Schools Ranked by Retention RatePage 2

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
101

Old Dominion University

20 to 151%80%77%38%33%7%
102

St John's University-New York

17 to 156%80%53%10%97%N/A
103

University of Alabama at Birmingham

18 to 154%80%87%36%60%8%
104

Washington State University

15 to 165%80%82%34%49%4%
105

Champlain College

14 to 158%79%71%17%92%6%
106

Davenport University

17 to 139%79%92%46%83%12%
107

Huntington University

13 to 162%79%97%30%97%5%
108

Lesley University

11 to 146%79%67%18%96%4%
109

Mississippi State University

19 to 161%79%65%44%66%8%
110

Mississippi University for Women

13 to 137%79%43%33%82%12%
111

Mount St Mary's College

12 to 164%79%74%33%100%N/A
112

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

12 to 168%79%33%72%81%2%
113

Northwestern College

11 to 163%79%76%31%100%2%
114

Rider University

12 to 166%79%72%16%97%7%
115

St Catherine University

11 to 154%79%61%24%99%N/A
116

University of St Francis

11 to 157%79%51%27%100%N/A
117

Western Carolina University

16 to 151%79%38%27%70%8%
118

Elmhurst College

13 to 174%78%72%26%88%2%
119

Indiana Wesleyan University

15 to 165%78%95%44%42%6%
120

Mount St Mary's University

13 to 166%78%67%13%100%N/A
121

Northwest University

13 to 143%78%97%48%93%5%
122

The Sage Colleges

11 to 158%78%57%23%97%N/A
123

University of Hawaii - Manoa

13 to 157%78%80%36%61%5%
124

University of Louisville

11 to 153%78%71%44%58%10%
125

California Baptist University

18 to 158%77%79%33%93%7%
126

Chatham University

10 to 150%77%61%25%97%2%
127

Corban University

13 to 155%77%32%24%100%4%
128

Eastern Mennonite University

10 to 164%77%65%33%99%4%
129

Florida Gulf Coast University

22 to 144%77%66%39%17%6%
130

LeTourneau University

13 to 153%77%41%46%96%7%
131

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

12 to 156%77%54%93%35%3%
132

National University

22 to 131%77%N/AN/A0%7%
133

Rivier University

17 to 159%77%89%27%99%4%
134

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

8 to 160%77%98%20%100%5%
135

University of Mobile

13 to 149%77%71%42%92%4%
136

William Carey University

13 to 162%77%49%48%71%8%
137

Baker University

9 to 152%76%87%31%100%6%
138

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

20 to 153%76%93%55%8%8%
139

Concordia University-Irvine

11 to 163%76%91%20%100%N/A
140

Hampton University

10 to 168%76%36%18%45%10%
141

Hiram College

11 to 165%76%57%20%99%10%
142

King's College

13 to 166%76%72%25%100%11%
143

Ouachita Baptist University

12 to 160%76%70%32%99%7%
144

Point Park University

13 to 150%76%74%23%97%11%
145

Spring Arbor University

12 to 157%76%65%21%100%6%
146

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

19 to 130%76%78%29%81%17%
147

The University of Findlay

14 to 156%76%68%38%100%N/A
148

University of Memphis

14 to 143%76%68%52%34%N/A
149

Vanguard University of Southern California

15 to 152%76%70%38%97%5%
150

Alliant International University

13 to 1N/A75%49%44%50%3%
151

Buffalo State SUNY

15 to 149%75%49%24%68%N/A
152

Cairn University-Langhorne

13 to 170%75%51%50%100%N/A
153

McKendree University

14 to 148%75%63%38%100%8%
154

Missouri State University-Springfield

20 to 153%75%85%43%48%N/A
155

Norwich University

14 to 157%75%255%31%98%5%
156

Olivet Nazarene University

16 to 157%75%82%25%100%5%
157

Philadelphia University

13 to 158%75%64%16%98%4%
158

Trine University

8 to 10%75%30%70%25%N/A
159

University of Nebraska at Omaha

17 to 142%75%71%54%52%N/A
160

University of North Dakota

19 to 155%75%74%59%48%4%
161

Western Governors University

41 to 124%75%N/AN/A0%7%
162

Westwood College-Denver North

22 to 132%75%N/AN/A10%N/A
163

Ashland University

9 to 156%74%74%29%97%5%
164

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

12 to 139%74%46%54%64%6%
165

Central Washington University

19 to 151%74%82%41%59%8%
166

Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

12 to 157%74%93%85%67%N/A
167

Minnesota State University-Mankato

24 to 149%74%66%38%23%N/A
168

Monroe College

15 to 157%74%44%68%69%11%
169

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

17 to 143%74%85%42%39%N/A
170

Oregon Institute of Technology

21 to 144%74%71%18%61%5%
171

Trine University

15 to 151%74%72%21%97%9%
172

Troy University

17 to 135%74%68%51%38%13%
173

University of Illinois at Springfield

13 to 143%74%60%36%86%7%
174

Valley Forge Christian College

14 to 142%74%66%50%91%11%
175

William Woods University

10 to 156%74%75%31%99%5%
176

Anderson University

11 to 157%73%55%29%96%4%
177

Anderson University

16 to 141%73%65%35%99%4%
178

Aurora University

15 to 158%73%76%34%100%6%
179

Caldwell College

11 to 153%73%64%17%96%7%
180

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%73%52%40%99%N/A
181

Greenville College

11 to 150%73%66%24%97%7%
182

Hope International University

14 to 145%73%47%41%96%6%
183

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

17 to 161%73%63%37%97%7%
184

North Greenville University

14 to 155%73%58%49%100%7%
185

Palm Beach Atlantic University

13 to 147%73%84%43%100%6%
186

Southeast Missouri State University

24 to 149%73%85%46%71%12%
187

University of Missouri-Kansas City

13 to 151%73%33%75%74%N/A
188

Bay Path College

11 to 155%72%58%26%100%N/A
189

Chestnut Hill College

10 to 142%72%58%18%98%8%
190

Gardner-Webb University

13 to 157%72%48%16%95%N/A
191

Judson University

10 to 150%72%71%39%99%6%
192

Kennesaw State University

21 to 137%72%78%61%1%6%
193

La Roche College

13 to 146%72%56%28%77%7%
194

Northern Arizona University

19 to 149%72%91%15%61%10%
195

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

20 to 137%72%84%52%67%N/A
196

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

12 to 155%72%78%24%96%N/A
197

University of Saint Mary

10 to 153%72%47%30%99%7%
198

University of Southern Mississippi

17 to 145%72%66%43%72%12%
199

Upper Iowa University

17 to 140%72%58%30%80%8%
200

Academy of Art University

16 to 132%71%N/AN/A14%16%

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