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

Bryan College-Dayton

15 to 162%71%38%43%87%N/A
202

Eastern Kentucky University

17 to 139%71%60%39%43%13%
203

Keystone College

11 to 142%71%72%40%97%10%
204

Lindenwood University

17 to 145%71%66%61%90%4%
205

Malone University

11 to 159%71%72%33%100%6%
206

Rasmussen College-Florida

16 to 128%71%74%52%16%N/A
207

Rosemont College

10 to 146%71%58%19%100%7%
208

Texas Wesleyan University

15 to 141%71%30%27%93%8%
209

University of Mary

17 to 149%71%83%56%100%5%
210

Avila University

14 to 149%70%61%18%99%8%
211

Crown College

17 to 156%70%55%36%95%6%
212

Dallas Baptist University

14 to 155%70%42%44%91%7%
213

Graceland University-Lamoni

15 to 147%70%50%33%100%N/A
214

Lakeland College

15 to 151%70%66%37%98%6%
215

Mercy College

18 to 133%70%57%22%87%6%
216

St Andrews University

12 to 146%70%64%31%97%N/A
217

The University of West Florida

24 to 142%70%48%22%40%N/A
218

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

12 to 154%70%54%38%100%N/A
219

Barton College

11 to 148%69%42%18%100%9%
220

Buena Vista University

10 to 153%69%70%27%98%8%
221

Colorado Christian University

14 to 137%69%98%39%95%6%
222

Dakota State University

18 to 147%69%83%49%58%9%
223

Daniel Webster College

14 to 154%69%60%35%24%8%
224

King University

12 to 152%69%64%35%81%6%
225

Liberty University

18 to 150%69%22%45%80%8%
226

Saint Leo University

15 to 146%69%77%26%93%12%
227

Southern New Hampshire University

26 to 154%69%79%24%70%7%
228

Trinity International University-Illinois

14 to 145%69%94%44%100%N/A
229

University of Great Falls

12 to 130%69%73%17%96%9%
230

University of Minnesota-Crookston

19 to 144%69%69%40%86%N/A
231

University of the Incarnate Word

14 to 140%69%93%28%90%9%
232

Valdosta State University

20 to 140%69%55%55%4%10%
233

Georgia Regents University

14 to 129%68%41%21%7%7%
234

Marian University

11 to 149%68%76%33%99%6%
235

Minot State University

13 to 137%68%57%73%72%7%
236

Mississippi College

15 to 153%68%67%46%97%6%
237

Muskingum University

14 to 148%68%76%27%99%7%
238

Tarleton State University

20 to 143%68%57%46%31%9%
239

University of Hawaii-West Oahu

20 to 125%68%76%43%38%N/A
240

University of Toledo

21 to 145%68%91%34%86%14%
241

Bemidji State University

23 to 148%67%67%35%34%9%
242

Brenau University

12 to 146%67%78%12%96%5%
243

Cedar Crest College

9 to 160%67%59%23%100%7%
244

Franklin Pierce University

12 to 144%67%85%18%88%7%
245

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

18 to 132%67%35%48%76%12%
246

Texas A & M University-Commerce

18 to 145%67%68%33%48%N/A
247

University of Louisiana at Monroe

23 to 140%67%77%50%42%11%
248

Westwood College

22 to 133%67%N/AN/A35%N/A
249

Briar Cliff University

12 to 145%66%N/AN/A97%8%
250

Northwest Missouri State University

23 to 150%66%72%31%90%10%
251

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

7 to 149%66%N/AN/A98%N/A
252

University of Charleston

14 to 146%66%69%30%100%8%
253

West Texas A & M University

19 to 140%66%74%38%36%N/A
254

Charleston Southern University

15 to 136%65%69%26%99%9%
255

Herzing University-Kenosha

16 to 1N/A65%77%67%21%N/A
256

Thomas College

22 to 143%65%72%35%98%9%
257

Tiffin University

18 to 146%65%39%65%61%19%
258

Ursuline College

7 to 150%65%58%40%100%6%
259

Cumberland University

14 to 137%64%47%56%98%8%
260

Indiana State University

20 to 142%64%83%29%72%11%
261

Stevens-Henager College-Murray

20 to 157%64%N/AN/A0%N/A
262

Texas A & M University-Kingsville

20 to 134%64%88%22%65%N/A
263

University of Advancing Technology

24 to 124%64%N/AN/A46%N/A
264

Wilmington University

14 to 139%64%N/AN/A14%8%
265

Central Christian College of Kansas

14 to 150%63%50%39%68%10%
266

Coastal Carolina University

17 to 146%63%74%27%29%11%
267

ECPI University

21 to 137%63%81%52%72%12%
268

Peirce College

15 to 122%63%N/AN/A35%14%
269

Dowling College

15 to 134%62%78%19%90%7%
270

Midland University

8 to 149%62%68%32%99%8%
271

Minnesota School of Business-Richfield

14 to 133%62%N/AN/A56%16%
272

New England College

14 to 140%62%90%8%77%8%
273

Ottawa University-Ottawa

11 to 134%62%99%55%100%N/A
274

Stevens-Henager College-Ogden

14 to 175%62%N/AN/A68%N/A
275

Metropolitan State University

17 to 134%61%100%33%0%7%
276

Westwood College-Anaheim

18 to 146%61%N/AN/A61%N/A
277

Belhaven University

12 to 140%60%48%25%98%6%
278

Granite State College

11 to 19%60%N/AN/A0%10%
279

Notre Dame College

15 to 139%60%90%15%99%N/A
280

Grand Canyon University

21 to 130%59%55%38%95%16%
281

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

17 to 131%59%60%82%87%16%
282

Berkeley College

24 to 131%58%N/AN/A91%N/A
283

Eastern New Mexico University

18 to 129%58%63%46%44%N/A
284

Limestone College

19 to 136%58%53%35%92%13%
285

Montreat College

12 to 142%58%54%29%100%8%
286

University of West Alabama

16 to 132%58%100%83%56%10%
287

Brescia University

14 to 130%57%45%9%97%13%
288

Columbia Southern University

61 to 140%56%N/AN/A18%6%
289

Northwest Christian University

12 to 146%54%70%37%100%4%
290

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

16 to 139%54%N/AN/A78%N/A
291

Columbia College

35 to 141%53%N/AN/A21%13%
292

Baker College of Flint

16 to 111%51%N/AN/A70%N/A
293

Bellevue University

33 to 139%50%N/AN/A50%5%
294

California College San Diego

8 to 1N/A50%N/AN/A77%26%
295

Full Sail University

22 to 178%50%N/AN/A50%20%
296

Jones College-Jacksonville

7 to 124%50%N/AN/A50%15%
297

Westwood College-Los Angeles

15 to 135%50%N/AN/A12%N/A
298

Hodges University

14 to 130%49%83%93%25%14%
299

University of Houston-Victoria

17 to 1N/A48%51%19%90%N/A
300

Franklin University

13 to 115%47%N/AN/A11%12%

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