% 70% 83% 39% 55 2% N/A  
75

3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, California 92106-2899
(619) 849-2200

0.65 to 1 81% 56% 83% 75% 65 1% N/A  
75

2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
(651) 690-6000

4.24 to 1 99% 59% 83% 55% 98 0% N/A  
75

212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2018
(713) 743-1000

2.37 to 1 46% 56% 83% 46% 60 6% N/A  
75

1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224-7699
(904) 620-1000

1.87 to 1 47% 52% 83% 48% 40 4% N/A  
75

105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-4004
(715) 836-2637

2.86 to 1 40% 77% 83% 65% 64 0% 70%  
75

51 W College St
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370-1257
(724) 627-8191

0.38 to 1 96% 76% 83% 60% 64 3% 83%  
89

South Ave
Garden City, New York 11530-0701
(516) 877-3000

0.48 to 1 92% 66% 82% 66% 93 3% 88%  
89

120 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006-6195
(973) 618-3000

0.63 to 1 94% 61% 82% 51% 62 6% N/A  
89

11200 S. W. 8 Street
Miami, Florida 33199
(305) 348-2000

1.19 to 1 38% 40% 82% 49% 40 5% N/A  
89

10208 Technology Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37932
(865) 688-9422

0.92 to 1 14% N/A 82% 86% 47 11% 85%  
89

North and School Streets
Normal, Illinois 61790-1000
(309) 438-2111

2.44 to 1 31% 74% 82% 71% 101 2% 75%  
89

1 Normal Avenue - 855 Valley Road
Montclair, New Jersey 07043-1624
(973) 655-4000

0.57 to 1 15% 55% 82% 63% 77 3% N/A  
89

400 S Orange Ave
South Orange, New Jersey 07079-2697
(973) 761-9000

1.10 to 1 95% 84% 82% 67% 82 0% 50%  
89

12900 Maurer Industrial Dr
Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127-1516
(314) 843-4200

N/A 28% N/A 82% 63% 18 0% N/A  
89

French Administration Building
Pullman, Washington 99164-5910
(509) 335-3564

2.57 to 1 50% 76% 82% 67% 96 4% N/A  
98

2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40205-0671
(502) 272-8263

0.71 to 1 100% 86% 81% 62% 58 2% N/A  
98

131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, Massachusetts 2325
(508) 531-1000

0.71 to 1 45% 73% 81% 54% 61 0% 79%  
98

4380 Main St
Amherst, New York 14226-3592
(716) 839-3600

0.69 to 1 97% 50% 81% 48% 58 6% 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