Schools Ranked by Retention RatePage 6

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
501

Dakota State University

18 to 138%74%81%38%39%9%
502

Johnson University

14 to 157%74%58%42%89%N/A
503

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

14 to 141%74%28%20%87%N/A
504

Norwich University

12 to 156%74%57%18%93%N/A
505

Gardner-Webb University

13 to 152%73%53%12%58%10%
506

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

18 to 149%73%96%43%62%8%
507

Wilson College

10 to 139%73%45%10%71%N/A
508

Anderson University

16 to 149%73%55%20%87%9%
509

Columbia International University

14 to 162%73%34%17%91%N/A
510

North Greenville University

14 to 155%73%58%34%91%6%
511

King University

16 to 145%73%44%17%71%8%
512

Texas A & M University-Commerce

20 to 142%73%47%15%73%N/A
513

Eastern Mennonite University

10 to 161%73%62%15%95%3%
514

Concordia University-Irvine

15 to 161%72%59%11%81%N/A
515

Warner University

17 to 140%72%51%36%99%N/A
516

The University of West Florida

22 to 147%72%42%19%63%N/A
517

University of West Georgia

20 to 139%72%57%31%73%9%
518

Georgetown College

10 to 157%72%68%13%90%5%
519

Siena Heights University

12 to 137%72%77%17%71%6%
520

Stephens College

10 to 155%72%68%16%100%9%
521

Dallas Baptist University

13 to 158%72%42%17%86%8%
522

Wheeling Jesuit University

11 to 154%72%61%15%79%N/A
523

Saint Leo University

15 to 145%71%73%17%65%10%
524

McKendree University

14 to 156%71%63%19%75%9%
525

Oakland City University

12 to 163%71%55%10%24%10%
526

Alexandria Technical & Community College

24 to 164%71%N/AN/A53%12%
527

Evangel University

14 to 154%71%61%24%95%7%
528

Clarkson College

13 to 171%71%52%39%60%N/A
529

College of Saint Elizabeth

10 to 149%71%63%13%66%8%
530

Valley City State University

11 to 141%71%86%52%56%N/A
531

The University of Texas at Arlington

25 to 146%71%66%26%54%N/A
532

Utah State University

22 to 149%71%97%29%56%6%
533

North Florida Community College

17 to 152%70%N/AN/A60%N/A
534

Fort Hays State University

16 to 143%70%86%41%44%7%
535

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%70%55%15%66%6%
536

Utica College

11 to 142%70%83%13%76%8%
537

Malone University

12 to 157%70%69%21%86%5%
538

Multnomah University

13 to 155%70%59%29%90%3%
539

Cumberland University

16 to 145%70%49%29%87%11%
540

Laurus College

9 to 188%70%N/AN/A74%20%
541

Pfeiffer University

12 to 143%69%47%10%75%8%
542

Northwest Christian University

12 to 153%69%68%23%91%N/A
543

Southern Wesleyan University

18 to 150%69%62%22%80%12%
544

LeTourneau University

12 to 157%69%45%14%66%N/A
545

West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown

25 to 153%69%N/AN/A88%N/A
546

Bethesda University

10 to 177%68%N/AN/A58%2%
547

Jacksonville University

14 to 141%68%54%12%68%10%
548

Brigham Young University-Idaho

25 to 161%68%100%47%60%3%
549

Crown College

18 to 156%68%53%15%80%6%
550

Daniel Webster College

16 to 149%68%62%18%70%8%
551

Southeastern University

20 to 139%67%46%26%77%9%
552

Lincoln Christian University

13 to 161%67%60%36%84%8%
553

Belhaven University

11 to 147%67%51%9%93%6%
554

Faith Evangelical College & Seminary

15 to 180%67%N/AN/A76%7%
555

Toccoa Falls College

13 to 147%66%45%20%93%N/A
556

University of Charleston

14 to 147%66%52%16%89%12%
557

Cleary University

11 to 152%65%72%46%100%7%
558

Bryan College-Dayton

14 to 157%65%46%24%60%7%
559

Concordia University-Chicago

15 to 150%62%50%7%89%4%
560

Graceland University-Lamoni

16 to 152%62%48%13%82%9%
561

Southern New Hampshire University

30 to 158%61%92%21%52%8%
562

Bristol University

15 to 189%60%46%26%35%12%
563

Brenau University

11 to 148%59%66%9%78%7%
564

Park University

17 to 143%59%40%11%37%10%
565

Grace Bible College

13 to 160%56%81%44%83%3%
566

Southeastern Baptist College

6 to 180%40%N/AN/A21%N/A
567

Virginia Baptist College

5 to 1100%25%N/AN/A38%N/A
568

Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs

7 to 1100%N/A55%17%34%11%
569

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

14 to 190%N/AN/AN/A83%4%
570

Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary

3 to 150%N/A70%70%90%N/A
571

University of Western States

16 to 188%N/AN/AN/A56%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