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.

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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

1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, Wisconsin 53015-1414
(920) 693-1000

0.76 to 1 15% N/A N/A 40% 37 5% 77%  
N/A

419 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
(517) 483-1957

0.12 to 1 7% N/A N/A 9% 50 12% N/A  
N/A

4525 Education Park Dr
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania 18078-2598
(610) 799-2121

0.29 to 1 2% N/A N/A 14% 42 9% 47%  
N/A

231 Highway 58 South
Kinston, North Carolina 28502-0188
(252) 527-6223

0.38 to 1 16% N/A N/A 14% 46 4% N/A  
N/A

900 SE Baker Street
McMinnville, Oregon 97128-6894
(800) 452-4176

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

2255 NW Northrup St
Portland, Oregon 97210-2932
(503) 413-8481

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 10 0% N/A  
N/A

5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77381-4399
(832) 813-6500

N/A 7% N/A N/A 12% 38 0% N/A  
N/A

2048 Johnson Hwy
Eunice, Louisiana 70535
(337) 457-7311

N/A 9% N/A N/A 7% 47 0% N/A  
N/A

100 College Station Dr
Macon, Georgia 31206-5145
(478) 471-2700

N/A 3% 47% N/A 11% 44 12% N/A  
N/A

1701 Wright St
Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
(608) 246-6100

0.26 to 1 11% N/A N/A 22% 45 4% 38%  
N/A

1066 Front St
Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-8518
(603) 206-8000

0.35 to 1 0% N/A N/A 20% 12 8% N/A  
N/A

700 Fox Chase Rd
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania 19046-3399
(215) 885-2360

N/A 30% 49% N/A 40% 47 6% N/A  
N/A

3700 S Center St
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
(641) 752-7106

N/A 35% N/A N/A 27% 48 13% N/A  
N/A

One Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, Massachusetts 02302-3996
(508) 588-9100

0.31 to 1 6% N/A N/A 14% 43 12% N/A  
N/A

8900 US Hwy 14
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012-2761
(815) 455-3700

0.33 to 1 8% N/A N/A 27% 38 14% N/A  
N/A

1400 College Dr
Waco, Texas 76708
(254) 299-8622

N/A 21% N/A N/A 14% 46 11% N/A  
N/A

18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, New York 14214-2695
(716) 880-2000

0.41 to 1 98% 60% N/A 46% 63 6% N/A  
N/A

928 Sixth Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239
(515) 643-3180

0.77 to 1 28% 84% N/A 50% 15 4% N/A  
N/A

7020 Professional Pkwy E
Sarasota, Florida 34240
(941) 377-4880

N/A 5% N/A N/A 82% 31 14% N/A  
N/A

1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, Arizona 85202
(480) 461-7000

N/A 23% N/A N/A 13% 47 13% N/A  
N/A

300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
(305) 237-8888

0.38 to 1 24% N/A N/A 31% 49 10% N/A  
N/A

3500 SW 119th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73170-9797
(405) 691-3800

N/A 65% N/A N/A 27% 29 7% N/A  
N/A

1101 Halligan Drive
North Platte, Nebraska 69101
(800) 658-4308

0.27 to 1 78% N/A N/A 36% 49 13% N/A  
N/A

1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
(615) 898-2300

N/A 23% 67% N/A 45% 86 8% N/A  
N/A

3600 N Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4500

0.99 to 1 10% N/A N/A 12% 39 8% N/A  
N/A

411 W Northmoor Road
Peoria, Illinois 61614-3595
(309) 692-4092

N/A 0% 90% N/A 43% 32 16% 82%  
N/A

1291 Hargett Street
Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540-5901
(910) 478-4300

N/A 1% N/A N/A 0% 4 0% N/A  
N/A

8085 Rivers Ave-Ste E
Charleston, South Carolina 29418
(843) 574-0101

N/A 9% N/A N/A 45% 14 0% 82%  
N/A

1250 Homer Rd
Winona, Minnesota 55987
(507) 453-2700

0.58 to 1 0% N/A N/A 36% 19 0% N/A  
N/A

1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
(218) 736-1500

0.73 to 1 6% N/A N/A 32% 54 7% N/A  
N/A

1971 Jagerson Ave
Kingman, Arizona 86409-1238
(928) 757-4331

0.24 to 1 3% N/A N/A 33% 33 16% N/A  
N/A

1101 Sherman Dr
Utica, New York 13501-5394
(315) 792-5400

0.39 to 1 0% N/A N/A 23% 54 0% N/A  
N/A

2800 College Dr
Sidney, Michigan 48885-9723
(989) 328-2111

0.33 to 1 8% N/A N/A 11% 40 6% N/A  
N/A

980 Fremont St
Monterey, California 93940-4799
(831) 646-4000

0.75 to 1 3% N/A N/A 21% 62 12% N/A  
N/A

51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(240) 567-5000

0.53 to 1 16% N/A N/A 17% 46 7% N/A  
N/A

1011 Page St
Troy, North Carolina 27371
(910) 576-6222

0.90 to 1 10% N/A N/A 38% 36 0% N/A  
N/A

235 N National Avenue
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940
(920) 924-3207

0.92 to 1 5% N/A N/A 37% 39 3% 89%  
N/A

101 E Huntington Dr
Monrovia, California 91016
(626) 873-2144

N/A 44% 98% N/A 27% 18 0% 100%  
N/A

120 White Bridge Rd
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-4515
(615) 353-3333

0.51 to 1 2% N/A N/A 10% 42 13% 87%  
N/A

2376 Sir Barton Way
Lexington, Kentucky 40509
(859) 253-0621

N/A 3% N/A N/A 33% 11 0% N/A  
N/A

10000 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, Maryland 20903-1706
(301) 431-6400

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 10 0% N/A  
N/A

1408 Division Road
East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818-1205
(401) 739-5000

0.68 to 1 54% N/A N/A 48% 9 2% N/A  
N/A

5251 College Drive
Dublin, Virginia 24084-1127
(540) 674-3600

0.33 to 1 12% N/A N/A 25% 42 12% N/A  
N/A

941 W 3rd St
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701-5894
(570) 326-2869

N/A 29% N/A N/A 80% 59 0% N/A  
N/A

31 College Drive
Concord, New Hampshire 03301-7412
(603) 271-6484

N/A 0% N/A N/A 23% 13 0% 60%  
N/A

2441 Kenwood Circle
Mansfield, Ohio 44901-0698
(419) 755-4800

N/A 9% N/A N/A 13% 38 7% 94%  
N/A

800 N 6th St
Wahpeton, North Dakota 58076-0002
(701) 671-2403

0.55 to 1 24% N/A N/A 51% 43 4% 99%  
N/A

3225 W Foster Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4895
(773) 244-6200

N/A 96% 42% N/A 56% 88 6% 60%  
N/A

3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020-7599
(610) 861-5300

0.21 to 1 4% N/A N/A 20% 44 11% 44%  
N/A

10000 E. University Dr
Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314
(888) 327-2877

0.10 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 1 0% N/A  
N/A

4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
(703) 323-3000

N/A 15% N/A N/A 22% 46 7% N/A  
N/A

1101 Hwy One East
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
(218) 683-8800

1.18 to 1 0% N/A N/A 29% 38 5% 88%  
N/A

100 College Blvd
Niceville, Florida 32578-1295
(850) 678-5111

0.44 to 1 7% N/A N/A 44% 47 9% 90%  
N/A

4975 Hwy 51 N
Senatobia, Mississippi 38668-1714
(662) 562-3200

N/A 28% N/A N/A 20% 61 9% N/A  
N/A

3535 N. Ellison Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78251
(210) 486-4000

0.20 to 1 3% N/A N/A 14% 13 10% N/A  
N/A

4829 North Lipps Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60630
(773) 777-4220

N/A 41% 93% N/A 31% 17 2% N/A  
N/A

188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, Connecticut 6854
(203) 857-7060

0.32 to 1 26% N/A N/A 8% 41 18% N/A  
N/A

1600 E Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-1268
(847) 635-1600

N/A 19% N/A N/A 13% 38 8% N/A  
N/A

490 Piya Wiconi Road
Kyle, South Dakota 57752-0490
(605) 455-6000

N/A 81% N/A N/A 12% 31 0% N/A  
N/A

1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, Ohio 43113-9487
(740) 474-8896

N/A 67% 72% N/A 40% 38 7% N/A  
N/A

1804 Liberty Ave
Ironton, Ohio 45638
(740) 533-4600

N/A 27% N/A N/A 25% 58 0% N/A  
N/A

7777 S May Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159-9987
(405) 682-1611

0.24 to 1 34% N/A N/A 11% 37 10% 40%  
N/A

1801 E 4th St
Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447-3901
(918) 293-4678

N/A 52% N/A N/A 25% 39 0% 95%  
N/A

One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914-2271
(815) 939-5011

N/A 99% 79% N/A 57% 58 1% N/A  
N/A

4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, New York 13215-4585
(315) 498-2622

0.36 to 1 7% N/A N/A 18% 42 13% N/A  
N/A

7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171
(918) 495-6161

1.53 to 1 99% 59% N/A 51% 43 4% N/A  
N/A

3250 Saint Matthews Rd
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118-8299
(803) 536-0311

0.85 to 1 0% N/A N/A 13% 44 0% 91%  
N/A

287 Quarter Master Court
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
(812) 280-7271

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 12 0% N/A  
N/A

4370 W. 109th Street Suite 200
Overland Park, Kansas 66211
(913) 451-1431

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 40 0% N/A  
N/A

245 South Executive Drive, Suite 110
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005
(262) 879-0200

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 22 0% N/A  
N/A

1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
(785) 242-5200

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 100 0% N/A  
N/A

10020 North 25th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 371-1188

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 37 0% N/A  
N/A

30335 Oregon Rd
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
(567) 661-7000

0.14 to 1 13% N/A N/A 6% 38 0% 33%  
N/A

55 Eureka Street
Pasadena, California 91103
(626) 529-8500

0.28 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 55 2% N/A  
N/A

4200 Congress Ave
Lake Worth, Florida 33461-4796
(561) 967-7222

0.24 to 1 8% N/A N/A 35% 72 11% N/A  
N/A

1400 W Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, Texas 78224-2499
(210) 486-3000

0.71 to 1 0% N/A N/A 9% 27 14% N/A  
N/A

5049 Hwy 306 South
Grantsboro, North Carolina 28529
(252) 249-1851

1.50 to 1 6% N/A N/A 75% 37 0% N/A  
N/A

2400 W Bradley Ave
Champaign, Illinois 61821-1899
(217) 351-2200

0.50 to 1 9% N/A N/A 17% 42 10% N/A  
N/A

One College Blvd
Paterson, New Jersey 07505-1179
(973) 684-6800

0.28 to 1 9% N/A N/A 8% 36 7% N/A  
N/A

1420 Pine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-4699
(888) 467-3472

0.33 to 1 33% N/A N/A 45% 43 7% N/A  
N/A

Mount Braddock Road
Mount Braddock, Pennsylvania 15465
(724) 437-4600

N/A 38% N/A N/A 63% 61 0% N/A  
N/A

1000 College Blvd
Pensacola, Florida 32504-8998
(850) 484-1000

0.42 to 1 21% N/A N/A 31% 58 9% N/A  
N/A

600 Hoyt Street
Peru, Nebraska 68421-0010
(402) 872-3815

0.76 to 1 72% N/A N/A 35% 99 8% N/A  
N/A

1202 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(602) 264-2492

0.29 to 1 17% N/A N/A 17% 86 15% N/A  
N/A

1715 College Dr
Roxboro, North Carolina 27573
(336) 599-1181

N/A 14% N/A N/A 43% 37 0% N/A  
N/A

5675 S Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498
(719) 502-2000

N/A 0% N/A N/A 14% 39 12% N/A  
N/A

12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97219-7132
(503) 244-6111

N/A 0% N/A N/A 13% 44 9% N/A  
N/A

FM 1098 Road & University Drive
Prairie View, Texas 77446
(936) 261-3311

4.62 to 1 21% 39% N/A 36% 80 0% 50%  
N/A

303 Lowe Street
Valdez, Alaska 99686-0097
(907) 834-1600

0.15 to 1 12% N/A N/A 4% 25 0% N/A  
N/A

670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01606-2092
(508) 853-2300

0.31 to 1 11% N/A N/A 14% 47 8% N/A  
N/A

12745 College Drive
Glenns, Virginia 23149-2616
(804) 758-6700

N/A 22% N/A N/A 22% 41 0% N/A  
N/A

118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, New Jersey 8876
(908) 526-1200

0.33 to 1 3% N/A N/A 20% 42 11% N/A  
N/A

226 Park Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713
(320) 251-5600

N/A 16% 88% N/A 36% 35 0% N/A  
N/A

13300 W Sixth Ave
Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255
(303) 914-6600

0.22 to 1 2% N/A N/A 24% 39 14% N/A  
N/A

500 International Parkway
Heathrow, Florida 33612-5627
(877) 253-7152

N/A 0% 62% N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

2525 E. Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64132-1199
(816) 995-2800

8.67 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 11 0% 95%  
N/A

1042 W Hamlet Ave
Hamlet, North Carolina 28345-1189
(910) 410-1700

N/A 4% N/A N/A 21% 45 0% N/A  
N/A

2323 W 14th St
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 517-8000

N/A 4% N/A N/A 16% 33 0% N/A  
N/A

5160 Fayetteville Rd
Lumberton, North Carolina 28360
(910) 272-3700

0.63 to 1 1% N/A N/A 17% 39 0% N/A  
N/A

11 Sunset Way
Henderson, Nevada 89014
(702) 990-4433

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 6 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