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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  
181

1400 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, North Carolina 27402-6170
(336) 334-5000

3.51 to 1 46% 59% 76% 54% 93 0% N/A  
181

800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
(920) 424-1234

2.12 to 1 8% 84% 76% 50% 86 0% 98%  
181

900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-8804
(608) 796-3000

0.40 to 1 98% 69% 76% 52% 60 2% N/A  
204

400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, Pennsylvania 19607-1799
(610) 796-8200

0.54 to 1 98% 80% 75% 51% 47 3% N/A  
204

1200 Taylor Rd
Montgomery, Alabama 36117-3553
(334) 387-7000

N/A 100% N/A 75% 0% 25 6% N/A  
204

1100 E 5th St
Anderson, Indiana 46012-3495
(765) 649-9071

0.97 to 1 95% 54% 75% 57% 68 0% 85%  
204

618 Eighth Street
Baldwin City, Kansas 66006-0065
(800) 873-4282

1.39 to 1 93% 84% 75% 55% 101 3% N/A  
204

225 E las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
(954) 201-7400

N/A 17% N/A 75% 28% 49 9% N/A  
204

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, California 94542
(510) 885-3000

0.76 to 1 50% 36% 75% 41% 53 0% N/A  
204

106 Warriner Hall
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
(989) 774-4000

2.19 to 1 64% 69% 75% 57% 91 2% 59%  
204

3601 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-2659
(800) 686-1883

N/A 80% 76% 75% 23% 26 3% N/A  
204

700 E Butler Ave
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901-2697
(215) 345-1500

0.74 to 1 99% 74% 75% 58% 52 0% N/A  
204

202 Welch Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
(734) 487-1849

1.63 to 1 76% 60% 75% 37% 99 3% N/A  
204

25 Hall Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301-3471
(603) 228-3000

0.03 to 1 0% N/A 75% 37% 34 3% 89%  
204

11298 SE Gomez
Hobe Sound, Florida 33455-1065
(772) 546-5534

N/A 22% N/A 75% 43% 28 0% N/A  
204

1011 South Dr 201 Sutton Hall
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705-1098
(724) 357-2100

7.05 to 1 8% 58% 75% 50% 73 0% N/A  
204

100 Campus View Drive
Lincoln, Illinois 62656-2111
(217) 732-3168

0.44 to 1 75% 67% 75% 47% 60 5% N/A  
204

512 E. Stephens St
Midway, Kentucky 40347-1120
(859) 846-4421

0.93 to 1 71% 69% 75% 62% 65 5% N/A  
204

901 S National
Springfield, Missouri 65897
(417) 836-5000

1.93 to 1 50% 83% 75% 55% 99 0% 70%  
204

138 N Lucretia St
Oakland City, Indiana 47660-1099
(812) 749-4781

0.22 to 1 94% 48% 75% 71% 37 6% 65%  
204

Administration Lane
Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1898
(800) 952-3541

3.33 to 1 54% 92% 75% 55% 94 2% N/A  
204

34 Cornell Drive
Canton, New York 13617-1098
(315) 386-7011

1.16 to 1 81% 67% 75% 32% 62 6% N/A  
204

414 E Clark St
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2390
(605) 677-5301

3.05 to 1 62% 49% 75% 50% 101 3% 80%  
204

118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001
(601) 266-1000

3.18 to 1 70% 65% 75% 50% 85 7% 70%  
204

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 829-6000

1.11 to 1 90% 94% 75% 47% 89 4% N/A  
226

12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, Wisconsin 53097-2402
(262) 243-5700

0.74 to 1 100% 70% 74% 59% 50 0% N/A  
226

1001 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525-5897
(616) 949-5300

0.87 to 1 93% 71% 74% 45% 37 2% 61%  
226

4201 S Washington St
Marion, Indiana 46953-4974
(765) 674-6901

1.21 to 1 50% 73% 74% 64% 48 3% N/A  
226

21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075-1058
(248) 204-4000

0.40 to 1 82% 51% 74% 52% 47 3% 85%  
226

2807 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, Virginia 22207-4299
(703) 522-5600

0.74 to 1 92% 80% 74% 50% 56 2% N/A  
226

1100 College Street
Columbus, Mississippi 39701
(662) 329-4750

1.55 to 1 82% 44% 74% 37% 93 5% N/A  
226

801 Leroy Place
Socorro, New Mexico 87801
(800) 428-8324

3.26 to 1 88% 71% 74% 47% 65 0% 72%  
226

1601 E Market St
Greensboro, North Carolina 27411
(336) 334-7500

3.75 to 1 45% 66% 74% 43% 78 0% N/A  
226

17 High Street
Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264-1595
(603) 535-5000

0.81 to 1 57% 76% 74% 55% 59 0% N/A  
226

201 Wood St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-1984
(412) 391-4100

0.43 to 1 97% 76% 74% 50% 46 5% 36%  
226

724 SW Harrison
Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 725-3511

1.19 to 1 45% 66% 74% 42% 58 4% N/A  
226

801 East Main Street
Radford, Virginia 24141-0672
(540) 831-5000

1.63 to 1 22% 76% 74% 60% 86 3% 68%  
226

1 St Mary of Woods Coll
Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana 47876-1099
(812) 535-5151

63.00 to 1 100% 64% 74% 62% 95 0% N/A  
226

One University Plaza, MS4675
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 651-2000

1.95 to 1 67% 97% 74% 46% 99 6% N/A  
226

100 Alumni Dr
Cleveland, Georgia 30528
(706) 865-2134

0.62 to 1 97% 86% 74% 24% 48 0% N/A  
226

505 South Chandalar Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7500
(907) 474-7211

0.48 to 1 40% N/A 74% 31% 80 7% N/A  
226

1400 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227-3697
(317) 788-3368

0.79 to 1 98% 73% 74% 55% 67 4% N/A  
226

104 University Circle
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
(377) 482-1000

3.77 to 1 30% 60% 74% 44% 89 6% N/A  
226

285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747-2300
(508) 999-8000

1.32 to 1 64% 70% 74% 50% 50 0% 63%  
226

303 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48502-1950
(810) 762-3000

1.10 to 1 44% 74% 74% 37% 44 0% N/A  
226

2420 Nicolet Dr
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311-7001
(920) 465-2000

1.26 to 1 17% 86% 74% 51% 42 0% 97%  
226

3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, Utah 84408-1137
(801) 626-6000

0.82 to 1 47% N/A 74% 37% 82 2% N/A  
226

Highway 107
Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723-9646
(828) 227-7100

2.86 to 1 65% 39% 74% 48% 68 4% N/A  
226

One University Avenue
Fulton, Missouri 65251-1098
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0.26 to 1 91% 80% 74% 49% 95 2% N/A  
250

2500 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50321-1799
(515) 244-4221

0.51 to 1 79% 73% 73% 59% 28 0% 85%  
250

320 Porter Ave
Buffalo, New York 14201-1084
(716) 829-8000

0.81 to 1 97% 82% 73% 40% 86 5% 93%  
250

5555 Greenwich Rd Ste 300
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
(757) 490-9090

0.70 to 1 69% 76% 73% 40% 16 0% 80%  
250

262 S Main St
Lodi, New Jersey 7644
(201) 559-6000

0.93 to 1 95% 90% 73% 42% 40 6% N/A  
250

160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420-2697
(978) 345-2151

2.04 to 1 52% 70% 73% 51% 61 4% N/A  
250

1005 State University Dr
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030-4313
(478) 825-6211

3.12 to 1 6% 32% 73% 29% 63 11% N/A  
250

2303 College Ave
Huntington, Indiana 46750
(260) 356-6000

1.14 to 1 97% 97% 73% 59% 53 1% 65%  
250

1600 E Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803-1228
(800) 937-2448

0.15 to 1 80% 64% 73% 30% 52 6% N/A  
250

200 South Capitol Street
Clinton, Mississippi 39058
(601) 925-3000

0.80 to 1 98% 58% 73% 62% 92 3% 68%  
250

3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601-8801
(541) 885-1000

1.27 to 1 63% 64% 73% 49% 52 2% N/A  
250

33701 State Road 52
Saint Leo, Florida 33574-6665
(352) 588-8200

1.41 to 1 96% 85% 73% 43% 47 5% N/A  
250

501 Crescent Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06515-1355
(203) 392-5200

0.70 to 1 7% 75% 73% 44% 62 7% 90%  
250

2500 North River Road
Manchester, New Hampshire 03106-1045
(603) 668-2211

0.12 to 1 81% 83% 73% 58% 41 3% N/A  
250

901 S Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203-2188
(502) 585-9911

1.11 to 1 92% 29% 73% 39% 76 6% N/A  
250

2900 University Ave
Crookston, Minnesota 56716-5001
(800) 862-6466

4.29 to 1 83% 73% 73% 47% 43 0% 86%  
250

55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 556-3610

0.45 to 1 99% 67% 73% 54% 50 3% N/A  
250

1215 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, Massachusetts 01119-2684
(413) 782-3111

1.55 to 1 98% 79% 73% 62% 49 2% N/A  
250

441 Country Club Rd
York, Pennsylvania 17403-3651
(717) 846-7788

0.52 to 1 98% 74% 73% 60% 55 0% N/A  
268

3400 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53234-3922
(414) 382-6000

0.79 to 1 99% 65% 72% 39% 63 3% 92%  
268

1200 S Main
McPherson, Kansas 67460-5740
(620) 241-0723

0.70 to 1 100% N/A 72% 45% 39 6% 87%  
268

411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, Missouri 65248-1198
(660) 248-3391

1.05 to 1 100% 67% 72% 50% 99 0% N/A  
268

One University Blvd
La Grande, Oregon 97850
(541) 962-3672

10.64 to 1 64% 65% 72% 32% 83 6% N/A  
268

101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-1099
(301) 687-4000

1.84 to 1 47% 59% 72% 44% 61 4% 91%  
268

2500 E Nutwood Ave
Fullerton, California 92831-3199
(714) 879-3901

0.24 to 1 91% 52% 72% 40% 45 4% N/A  
268

1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401-2999
(207) 941-7000

0.59 to 1 80% 77% 72% 42% 40 6% 55%  
268

1101 W College Ave
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650-2299
(217) 245-3000

3.33 to 1 100% 58% 72% 62% 101 2% N/A  
268

302 Bibb St
Marion, Alabama 36756
(334) 683-5100

2.64 to 1 95% 82% 72% 37% 89 4% 65%  
268

209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, Missouri 63301-1695
(636) 949-2000

0.34 to 1 93% 66% 72% 41% 93 2% 61%  
268

Academy Street
Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933
(570) 662-4000

2.69 to 1 36% 69% 72% 48% 72 6% N/A  
268

80 Cohen Walker Dr
Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
(478) 988-6800

N/A 2% N/A 72% 37% 36 0% N/A  
268

720 North 87th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114-2852
(402) 354-7000

4.55 to 1 87% 51% 72% 64% 25 0% 98%  
268

2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001
(575) 646-0111

2.89 to 1 47% 80% 72% 44% 73 0% 40%  
268

1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707
(919) 530-6100

3.01 to 1 64% 52% 72% 43% 76 10% N/A  
268

3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796
(954) 262-7300

0.90 to 1 86% 56% 72% 42% 43 2% N/A  
268

2 Main Street
Delhi, New York 13753-1100
(607) 746-4000

1.32 to 1 71% 51% 72% 39% 62 10% N/A  
268

5201 University Blvd
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
(956) 326-2001

1.23 to 1 31% 47% 72% 39% 44 0% 47%  
268

500 W. University Ave
El Paso, Texas 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000

1.36 to 1 42% 100% 72% 38% 78 0% N/A  
268

One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
(217) 206-6600

1.34 to 1 82% 56% 72% 47% 39 6% N/A  
268

7500 University Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
(701) 255-7500

0.65 to 1 100% 75% 72% 50% 45 2% 70%  
268

300 Campus Drive
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
(814) 362-7500

0.85 to 1 69% 69% 72% 48% 93 0% 76%  
268

Belknap & Catlin
Superior, Wisconsin 54880-4500
(715) 394-8101

1.64 to 1 26% 89% 72% 35% 98 0% N/A  
268

Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-1400
(435) 797-1000

4.26 to 1 56% 97% 72% 48% 90 1% N/A  
268

316 Washington Ave
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
(304) 243-2000

1.36 to 1 98% 66% 72% 61% 52 3% 70%  
293

79 New Montgomery
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 274-2200

0.22 to 1 6% N/A 71% 32% 16 11% N/A  
293

607 N Kingman
Haviland, Kansas 67059-0288
(620) 862-5252

0.43 to 1 100% 100% 71% 53% 39 5% 90%  
293

200 ACC Drive NE
Wilson, North Carolina 27893-7000
(252) 399-6300

1.64 to 1 100% 44% 71% 48% 59 5% N/A  
293

1910 University Dr
Boise, Idaho 83725
(208) 426-1011

0.94 to 1 22% 85% 71% 28% 73 0% 75%  
293

450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, North Carolina 27506
(800) 334-4111

1.80 to 1 100% 29% 71% 51% 73 2% 79%  
293

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100

0.29 to 1 89% 41% 71% 54% 55 4% N/A  
293

101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, Virginia 24013
(888) 985-8483

1.17 to 1 99% 42% 71% 52% 28 3% 92%  
293

4200 E University Blvd
Middletown, Ohio 45042
(513) 727-3200

0.61 to 1 13% N/A 71% 27% 48 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