Schools Ranked by Retention RatePage 3

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
201

St Bonaventure University

11 to 164%86%66%13%99%7%
202

Saint Joseph's College-New York

11 to 168%86%68%16%82%N/A
203

Saint John Fisher College

12 to 172%86%62%12%96%N/A
204

Appalachian State University

16 to 171%86%66%23%45%4%
205

Cedarville University

13 to 172%86%74%26%88%2%
206

Ohio Northern University

11 to 169%86%69%19%75%3%
207

Franciscan University of Steubenville

14 to 179%86%79%26%89%N/A
208

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 166%86%78%35%62%N/A
209

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

11 to 163%86%84%20%96%3%
210

Juniata College

13 to 173%86%77%14%92%2%
211

Salve Regina University

13 to 172%86%73%12%81%N/A
212

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

13 to 167%86%77%25%62%5%
213

Brigham Young University-Provo

20 to 180%86%48%38%71%1%
214

University of Vermont

15 to 177%86%71%9%77%N/A
215

Virginia Commonwealth University

17 to 162%86%79%27%55%N/A
216

Harding University

16 to 164%85%99%66%87%5%
217

Biola University

15 to 170%85%70%21%91%3%
218

University of La Verne

17 to 164%85%47%9%73%N/A
219

The Master's College and Seminary

10 to 169%85%95%41%82%N/A
220

University of Redlands

14 to 172%85%68%11%81%N/A
221

Savannah College of Art and Design

20 to 167%85%70%21%88%9%
222

University of Iowa

15 to 172%85%81%20%58%N/A
223

Luther College

12 to 177%85%67%16%97%3%
224

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

23 to 167%85%77%32%72%5%
225

Gordon College

13 to 169%85%93%24%98%2%
226

Simmons College

7 to 174%85%58%10%91%N/A
227

University of Detroit Mercy

10 to 163%85%73%12%90%6%
228

Rockhurst University

12 to 171%85%74%12%68%6%
229

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

19 to 179%85%79%17%58%N/A
230

CUNY Queens College

14 to 158%85%40%8%53%5%
231

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

16 to 175%85%52%20%76%N/A
232

University of North Carolina Wilmington

17 to 171%85%61%18%53%N/A
233

John Carroll University

13 to 173%85%82%19%97%4%
234

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

13 to 172%85%82%54%50%N/A
235

Oregon State University

18 to 164%85%78%26%54%N/A
236

Duquesne University

13 to 174%85%76%20%92%3%
237

Lebanon Valley College

11 to 174%85%72%14%94%3%
238

Misericordia University

12 to 172%85%71%22%83%N/A
239

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc

12 to 161%85%63%63%23%N/A
240

Robert Morris University

15 to 158%85%78%13%80%N/A
241

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

17 to 170%85%76%28%75%7%
242

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

18 to 168%85%80%34%43%N/A
243

California Lutheran University

15 to 166%84%62%9%87%3%
244

California State University-Chico

25 to 164%84%63%12%63%7%
245

Laguna College of Art and Design

12 to 166%84%37%21%100%6%
246

Point Loma Nazarene University

15 to 175%84%71%21%82%N/A
247

DePaul University

16 to 173%84%72%13%80%6%
248

Lewis University

13 to 166%84%62%12%81%N/A
249

MCPHS University

16 to 172%84%87%16%87%N/A
250

Wentworth Institute of Technology

15 to 167%84%67%14%86%N/A
251

Grand Valley State University

17 to 167%84%81%24%65%4%
252

Bethel University

12 to 174%84%95%40%89%3%
253

The College of Saint Scholastica

15 to 170%84%61%12%82%N/A
254

Seton Hall University

13 to 163%84%76%10%86%N/A
255

Adelphi University

11 to 167%84%72%9%88%5%
256

Houghton College

12 to 173%84%95%35%97%4%
257

Manhattan College

13 to 172%84%67%11%87%4%
258

Nazareth College

9 to 173%84%76%14%97%4%
259

Drexel University

10 to 168%84%75%9%80%N/A
260

Gannon University

12 to 165%84%76%15%79%6%
261

Augustana University

10 to 175%84%65%25%97%3%
262

Lipscomb University

12 to 155%84%61%20%73%5%
263

Union University

10 to 164%84%69%19%74%N/A
264

The University of Texas at Dallas

23 to 166%84%61%24%65%7%
265

University of California-Merced

18 to 166%84%61%9%88%N/A
266

California State University-Fresno

25 to 158%83%52%18%75%7%
267

University of San Francisco

14 to 171%83%64%8%61%N/A
268

Sacred Heart University

15 to 164%83%59%14%85%N/A
269

Berry College

12 to 164%83%55%13%99%4%
270

Emmaus Bible College

9 to 175%83%35%14%95%N/A
271

Kansas State University

19 to 162%83%95%39%57%6%
272

University of Kentucky

17 to 163%83%89%28%78%6%
273

Assumption College

12 to 173%83%76%12%92%4%
274

Merrimack College

13 to 171%83%79%11%89%4%
275

Martin Luther College

12 to 173%83%78%66%94%N/A
276

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

21 to 167%83%76%48%52%N/A
277

Monmouth University

14 to 167%83%74%14%96%6%
278

Montclair State University

17 to 166%83%70%26%51%5%
279

Canisius College

11 to 170%83%87%14%92%6%
280

CUNY Hunter College

11 to 154%83%39%8%56%5%
281

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

16 to 165%83%50%12%72%N/A
282

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

19 to 153%83%63%21%52%N/A
283

Salem College

11 to 160%83%62%21%95%7%
284

Baldwin Wallace University

13 to 167%83%60%18%84%3%
285

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

10 to 169%83%54%29%68%N/A
286

Cleveland Institute of Art

9 to 168%83%65%23%97%5%
287

Xavier University

11 to 174%83%72%11%92%N/A
288

Geneva College

15 to 164%83%73%20%75%6%
289

Immaculata University

9 to 170%83%79%12%59%6%
290

Marywood University

12 to 170%83%71%16%97%6%
291

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

22 to 168%83%68%26%58%N/A
292

Belmont University

14 to 169%83%80%23%65%3%
293

John A Gupton College

15 to 150%83%77%59%63%13%
294

University of St Thomas

9 to 158%83%78%28%78%N/A
295

Texas Tech University

22 to 160%83%63%22%52%N/A
296

Pacific Lutheran University

11 to 168%83%76%18%96%3%
297

Mountain State College

17 to 192%83%N/AN/A6%18%
298

Grace College of Divinity

6 to 1N/A83%53%50%24%N/A
299

American Medical Academy

6 to 175%83%N/AN/A18%N/A
300

University of Arkansas

19 to 162%82%60%24%58%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