Schools Ranked by Retention RatePage 5

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
401

Lancaster Bible College

14 to 173%79%68%42%90%N/A
402

Abilene Christian University

15 to 161%79%50%10%94%9%
403

Champlain College

14 to 158%79%66%10%73%N/A
404

Central Washington University

20 to 152%79%82%34%56%7%
405

West Virginia University

20 to 157%79%86%31%64%9%
406

International Baptist College and Seminary

4 to 160%79%N/AN/A91%2%
407

Vanguard University of Southern California

15 to 156%78%68%25%81%N/A
408

Bethel College-Indiana

12 to 164%78%66%14%84%9%
409

Goshen College

10 to 166%78%66%22%90%4%
410

Buena Vista University

9 to 151%78%68%16%85%7%
411

Central College

12 to 167%78%64%10%94%4%
412

Mount Mercy University

14 to 165%78%61%21%86%4%
413

North Central Kansas Technical College

10 to 179%78%N/AN/A57%14%
414

Midway University

15 to 156%78%46%18%86%N/A
415

Northwood University-Michigan

14 to 157%78%69%16%83%N/A
416

Webster University

13 to 162%78%56%21%79%N/A
417

Monroe College

18 to 153%78%45%28%92%10%
418

Roberts Wesleyan College

13 to 162%78%66%18%79%6%
419

The Sage Colleges

12 to 160%78%54%11%90%N/A
420

SUNY College at Cortland

16 to 173%78%51%11%61%N/A
421

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

18 to 154%78%94%48%56%3%
422

The University of Findlay

16 to 156%78%76%23%92%N/A
423

Walsh University

13 to 160%78%80%30%85%N/A
424

Oregon Institute of Technology

19 to 146%78%57%23%47%N/A
425

DeSales University

13 to 170%78%78%16%79%4%
426

La Salle University

12 to 163%78%75%13%85%4%
427

Widener University-Main Campus

12 to 157%78%68%16%81%N/A
428

Washington State University

15 to 164%78%80%24%61%N/A
429

Viterbo University

11 to 151%78%66%20%85%N/A
430

Milligan College

9 to 163%78%65%31%87%5%
431

Stetson University

13 to 164%77%63%9%98%5%
432

Northwest Nazarene University

15 to 149%77%56%17%80%N/A
433

Olivet Nazarene University

14 to 161%77%77%18%89%N/A
434

University of Illinois at Springfield

14 to 148%77%63%18%65%N/A
435

Baker University

12 to 160%77%82%21%73%6%
436

Loyola University New Orleans

12 to 166%77%90%19%92%5%
437

University of Minnesota-Morris

12 to 165%77%60%11%74%6%
438

Rivier University

18 to 143%77%57%11%60%N/A
439

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

17 to 156%77%59%26%55%N/A
440

Pacific University

11 to 171%77%79%16%93%3%
441

California University of Pennsylvania

21 to 150%77%85%26%62%8%
442

Carlow University

11 to 150%77%81%24%87%5%
443

Wilkes University

15 to 159%77%82%18%84%N/A
444

University of South Dakota

17 to 152%77%74%31%54%N/A
445

University of Memphis

14 to 145%77%40%13%76%N/A
446

Trevecca Nazarene University

17 to 151%77%73%31%77%6%
447

Shenandoah University

10 to 155%77%82%22%59%7%
448

Maranatha Baptist University

13 to 144%77%69%55%65%N/A
449

University of Wyoming

14 to 155%77%96%36%71%N/A
450

California Baptist University

18 to 160%76%65%26%85%8%
451

The Baptist College of Florida

11 to 151%76%52%29%97%N/A
452

University of St Francis

11 to 165%76%51%13%86%N/A
453

Clarke University

9 to 157%76%72%14%91%6%
454

Frostburg State University

16 to 151%76%63%24%56%10%
455

Concordia University-Nebraska

14 to 159%76%78%25%73%4%
456

Plymouth State University

17 to 158%76%74%20%61%5%
457

Pamlico Community College

9 to 172%76%N/AN/A39%N/A
458

Alvernia University

12 to 151%76%74%24%87%8%
459

Chatham University

10 to 156%76%55%14%64%3%
460

Columbia College

13 to 150%76%89%36%81%9%
461

South Dakota State University

17 to 154%76%92%44%58%5%
462

Texas Woman's University

18 to 141%76%86%24%67%8%
463

Concordia University-Wisconsin

12 to 158%76%67%21%75%6%
464

University of Wisconsin-Stout

20 to 157%76%93%49%44%N/A
465

Hobe Sound Bible College

12 to 156%75%N/AN/A55%11%
466

Eastern Illinois University

15 to 158%75%50%13%73%6%
467

North Park University

11 to 152%75%49%9%89%8%
468

Anderson University

11 to 154%75%60%16%89%5%
469

Northwest Iowa Community College

12 to 156%75%N/AN/A30%11%
470

University of Saint Mary

8 to 141%75%49%14%63%N/A
471

University of New England

13 to 165%75%85%14%80%N/A
472

Mount St Mary's University

12 to 169%75%67%8%95%4%
473

McDaniel College

11 to 170%75%80%15%98%4%
474

William Woods University

11 to 152%75%73%21%90%N/A
475

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

12 to 149%75%24%21%73%6%
476

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

16 to 143%75%54%16%65%13%
477

University of Mary

13 to 160%75%96%46%86%N/A
478

Minot State University

12 to 143%75%57%41%59%N/A
479

Ashland University

14 to 158%75%77%19%59%5%
480

Liberty University

18 to 147%75%22%10%84%N/A
481

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

23 to 146%75%85%37%47%N/A
482

Wisconsin Lutheran College

12 to 162%75%92%38%89%N/A
483

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

22 to 154%75%94%46%47%N/A
484

Northern Arizona University

18 to 152%74%77%17%64%9%
485

Simpson University

9 to 149%74%52%14%94%6%
486

Chaminade University of Honolulu

11 to 147%74%82%28%81%9%
487

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

6 to 150%74%59%26%83%N/A
488

Morningside College

13 to 155%74%56%8%96%N/A
489

Friends University

11 to 141%74%58%22%87%10%
490

MidAmerica Nazarene University

7 to 155%74%61%21%85%7%
491

Framingham State University

15 to 156%74%71%18%57%7%
492

Minnesota State University-Mankato

23 to 149%74%67%24%48%6%
493

Avila University

10 to 155%74%51%10%78%9%
494

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

17 to 149%74%60%15%69%N/A
495

Piedmont International University

7 to 141%74%24%19%68%N/A
496

Queens University of Charlotte

9 to 153%74%67%13%86%7%
497

Muskingum University

14 to 152%74%74%18%83%6%
498

Concordia University-Portland

17 to 148%74%51%8%100%N/A
499

Summit University of Pennsylvania

11 to 159%74%61%32%74%N/A
500

Eastern University

10 to 161%74%52%13%88%8%

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