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  
501

1000 State Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 1109
(413) 737-7000

0.38 to 1 100% 74% 60% 39% 81 5% 84%  
501

5100 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330-2699
(609) 625-1111

N/A 2% N/A 60% 18% 43 12% N/A  
501

601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road
Pemberton, New Jersey 08068-1599
(609) 894-9311

0.09 to 1 3% N/A 60% 19% 42 0% N/A  
501

1646 S Russell Ave
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
(865) 471-2000

1.17 to 1 99% 66% 60% 55% 87 0% N/A  
501

425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
(630) 942-2800

0.32 to 1 8% N/A 60% 13% 82 0% 59%  
501

820 N Washington Ave
Madison, South Dakota 57042-1799
(605) 256-5111

3.41 to 1 55% 89% 60% 44% 53 2% 61%  
501

2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, Kansas 67213
(316) 295-5000

0.57 to 1 91% 58% 60% 32% 63 4% N/A  
501

One College Dr
Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301-9739
(413) 775-1000

0.51 to 1 14% N/A 60% 25% 48 10% N/A  
501

505 East Main Street
Raymond, Mississippi 39154
(601) 857-5261

1.26 to 1 25% N/A 60% 15% 86 14% N/A  
501

2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805-1499
(260) 481-6100

0.99 to 1 16% 82% 60% 24% 45 0% N/A  
501

173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, Virginia 22645
(540) 868-7000

N/A 10% N/A 60% 25% 42 0% N/A  
501

99 Powell Rd E
Mayfield, Kentucky 42066-9007
(270) 247-8521

0.29 to 1 4% 87% 60% 36% 27 9% N/A  
501

One College Park Dr
Saint Louis, Missouri 63141-8698
(877) 434-1115

0.32 to 1 96% 58% 60% 39% 36 4% 75%  
501

3950 E Newman Rd
Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
(417) 625-9300

2.06 to 1 52% 96% 60% 34% 65 10% N/A  
501

634 Henderson St
Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365-0919
(919) 658-2502

0.79 to 1 88% 54% 60% 41% 54 3% N/A  
501

411 SW 24th St
San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689
(210) 434-6711

0.68 to 1 100% 65% 60% 27% 91 0% N/A  
501

10230 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, Florida 34654-5199
(727) 847-2727

0.50 to 1 7% N/A 60% 33% 40 0% N/A  
501

4905C East Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
(520) 206-4500

0.27 to 1 11% N/A 60% 10% 39 0% N/A  
501

348 NE SR 61
Pratt, Kansas 67124
(620) 672-5641

N/A 81% N/A 60% 32% 38 6% N/A  
501

323 Erie Street
Port Huron, Michigan 48061-5015
(810) 984-3881

0.42 to 1 15% N/A 60% 16% 84 0% N/A  
501

107 North Chapel Drive
Toccoa Falls, Georgia 30598-7062
(706) 886-6831

1.53 to 1 98% 41% 60% 46% 57 3% N/A  
522

701 N Clinton
Defiance, Ohio 43512
(419) 784-4010

0.62 to 1 100% 62% 59% 50% 53 4% 82%  
522

One College Drive
East Peoria, Illinois 61635-0001
(309) 694-5422

0.41 to 1 13% N/A 59% 21% 42 15% N/A  
522

1001 College Rd
Lyndonville, Vermont 05851-0919
(802) 626-6200

0.57 to 1 87% 98% 59% 31% 49 7% 87%  
522

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 447-7500

0.39 to 1 3% N/A 59% 16% 18 10% N/A  
522

One College Pk
Decatur, Illinois 62521-8512
(217) 875-7200

0.66 to 1 31% N/A 59% 24% 36 12% N/A  
522

900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, California 91910-7299
(619) 482-6550

N/A 1% N/A 59% 15% 50 7% N/A  
528

7440 East Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117-3596
(334) 244-3000

2.03 to 1 33% 74% 58% 30% 46 0% N/A  
528

525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 224-3000

0.44 to 1 20% N/A 58% 10% 36 6% 53%  
528

6200 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, Texas 76549-4199
(254) 526-7161

0.12 to 1 10% N/A 58% 11% 45 0% N/A  
528

136 Clinton Point Dr
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
(518) 562-4200

2.31 to 1 4% N/A 58% 20% 39 0% N/A  
528

1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, Texas 77591-2499
(409) 938-1211

0.95 to 1 24% N/A 58% 11% 45 0% 30%  
528

125 S 2nd St
Arkansas City, Kansas 67005
(620) 442-0430

0.23 to 1 52% N/A 58% 28% 39 0% N/A  
528

20 University Dr
Nashua, New Hampshire 03063-1300
(603) 577-6000

0.37 to 1 11% 64% 58% 47% 42 4% 61%  
528

2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
(515) 964-6241

80.50 to 1 8% N/A 58% 42% 40 10% N/A  
528

7390 South Sixth Street
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603-7121
(541) 882-3521

0.28 to 1 8% N/A 58% 2% 10 11% N/A  
528

1400 E College Dr
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007-3299
(307) 778-5222

0.47 to 1 48% N/A 58% 17% 39 9% N/A  
528

4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507
(816) 271-4200

0.89 to 1 48% N/A 58% 31% 91 8% 80%  
528

11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648

0.10 to 1 0% N/A 58% 24% 37 4% N/A  
528

1114 W FM 1382
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104-1204
(972) 291-1541

0.83 to 1 99% 59% 58% 45% 48 0% N/A  
528

800 Country Club Rd
Waterbury, Connecticut 6723
(800) 345-2562

0.35 to 1 48% 58% 58% 25% 42 10% 69%  
528

301 Largo Rd
Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
(301) 336-6000

0.54 to 1 4% N/A 58% 7% 45 8% N/A  
528

430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1394
(312) 341-3500

0.51 to 1 87% 76% 58% 42% 68 3% 68%  
528

800 Brisack Road
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
(864) 592-4600

N/A 2% N/A 58% 13% 44 3% 66%  
528

2005 White Drive
Batesville, Arkansas 72503-3350
(870) 612-2000

N/A 38% N/A 58% 22% 16 0% N/A  
528

1125 E 8th St
York, Nebraska 68467-2699
(402) 363-5600

1.38 to 1 96% 56% 58% 31% 44 7% 70%  
547

180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731-4728
(828) 694-1700

N/A 16% N/A 57% 12% 41 0% N/A  
547

717 Frederica St
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301-3023
(270) 685-3131

1.32 to 1 95% 16% 57% 46% 57 4% N/A  
547

2800 West Gore Blvd
Lawton, Oklahoma 73505-6377
(580) 581-2200

1.23 to 1 39% N/A 57% 19% 41 10% N/A  
547

9200 University Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina 29406-9121
(843) 863-7000

1.37 to 1 99% 82% 57% 38% 44 3% 69%  
547

291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601-4896
(701) 483-2507

0.68 to 1 62% 67% 57% 38% 65 4% 99%  
547

One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, Connecticut 6118
(860) 528-4111

0.30 to 1 88% N/A 57% 29% 10 5% N/A  
547

1620 Edward P Smith Drive
Aberdeen, Washington 98520-7599
(360) 532-9020

0.86 to 1 9% N/A 57% 38% 66 12% N/A  
547

2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, Washington 98198-9800
(206) 878-3710

0.67 to 1 19% N/A 57% 31% 49 8% N/A  
547

100 Academic Pkwy
Grayson, Kentucky 41143-1199
(606) 474-3000

2.06 to 1 98% 58% 57% 41% 30 13% N/A  
547

3201 W Pecan
McAllen, Texas 78502-9701
(956) 872-8311

2.23 to 1 1% N/A 57% 16% 19 0% 95%  
547

369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill
Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101
(276) 964-2555

0.28 to 1 52% N/A 57% 24% 44 0% N/A  
547

1501 W. Townline Street
Creston, Iowa 50801
(828) 339-4000

0.54 to 1 39% N/A 57% 43% 39 8% 47%  
547

100 Campus Dr
Weatherford, Oklahoma 73096-3098
(580) 772-6611

11.32 to 1 69% 91% 57% 36% 64 8% N/A  
547

80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520-4991
(956) 882-8200

1.45 to 1 83% N/A 57% 25% 19 0% N/A  
561

1801 N Cottonwood
Iola, Kansas 66749
(620) 365-5116

0.29 to 1 68% N/A 56% 28% 40 11% N/A  
561

1630 Metropolitan Parkway, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4498
(404) 756-4000

N/A 3% 69% 56% 9% 38 0% N/A  
561

1 Academic Dr
Corning, New York 14830
(607) 962-9011

0.60 to 1 5% N/A 56% 26% 50 0% N/A  
561

2805 State Hwy 67
Johnstown, New York 12095-3790
(518) 762-4651

0.59 to 1 4% N/A 56% 28% 45 0% N/A  
561

3175 Cedartown Highway, S.E.
Rome, Georgia 30161-3897
(800) 332-2406

1.25 to 1 0% N/A 56% 10% 42 9% N/A  
561

5001 Lake Land Blvd
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
(217) 234-5253

1.55 to 1 23% N/A 56% 34% 41 10% 96%  
561

4400 MLK Blvd
Beaumont, Texas 77705
(409) 880-7011

1.67 to 1 15% 88% 56% 32% 59 9% N/A  
561

14500 E Twelve Mile Rd
Warren, Michigan 48088-3896
(586) 445-7999

0.26 to 1 9% N/A 56% 12% 44 8% N/A  
561

437 Pequot Avenue
New London, Connecticut 6320
(860) 701-5000

0.59 to 1 94% 60% 56% 39% 58 6% N/A  
561

1500 University Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-0298
(406) 657-2011

0.81 to 1 45% N/A 56% 46% 82 0% 96%  
561

3400 N Wesleyan Blvd
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
(252) 985-5100

0.26 to 1 87% 54% 56% 24% 48 14% N/A  
561

7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
(763) 424-0702

0.73 to 1 1% N/A 56% 18% 42 6% N/A  
561

629 Industrial Pk Ave
Asheboro, North Carolina 27205
(336) 633-0200

0.48 to 1 3% N/A 56% 23% 40 0% N/A  
561

2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
(605) 367-7624

0.78 to 1 6% N/A 56% 38% 33 4% 97%  
561

Station One
Livingston, Alabama 35470
(205) 652-3400

0.90 to 1 57% 49% 56% 34% 76 7% N/A  
561

1601 East 27th Street
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-1899
(308) 635-3606

N/A 53% N/A 56% 3% 26 13% N/A  
561

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001
(937) 775-3333

128.40 to 1 45% N/A 56% 40% 46 0% N/A  
578

208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa, Colorado 81101
(719) 587-7011

1.72 to 1 66% 61% 55% 21% 64 0% N/A  
578

665 Johnson St
Alpena, Michigan 49707
(989) 356-9021

0.79 to 1 24% N/A 55% 33% 51 10% 65%  
578

4190 W Highway 80
Douglas, Arizona 85607-9724
(520) 515-0500

0.33 to 1 23% N/A 55% 22% 45 20% N/A  
578

201 E Greene St
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061-3398
(478) 387-4900

0.42 to 1 14% N/A 55% 23% 74 14% N/A  
578

143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295
(616) 234-4722

0.44 to 1 6% N/A 55% 15% 97 10% N/A  
578

874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-4598
(808) 845-9211

1.70 to 1 23% N/A 55% 14% 44 13% N/A  
578

720 North Dr.
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240
(270) 707-3700

0.66 to 1 10% N/A 55% 23% 43 12% N/A  
578

4240 Campus Dr
Lima, Ohio 45804
(419) 221-1112

0.72 to 1 12% N/A 55% 18% 35 0% N/A  
578

191 Main Street
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
(828) 898-5241

0.96 to 1 99% 68% 55% 34% 61 3% N/A  
578

1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634-3899
(570) 740-0200

0.31 to 1 3% N/A 55% 19% 39 8% N/A  
578

500 E College St
Marshall, Missouri 65340
(660) 831-4000

1.90 to 1 99% 52% 55% 28% 98 8% N/A  
578

University Ave
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
(505) 425-7511

0.74 to 1 59% N/A 55% 16% 77 7% N/A  
578

1425 Newark Rd
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
(740) 453-0762

0.31 to 1 100% N/A 55% 33% 68 0% N/A  
578

125 W. Cooper
Sterling, Kansas 67579
(620) 278-2173

1.74 to 1 100% 46% 55% 34% 57 17% 67%  
578

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561
(615) 963-5111

2.57 to 1 32% N/A 55% 35% 68 9% N/A  
578

3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, Texas 77901
(877) 970-4848

1.52 to 1 74% 51% 55% 0% 36 0% N/A  
594

5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, Alabama 36109-3378
(334) 272-5820

0.50 to 1 96% N/A 54% 33% 43 8% 60%  
594

2050 Highway 501 East
Conway, South Carolina 29526
(843) 347-3186

0.47 to 1 1% N/A 54% 14% 42 0% 97%  
594

1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, Texas 79720
(432) 264-5000

1.45 to 1 27% N/A 54% 26% 59 14% N/A  
594

3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
(270) 926-3111

1.78 to 1 95% 21% 54% 36% 66 12% 35%  
594

700 New Scotland Ave
Albany, New York 12208
(518) 438-3111

0.51 to 1 0% 16% 54% 29% 41 0% 96%  
594

100 Training Hill Rd
Middletown, Connecticut 06457-4829
(860) 343-5701

0.43 to 1 25% N/A 54% 14% 41 12% N/A  
594

1593 11th Ave
Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241
(320) 564-4511

7.64 to 1 2% N/A 54% 45% 46 7% 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