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  
547

2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, Washington 98198-9800
(206) 878-3710

0.67 to 1 19% N/A 57% 31% 49 8% N/A  
547

100 Academic Pkwy
Grayson, Kentucky 41143-1199
(606) 474-3000

2.06 to 1 98% 58% 57% 41% 30 13% N/A  
547

3201 W Pecan
McAllen, Texas 78502-9701
(956) 872-8311

2.23 to 1 1% N/A 57% 16% 19 0% 95%  
547

369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill
Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101
(276) 964-2555

0.28 to 1 52% N/A 57% 24% 44 0% N/A  
547

1501 W. Townline Street
Creston, Iowa 50801
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0.54 to 1 39% N/A 57% 43% 39 8% 47%  
547

100 Campus Dr
Weatherford, Oklahoma 73096-3098
(580) 772-6611

11.32 to 1 69% 91% 57% 36% 64 8% N/A  
547

80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520-4991
(956) 882-8200

1.45 to 1 83% N/A 57% 25% 19 0% N/A  
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  
561

1801 N Cottonwood
Iola, Kansas 66749
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0.29 to 1 68% N/A 56% 28% 40 11% N/A  
561

1630 Metropolitan Parkway, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4498
(404) 756-4000

N/A 3% 69% 56% 9% 38 0% N/A  
561

1 Academic Dr
Corning, New York 14830
(607) 962-9011

0.60 to 1 5% N/A 56% 26% 50 0% N/A  
561

2805 State Hwy 67
Johnstown, New York 12095-3790
(518) 762-4651

0.59 to 1 4% N/A 56% 28% 45 0% N/A  
561

3175 Cedartown Highway, S.E.
Rome, Georgia 30161-3897
(800) 332-2406

1.25 to 1 0% N/A 56% 10% 42 9% N/A  
561

5001 Lake Land Blvd
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
(217) 234-5253

1.55 to 1 23% N/A 56% 34% 41 10% 96%  
561

4400 MLK Blvd
Beaumont, Texas 77705
(409) 880-7011

1.67 to 1 15% 88% 56% 32% 59 9% N/A  
561

14500 E Twelve Mile Rd
Warren, Michigan 48088-3896
(586) 445-7999

0.26 to 1 9% N/A 56% 12% 44 8% N/A  
561

437 Pequot Avenue
New London, Connecticut 6320
(860) 701-5000

0.59 to 1 94% 60% 56% 39% 58 6% N/A  
561

1500 University Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-0298
(406) 657-2011

0.81 to 1 45% N/A 56% 46% 82 0% 96%  
561

3400 N Wesleyan Blvd
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
(252) 985-5100

0.26 to 1 87% 54% 56% 24% 48 14% N/A  
561

7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
(763) 424-0702

0.73 to 1 1% N/A 56% 18% 42 6% N/A  
561

629 Industrial Pk Ave
Asheboro, North Carolina 27205
(336) 633-0200

0.48 to 1 3% N/A 56% 23% 40 0% N/A  
561

2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
(605) 367-7624

0.78 to 1 6% N/A 56% 38% 33 4% 97%  
561

Station One
Livingston, Alabama 35470
(205) 652-3400

0.90 to 1 57% 49% 56% 34% 76 7% N/A  
561

1601 East 27th Street
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-1899
(308) 635-3606

N/A 53% N/A 56% 3% 26 13% N/A  
561

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001
(937) 775-3333

128.40 to 1 45% N/A 56% 40% 46 0% N/A  
578

208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa, Colorado 81101
(719) 587-7011

1.72 to 1 66% 61% 55% 21% 64 0% N/A  
578

665 Johnson St
Alpena, Michigan 49707
(989) 356-9021

0.79 to 1 24% N/A 55% 33% 51 10% 65%  
578

4190 W Highway 80
Douglas, Arizona 85607-9724
(520) 515-0500

0.33 to 1 23% N/A 55% 22% 45 20% N/A  
578

201 E Greene St
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061-3398
(478) 387-4900

0.42 to 1 14% N/A 55% 23% 74 14% N/A  
578

143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295
(616) 234-4722

0.44 to 1 6% N/A 55% 15% 97 10% N/A  
578

874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-4598
(808) 845-9211

1.70 to 1 23% N/A 55% 14% 44 13% N/A  
578

720 North Dr.
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240
(270) 707-3700

0.66 to 1 10% N/A 55% 23% 43 12% N/A  
578

4240 Campus Dr
Lima, Ohio 45804
(419) 221-1112

0.72 to 1 12% N/A 55% 18% 35 0% N/A  
578

191 Main Street
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
(828) 898-5241

0.96 to 1 99% 68% 55% 34% 61 3% N/A  
578

1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634-3899
(570) 740-0200

0.31 to 1 3% N/A 55% 19% 39 8% N/A  
578

500 E College St
Marshall, Missouri 65340
(660) 831-4000

1.90 to 1 99% 52% 55% 28% 98 8% N/A  
578

University Ave
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
(505) 425-7511

0.74 to 1 59% N/A 55% 16% 77 7% N/A  
578

1425 Newark Rd
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
(740) 453-0762

0.31 to 1 100% N/A 55% 33% 68 0% N/A  
578

125 W. Cooper
Sterling, Kansas 67579
(620) 278-2173

1.74 to 1 100% 46% 55% 34% 57 17% 67%  
578

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561
(615) 963-5111

2.57 to 1 32% N/A 55% 35% 68 9% N/A  
578

3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, Texas 77901
(877) 970-4848

1.52 to 1 74% 51% 55% 0% 36 0% N/A  
594

5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, Alabama 36109-3378
(334) 272-5820

0.50 to 1 96% N/A 54% 33% 43 8% 60%  
594

2050 Highway 501 East
Conway, South Carolina 29526
(843) 347-3186

0.47 to 1 1% N/A 54% 14% 42 0% 97%  
594

1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, Texas 79720
(432) 264-5000

1.45 to 1 27% N/A 54% 26% 59 14% N/A  
594

3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
(270) 926-3111

1.78 to 1 95% 21% 54% 36% 66 12% 35%  
594

700 New Scotland Ave
Albany, New York 12208
(518) 438-3111

0.51 to 1 0% 16% 54% 29% 41 0% 96%  
594

100 Training Hill Rd
Middletown, Connecticut 06457-4829
(860) 343-5701

0.43 to 1 25% N/A 54% 14% 41 12% N/A  
594

1593 11th Ave
Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241
(320) 564-4511

7.64 to 1 2% N/A 54% 45% 46 7% N/A  
594

444 Green St
Gardner, Massachusetts 01440-1000
(978) 632-6600

0.45 to 1 10% N/A 54% 14% 46 10% N/A  
594

46 University Dr
Augusta, Maine 04330-9410
(207) 621-3000

0.56 to 1 25% N/A 54% 12% 41 0% N/A  
594

4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
(202) 274-5012

N/A 9% N/A 54% 15% 43 8% N/A  
604

2600 NW College Way
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 383-7500

0.66 to 1 8% N/A 53% 19% 48 7% N/A  
604

2400 Gillionville Rd
Albany, Georgia 31707-3098
(229) 317-6000

0.75 to 1 9% N/A 53% 12% 46 0% N/A  
604

1851 Hwy 169 East
Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744-3397
(218) 322-2300

1.26 to 1 14% N/A 53% 31% 17 13% N/A  
604

1115 College Drive
Gaffney, South Carolina 29340-3799
(800) 795-7151

2.96 to 1 86% 53% 53% 43% 86 8% N/A  
604

1600 Maple Street
Longview, Washington 98632-0310
(360) 442-2311

0.45 to 1 3% N/A 53% 25% 66 13% N/A  
604

330 Third Street NE
Mayville, North Dakota 58257-1299
(701) 788-2301

1.03 to 1 84% N/A 53% 39% 54 6% 90%  
604

9700 France Ave S
Bloomington, Minnesota 55431
(952) 358-8200

1.17 to 1 3% N/A 53% 17% 41 4% N/A  
604

323 Eagle Ave
Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939-0430
(580) 349-2611

2.50 to 1 62% 61% 53% 20% 56 10% N/A  
612

2011 S. Washington
Amarillo, Texas 79109
(806) 371-5000

1.00 to 1 22% N/A 52% 15% 81 13% N/A  
612

11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433-3470
(763) 433-1100

0.96 to 1 7% N/A 52% 16% 39 5% N/A  
612

3 East 43 Street
New York, New York 10017
(212) 986-4343

N/A 92% N/A 52% 35% 21 0% N/A  
612

2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, Wyoming 82501
(800) 735-8418

0.48 to 1 53% N/A 52% 30% 38 17% N/A  
612

8099 College Pky SW
Fort Myers, Florida 33919-0000
(239) 489-9300

N/A 20% N/A 52% 29% 48 13% N/A  
612

1973 Edison Dr
Piqua, Ohio 45356-9239
(937) 778-8600

0.28 to 1 15% N/A 52% 26% 33 8% 70%  
612

601 High Point Rd.
Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
(336) 334-4822

0.61 to 1 5% N/A 52% 12% 45 13% N/A  
612

815 N Orlando Smith Ave
Oglesby, Illinois 61348-9692
(815) 224-2720

0.51 to 1 7% N/A 52% 35% 85 8% N/A  
612

900 N. North Branch St.
Chicago, Illinois 60642
(312) 752-2000

0.27 to 1 82% 93% 52% 58% 52 6% N/A  
612

5301 South Highway 16
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3692
(605) 394-4800

0.38 to 1 3% N/A 52% 31% 29 0% 90%  
612

1235 15th St
Augusta, Georgia 30901-3182
(706) 821-8200

2.04 to 1 34% 69% 52% 22% 70 12% N/A  
612

112 College Drive
Wells, Maine 4090
(207) 646-9282

0.15 to 1 32% N/A 52% 19% 10 6% N/A  
624

197 Franklin St
Auburn, New York 13021-3099
(315) 255-1743

0.25 to 1 12% N/A 51% 26% 49 0% 54%  
624

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223-2690
(513) 569-1500

0.35 to 1 7% N/A 51% 15% 38 0% 96%  
624

13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, Virginia 23831-5316
(804) 796-4000

0.28 to 1 2% N/A 51% 12% 45 7% N/A  
624

1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, Kansas 66067-3399
(785) 242-5200

2.27 to 1 99% 96% 51% 40% 100 0% 50%  
628

1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005-3098
(402) 291-8100

0.28 to 1 50% N/A 50% 31% 37 4% N/A  
628

303 University Ave
Newark, New Jersey 7102
(973) 877-3000

0.24 to 1 2% N/A 50% 7% 40 0% 75%  
628

500 8th Ave
Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698
(208) 792-5272

1.83 to 1 55% 99% 50% 30% 50 9% N/A  
628

5250 Shepherd Rd
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9256
(217) 786-2200

0.51 to 1 7% N/A 50% 23% 41 11% N/A  
628

30 & Fort Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610
(402) 457-2400

0.29 to 1 16% N/A 50% 12% 35 0% N/A  
628

1515 Pioneer Dr
Harrison, Arkansas 72601-5508
(870) 743-3000

N/A 28% N/A 50% 24% 35 9% N/A  
628

1625 Hwy 150
Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400
(563) 562-3263

0.44 to 1 14% N/A 50% 30% 37 0% 48%  
628

1156 College Dr
Summit, Mississippi 39666-0000
(601) 276-2000

3.74 to 1 35% N/A 50% 28% 56 0% N/A  
636

6220 East Texas
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
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0.69 to 1 6% N/A 49% 13% 31 15% N/A  
636

801 Main St NW
Hanceville, Alabama 35077-2000
(256) 352-8000

N/A 33% N/A 49% 23% 36 0% N/A  
636

3300 Lake Road West
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
(440) 964-3322

0.73 to 1 7% N/A 49% 16% 56 0% N/A  
636

1500 N Main
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-1280
(605) 225-1634

1.70 to 1 86% 74% 49% 44% 43 4% N/A  
636

940 Second St
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
(740) 354-3205

0.86 to 1 34% N/A 49% 29% 39 10% N/A  
636

1540 Northway Drive
Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303-1240
(320) 308-5000

0.59 to 1 5% N/A 49% 30% 29 4% 96%  

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