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  
636

1400 East Fifth Street
Tyler, Texas 75701
(903) 510-2200

1.03 to 1 19% N/A 49% 14% 83 10% N/A  
643

700 Carnegie Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
(800) 954-8742

0.27 to 1 2% N/A 48% 4% 35 0% N/A  
643

2101 Trinity Rd
Duluth, Minnesota 55811-3399
(800) 432-2884

0.79 to 1 0% N/A 48% 31% 16 7% N/A  
643

3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
(276) 523-2400

0.25 to 1 56% N/A 48% 21% 40 0% N/A  
643

1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, Texas 79072
(806) 291-1000

1.94 to 1 82% 95% 48% 36% 58 6% N/A  
643

1000 W. College Ave
Silver City, New Mexico 88061
(505) 538-6336

0.98 to 1 2% N/A 48% 17% 72 8% 75%  
648

177 Montgomery Road
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714
(407) 831-9816

0.06 to 1 0% N/A 47% 40% 14 0% N/A  
648

700 W State St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
(414) 297-6370

0.75 to 1 1% N/A 47% 15% 55 8% 87%  
648

106 S Sixth St
Forest City, Iowa 50436-1713
(641) 585-2450

12.67 to 1 100% 48% 47% 43% 66 5% 87%  
651

50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
(317) 921-4800

0.28 to 1 7% N/A 46% 8% 45 0% N/A  
651

400 East Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-2355
(502) 597-6000

4.79 to 1 48% 45% 46% 14% 75 14% 60%  
653

400 N Bluff Blvd
Clinton, Iowa 52733-2967
(563) 242-4023

0.06 to 1 13% 96% 45% 21% 64 13% 91%  
653

1801 College Dr N
Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301-1598
(701) 662-1600

0.30 to 1 56% N/A 45% 40% 40 9% 75%  
653

410 Front St
Orange, Texas 77630
(409) 883-7750

1.09 to 1 9% N/A 45% 22% 25 0% N/A  
653

7900 U.S. Hwy 76
Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
(864) 646-1500

N/A 7% N/A 45% 8% 43 0% N/A  
653

6610 North Lovington Hwy
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
(575) 392-6561

0.48 to 1 94% N/A 45% 22% 34 10% N/A  
658

417 Schepps Blvd
Clovis, New Mexico 88101-8381
(800) 769-2811

0.40 to 1 5% N/A 43% 8% 27 12% 55%  
658

3645 W 112th Ave
Westminster, Colorado 80031
(303) 404-5000

0.23 to 1 14% N/A 43% 17% 39 11% N/A  
658

1375 S Clare Ave
Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447
(989) 386-6622

0.21 to 1 25% N/A 43% 10% 40 12% N/A  
658

223 W Main St
Salem, West Virginia 26426
(304) 326-1109

0.76 to 1 79% N/A 43% 11% 51 11% N/A  
662

1500 University Dr
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
(575) 234-9200

0.82 to 1 22% N/A 41% 9% 64 0% N/A  
662

4647 Stone Ave
Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
(712) 274-6400

0.26 to 1 32% N/A 41% 21% 37 12% N/A  
664

900 N Portland
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107-6195
(405) 947-4421

0.28 to 1 20% N/A 40% 5% 39 0% N/A  
665

801 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75202-3604
(214) 860-2037

0.38 to 1 9% N/A 39% 5% 46 8% N/A  
665

550 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2611
(317) 447-6200

0.33 to 1 6% 99% 39% 29% 34 0% N/A  
665

905 Grant Avenue SE
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601-4907
(218) 333-6600

0.86 to 1 5% N/A 39% 42% 19 0% N/A  
665

1109 W Panola St
Carthage, Texas 75633
(903) 693-2000

0.84 to 1 37% N/A 39% 23% 54 0% N/A  
669

8089 Globe Drive
Woodbury, Minnesota 55125-3388
(651) 332-8000

0.17 to 1 58% N/A 38% 30% 61 0% 80%  
669

Hot Springs Blvd
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
(505) 454-2500

N/A 27% N/A 38% 19% 32 7% 60%  
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
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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%  
671

501 W State St
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 359-5433

0.51 to 1 16% N/A 36% 33% 45 12% N/A  
672

7418 NC Hwy 41 West
Dublin, North Carolina 28332
(910) 879-5500

0.70 to 1 10% N/A 35% 11% 38 0% 50%  
673

1500 West Agency Road
West Burlington, Iowa 52655-0180
(319) 752-2731

4.69 to 1 17% N/A 33% 28% 40 15% N/A  
674

One Education Dr
Garden City, New York 11530-6793
(516) 572-7501

0.48 to 1 0% N/A 32% 18% 47 7% 52%  
675

201 S Grant Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215-5399
(614) 797-4700

0.08 to 1 0% N/A 30% 12% 38 3% N/A  
675

3315 University Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
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3.50 to 1 28% N/A 30% 14% 32 0% 90%  
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%  
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  
98

1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania 19437-0901
(215) 646-7300

0.42 to 1 99% 66% 81% 62% 56 2% 92%  
98

915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, Arkansas 72143
(501) 279-4000

0.97 to 1 96% 75% 81% 61% 60 3% N/A  
98

W3718 South Drive, Cth M
Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073
(920) 565-2111

4.07 to 1 99% 60% 81% 46% 53 2% 98%  
98

1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
(434) 582-2000

5.48 to 1 75% N/A 81% 46% 34 4% N/A  
98

701 College Rd
Lebanon, Illinois 62254-1291
(618) 537-4481

0.46 to 1 99% 66% 81% 49% 44 8% 97%  
98

501 E 38th St
Erie, Pennsylvania 16546
(814) 824-2000

1.74 to 1 99% 77% 81% 67% 83 6% 78%  
98

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762
(662) 325-2323

7.17 to 1 66% 62% 81% 58% 88 4% 74%  
98

1500 S.W. Jefferson
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
(541) 737-0123

2.36 to 1 64% 78% 81% 61% 90 2% N/A  
98

342 Bull St
Savannah, Georgia 31402-3146
(912) 525-5000

3.76 to 1 96% 63% 81% 65% 9 0% N/A  
98

10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, New York 14802
(800) 425-3733

4.76 to 1 77% 51% 81% 48% 62 6% 51%  
98

1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, Minnesota 55811-4199
(218) 723-6000

0.82 to 1 97% 78% 81% 65% 83 0% 72%  
98

1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0005
(319) 273-2311

3.24 to 1 56% 78% 81% 66% 96 2% 76%  
98

577 Western Ave
Westfield, Massachusetts 01086-1630
(413) 572-5300

0.91 to 1 27% 64% 81% 60% 57 0% 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