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  
N/A

1111 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80204-2026
(303) 556-2600

0.26 to 1 9% N/A N/A 9% 39 16% N/A  
N/A

1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130-3991
(215) 751-8000

0.63 to 1 0% N/A N/A 10% 46 12% N/A  
N/A

1 Abenaki Way
Winooski, Vermont 05404-2245
(802) 828-2800

N/A 10% N/A N/A 14% 39 13% N/A  
N/A

1423 N Jefferson
Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 269-3401

N/A 0% 50% N/A 54% 14 0% N/A  
N/A

11711 Sand Canyon Road
Yucaipa, California 92399-1799
(909) 794-2161

N/A 1% N/A N/A 24% 39 6% N/A  
N/A

800 College Ct
New Bern, North Carolina 28562-4900
(252) 638-7200

N/A 6% N/A N/A 15% 43 4% N/A  
N/A

3721-1 NW 7th street
Miami, Florida 33126
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N/A 0% N/A N/A 71% 11 0% N/A  
N/A

105 Simrall Blvd
Bottineau, North Dakota 58318-1198
(701) 228-2277

0.42 to 1 25% N/A N/A 36% 43 6% N/A  
N/A

2000 E Main St
Danville, Illinois 61832-5118
(217) 443-3222

0.69 to 1 7% N/A N/A 31% 47 12% N/A  
N/A

297 Davidson Community College Rd
Thomasville, North Carolina 27360-7385
(336) 249-8186

N/A 4% N/A N/A 27% 46 33% N/A  
N/A

300 College Dr
Glendive, Montana 59330
(406) 377-3396

7.67 to 1 51% N/A N/A 54% 45 5% N/A  
N/A

3309 Collins Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40245
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N/A 17% N/A N/A 0% 6 0% N/A  
N/A

425 South Nova Road
Ormond Beach, Florida 32174-8445
(386) 267-0565

N/A 0% N/A N/A 61% 10 14% N/A  
N/A

1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
(386) 506-3000

0.54 to 1 14% N/A N/A 28% 51 13% N/A  
N/A

101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-3897
(361) 698-1255

0.91 to 1 17% N/A N/A 9% 68 8% N/A  
N/A

1401 19th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 292-0015

N/A 0% N/A N/A 0% 6 0% N/A  
N/A

180 Madison Ave., Ste. 900
New York, New York 10016-5267
(212) 312-4300

0.66 to 1 38% 84% N/A 22% 4 0% N/A  
N/A

3300 N Campbell Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60618-5994
(773) 929-8500

0.01 to 1 28% 73% N/A 31% 32 0% N/A  
N/A

53 Pendell Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601-1595
(845) 431-8000

0.30 to 1 5% N/A N/A 24% 50 13% 66%  
N/A

915 N 400 W
Layton, Utah 84041
(801) 546-7500

N/A 19% N/A N/A 53% 10 0% N/A  
N/A

5588 South Green Street
Murray, Utah 84123-6965
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N/A 7% N/A N/A 51% 33 0% N/A  
N/A

405 South Main Street-Ste 130
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
(801) 333-7120

N/A 4% N/A N/A 50% 10 0% N/A  
N/A

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, California 91754-6099
(323) 265-8650

0.39 to 1 0% N/A N/A 21% 62 6% N/A  
N/A

3200 West C St
Torrington, Wyoming 82240-1699
(307) 532-8200

0.89 to 1 57% N/A N/A 39% 38 17% N/A  
N/A

3737 Motley Dr
Mesquite, Texas 75150-2099
(972) 860-7100

0.27 to 1 7% N/A N/A 10% 42 20% N/A  
N/A

2009 W Wilson St
Tarboro, North Carolina 27886
(252) 823-5166

N/A 6% N/A N/A 12% 41 17% 70%  
N/A

9050 Viscount Blvd
El Paso, Texas 79925
(915) 831-2000

0.40 to 1 2% N/A N/A 11% 36 12% 81%  
N/A

1100 College Ave
Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126
(800) 322-9235

N/A 53% N/A N/A 25% 51 13% N/A  
N/A

303 North Main Street
Elmira, New York 14901
(607) 733-7177

N/A 0% N/A N/A 42% 45 19% N/A  
N/A

600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3900
(800) 522-6787

0.05 to 1 8% 95% N/A 50% 46 0% N/A  
N/A

121 Ellicott St
Buffalo, New York 14203-2698
(716) 842-2770

0.53 to 1 1% N/A N/A 18% 33 13% 23%  
N/A

3319 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, Florida 33614
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0.27 to 1 2% N/A N/A 34% 48 0% 80%  
N/A

5002 T-Rex Avenue, Suite 100
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
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N/A 24% 100% N/A 58% 21 7% N/A  
N/A

7 Columbia Cir
Albany, New York 12203-5159
(518) 464-8500

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 37 0% N/A  
N/A

3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, New York 14424-8395
(585) 394-3500

0.45 to 1 3% N/A N/A 27% 37 0% N/A  
N/A

1321 SW 107 Ave Ste 201B
Miami, Florida 33174
(305) 553-6065

N/A 17% N/A N/A 54% 29 0% 80%  
N/A

12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-7777

0.52 to 1 6% N/A N/A 56% 55 10% N/A  
N/A

2100 Silas Creek Pky
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103-5197
(336) 723-0371

0.42 to 1 2% N/A N/A 22% 46 0% N/A  
N/A

600 Park St
Hays, Kansas 67601-4099
(785) 628-4000

1.49 to 1 74% 81% N/A 42% 99 4% N/A  
N/A

1573 W. Fairbanks Ave Suite #100
Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 843-3984

N/A 6% N/A N/A 43% 26 0% N/A  
N/A

100 E Business Way Ste 200
Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
(513) 475-3600

N/A 0% 35% N/A 46% 7 0% N/A  
N/A

1031 Zorn Avenue , Suite 400
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
(502) 410-6200

N/A 1% 73% N/A 77% 31 0% N/A  
N/A

7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 300
San Antonio, Texas 78229
(210) 733-3056

N/A 0% 71% N/A 78% 24 0% N/A  
N/A

11101 Roosevelt Boulevard N., Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33716
(727) 577-1497

N/A 1% 67% N/A 68% 24 0% N/A  
N/A

500 Technology Way
Florence, Kentucky 41042
(859) 441-4500

0.46 to 1 3% N/A N/A 33% 41 15% N/A  
N/A

One College Rd
Batavia, New York 14020
(585) 343-0055

0.31 to 1 16% N/A N/A 24% 43 12% 66%  
N/A

E 4946 Jackson Rd
Ironwood, Michigan 49938
(906) 932-4231

N/A 27% N/A N/A 26% 65 4% N/A  
N/A

3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85017
(800) 800-9776

N/A 94% 32% N/A 31% 46 4% N/A  
N/A

7200 NW 86th St
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
(800) 955-2527

N/A 100% N/A N/A 0% 53 0% N/A  
N/A

6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, Texas 75020-8299
(903) 465-6030

N/A 17% N/A N/A 22% 47 0% N/A  
N/A

2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, Montana 59405
(406) 771-4300

0.46 to 1 10% N/A N/A 19% 35 0% N/A  
N/A

738 S Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, South Carolina 29607-2418
(864) 250-8000

N/A 19% N/A N/A 8% 46 6% N/A  
N/A

5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, Florida 32401
(850) 769-1551

0.60 to 1 7% N/A N/A 38% 52 0% N/A  
N/A

100 College Drive
Weldon, North Carolina 27890
(252) 536-7242

N/A 6% N/A N/A 20% 39 3% N/A  
N/A

401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, Maryland 21015-1698
(443) 412-2000

0.37 to 1 13% N/A N/A 19% 47 4% N/A  
N/A

1 HACC Dr.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2999
(717) 780-2300

0.50 to 1 10% N/A N/A 10% 47 0% N/A  
N/A

200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720-4091
(808) 934-2500

N/A 26% N/A N/A 18% 41 15% N/A  
N/A

185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, North Carolina 28721-9901
(828) 627-2821

N/A 5% N/A N/A 28% 41 0% N/A  
N/A

255 W Bullard
Fresno, California 93704
(559) 438-4222

N/A 12% 78% N/A 38% 31 0% N/A  
N/A

9000 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
(952) 995-1300

N/A 6% N/A N/A 26% 15 7% N/A  
N/A

100 Reservoir Rd
Herkimer, New York 13350-1598
(315) 866-0300

N/A 5% N/A N/A 30% 42 0% 46%  
N/A

3 Point Place
Madison, Wisconsin 53719-2848
(608) 620-2200

N/A N/A 69% N/A 0% 3 11% N/A  
N/A

606 W Main
Highland, Kansas 66035-4165
(785) 442-6000

N/A 51% N/A N/A 34% 37 18% N/A  
N/A

2655 Northbrooke Drive
Naples, Florida 34119-7932
(239) 513-1122

1.42 to 1 17% 71% N/A 20% 16 7% 72%  
N/A

303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke, Massachusetts 1040
(413) 552-2000

0.32 to 1 21% N/A N/A 18% 44 10% N/A  
N/A

4140 Executive Parkway
Westerville, Ohio 43081
(888) 466-3767

N/A 0% 75% N/A 0% 24 0% N/A  
N/A

80 Vandenburgh Ave
Troy, New York 12180
(518) 629-4822

N/A 7% N/A N/A 25% 45 6% N/A  
N/A

6650 Inglewood Ave
Stockton, California 95207-3896
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N/A 7% N/A N/A 84% 22 0% 60%  
N/A

900 Fifth Ave
Huntington, West Virginia 25701
(304) 697-7550

N/A 9% N/A N/A 32% 17 0% N/A  
N/A

2200 College Drive
Mount Carmel, Illinois 62863
(618) 393-2982

0.41 to 1 80% N/A N/A 41% 53 0% N/A  
N/A

4021 S 700 E Ste 400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
(800) 972-5149

N/A 1% N/A N/A 0% 33 0% N/A  
N/A

525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
(641) 683-5111

N/A 18% N/A N/A 24% 34 10% N/A  
N/A

3209 Virginia Ave
Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596
(772) 462-4772

0.35 to 1 15% N/A N/A 41% 49 13% N/A  
N/A

5104 Eisenhower Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33634
(813) 881-0007

N/A 14% N/A N/A 0% 5 0% N/A  
N/A

One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
(515) 576-7201

0.35 to 1 48% N/A N/A 41% 40 14% 80%  
N/A

2700 College Rd
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-1057
(712) 325-3200

N/A 21% N/A N/A 19% 39 12% N/A  
N/A

9511 Angola Ct
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268-1119
(317) 875-8640

N/A 6% 92% N/A 18% 15 0% N/A  
N/A

1651 E Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia 23228-2327
(804) 371-3000

N/A 5% N/A N/A 13% 40 10% N/A  
N/A

2111 Emmons Rd
Jackson, Michigan 49201-8399
(517) 787-0800

0.22 to 1 14% N/A N/A 13% 81 10% N/A  
N/A

133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, North Carolina 28349
(910) 296-2400

0.88 to 1 9% N/A N/A 12% 41 5% N/A  
N/A

525 Falconer St
Jamestown, New York 14701
(716) 338-1000

0.27 to 1 13% N/A N/A 30% 58 10% 14%  
N/A

109 E Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2005
(502) 213-4000

0.81 to 1 0% N/A N/A 15% 9 17% N/A  
N/A

1220 Coffeen St
Watertown, New York 13601-1897
(315) 786-2200

0.53 to 1 9% N/A N/A 27% 45 10% N/A  
N/A

220 Alco Dr
Brewton, Alabama 36426
(251) 867-4832

N/A 55% N/A N/A 27% 20 0% N/A  
N/A

2601 Carson Rd
Birmingham, Alabama 35215-3098
(205) 853-1200

0.46 to 1 15% N/A N/A 12% 46 6% N/A  
N/A

1 Mid America Plaza, Suite #130
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181
(630) 560-6300

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

1301 S 48th Street
Quincy, Illinois 62305-8736
(217) 224-6500

0.28 to 1 25% N/A N/A 31% 34 8% N/A  
N/A

12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299
(913) 469-8500

N/A 12% N/A N/A 13% 39 9% N/A  
N/A

245 College Road
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577-2350
(919) 934-3051

0.60 to 1 5% N/A N/A 29% 37 3% N/A  
N/A

1215 Houbolt Rd
Joliet, Illinois 60431-8938
(815) 729-9020

N/A 7% N/A N/A 11% 97 11% N/A  
N/A

5353 Arlington Expy
Jacksonville, Florida 32211
(904) 743-1122

0.14 to 1 0% N/A N/A 38% 57 0% N/A  
N/A

9697 East Mineral Avenue
Centennial, Colorado 80112
(800) 811-5663

0.12 to 1 0% N/A N/A 0% 15 2% N/A  
N/A

933 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
(412) 338-4770

N/A 4% N/A N/A 38% 47 0% N/A  
N/A

9055 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, California 92123
(858) 279-4500

N/A 1% N/A N/A 86% 33 0% N/A  
N/A

1801 E Kimberly Rd Ste 1
Davenport, Iowa 52807
(563) 355-3500

N/A 32% N/A N/A 11% 17 0% N/A  
N/A

1500 NW 49th St.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
(954) 776-4476

0.73 to 1 52% 96% N/A 55% 23 0% N/A  
N/A

450 North Ave
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-3397
(269) 965-3931

0.31 to 1 3% N/A N/A 21% 49 8% N/A  
N/A

92 Western Ave
Fairfield, Maine 04937-1367
(207) 453-5000

N/A 30% N/A N/A 34% 11 6% 63%  
N/A

300 E. 6th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103-7020
(605) 221-3100

0.17 to 1 13% N/A N/A 4% 28 9% N/A  
N/A

10775 N Saint Helen Road
Roscommon, Michigan 48653
(989) 275-5000

0.44 to 1 16% N/A N/A 15% 38 11% 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