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  
268

2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001
(575) 646-0111

2.89 to 1 47% 80% 72% 44% 73 0% 40%  
268

1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707
(919) 530-6100

3.01 to 1 64% 52% 72% 43% 76 10% N/A  
268

3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796
(954) 262-7300

0.90 to 1 86% 56% 72% 42% 43 2% N/A  
268

2 Main Street
Delhi, New York 13753-1100
(607) 746-4000

1.32 to 1 71% 51% 72% 39% 62 10% N/A  
268

5201 University Blvd
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
(956) 326-2001

1.23 to 1 31% 47% 72% 39% 44 0% 47%  
268

500 W. University Ave
El Paso, Texas 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000

1.36 to 1 42% 100% 72% 38% 78 0% N/A  
268

One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
(217) 206-6600

1.34 to 1 82% 56% 72% 47% 39 6% N/A  
268

7500 University Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
(701) 255-7500

0.65 to 1 100% 75% 72% 50% 45 2% 70%  
268

300 Campus Drive
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
(814) 362-7500

0.85 to 1 69% 69% 72% 48% 93 0% 76%  
268

Belknap & Catlin
Superior, Wisconsin 54880-4500
(715) 394-8101

1.64 to 1 26% 89% 72% 35% 98 0% N/A  
268

Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-1400
(435) 797-1000

4.26 to 1 56% 97% 72% 48% 90 1% N/A  
268

316 Washington Ave
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
(304) 243-2000

1.36 to 1 98% 66% 72% 61% 52 3% 70%  
28

2820 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, California 92108-3824
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N/A 59% N/A 89% 60% 34 0% N/A  
28

501 East High St
Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-1809

3.08 to 1 71% 73% 89% 80% 101 0% N/A  
293

79 New Montgomery
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 274-2200

0.22 to 1 6% N/A 71% 32% 16 11% N/A  
293

607 N Kingman
Haviland, Kansas 67059-0288
(620) 862-5252

0.43 to 1 100% 100% 71% 53% 39 5% 90%  
293

200 ACC Drive NE
Wilson, North Carolina 27893-7000
(252) 399-6300

1.64 to 1 100% 44% 71% 48% 59 5% N/A  
293

1910 University Dr
Boise, Idaho 83725
(208) 426-1011

0.94 to 1 22% 85% 71% 28% 73 0% 75%  
293

450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, North Carolina 27506
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1.80 to 1 100% 29% 71% 51% 73 2% 79%  
293

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100

0.29 to 1 89% 41% 71% 54% 55 4% N/A  
293

101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, Virginia 24013
(888) 985-8483

1.17 to 1 99% 42% 71% 52% 28 3% 92%  
293

4200 E University Blvd
Middletown, Ohio 45042
(513) 727-3200

0.61 to 1 13% N/A 71% 27% 48 0% N/A  
293

828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401-3745
(541) 343-1641

0.50 to 1 100% 66% 71% 48% 52 7% N/A  
293

College Drive
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-2001
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0.28 to 1 2% N/A 71% 30% 45 9% N/A  
293

One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd
Statesboro, Georgia 30458
(912) 681-5500

N/A 1% N/A 71% 31% 22 0% N/A  
293

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144-5497
(215) 951-2700

0.30 to 1 98% 72% 71% 61% 59 1% N/A  
293

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, Texas 77340
(936) 294-1111

3.50 to 1 18% 65% 71% 48% 89 7% 76%  
293

University Avenue
Troy, Alabama 36082-0001
(334) 670-3100

0.75 to 1 38% 62% 71% 34% 80 10% N/A  
293

440 E McMillan St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206-1925
(800) 861-6400

0.10 to 1 46% N/A 71% 27% 29 4% N/A  
293

224 Main St
Farmington, Maine 04938-9978
(207) 778-7000

2.49 to 1 68% 88% 71% 58% 56 0% N/A  
293

9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5696
(919) 866-5000

N/A 4% N/A 71% 15% 44 8% N/A  
293

208 University Drive
West Liberty, West Virginia 26074
(304) 336-5000

1.50 to 1 49% 70% 71% 41% 72 6% N/A  
293

1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1000
(270) 745-0111

2.27 to 1 32% 92% 71% 43% 88 8% N/A  
293

One University Place
Chester, Pennsylvania 19013-5792
(610) 499-4000

0.94 to 1 95% 66% 71% 55% 60 0% 80%  
30

Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, North Carolina 28608
(828) 262-2000

2.50 to 1 31% 62% 88% 66% 72 2% N/A  
30

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, California 92831-3599
(657) 278-2011

1.02 to 1 36% 47% 88% 51% 53 0% N/A  
30

5500 University Pky
San Bernardino, California 92407-2397
(909) 537-5000

1.43 to 1 62% 58% 88% 44% 50 0% N/A  
30

107 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7000
(812) 855-4848

5.66 to 1 45% 74% 88% 75% 101 0% N/A  
30

4000 Chesapeake St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
(202) 686-0876

0.15 to 1 0% N/A 88% 11% 8 0% N/A  
30

100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-1310
(603) 641-7000

1.97 to 1 96% 75% 88% 74% 73 0% N/A  
30

One Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2097
(314) 977-2222

1.23 to 1 90% 64% 88% 70% 98 0% 57%  
30

236 W Reade Ave
Upland, Indiana 46989-1001
(765) 998-2751

1.13 to 1 98% 84% 88% 77% 67 3% 60%  
30

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32816
(407) 823-2000

2.52 to 1 41% 46% 88% 65% 44 3% 76%  
30

374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, Massachusetts 1003
(413) 545-0111

8.45 to 1 57% 63% 88% 70% 82 0% 62%  
30

201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 203
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9008
(801) 581-7200

2.47 to 1 40% 83% 88% 59% 81 1% 75%  
313

2105 E. Aggie Road
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
(870) 972-2100

2.82 to 1 54% 71% 70% 40% 86 0% 70%  
313

347 S Gladstone Ave
Aurora, Illinois 60506-4892
(630) 892-6431

0.46 to 1 99% 75% 70% 52% 76 4% N/A  
313

220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
(419) 372-2531

3.22 to 1 78% 74% 70% 58% 98 0% N/A  
313

100 College Drive
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104-6196
(610) 606-4666

0.90 to 1 100% 61% 70% 61% 70 2% 34%  
313

840 Wood St
Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214
(814) 393-2000

2.39 to 1 11% 47% 70% 48% 66 4% N/A  
313

1201 S State St
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2251
(231) 591-2000

1.41 to 1 62% 71% 70% 44% 55 3% N/A  
313

15800 NW 42 Avenue
Miami Gardens, Florida 33054-6199
(305) 626-3600

1.54 to 1 39% 90% 70% 41% 63 13% N/A  
313

6800 Wydown Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri 63105-3098
(314) 862-3456

0.42 to 1 87% 63% 70% 34% 88 4% N/A  
313

One Maurice Culberson Drive
Rome, Georgia 30161
(706) 295-6963

N/A 2% N/A 70% 28% 8 0% N/A  
313

650 W Easterday Ave
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan 49783
(906) 632-6841

1.67 to 1 73% 89% 70% 38% 46 5% N/A  
313

2990 Landrum Education Dr
Oakwood, Georgia 30566
(770) 531-6300

N/A 2% N/A 70% 35% 42 0% N/A  
313

700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106-5000
(651) 793-1212

N/A 2% 100% 70% 35% 39 2% N/A  
313

2030 E College Way
Olathe, Kansas 66062-1899
(913) 782-3750

19.00 to 1 99% 71% 70% 51% 40 3% N/A  
313

South Rd and Ellis Ave
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
(507) 389-1866

1.61 to 1 22% 66% 70% 52% 74 0% N/A  
313

2501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, New York 10468
(718) 933-6700

0.32 to 1 68% 59% 70% 51% 24 0% 95%  
313

330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, New York 12550
(845) 561-0800

0.46 to 1 99% 81% 70% 56% 46 3% 60%  
313

218 Wells Hall
Murray, Kentucky 42071-3318
(270) 809-3011

2.25 to 1 66% 83% 70% 54% 86 6% N/A  
313

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, Illinois 60115-2828
(800) 892-3050

3.47 to 1 78% 56% 70% 54% 99 4% N/A  
313

2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309-4401
(248) 370-2100

N/A 79% 62% 70% 43% 48 3% 82%  
313

1800 College Ave
Quincy, Illinois 62301-2699
(217) 222-8020

0.49 to 1 100% 91% 70% 56% 60 5% 61%  
313

907 Wesleyan Drive
Central, South Carolina 29630-1020
(864) 644-5000

0.42 to 1 88% 96% 70% 57% 41 6% N/A  
313

1501 State St
Marshall, Minnesota 56258-5468
(507) 537-7678

1.90 to 1 57% 70% 70% 41% 42 2% N/A  
313

1 College Avenue
Wise, Virginia 24293-4400
(276) 328-0100

0.85 to 1 80% 83% 70% 42% 44 0% N/A  
313

11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida 32514-5750
(850) 474-2000

1.09 to 1 30% 61% 70% 45% 45 0% 41%  
313

2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
(304) 357-4800

1.93 to 1 100% 56% 70% 42% 56 12% N/A  
313

200 W Kawili St
Hilo, Hawaii 96720-4091
(808) 974-7311

3.11 to 1 39% 72% 70% 39% 38 6% N/A  
313

712 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751
(715) 232-1431

5.74 to 1 12% 88% 70% 52% 86 0% N/A  
313

255 N Highland
Memphis, Tennessee 38111-1375
(901) 320-9700

1.25 to 1 26% 31% 70% 13% 28 4% N/A  
313

1845 N. Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0124
(316) 978-3456

1.29 to 1 62% 95% 70% 41% 80 5% N/A  
313

505 Pine Ridge Drive
Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871-8727
(715) 468-2815

0.30 to 1 12% N/A 70% 40% 35 6% N/A  
343

1000 ASU Dr Ste 359
Alcorn State, Mississippi 39096-7500
(601) 877-6100

3.76 to 1 23% 47% 69% 32% 66 11% 28%  
343

11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997
(912) 344-2806

1.55 to 1 3% 74% 69% 33% 74 0% 31%  
343

401 College Ave
Ashland, Ohio 44805
(419) 289-4142

0.85 to 1 96% 71% 69% 61% 76 1% 85%  
343

1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
(800) 475-2001

1.43 to 1 27% 42% 69% 46% 71 0% N/A  
343

500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, Georgia 30501-3668
(770) 534-6299

1.61 to 1 97% 30% 69% 45% 67 5% N/A  
343

3303 Rebecca St
Sioux City, Iowa 51104
(515) 419-2656

1.36 to 1 94% N/A 69% 43% 69 6% 45%  
343

3140 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816-1578
(808) 735-4711

N/A 98% 87% 69% 36% 54 5% N/A  
343

980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE
Marietta, Georgia 30060
(770) 975-4064

N/A 2% N/A 69% 12% 26 0% N/A  
343

7000 Mercy Rd.
Omaha, Nebraska 68106
(402) 399-2400

0.58 to 1 99% 52% 69% 36% 56 8% 82%  
343

6191 Kraft Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512-9396
(616) 698-7111

0.19 to 1 86% 95% 69% 35% 38 7% N/A  
343

1810 Young Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-6838
(513) 721-7944

N/A 47% 100% 69% 52% 28 0% N/A  
343

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 544-0200

0.60 to 1 91% 72% 69% 40% 41 3% 49%  
343

401 North Fairview Street
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745-2390
(570) 484-2011

15.33 to 1 2% 61% 69% 47% 65 0% N/A  
343

3601 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-5598
(561) 237-7000

1.06 to 1 78% N/A 69% 40% 47 5% N/A  
343

555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
(800) 637-2969

0.27 to 1 83% 64% 69% 29% 46 6% N/A  
343

3100 McCormick Ave
Wichita, Kansas 67213-2097
(316) 942-4291

0.62 to 1 95% 45% 69% 47% 47 4% N/A  
343

University Station La Hwy 1
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70310
(877) 642-4655

7.51 to 1 31% 92% 69% 39% 50 8% N/A  
343

1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198
(605) 626-3011

7.42 to 1 62% 90% 69% 42% 74 6% 93%  
343

1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762
(620) 231-7000

3.19 to 1 44% 79% 69% 52% 99 6% 70%  
343

2200 169th St
Hammond, Indiana 46323-2094
(219) 989-2400

1.05 to 1 17% 47% 69% 29% 45 0% N/A  
343

1 University Ave
Angola, Indiana 46703-1764
(260) 665-4100

1.36 to 1 97% 72% 69% 52% 48 9% 92%  
343

One Harrison Plaza
Florence, Alabama 35632-0001
(256) 765-4100

2.52 to 1 39% 88% 69% 32% 80 9% N/A  
343

2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0413
(414) 229-1122

1.94 to 1 7% 88% 69% 43% 45 0% N/A  
343

1 Main Street
Randolph Center, Vermont 05061-0500
(802) 728-1000

0.64 to 1 53% 84% 69% 50% 9 4% N/A  
343

1002 N First St
Vincennes, Indiana 47591
(812) 888-8888

0.18 to 1 18% N/A 69% 26% 56 14% 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