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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  
390

1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(888) 937-7248

0.95 to 1 76% 38% 67% 39% 46 7% N/A  
390

1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, Texas 76401-0000
(254) 968-9000

1.07 to 1 25% 62% 67% 39% 88 6% N/A  
390

615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403-2598
(423) 425-4111

1.40 to 1 34% 76% 67% 38% 104 0% N/A  
390

302 Buchtel Common
Akron, Ohio 44325-4702
(330) 972-7111

0.85 to 1 39% 97% 67% 41% 100 0% N/A  
390

2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
(501) 569-3000

1.57 to 1 40% 99% 67% 20% 85 9% N/A  
390

91-1001 Farrington Highway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
(808) 689-2800

1.02 to 1 42% 72% 67% 0% 33 0% N/A  
390

1 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002-1014
(713) 221-8000

1.00 to 1 37% N/A 67% 12% 38 0% N/A  
390

116 O'Brien Ave
Machias, Maine 04654-1397
(207) 255-1200

0.53 to 1 92% 83% 67% 30% 44 0% N/A  
390

800 University Way
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-4999
(864) 503-5000

1.08 to 1 38% 65% 67% 38% 38 0% N/A  
390

8600 University Blvd
Evansville, Indiana 47712
(812) 464-8600

0.95 to 1 30% 72% 67% 39% 40 5% 81%  
390

1600 Burrstone Rd
Utica, New York 13502-4892
(315) 792-3111

0.61 to 1 95% 81% 67% 47% 68 3% N/A  
390

1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta, Georgia 31698
(229) 333-5800

3.08 to 1 4% 59% 67% 41% 85 4% N/A  
390

1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
(785) 670-1010

0.97 to 1 57% 96% 67% 34% 101 0% 70%  
390

800 Mickelson Dr
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
(605) 394-4034

0.58 to 1 0% N/A 67% 41% 31 5% 83%  
415

10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, California 92131-1799
(866) 825-5426

0.50 to 1 N/A 44% 66% 0% 37 3% N/A  
415

807 University Pky
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614-0000
(423) 439-1000

1.99 to 1 14% 87% 66% 41% 87 9% N/A  
415

9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237-5898
(412) 367-9300

0.44 to 1 72% 52% 66% 53% 41 3% N/A  
415

University Blvd
Morehead, Kentucky 40351
(606) 783-2221

3.89 to 1 67% 93% 66% 39% 84 8% 48%  
415

7373 Admiral Peary Hwy
Cresson, Pennsylvania 16630-1999
(814) 886-4131

0.57 to 1 100% 76% 66% 49% 71 3% N/A  
415

Center Rd
Dudley, Massachusetts 01571-5000
(508) 213-1560

0.82 to 1 94% 74% 66% 50% 49 6% 95%  
415

2201 Silver Lake Rd
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006-6299
(918) 333-6151

0.23 to 1 99% 51% 66% 45% 36 5% N/A  
415

One College Ave
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701-5799
(570) 326-3761

1.61 to 1 5% N/A 66% 48% 44 7% N/A  
415

351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, Utah 84720
(435) 586-7700

1.53 to 1 52% 57% 66% 45% 81 2% N/A  
415

4901 E University
Odessa, Texas 79762-0001
(432) 552-2020

1.38 to 1 92% 82% 66% 37% 39 0% 61%  
415

155 Miami Street
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
(800) 968-6446

0.20 to 1 57% 51% 66% 38% 29 6% 82%  
415

1301 Twentieth St S
Great Falls, Montana 59405-4996
(406) 761-8210

0.61 to 1 95% N/A 66% 21% 79 4% N/A  
415

307 N University Blvd
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
(251) 460-6101

1.61 to 1 51% 87% 66% 37% 46 5% 65%  
415

176 Murphy Campus Blvd.
Waco, Georgia 30182
(770) 537-6000

N/A 4% N/A 66% 21% 16 0% N/A  
429

4101 University Dr
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 561-1266

0.77 to 1 94% 63% 65% 52% 33 6% N/A  
429

118 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 2116
(617) 236-8800

0.23 to 1 81% 64% 65% 40% 44 10% N/A  
429

96-045 Ala Ike
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782-3393
(808) 455-0011

1.70 to 1 28% N/A 65% 11% 43 12% N/A  
429

1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11201-5372
(718) 488-1013

0.53 to 1 95% 83% 65% 35% 59 0% N/A  
429

500 University Ave W
Minot, North Dakota 58707
(701) 858-3000

1.73 to 1 57% 54% 65% 33% 67 4% N/A  
429

800 Veterans Parkway North
Moultrie, Georgia 31788
(229) 891-7000

N/A 4% N/A 65% 43% 40 0% N/A  
429

801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, Nebraska 68702-0469
(402) 371-2020

0.43 to 1 30% N/A 65% 47% 35 10% N/A  
429

600 N Grand
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464-2399
(918) 456-5511

1.27 to 1 43% 76% 65% 30% 65 8% N/A  
429

709 Oklahoma Blvd
Alva, Oklahoma 73717-2799
(580) 327-1700

0.80 to 1 83% 73% 65% 31% 65 9% N/A  
429

4545 College Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44121-4293
(216) 381-1680

0.40 to 1 99% 51% 65% 36% 83 0% 80%  
429

700 College Rd
Cumberland, Kentucky 40823
(606) 589-2145

0.98 to 1 8% N/A 65% 26% 13 13% N/A  
429

Carter Hall - Rm 4000
Greeley, Colorado 80639
(970) 351-1890

1.90 to 1 72% 70% 65% 45% 98 5% N/A  
429

15 E Peace St
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-1194
(919) 508-2000

0.31 to 1 100% 59% 65% 31% 67 0% N/A  
429

One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio 44555-0001
(877) 468-6978

0.69 to 1 36% N/A 65% 32% 69 7% N/A  
443

1000 Iowa Street
Beebe, Arkansas 72012-1000
(501) 882-3600

1.85 to 1 37% N/A 64% 35% 43 0% N/A  
443

325 Cherry Ave
McKenzie, Tennessee 38201
(731) 352-4000

0.50 to 1 53% 55% 64% 29% 62 1% 48%  
443

467 Franklin St
Bloomfield, New Jersey 7003
(973) 748-9000

0.45 to 1 95% 55% 64% 37% 54 13% 50%  
443

1000 Main St
Chadron, Nebraska 69337-2690
(308) 432-6000

N/A 59% N/A 64% 42% 91 4% N/A  
443

1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122
(970) 248-1020

0.77 to 1 33% 82% 64% 29% 57 0% N/A  
443

1630 Portland Ave
Rochester, New York 14621-3007
(585) 266-0430

N/A 0% N/A 64% 25% 48 0% N/A  
443

3520 30th Ave
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-1690
(262) 564-2200

N/A 1% N/A 64% 23% 44 8% N/A  
443

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
Cottleville, Missouri 63376-0975
(636) 922-8000

0.29 to 1 3% N/A 64% 16% 23 0% 80%  
443

3900 University Blvd
Tyler, Texas 75799-6699
(903) 566-7000

1.86 to 1 46% 80% 64% 41% 40 0% N/A  
443

5210 Grand Ave
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
(479) 788-7000

1.21 to 1 57% 54% 64% 23% 41 0% 58%  
443

23 University Drive
Fort Kent, Maine 04743-1292
(207) 834-7500

0.68 to 1 71% 69% 64% 43% 44 0% 75%  
443

One University Drive
Pembroke, North Carolina 28372-1510
(910) 521-6000

4.22 to 1 13% 70% 64% 34% 63 4% N/A  
443

4100 S 4th St Trafficway
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-5082
(913) 682-5151

0.51 to 1 100% 46% 64% 37% 86 3% N/A  
443

148 Willey St
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
(304) 296-8282

N/A 4% N/A 64% 67% 61 0% N/A  
443

320 Dupont Hwy
New Castle, Delaware 19720
(877) 967-5464

0.09 to 1 12% N/A 64% 36% 39 5% N/A  
458

1 University Dr
Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718-2799
(270) 789-5000

0.88 to 1 89% 67% 63% 45% 51 6% N/A  
458

1500 S Ave K
Portales, New Mexico 88130
(575) 562-1011

0.67 to 1 43% 66% 63% 29% 67 0% N/A  
458

40 University Drive
Rindge, New Hampshire 03461-0060
(603) 899-4000

0.44 to 1 89% 85% 63% 50% 46 4% 72%  
458

495 N Indian Creek Dr
Clarkston, Georgia 30021-2397
(404) 297-9522

N/A 0% N/A 63% 22% 47 0% N/A  
458

800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, Georgia 31709-4693
(877) 871-4594

1.91 to 1 24% 66% 63% 29% 82 6% N/A  
458

1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, Indiana 46634-7111
(574) 520-4872

1.15 to 1 24% 72% 63% 23% 45 0% N/A  
458

98 Bridge St
Henniker, New Hampshire 3242
(603) 428-2211

0.61 to 1 97% 72% 63% 43% 47 5% 73%  
458

1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, Pennsylvania 15071
(412) 809-5100

1.27 to 1 58% N/A 63% 54% 12 10% 83%  
458

1247 E. Siena Heights Dr
Adrian, Michigan 49221
(517) 263-0731

N/A 99% 63% 63% 43% 74 3% N/A  
458

2406 S Alverno Rd
Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220-9319
(920) 684-6691

0.47 to 1 91% 53% 63% 42% 55 2% 69%  
458

2211 College View Drive
Redding, California 96003-8606
(530) 224-5600

0.51 to 1 99% 60% 63% 41% 45 4% N/A  
458

2008 Alumin Drive, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 468-2011

2.89 to 1 47% 56% 63% 44% 87 10% N/A  
458

181 Main St
Presque Isle, Maine 04769-2888
(207) 768-9400

0.78 to 1 67% N/A 63% 37% 46 0% N/A  
458

6191 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, Kentucky 40769
(606) 549-2200

1.37 to 1 100% 69% 63% 45% 50 10% 90%  
458

4089 Val Tech Rd
Valdosta, Georgia 31602
(229) 333-2100

N/A 2% N/A 63% 33% 4 0% N/A  
473

420 W Main St
Danville, Virginia 24541
(434) 791-5600

1.07 to 1 100% 58% 62% 40% 86 6% N/A  
473

521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3102
(859) 622-1000

1.57 to 1 31% 66% 62% 37% 86 9% N/A  
473

10400 N. 25th Avenue, Suite 190
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-1641
(602) 942-4141

0.43 to 1 0% N/A 62% 36% 17 20% 86%  
473

2800 Palmyra Rd
Hannibal, Missouri 63401-1999
(573) 221-3675

0.70 to 1 90% 68% 62% 52% 56 0% N/A  
473

921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
(208) 282-2700

2.99 to 1 40% N/A 62% 35% 96 5% N/A  
473

204 East College Street
Athens, Tennessee 37303
(423) 745-7504

1.08 to 1 100% 76% 62% 45% 88 7% N/A  
473

7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
(775) 673-7000

0.43 to 1 7% N/A 62% 16% 34 10% N/A  
473

2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
(419) 530-4636

2.56 to 1 71% N/A 62% 44% 92 6% N/A  
473

2501 4th Ave
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
(806) 651-0000

2.25 to 1 29% 69% 62% 44% 89 0% 77%  
482

3000 College Dr
Bluefield, Virginia 24605
(276) 326-3682

0.53 to 1 99% 53% 61% 34% 65 3% N/A  
482

125 College Dr
Casper, Wyoming 82601-4699
(307) 268-2110

1.32 to 1 37% N/A 61% 30% 54 12% N/A  
482

4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, Oregon 97305
(503) 399-5000

0.34 to 1 12% N/A 61% 17% 42 11% N/A  
482

650 College Drive
Dalton, Georgia 30720-3797
(706) 272-4436

2.91 to 1 2% 43% 61% 17% 45 11% N/A  
482

1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, Missouri 63084
(636) 583-5193

0.43 to 1 7% N/A 61% 19% 38 10% 79%  
482

210 N 7th St
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
(812) 237-6311

2.38 to 1 65% 86% 61% 44% 99 7% N/A  
482

2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
(904) 256-8000

1.19 to 1 98% 45% 61% 41% 64 6% N/A  
482

One College Green
La Plume, Pennsylvania 18440-0200
(570) 945-8000

0.39 to 1 81% 91% 61% 41% 78 7% 77%  
482

320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649-2099
(864) 388-8000

1.93 to 1 32% 42% 61% 40% 62 3% N/A  
482

1000 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, New York 14623
(585) 292-2000

0.56 to 1 6% N/A 61% 23% 49 8% N/A  
482

340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422-0796
(215) 641-6300

0.33 to 1 2% N/A 61% 14% 44 8% N/A  
482

100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830-2399
(978) 556-3000

0.20 to 1 5% N/A 61% 16% 45 9% N/A  
482

1701 E Front St
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
(231) 995-1000

0.48 to 1 12% N/A 61% 17% 53 7% 63%  
482

8700 NW River Park Dr
Parkville, Missouri 64152-3795
(816) 741-2000

1.18 to 1 66% 69% 61% 41% 101 4% 86%  
482

1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, Oklahoma 74017-3252
(918) 343-7777

0.61 to 1 10% 55% 61% 16% 64 12% N/A  
482

Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4512
(618) 453-2121

6.84 to 1 40% 51% 61% 48% 101 0% 75%  
482

100 W Hillcrest
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 645-3921

2.00 to 1 85% N/A 61% 29% 56 7% 65%  
482

11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, Alaska 99801-8697
(877) 465-4827

0.80 to 1 21% N/A 61% 11% 31 4% N/A  
482

9000 Overland Avenue
Culver City, California 90230-3519
(310) 287-4200

N/A 0% N/A 61% 13% 43 9% 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