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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  
594

444 Green St
Gardner, Massachusetts 01440-1000
(978) 632-6600

0.45 to 1 10% N/A 54% 14% 46 10% N/A  
594

46 University Dr
Augusta, Maine 04330-9410
(207) 621-3000

0.56 to 1 25% N/A 54% 12% 41 0% N/A  
594

4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
(202) 274-5012

N/A 9% N/A 54% 15% 43 8% N/A  
604

2600 NW College Way
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 383-7500

0.66 to 1 8% N/A 53% 19% 48 7% N/A  
604

2400 Gillionville Rd
Albany, Georgia 31707-3098
(229) 317-6000

0.75 to 1 9% N/A 53% 12% 46 0% N/A  
604

1851 Hwy 169 East
Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744-3397
(218) 322-2300

1.26 to 1 14% N/A 53% 31% 17 13% N/A  
604

1115 College Drive
Gaffney, South Carolina 29340-3799
(864) 489-7151

2.96 to 1 86% 53% 53% 43% 86 8% N/A  
604

1600 Maple Street
Longview, Washington 98632-0310
(360) 442-2311

0.45 to 1 3% N/A 53% 25% 66 13% N/A  
604

330 Third Street NE
Mayville, North Dakota 58257-1299
(701) 788-2301

1.03 to 1 84% N/A 53% 39% 54 6% 90%  
604

9700 France Ave S
Bloomington, Minnesota 55431
(952) 358-8200

1.17 to 1 3% N/A 53% 17% 41 4% N/A  
604

323 Eagle Ave
Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939-0430
(580) 349-2611

2.50 to 1 62% 61% 53% 20% 56 10% N/A  
612

2011 S. Washington
Amarillo, Texas 79109
(806) 371-5000

1.00 to 1 22% N/A 52% 15% 81 13% N/A  
612

11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433-3470
(763) 433-1100

0.96 to 1 7% N/A 52% 16% 39 5% N/A  
612

3 East 43 Street
New York, New York 10017
(212) 986-4343

N/A 92% N/A 52% 35% 21 0% N/A  
612

2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, Wyoming 82501
(800) 735-8418

0.48 to 1 53% N/A 52% 30% 38 17% N/A  
612

8099 College Pky SW
Fort Myers, Florida 33919-0000
(239) 489-9300

N/A 20% N/A 52% 29% 48 13% N/A  
612

1973 Edison Dr
Piqua, Ohio 45356-9239
(937) 778-8600

0.28 to 1 15% N/A 52% 26% 33 8% 70%  
612

601 High Point Rd.
Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
(336) 334-4822

0.61 to 1 5% N/A 52% 12% 45 13% N/A  
612

815 N Orlando Smith Ave
Oglesby, Illinois 61348-9692
(815) 224-2720

0.51 to 1 7% N/A 52% 35% 85 8% N/A  
612

900 N. North Branch St.
Chicago, Illinois 60642
(312) 752-2000

0.27 to 1 82% 93% 52% 58% 52 6% N/A  
612

5301 South Highway 16
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3692
(605) 394-4800

0.38 to 1 3% N/A 52% 31% 29 0% 90%  
612

1235 15th St
Augusta, Georgia 30901-3182
(706) 821-8200

2.04 to 1 34% 69% 52% 22% 70 12% N/A  
612

112 College Drive
Wells, Maine 4090
(207) 646-9282

0.15 to 1 32% N/A 52% 19% 10 6% N/A  
624

197 Franklin St
Auburn, New York 13021-3099
(315) 255-1743

0.25 to 1 12% N/A 51% 26% 49 0% 54%  
624

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223-2690
(513) 569-1500

0.35 to 1 7% N/A 51% 15% 38 0% 96%  
624

13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, Virginia 23831-5316
(804) 796-4000

0.28 to 1 2% N/A 51% 12% 45 7% N/A  
624

1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, Kansas 66067-3399
(785) 242-5200

2.27 to 1 99% 96% 51% 40% 100 0% 50%  
628

1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005-3098
(402) 291-8100

0.28 to 1 50% N/A 50% 31% 37 4% N/A  
628

303 University Ave
Newark, New Jersey 7102
(973) 877-3000

0.24 to 1 2% N/A 50% 7% 40 0% 75%  
628

500 8th Ave
Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698
(208) 792-5272

1.83 to 1 55% 99% 50% 30% 50 9% N/A  
628

5250 Shepherd Rd
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9256
(217) 786-2200

0.51 to 1 7% N/A 50% 23% 41 11% N/A  
628

30 & Fort Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610
(402) 457-2400

0.29 to 1 16% N/A 50% 12% 35 0% N/A  
628

1515 Pioneer Dr
Harrison, Arkansas 72601-5508
(870) 743-3000

N/A 28% N/A 50% 24% 35 9% N/A  
628

1625 Hwy 150
Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400
(563) 562-3263

0.44 to 1 14% N/A 50% 30% 37 0% 48%  
628

1156 College Dr
Summit, Mississippi 39666-0000
(601) 276-2000

3.74 to 1 35% N/A 50% 28% 56 0% N/A  
636

6220 East Texas
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
(318) 678-6000

0.69 to 1 6% N/A 49% 13% 31 15% N/A  
636

801 Main St NW
Hanceville, Alabama 35077-2000
(256) 352-8000

N/A 33% N/A 49% 23% 36 0% N/A  
636

3300 Lake Road West
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
(440) 964-3322

0.73 to 1 7% N/A 49% 16% 56 0% N/A  
636

1500 N Main
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-1280
(605) 225-1634

1.70 to 1 86% 74% 49% 44% 43 4% N/A  
636

940 Second St
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
(740) 354-3205

0.86 to 1 34% N/A 49% 29% 39 10% N/A  
636

1540 Northway Drive
Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303-1240
(320) 308-5000

0.59 to 1 5% N/A 49% 30% 29 4% 96%  
636

1400 East Fifth Street
Tyler, Texas 75701
(903) 510-2200

1.03 to 1 19% N/A 49% 14% 83 10% N/A  
643

700 Carnegie Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
(800) 954-8742

0.27 to 1 2% N/A 48% 4% 35 0% N/A  
643

2101 Trinity Rd
Duluth, Minnesota 55811-3399
(800) 432-2884

0.79 to 1 0% N/A 48% 31% 16 7% N/A  
643

3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
(276) 523-2400

0.25 to 1 56% N/A 48% 21% 40 0% N/A  
643

1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, Texas 79072
(806) 291-1000

1.94 to 1 82% 95% 48% 36% 58 6% N/A  
643

1000 W. College Ave
Silver City, New Mexico 88061
(505) 538-6336

0.98 to 1 2% N/A 48% 17% 72 8% 75%  
648

177 Montgomery Road
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714
(407) 831-9816

0.06 to 1 0% N/A 47% 40% 14 0% N/A  
648

700 W State St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
(414) 297-6370

0.75 to 1 1% N/A 47% 15% 55 8% 87%  
648

106 S Sixth St
Forest City, Iowa 50436-1713
(641) 585-2450

12.67 to 1 100% 48% 47% 43% 66 5% 87%  
651

50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
(317) 921-4800

0.28 to 1 7% N/A 46% 8% 45 0% N/A  
651

400 East Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-2355
(502) 597-6000

4.79 to 1 48% 45% 46% 14% 75 14% 60%  
653

400 N Bluff Blvd
Clinton, Iowa 52733-2967
(563) 242-4023

0.06 to 1 13% 96% 45% 21% 64 13% 91%  
653

1801 College Dr N
Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301-1598
(701) 662-1600

0.30 to 1 56% N/A 45% 40% 40 9% 75%  
653

410 Front St
Orange, Texas 77630
(409) 883-7750

1.09 to 1 9% N/A 45% 22% 25 0% N/A  
653

7900 U.S. Hwy 76
Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
(864) 646-1500

N/A 7% N/A 45% 8% 43 0% N/A  
653

6610 North Lovington Hwy
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
(575) 392-6561

0.48 to 1 94% N/A 45% 22% 34 10% N/A  
658

417 Schepps Blvd
Clovis, New Mexico 88101-8381
(800) 769-2811

0.40 to 1 5% N/A 43% 8% 27 12% 55%  
658

3645 W 112th Ave
Westminster, Colorado 80031
(303) 404-5000

0.23 to 1 14% N/A 43% 17% 39 11% N/A  
658

1375 S Clare Ave
Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447
(989) 386-6622

0.21 to 1 25% N/A 43% 10% 40 12% N/A  
658

223 W Main St
Salem, West Virginia 26426
(304) 326-1109

0.76 to 1 79% N/A 43% 11% 51 11% N/A  
662

1500 University Dr
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
(575) 234-9200

0.82 to 1 22% N/A 41% 9% 64 0% N/A  
662

4647 Stone Ave
Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
(712) 274-6400

0.26 to 1 32% N/A 41% 21% 37 12% N/A  
664

900 N Portland
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107-6195
(405) 947-4421

0.28 to 1 20% N/A 40% 5% 39 0% N/A  
665

801 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75202-3604
(214) 860-2037

0.38 to 1 9% N/A 39% 5% 46 8% N/A  
665

550 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2611
(317) 447-6200

0.33 to 1 6% 99% 39% 29% 34 0% N/A  
665

905 Grant Avenue SE
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601-4907
(218) 333-6600

0.86 to 1 5% N/A 39% 42% 19 0% N/A  
665

1109 W Panola St
Carthage, Texas 75633
(903) 693-2000

0.84 to 1 37% N/A 39% 23% 54 0% N/A  
669

8089 Globe Drive
Woodbury, Minnesota 55125-3388
(651) 332-8000

0.17 to 1 58% N/A 38% 30% 61 0% 80%  
669

Hot Springs Blvd
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
(505) 454-2500

N/A 27% N/A 38% 19% 32 7% 60%  
671

501 W State St
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 359-5433

0.51 to 1 16% N/A 36% 33% 45 12% N/A  
672

7418 NC Hwy 41 West
Dublin, North Carolina 28332
(910) 879-5500

0.70 to 1 10% N/A 35% 11% 38 0% 50%  
673

1500 West Agency Road
West Burlington, Iowa 52655-0180
(319) 752-2731

4.69 to 1 17% N/A 33% 28% 40 15% N/A  
674

One Education Dr
Garden City, New York 11530-6793
(516) 572-7501

0.48 to 1 0% N/A 32% 18% 47 7% 52%  
675

201 S Grant Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215-5399
(614) 797-4700

0.08 to 1 0% N/A 30% 12% 38 3% N/A  
675

3315 University Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
(701) 255-3285

3.50 to 1 28% N/A 30% 14% 32 0% 90%  

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