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

4001 East 700 South, Suite 701
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
(801) 274-3280

N/A 0% N/A N/A 27% 11 6% N/A  
N/A

9215 N Black Canyon Hwy.
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-2718
(602) 943-2311

0.01 to 1 82% N/A N/A 4% 30 11% N/A  
N/A

2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, Nevada 89703-7399
(775) 445-3000

N/A 20% N/A N/A 15% 39 14% N/A  
N/A

400 Seventh St. North
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54602-0908
(608) 785-9200

N/A 0% N/A N/A 36% 42 6% N/A  
N/A

2500 College Dr
Rock Springs, Wyoming 82902-0428
(307) 382-1600

0.48 to 1 40% N/A N/A 46% 38 11% N/A  
N/A

3250 Wilshire Blvd Ste 400
Los Angeles, California 90010
(213) 739-9999

N/A 3% 57% N/A 23% 23 0% N/A  
N/A

902 Herring Ave
Wilson, North Carolina 27893-3310
(252) 291-1195

0.33 to 1 6% N/A N/A 28% 45 0% N/A  
N/A

South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
(509) 574-4600

0.50 to 1 4% N/A N/A 22% 66 9% N/A  
N/A

1100 E Sheldon St
Prescott, Arizona 86301
(928) 445-7300

0.38 to 1 18% N/A N/A 16% 39 16% 70%  
1

1101 E. 78th Street, Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55420-1554
(952) 851-0066

.08 to 1 0% N/A 100% 36% 38 18% N/A  
1

2221 Madison Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604-1132
(419) 251-1313

0.63 to 1 50% 60% 100% 47% 19 0% N/A  
1

101 College Dr
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
(501) 760-4222

0.77 to 1 14% N/A 100% 23% 33 16% 75%  
1

1600 Pierce St
Denver, Colorado 80214
(303) 753-6046

0.75 to 1 88% N/A 100% 41% 14 0% N/A  
1

2800 Main St
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606-4201
(203) 576-5235

N/A 100% 82% 100% 60% 20 0% N/A  
1

Highway 86, Mile Post 115.5 N
Sells, Arizona 85634-3129
(520) 383-8401

1.55 to 1 0% N/A 100% 17% 9 0% N/A  
10

500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1380
(608) 262-1234

4.41 to 1 44% 69% 95% 82% 101 0% N/A  
11

8787 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, Colorado 80226
(303) 963-3000

N/A 100% 83% 94% 41% 33 3% N/A  
11

Administration Building
Athens, Georgia 30602
(706) 542-3000

5.06 to 1 21% 63% 94% 83% 105 2% 59%  
11

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085-1699
(610) 519-4500

1.63 to 1 55% 46% 94% 88% 93 0% 70%  
114

5401 W. 20th St.
Greeley, Colorado 80632
(970) 330-8008

0.50 to 1 23% N/A 80% 22% 37 12% 88%  
114

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85287
(480) 965-2100

11.79 to 1 75% 89% 80% 57% 83 0% 65%  
114

1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, Pennsylvania 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800

0.44 to 1 91% 67% 80% 60% 60 3% N/A  
114

536 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94105-2968
(415) 442-7800

0.07 to 1 N/A N/A 80% 0% 55 0% N/A  
114

1145 King Rd
Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345-0702
(610) 647-4400

0.31 to 1 96% 80% 80% 53% 86 4% N/A  
114

Anderson Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
(785) 532-6011

4.96 to 1 61% 99% 80% 58% 98 3% N/A  
114

1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141-1199
(215) 951-1000

1.16 to 1 94% 74% 80% 66% 84 3% N/A  
114

900 N. Clarkson
Fremont, Nebraska 68025
(800) 642-8382

2.00 to 1 100% 98% 80% 47% 51 10% 95%  
114

1301 12th Avenue North
Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050
(701) 231-8011

3.38 to 1 33% 84% 80% 53% 99 0% 53%  
114

623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, Idaho 83686-5897
(208) 467-8011

25.75 to 1 98% 67% 80% 55% 84 2% N/A  
114

5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
(757) 683-3000

1.41 to 1 23% 74% 80% 49% 53 3% N/A  
114

2301 Westside Dr
Rochester, New York 14624
(585) 594-6000

0.55 to 1 98% 47% 80% 59% 51 4% 79%  
114

Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0110
(205) 934-4011

10.09 to 1 57% 72% 80% 48% 44 4% 45%  
114

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-1092
(513) 745-3000

1.02 to 1 100% 68% 80% 78% 79 1% 67%  
128

4150 Administration Drive, Room 136
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104
(800) 253-2874

3.63 to 1 99% 36% 79% 59% 75 2% N/A  
128

163 S. Willard St
Burlington, Vermont 5401
(802) 860-2700

0.42 to 1 85% 74% 79% 66% 24 4% 97%  
128

8700 College View Drive
Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375-9001
(952) 446-4100

0.26 to 1 98% 56% 79% 50% 34 1% N/A  
128

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois 61920
(217) 581-5000

4.37 to 1 35% 65% 79% 60% 99 3% 42%  
128

1704 Weeksville Rd
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
(252) 335-3400

3.27 to 1 38% 50% 79% 43% 67 13% 42%  
128

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975
(321) 674-8000

1.11 to 1 89% 59% 79% 55% 50 3% 49%  
128

29 Everett St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-2790
(617) 868-9600

0.36 to 1 93% 64% 79% 46% 62 2% N/A  
128

10 High St Ste 204
Boston, Massachusetts 2110
(617) 951-2350

0.04 to 1 0% N/A 79% 0% 8 0% N/A  
128

020 Chubb Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
(740) 593-1000

2.26 to 1 49% 78% 79% 64% 101 0% 75%  
128

107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-1015
(405) 744-5000

3.27 to 1 72% 78% 79% 62% 98 0% N/A  
128

2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822-2301
(808) 956-8975

18.77 to 1 59% 78% 79% 56% 59 2% N/A  
128

Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-2700

3.33 to 1 53% 93% 79% 64% 101 2% N/A  
128

100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393
(617) 287-5000

0.97 to 1 59% 61% 79% 38% 42 0% N/A  
128

1 University Ave
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104
(978) 934-4000

N/A 60% 66% 79% 54% 39 0% N/A  
128

515 Darland Administration Bldg
Duluth, Minnesota 55812
(218) 726-8000

4.01 to 1 61% 78% 79% 54% 46 0% N/A  
128

905 W 25th St
Kearney, Nebraska 68849-1212
(308) 865-8441

3.02 to 1 71% 85% 79% 56% 98 0% N/A  
128

500 N Wilcox St
Joliet, Illinois 60435-6188
(815) 740-3360

0.56 to 1 100% 52% 79% 56% 76 0% N/A  
128

800 W Main St
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190-1790
(262) 472-1234

3.41 to 1 15% 82% 79% 58% 71 0% N/A  
128

470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63119-3194
(314) 961-2660

0.43 to 1 86% 59% 79% 64% 89 3% 72%  
14

603 W Park St
Sheldon, Iowa 51201
(712) 324-5061

0.40 to 1 35% N/A 93% 56% 34 6% 94%  
14

2400 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, Texas 78712
(512) 471-3434

9.15 to 1 39% 47% 93% 79% 113 0% N/A  
14

1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, Washington 98195-4550
(206) 543-2100

3.59 to 1 26% 58% 93% 81% 96 0% N/A  
147

8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, California 92504-3297
(951) 689-5771

0.75 to 1 93% 73% 78% 59% 53 4% N/A  
147

250 University Ave
California, Pennsylvania 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

1.59 to 1 11% 59% 78% 51% 63 4% N/A  
147

400 East University Way
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111

2.64 to 1 59% 80% 78% 53% 96 2% N/A  
147

East 5th Street
Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353
(252) 328-6131

3.59 to 1 38% 61% 78% 58% 87 2% N/A  
147

190 Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3096
(630) 617-3500

0.63 to 1 77% 68% 78% 74% 90 0% 70%  
147

777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
(561) 297-3000

1.47 to 1 33% 42% 78% 41% 47 4% N/A  
147

4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue
Hialeah, Florida 33012
(305) 821-3333

1.54 to 1 0% N/A 78% 55% 17 0% 75%  
147

1717 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, California 93702-4709
(559) 453-2000

0.37 to 1 98% 73% 78% 59% 53 4% N/A  
147

14800 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, California 91405-2233
(818) 779-8040

1.35 to 1 36% 100% 78% 12% 13 0% 46%  
147

2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, Texas 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000

0.71 to 1 96% 43% 78% 61% 44 6% N/A  
147

1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
(757) 352-4127

0.43 to 1 84% 82% 78% 36% 30 3% 65%  
147

101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681
(518) 564-2000

1.22 to 1 80% 46% 78% 61% 62 0% 45%  
147

Charles at Mount Royal
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 837-4200

0.82 to 1 66% 65% 78% 0% 43 2% 88%  
147

601 S Morgan
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 996-7000

2.55 to 1 63% 64% 78% 58% 44 2% N/A  
147

One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
(314) 516-5000

0.93 to 1 79% 69% 78% 47% 46 0% 79%  
147

601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110-0001
(336) 750-2000

167.00 to 1 41% 56% 78% 40% 67 0% N/A  
163

316 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina 29621-4035
(864) 231-2000

0.61 to 1 99% 71% 77% 48% 55 4% 38%  
163

2000 University Ave
Muncie, Indiana 47306
(765) 289-1241

4.97 to 1 47% 61% 77% 57% 89 0% 60%  
163

610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
(712) 749-2400

2.84 to 1 100% 71% 77% 51% 62 3% N/A  
163

1000 E Victoria St
Carson, California 90747-0005
(310) 243-3300

0.54 to 1 65% 53% 77% 28% 50 0% N/A  
163

300 Jay St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 260-5500

0.47 to 1 0% 87% 77% 14% 57 0% N/A  
163

101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, Indiana 46131-2623
(317) 738-8000

2.55 to 1 100% 65% 77% 60% 99 0% 68%  
163

Brannen Hall, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391

6.19 to 1 8% 49% 77% 50% 79 4% 55%  
163

1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 89801
(775) 738-8493

0.36 to 1 13% N/A 77% 27% 40 12% N/A  
163

Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
(330) 672-3000

1.16 to 1 70% 87% 77% 52% 99 0% 85%  
163

2083 Lawrence Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-3099
(609) 896-5000

0.70 to 1 95% 72% 77% 67% 59 4% 78%  
163

601 University Dr
San Marcos, Texas 78666
(512) 245-2111

3.04 to 1 5% 66% 77% 55% 89 3% 68%  
163

4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, Michigan 48221-3038
(313) 993-1000

N/A 98% 62% 77% 57% 23 4% N/A  
163

2301 S 3rd St
Louisville, Kentucky 40292-0001
(502) 852-5555

2.64 to 1 54% 73% 77% 52% 99 5% 70%  
163

1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 277-0111

1.90 to 1 48% 64% 77% 46% 92 0% N/A  
163

9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223-0001
(704) 687-2000

2.61 to 1 53% 70% 77% 53% 57 0% 64%  
163

264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193
(800) 225-5863

9.82 to 1 48% 71% 77% 54% 101 2% N/A  
163

1 University Plz
Platteville, Wisconsin 53818-3001
(608) 342-1421

1.36 to 1 20% 97% 77% 52% 63 0% N/A  
163

Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6201
(304) 293-0111

2.82 to 1 61% 85% 77% 57% 84 5% 68%  
17

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7001
(919) 515-2011

10.75 to 1 52% 53% 92% 71% 86 0% N/A  
17

190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6446

2.32 to 1 71% 64% 92% 82% 101 0% N/A  
17

201 Old Main
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1589
(814) 865-4700

6.42 to 1 30% 52% 92% 86% 93 0% 83%  
17

1050 Union University Dr
Jackson, Tennessee 38305-3697
(731) 668-1818

40.33 to 1 99% 75% 92% 67% 66 3% 78%  
17

One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8678
(530) 752-1011

9.87 to 1 72% 48% 92% 81% 60 0% 91%  
181

1704 South Slappey Boulevard
Albany, Georgia 31701
(229) 430-3500

N/A 3% N/A 76% 47% 40 2% N/A  
181

700 Prospect St
New Haven, Connecticut 06511-1189
(203) 773-8550

1.24 to 1 79% 81% 76% 53% 82 6% 59%  
181

122 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 2116
(617) 217-9000

N/A 74% N/A 76% 47% 7 12% N/A  
181

400 Jefferson St
Hackettstown, New Jersey 7840
(908) 852-1400

0.51 to 1 96% 89% 76% 49% 82 5% N/A  
181

Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
(412) 365-1100

0.45 to 1 100% 60% 76% 59% 90 2% N/A  
181

1200 Murchison Rd
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298
(910) 672-1111

4.76 to 1 85% 64% 76% 31% 67 15% 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