Schools Ranked by Retention RatePage 4

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
301

University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus

21 to 116%46%N/AN/A28%N/A
302

Missouri Valley College

14 to 125%44%22%86%99%10%
303

Navajo Technical University

14 to 143%44%N/AN/A1%0%
304

Herzing University-Madison

15 to 136%43%81%68%26%N/A
305

College America-Denver

12 to 134%42%N/AN/A76%N/A
306

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

11 to 122%41%N/AN/A3%N/A
307

City University of Seattle

7 to 10%40%N/AN/A0%5%
308

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

19 to 120%40%N/AN/A26%20%
309

Post University

23 to 136%39%83%42%41%14%
310

University of Maryland-University College

17 to 13%36%N/AN/A11%N/A
311

University of Phoenix-Online Campus

38 to 120%35%N/AN/A19%N/A
312

Brown College-Mendota Heights

6 to 150%33%N/AN/A0%N/A
313

Trident University International

18 to 158%33%N/AN/A0%3%
314

Globe University-Woodbury

12 to 135%30%N/AN/A54%22%
315

California College San Diego

11 to 158%27%N/AN/A97%26%
316

Virginia College-Birmingham

11 to 157%27%N/AN/A7%22%
317

AIB College of Business

20 to 161%N/A69%63%93%N/A
318

American National University

11 to 127%N/AN/AN/A11%9%
319

Brandman University

14 to 1N/AN/A100%71%N/A4%
320

Broadview University-West Jordan

10 to 158%N/AN/AN/A57%22%
321

Broward College

24 to 132%N/AN/AN/A21%12%
322

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

9 to 169%N/A31%91%20%1%
323

Florida State College at Jacksonville

24 to 135%N/AN/AN/A14%18%
324

New England Institute of Technology

13 to 151%N/AN/AN/A45%2%
325

Sullivan University

19 to 141%N/AN/AN/A76%20%

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