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.

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

1333 Jake Alexander Blvd
Salisbury, North Carolina 28146-1595
(704) 216-3602

N/A 13% N/A N/A 34% 44 0% N/A  
N/A

3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, California 95822-1386
(916) 558-2111

N/A 0% N/A N/A 19% 62 7% N/A  
N/A

5658 E State St
Rockford, Illinois 61108-2468
(815) 395-5091

4.00 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 20 0% 85%  
N/A

2735 Bardstown Road
Saint Catharine, Kentucky 40061
(859) 336-5082

2.50 to 1 90% N/A N/A 31% 57 0% N/A  
N/A

511 NE Greenleaf St
Peoria, Illinois 61603-3783
(309) 655-2201

1.30 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 23 0% N/A  
N/A

5001 Saint Johns Ave
Palatka, Florida 32177
(386) 312-4200

0.72 to 1 22% N/A N/A 36% 51 0% N/A  
N/A

1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, Texas 78212-4299
(210) 486-0000

0.69 to 1 1% N/A N/A 5% 62 12% N/A  
N/A

701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, California 92410-2798
(909) 384-4400

0.88 to 1 1% N/A N/A 14% 62 12% N/A  
N/A

720 Heber Ave
Calexico, California 92231
(760) 768-5500

N/A N/A 44% N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

8060 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, Texas 77501-2007
(281) 998-6150

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

8400 W Mineral King Ave
Visalia, California 93291-9283
(559) 651-2500

N/A 4% N/A N/A 53% 19 0% N/A  
N/A

3395 Airport Rd
Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374
(910) 692-6185

0.55 to 1 12% N/A N/A 20% 46 4% N/A  
N/A

5300 California Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93309
(661) 835-1100

N/A 24% N/A N/A 65% 29 0% N/A  
N/A

721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, California 93109-2394
(805) 965-0581

0.49 to 1 5% N/A N/A 35% 62 10% N/A  
N/A

1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395
(707) 527-4011

0.31 to 1 11% N/A N/A 34% 62 10% N/A  
N/A

173 Illinois Rt 2
Dixon, Illinois 61021-9112
(815) 288-5511

0.43 to 1 16% N/A N/A 31% 42 19% N/A  
N/A

78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, New York 12305
(518) 381-1200

N/A 4% N/A N/A 17% 40 9% N/A  
N/A

8560 Ulmerton Road
Largo, Florida 33771
(727) 736-5082

0.03 to 1 0% N/A N/A 32% 31 9% 80%  
N/A

9600 College Way North
Seattle, Washington 98103-3599
(206) 934-3600

0.41 to 1 9% N/A N/A 21% 41 0% N/A  
N/A

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, Washington 98133-5696
(206) 546-4101

0.60 to 1 11% N/A N/A 27% 48 4% N/A  
N/A

444 W. Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
(937) 512-3000

N/A 12% N/A N/A 11% 44 10% N/A  
N/A

7700 W Palmer Ln Bldg A Ste A100
Austin, Texas 78729
(512) 516-8800

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

4743 Richmond Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44128
(855) 398-9280

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

709 Mall Blvd
Savannah, Georgia 31406
(912) 201-8000

N/A 23% 63% N/A 25% 29 0% N/A  
N/A

301south 68th Street Place
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-2449
(402) 471-3333

N/A 36% N/A N/A 23% 31 0% N/A  
N/A

3575 College Road
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
(618) 252-5400

N/A 32% N/A N/A 32% 38 33% N/A  
N/A

6415 Spellman Road
Camden, Arkansas 71701-1906
(870) 574-4500

0.38 to 1 15% N/A N/A 47% 34 11% N/A  
N/A

1685 Medical Lane
Fort Myers, Florida 33907-1108
(239) 939-4766

N/A 48% N/A N/A 37% 30 10% N/A  
N/A

737 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 333-5000

N/A 5% 100% N/A 5% 14 0% N/A  
N/A

1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420-2193
(541) 888-2525

N/A 50% N/A N/A 22% 48 14% N/A  
N/A

1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
(509) 533-8020

1.39 to 1 16% N/A N/A 22% 47 9% 55%  
N/A

3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane, Washington 99224-5288
(509) 533-3500

0.43 to 1 10% N/A N/A 23% 47 9% N/A  
N/A

1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702-2694
(217) 525-1420

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

729 E. Carpenter St
Springfield, Illinois 62702
(217) 525-5628

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 19 0% N/A  
N/A

2720 Stone Park Blvd
Sioux City, Iowa 51104-0263
(712) 279-3149

N/A 50% 43% N/A 100% 13 6% N/A  
N/A

1801 Martin Luther King Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78203-2098
(210) 486-2000

0.77 to 1 0% N/A N/A 4% 63 0% N/A  
N/A

6021 142nd Ave N
Clearwater, Florida 33760-2822
(727) 341-4772

0.23 to 1 22% N/A N/A 31% 83 11% N/A  
N/A

141 College Drive
Albemarle, North Carolina 28001
(704) 982-0121

1.00 to 1 13% N/A N/A 30% 35 100% N/A  
N/A

383 W Vine St
Murray, Utah 84123-5671
(801) 281-7620

N/A 0% N/A N/A 55% 12 0% N/A  
N/A

2121 15th Street N
Arlington, Virginia 22207
(703) 892-5100

N/A 0% N/A N/A 53% 33 0% N/A  
N/A

533 College Rd
Selden, New York 11784-2899
(631) 451-4110

N/A 1% N/A N/A 19% 48 10% N/A  
N/A

3101 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40205-3013
(502) 456-6504

0.81 to 1 56% N/A N/A 51% 35 15% 60%  
N/A

One Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-4391
(518) 587-2100

0.17 to 1 4% 80% N/A 31% 40 6% N/A  
N/A

630 S. Main St.
Dobson, North Carolina 27017-8432
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0.50 to 1 15% N/A N/A 19% 45 0% N/A  
N/A

29 Emmons Park Drive
Taft, California 93268
(661) 763-7700

0.69 to 1 22% N/A N/A 21% 62 0% N/A  
N/A

444 Appleyard Dr
Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
(850) 201-6200

0.27 to 1 10% N/A N/A 33% 45 17% N/A  
N/A

1500 Houston St
Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6524
(817) 515-5100

0.53 to 1 11% N/A N/A 9% 45 10% N/A  
N/A

5190 SE 125th Street
Belleview, Florida 34420
(352) 245-4119

N/A 0% N/A N/A 94% 8 0% N/A  
N/A

1815 Union Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
(423) 493-4100

N/A 67% 54% N/A 25% 14 9% N/A  
N/A

805 Rudder Tower
College Station, Texas 77843-1244
(979) 845-3211

22.71 to 1 52% 63% 92% 81% 88 5% N/A  
N/A

7101 University Ave.
Texarkana, Texas 75503
(903) 223-3000

N/A 96% 35% N/A 0% 35 0% N/A  
N/A

8441 State Hwy 47, Clinical Building 1 - Suite 3100
Bryan, Texas 77807
(979) 436-9100

1.16 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 15 0% N/A  
N/A

3601 4th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79430
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N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 10 1% N/A  
N/A

2233 W Dunlap Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-2859
(602) 678-4300

N/A 54% 97% N/A 42% 9 0% N/A  
N/A

1400 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-4332
(877) 872-8869

N/A 79% 76% N/A 11% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

1820 N Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, Virginia 22209-1802
(703) 358-9550

N/A 55% 67% N/A 26% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

2139 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219-2989
(513) 585-2401

1.56 to 1 68% 48% N/A 69% 5 0% N/A  
N/A

14271 Story Rd
San Jose, California 95127-3823
(408) 254-6900

N/A 74% N/A N/A 33% 12 0% 90%  
N/A

66 W 12th Street
New York, New York 10011-8603
(212) 229-5600

N/A 89% 65% N/A 64% 54 0% N/A  
N/A

301 University Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77555-0129
(409) 772-1011

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 41 0% N/A  
N/A

101 W State St
Trenton, New Jersey 08608-1176
(609) 984-1100

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 37 0% N/A  
N/A

1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 955-6000

N/A N/A N/A N/A 86% 38 1% N/A  
N/A

99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666
(757) 825-2700

N/A 2% N/A N/A 14% 44 9% N/A  
N/A

1501 Millpond Rd
Thomasville, Georgia 31792
() -

25.50 to 1 58% 66% N/A 14% 30 9% N/A  
N/A

574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, Connecticut 6360
(860) 886-0177

0.32 to 1 18% N/A N/A 11% 41 5% N/A  
N/A

170 North St
Dryden, New York 13053-0139
(607) 844-8211

0.24 to 1 5% N/A N/A 25% 41 12% 65%  
N/A

7000 Rivers Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
(843) 574-6111

0.60 to 1 1% N/A N/A 8% 13 6% N/A  
N/A

5757 Plaza Drive, Suite 100
Cypress, California 90630-5041
(800) 375-9878

N/A 0% N/A N/A 11% 9 0% N/A  
N/A

100 Cardinal Drive
Athens, Texas 75751
(903) 675-6200

1.18 to 1 29% N/A N/A 21% 62 11% N/A  
N/A

125 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017-1094
(202) 884-9050

N/A 99% 76% N/A 30% 93 0% 95%  
N/A

830 Bay Boulevard
Chula Vista, California 91911
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N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 5 11% N/A  
N/A

4670 Auto Mall Pkwy
Fremont, California 94538
(510) 249-1060

N/A 0% N/A N/A 74% 5 0% N/A  
N/A

2625 W Baseline Rd
Tempe, Arizona 85283
(602) 383-8228

1.07 to 1 48% 78% N/A 32% 22 0% 90%  
N/A

9555 Plainfield Rd
Blue Ash, Ohio 45236-1096
(513) 745-5600

N/A 29% N/A N/A 21% 45 0% N/A  
N/A

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
(719) 255-3000

N/A 35% 60% N/A 47% 44 4% N/A  
N/A

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, Texas 77058-1098
(281) 283-7600

1.04 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 38 0% N/A  
N/A

601 E John Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820-5711
(217) 333-1000

2.3 to 1 40% 68% 93% 82% 99 3% N/A  
N/A

1950 Third St
La Verne, California 91750-4401
(909) 593-3511

0.51 to 1 95% 59% 86% 58% 57 5% N/A  
N/A

620 West Lexington St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1627
(410) 706-3100

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 93 0% N/A  
N/A

3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, Maryland 20783-8010
(301) 985-7000

0.09 to 1 9% N/A N/A 4% 68 0% N/A  
N/A

100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0213
(612) 625-5000

3.39 to 1 59% 47% 90% 70% 99 3% N/A  
N/A

987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-7815
(402) 559-4000

4.89 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 101 1% N/A  
N/A

14th and R StLincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588
(402) 472-7211

3.87 to 1 57% 59% 84% 67% 99 4% N/A  
N/A

103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
(919) 962-2211

6.25 to 1 46% 34% 97% 89% 112 1% N/A  
N/A

1441 N Cable Rd
Lima, Ohio 45805
(419) 227-3141

2.74 to 1 26% N/A N/A 62% 27 5% N/A  
N/A

3157 E. Elwood Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034-7209
(866) 766-0766

0.01 to 1 5% N/A N/A 19% 15 0% N/A  
N/A

2701 Spring St
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808-3994
(260) 399-7700

1.06 to 1 99% 51% N/A 51% 57 0% N/A  
N/A

800 Linden Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510-4629
(570) 941-7400

1.75 to 1 91% 72% 88% 77% 85 3% N/A  
N/A

8350 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34243-2049
(941) 359-4200

0.89 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 3 0% N/A  
N/A

287 Aikens Ctr Edwin Miller Blvd
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404-6203
(304) 263-0979

2.00 to 1 19% N/A N/A 67% 18 0% N/A  
N/A

200 Community College Road
Henderson, North Carolina 27536
(252) 492-2061

0.67 to 1 23% N/A N/A 28% 37 0% 63%  
N/A

5537 NW Expressway
Warr Acres, Oklahoma 73132
(405) 234-3600

0.71 to 1 45% N/A N/A 58% 17 0% N/A  
N/A

4343 S. 118th E. Ave, Suite A
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146
(918) 835-8288

0.91 to 1 30% N/A N/A 49% 16 0% N/A  
N/A

488 Palisades Blvd.
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
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N/A 4% N/A N/A 67% 24 0% 94%  
N/A

100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 900
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
(800) 925-3368

0.11 to 1 100% N/A N/A 0% 24 2% N/A  
N/A

3838 Livernois
Troy, Michigan 48083-5066
(248) 689-8282

0.11 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 39 0% 85%  
N/A

800 Main Street
Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072-4601
(262) 691-5566

0.28 to 1 14% N/A N/A 31% 39 5% N/A  
N/A

3000 Wayne Memorial Dr
Goldsboro, North Carolina 27534-8002
(919) 735-5151

0.70 to 1 2% N/A N/A 14% 44 9% N/A  
N/A

1477 S Manchester Ave
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 782-1700

N/A 3% 51% N/A 0% 3 0% N/A  
N/A

300 Cherry Lane
Coalinga, California 93210
(559) 934-2000

N/A 14% N/A N/A 20% 62 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