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  
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  
114

5401 W. 20th St.
Greeley, Colorado 80632
(970) 330-8008

0.50 to 1 23% N/A 80% 22% 37 12% 88%  
114

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85287
(480) 965-2100

11.79 to 1 75% 89% 80% 57% 83 0% 65%  
114

1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, Pennsylvania 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800

0.44 to 1 91% 67% 80% 60% 60 3% N/A  
114

536 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94105-2968
(415) 442-7800

0.07 to 1 N/A N/A 80% 0% 55 0% N/A  
114

1145 King Rd
Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345-0702
(610) 647-4400

0.31 to 1 96% 80% 80% 53% 86 4% N/A  
114

Anderson Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
(785) 532-6011

4.96 to 1 61% 99% 80% 58% 98 3% N/A  
114

1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141-1199
(215) 951-1000

1.16 to 1 94% 74% 80% 66% 84 3% N/A  
114

900 N. Clarkson
Fremont, Nebraska 68025
(800) 642-8382

2.00 to 1 100% 98% 80% 47% 51 10% 95%  
114

1301 12th Avenue North
Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050
(701) 231-8011

3.38 to 1 33% 84% 80% 53% 99 0% 53%  
114

623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, Idaho 83686-5897
(208) 467-8011

25.75 to 1 98% 67% 80% 55% 84 2% N/A  
114

5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
(757) 683-3000

1.41 to 1 23% 74% 80% 49% 53 3% N/A  
114

2301 Westside Dr
Rochester, New York 14624
(585) 594-6000

0.55 to 1 98% 47% 80% 59% 51 4% 79%  
114

Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0110
(205) 934-4011

10.09 to 1 57% 72% 80% 48% 44 4% 45%  
114

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-1092
(513) 745-3000

1.02 to 1 100% 68% 80% 78% 79 1% 67%  
128

4150 Administration Drive, Room 136
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104
(800) 253-2874

3.63 to 1 99% 36% 79% 59% 75 2% N/A  
128

163 S. Willard St
Burlington, Vermont 5401
(802) 860-2700

0.42 to 1 85% 74% 79% 66% 24 4% 97%  
128

8700 College View Drive
Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375-9001
(952) 446-4100

0.26 to 1 98% 56% 79% 50% 34 1% N/A  
128

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois 61920
(217) 581-5000

4.37 to 1 35% 65% 79% 60% 99 3% 42%  
128

1704 Weeksville Rd
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
(252) 335-3400

3.27 to 1 38% 50% 79% 43% 67 13% 42%  
128

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975
(321) 674-8000

1.11 to 1 89% 59% 79% 55% 50 3% 49%  
128

29 Everett St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-2790
(617) 868-9600

0.36 to 1 93% 64% 79% 46% 62 2% N/A  
128

10 High St Ste 204
Boston, Massachusetts 2110
(617) 951-2350

0.04 to 1 0% N/A 79% 0% 8 0% N/A  
128

020 Chubb Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
(740) 593-1000

2.26 to 1 49% 78% 79% 64% 101 0% 75%  
128

107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-1015
(405) 744-5000

3.27 to 1 72% 78% 79% 62% 98 0% N/A  
128

2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822-2301
(808) 956-8975

18.77 to 1 59% 78% 79% 56% 59 2% N/A  
128

Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-2700

3.33 to 1 53% 93% 79% 64% 101 2% N/A  
128

100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393
(617) 287-5000

0.97 to 1 59% 61% 79% 38% 42 0% N/A  
128

1 University Ave
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104
(978) 934-4000

N/A 60% 66% 79% 54% 39 0% N/A  
128

515 Darland Administration Bldg
Duluth, Minnesota 55812
(218) 726-8000

4.01 to 1 61% 78% 79% 54% 46 0% N/A  
128

905 W 25th St
Kearney, Nebraska 68849-1212
(308) 865-8441

3.02 to 1 71% 85% 79% 56% 98 0% N/A  
128

500 N Wilcox St
Joliet, Illinois 60435-6188
(815) 740-3360

0.56 to 1 100% 52% 79% 56% 76 0% N/A  
128

800 W Main St
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190-1790
(262) 472-1234

3.41 to 1 15% 82% 79% 58% 71 0% N/A  
128

470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63119-3194
(314) 961-2660

0.43 to 1 86% 59% 79% 64% 89 3% 72%  
147

8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, California 92504-3297
(951) 689-5771

0.75 to 1 93% 73% 78% 59% 53 4% N/A  
147

250 University Ave
California, Pennsylvania 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

1.59 to 1 11% 59% 78% 51% 63 4% N/A  
147

400 East University Way
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111

2.64 to 1 59% 80% 78% 53% 96 2% N/A  
147

East 5th Street
Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353
(252) 328-6131

3.59 to 1 38% 61% 78% 58% 87 2% N/A  
147

190 Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3096
(630) 617-3500

0.63 to 1 77% 68% 78% 74% 90 0% 70%  
147

777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
(561) 297-3000

1.47 to 1 33% 42% 78% 41% 47 4% N/A  
147

4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue
Hialeah, Florida 33012
(305) 821-3333

1.54 to 1 0% N/A 78% 55% 17 0% 75%  
147

1717 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, California 93702-4709
(559) 453-2000

0.37 to 1 98% 73% 78% 59% 53 4% N/A  
147

14800 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, California 91405-2233
(818) 779-8040

1.35 to 1 36% 100% 78% 12% 13 0% 46%  
147

2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, Texas 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000

0.71 to 1 96% 43% 78% 61% 44 6% N/A  
147

1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
(757) 352-4127

0.43 to 1 84% 82% 78% 36% 30 3% 65%  
147

101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681
(518) 564-2000

1.22 to 1 80% 46% 78% 61% 62 0% 45%  
147

Charles at Mount Royal
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 837-4200

0.82 to 1 66% 65% 78% 0% 43 2% 88%  
147

601 S Morgan
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 996-7000

2.55 to 1 63% 64% 78% 58% 44 2% N/A  
147

One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
(314) 516-5000

0.93 to 1 79% 69% 78% 47% 46 0% 79%  
147

601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110-0001
(336) 750-2000

167.00 to 1 41% 56% 78% 40% 67 0% N/A  
163

316 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina 29621-4035
(864) 231-2000

0.61 to 1 99% 71% 77% 48% 55 4% 38%  
163

2000 University Ave
Muncie, Indiana 47306
(765) 289-1241

4.97 to 1 47% 61% 77% 57% 89 0% 60%  
163

610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
(712) 749-2400

2.84 to 1 100% 71% 77% 51% 62 3% N/A  
163

1000 E Victoria St
Carson, California 90747-0005
(310) 243-3300

0.54 to 1 65% 53% 77% 28% 50 0% N/A  
163

300 Jay St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 260-5500

0.47 to 1 0% 87% 77% 14% 57 0% N/A  
163

101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, Indiana 46131-2623
(317) 738-8000

2.55 to 1 100% 65% 77% 60% 99 0% 68%  
163

Brannen Hall, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391

6.19 to 1 8% 49% 77% 50% 79 4% 55%  
163

1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 89801
(775) 738-8493

0.36 to 1 13% N/A 77% 27% 40 12% N/A  
163

Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
(330) 672-3000

1.16 to 1 70% 87% 77% 52% 99 0% 85%  
163

2083 Lawrence Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-3099
(609) 896-5000

0.70 to 1 95% 72% 77% 67% 59 4% 78%  
163

601 University Dr
San Marcos, Texas 78666
(512) 245-2111

3.04 to 1 5% 66% 77% 55% 89 3% 68%  
163

4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, Michigan 48221-3038
(313) 993-1000

N/A 98% 62% 77% 57% 23 4% N/A  
163

2301 S 3rd St
Louisville, Kentucky 40292-0001
(502) 852-5555

2.64 to 1 54% 73% 77% 52% 99 5% 70%  
163

1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 277-0111

1.90 to 1 48% 64% 77% 46% 92 0% N/A  
163

9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223-0001
(704) 687-2000

2.61 to 1 53% 70% 77% 53% 57 0% 64%  
163

264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193
(800) 225-5863

9.82 to 1 48% 71% 77% 54% 101 2% N/A  
163

1 University Plz
Platteville, Wisconsin 53818-3001
(608) 342-1421

1.36 to 1 20% 97% 77% 52% 63 0% N/A  
163

Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6201
(304) 293-0111

2.82 to 1 61% 85% 77% 57% 84 5% 68%  
181

1704 South Slappey Boulevard
Albany, Georgia 31701
(229) 430-3500

N/A 3% N/A 76% 47% 40 2% N/A  
181

700 Prospect St
New Haven, Connecticut 06511-1189
(203) 773-8550

1.24 to 1 79% 81% 76% 53% 82 6% 59%  
181

122 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 2116
(617) 217-9000

N/A 74% N/A 76% 47% 7 12% N/A  
181

400 Jefferson St
Hackettstown, New Jersey 7840
(908) 852-1400

0.51 to 1 96% 89% 76% 49% 82 5% N/A  
181

Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
(412) 365-1100

0.45 to 1 100% 60% 76% 59% 90 2% N/A  
181

1200 Murchison Rd
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298
(910) 672-1111

4.76 to 1 85% 64% 76% 31% 67 15% N/A  
181

1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144-5591
(770) 423-6000

1.23 to 1 4% 62% 76% 42% 46 5% N/A  
181

800 Martinsburg Rd
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050-9500
(740) 392-6868

0.74 to 1 97% 73% 76% 54% 42 1% 81%  
181

Knoles Drive, Babbitt Administrative Center
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-4132
(928) 523-9011

1.41 to 1 64% 76% 76% 49% 84 4% N/A  
181

1 Pace Plaza
New York, New York 10038-1598
(212) 346-1200

0.54 to 1 98% 84% 76% 56% 57 0% 76%  
181

6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108-1189
(800) 762-0097

0.72 to 1 97% 82% 76% 54% 46 2% 87%  
181

278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, Maine 04084-5236
(207) 892-6766

1.17 to 1 100% 80% 76% 51% 53 0% 89%  
181

2641 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306-5997
(201) 761-6000

0.70 to 1 98% 61% 76% 52% 79 0% N/A  
181

1100 S. Marietta Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30060-2896
(678) 915-4188

2.43 to 1 2% 79% 76% 35% 50 8% N/A  
181

8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, New York 11439
(718) 990-6161

0.78 to 1 98% 49% 76% 59% 93 0% 45%  
181

1 William L. Jones Drive
Cookeville, Tennessee 38505-0001
(931) 372-3223

1.55 to 1 31% 93% 76% 52% 75 3% 66%  
181

544 University Street
Martin, Tennessee 38238-0002
(731) 881-7000

1.06 to 1 53% 76% 76% 49% 63 0% 67%  
181

701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, Texas 76013
(817) 272-2011

1.53 to 1 43% 69% 76% 40% 50 0% N/A  
181

1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400
Denver, Colorado 80217-3364
(303) 556-5600

5.17 to 1 52% 74% 76% 45% 44 3% N/A  
181

Southern Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
(901) 678-2000

1.32 to 1 26% 62% 76% 40% 87 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