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.

  1. RankSchoolStudent to
    Faculty Ratio
    Graduation
    Rate
    Retention
    Rate
    Acceptance
    Rate
    Enrollment
    Rate
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    Default
    Rate
  2. Rank
    301
    School

    University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    21 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    16%
    Retention
    Rate
    46%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    28%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  3. Rank
    302
    School

    Missouri Valley College

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    14 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    25%
    Retention
    Rate
    44%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    22%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    86%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    99%
    Default
    Rate
    10%
  4. Rank
    303
    School

    Navajo Technical University

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    14 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    43%
    Retention
    Rate
    44%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    1%
    Default
    Rate
    0%
  5. Rank
    304
    School

    Herzing University-Madison

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    15 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    36%
    Retention
    Rate
    43%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    81%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    68%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    26%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  6. Rank
    305
    School

    College America-Denver

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    12 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    34%
    Retention
    Rate
    42%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    76%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  7. Rank
    306
    School

    Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    11 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    22%
    Retention
    Rate
    41%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    3%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  8. Rank
    307
    School

    City University of Seattle

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    7 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    0%
    Retention
    Rate
    40%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    0%
    Default
    Rate
    5%
  9. Rank
    308
    School

    Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    19 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    20%
    Retention
    Rate
    40%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    26%
    Default
    Rate
    20%
  10. Rank
    309
    School

    Post University

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    23 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    36%
    Retention
    Rate
    39%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    83%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    42%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    41%
    Default
    Rate
    14%
  11. Rank
    310
    School

    University of Maryland-University College

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    17 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    3%
    Retention
    Rate
    36%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    11%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  12. Rank
    311
    School

    University of Phoenix-Online Campus

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    38 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    20%
    Retention
    Rate
    35%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    19%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  13. Rank
    312
    School

    Brown College-Mendota Heights

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    6 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    50%
    Retention
    Rate
    33%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    0%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  14. Rank
    313
    School

    Trident University International

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    18 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    58%
    Retention
    Rate
    33%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    0%
    Default
    Rate
    3%
  15. Rank
    314
    School

    Globe University-Woodbury

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    12 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    35%
    Retention
    Rate
    30%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    54%
    Default
    Rate
    22%
  16. Rank
    315
    School

    California College San Diego

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    11 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    58%
    Retention
    Rate
    27%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    97%
    Default
    Rate
    26%
  17. Rank
    316
    School

    Virginia College-Birmingham

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    11 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    57%
    Retention
    Rate
    27%
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    7%
    Default
    Rate
    22%
  18. Rank
    317
    School

    AIB College of Business

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    20 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    61%
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    69%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    63%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    93%
    Default
    Rate
    N/A
  19. Rank
    318
    School

    American National University

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    11 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    27%
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    11%
    Default
    Rate
    9%
  20. Rank
    319
    School

    Brandman University

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    14 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    N/A
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    71%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    N/A
    Default
    Rate
    4%
  21. Rank
    320
    School

    Broadview University-West Jordan

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    10 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    58%
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    57%
    Default
    Rate
    22%
  22. Rank
    321
    School

    Broward College

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    24 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    32%
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    21%
    Default
    Rate
    12%
  23. Rank
    322
    School

    Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    9 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    69%
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    31%
    Enrollment
    Rate
    91%
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    20%
    Default
    Rate
    1%
  24. Rank
    323
    School

    Florida State College at Jacksonville

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    24 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    35%
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    14%
    Default
    Rate
    18%
  25. Rank
    324
    School

    New England Institute of Technology

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    13 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    51%
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    45%
    Default
    Rate
    2%
  26. Rank
    325
    School

    Sullivan University

    St to Faculty
    Ratio
    19 to 1
    Graduation
    Rate
    48%
    Retention
    Rate
    N/A
    Acceptance
    Rate
    N/A
    Enrollment
    Rate
    N/A
    Institutional
    Aid Rate
    76%
    Default
    Rate
    24%

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