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.

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Rank School FT to PT
Faculty Ratio
Institution
Fin. Aid Rate
Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
Years
Default
Rate
Job Place. Rate  
368

2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, Georgia 30260-0285
(678) 466-4000

1.57 to 1 11% 40% 68% 27% 43 7% 55%  
368

One College Hill
Canton, Missouri 63435-1299
(573) 288-6000

1.23 to 1 100% 62% 68% 50% 90 6% 79%  
368

1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
(615) 444-2562

0.65 to 1 96% 47% 68% 31% 52 15% 70%  
368

1 University Place
Lamoni, Iowa 50140
(641) 784-5000

1.31 to 1 100% 48% 68% 50% 94 4% 63%  
368

608 6th St NE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58405
(701) 252-3467

3.00 to 1 100% 56% 68% 52% 94 1% N/A  
368

720 Northern Blvd
Brookville, New York 11548-1300
(516) 299-2900

0.61 to 1 94% 79% 68% 42% 59 0% N/A  
368

4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605
(337) 475-5000

2.08 to 1 39% 69% 68% 38% 60 10% N/A  
368

1200 Old Trenton Rd
West Windsor, New Jersey 08550-3407
(609) 586-4800

0.29 to 1 1% N/A 68% 14% 47 8% N/A  
368

1104 7th Ave S
Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
(218) 477-4000

0.73 to 1 29% 84% 68% 45% 66 2% N/A  
368

2100 College St
Newberry, South Carolina 29108
(803) 276-5010

1.16 to 1 98% 34% 68% 40% 78 8% 42%  
368

University Parkway
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71497-0002
(318) 357-6011

1.16 to 1 71% 85% 68% 35% 73 0% N/A  
368

901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
(561) 803-2000

0.99 to 1 100% 96% 68% 51% 42 6% 64%  
368

315 Shorter Ave
Rome, Georgia 30165
(706) 291-2121

0.98 to 1 95% 64% 68% 47% 91 5% N/A  
368

6151 Powers Ferry Rd Ste 170
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
(800) 475-0982

0.98 to 1 13% N/A 68% 40% N/A 0% N/A  
368

1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, Oregon 97520
(541) 552-7672

1.47 to 1 67% 75% 68% 32% 86 3% N/A  
368

304 Administration Dr
Denton, Texas 76201
(940) 898-2000

0.89 to 1 38% 86% 68% 45% 91 5% 72%  
368

700 University Avenue
Monroe, Louisiana 71209-0000
(318) 342-1000

0.82 to 1 44% 91% 68% 37% 59 0% N/A  
368

1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-1699
(605) 331-5000

0.75 to 1 99% 56% 68% 48% 56 1% 96%  
368

140 Seventh Ave S.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-9807
(727) 873-4873

1.30 to 1 34% 51% 68% 33% 7 0% N/A  
368

605 Washington St
Fayette, Iowa 52142-1857
(563) 425-5200

0.16 to 1 69% 62% 68% 41% 63 5% 67%  
368

181 White Street
Danbury, Connecticut 06810-6826
(203) 837-8200

0.63 to 1 1% 59% 68% 43% 60 8% 71%  
368

1 University Circle
Macomb, Illinois 61455
(309) 295-1414

9.10 to 1 30% 63% 68% 54% 101 6% 82%  
390

Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave
Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222
(479) 968-0389

1.75 to 1 36% 88% 67% 41% 84 10% N/A  
390

1560 Metropolitan Pky SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
(404) 225-4400

N/A 5% N/A 67% 23% 43 0% N/A  
390

601 College St
Clarksville, Tennessee 37044
(931) 221-7011

1.32 to 1 17% 83% 67% 36% 67 8% N/A  
390

3300 Macon Tech Dr
Macon, Georgia 31206
(478) 757-3400

N/A 1% N/A 67% 19% 15 0% N/A  
390

11600 Columbia College Dr
Sonora, California 95370
(209) 588-5100

1.36 to 1 0% N/A 67% 15% 42 0% 86%  
390

4225 University Ave
Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645
(706) 507-8800

1.21 to 1 9% 52% 67% 34% 51 6% N/A  
390

2700 Christian Pkwy.
Dallas, Texas 75234-7299
(972) 241-3371

0.17 to 1 82% 40% 67% 25% 36 8% N/A  
390

Main St
Boiling Springs, North Carolina 28017-0997
(704) 406-2361

0.91 to 1 78% 83% 67% 48% 66 0% N/A  
390

2325 Chester Blvd
Richmond, Indiana 47374-1289
(765) 973-8200

0.61 to 1 36% 60% 67% 27% 43 0% N/A  
390

3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408-1197
(219) 980-6500

0.79 to 1 14% 69% 67% 22% 45 0% N/A  
390

Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099
(859) 572-5100

1.07 to 1 38% 64% 67% 37% 41 6% N/A  
390

1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(888) 937-7248

0.95 to 1 76% 38% 67% 39% 46 7% N/A  
390

1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, Texas 76401-0000
(254) 968-9000

1.07 to 1 25% 62% 67% 39% 88 6% N/A  
390

615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403-2598
(423) 425-4111

1.40 to 1 34% 76% 67% 38% 104 0% N/A  
390

302 Buchtel Common
Akron, Ohio 44325-4702
(330) 972-7111

0.85 to 1 39% 97% 67% 41% 100 0% N/A  
390

2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
(501) 569-3000

1.57 to 1 40% 99% 67% 20% 85 9% N/A  
390

91-1001 Farrington Highway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
(808) 689-2800

1.02 to 1 42% 72% 67% 0% 33 0% N/A  
390

1 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002-1014
(713) 221-8000

1.00 to 1 37% N/A 67% 12% 38 0% N/A  
390

116 O'Brien Ave
Machias, Maine 04654-1397
(207) 255-1200

0.53 to 1 92% 83% 67% 30% 44 0% N/A  
390

800 University Way
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-4999
(864) 503-5000

1.08 to 1 38% 65% 67% 38% 38 0% N/A  
390

8600 University Blvd
Evansville, Indiana 47712
(812) 464-8600

0.95 to 1 30% 72% 67% 39% 40 5% 81%  
390

1600 Burrstone Rd
Utica, New York 13502-4892
(315) 792-3111

0.61 to 1 95% 81% 67% 47% 68 3% N/A  
390

1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta, Georgia 31698
(229) 333-5800

3.08 to 1 4% 59% 67% 41% 85 4% N/A  
390

1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
(785) 670-1010

0.97 to 1 57% 96% 67% 34% 101 0% 70%  
390

800 Mickelson Dr
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
(605) 394-4034

0.58 to 1 0% N/A 67% 41% 31 5% 83%  
41

1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60660
(773) 274-3000

0.97 to 1 94% 58% 87% 70% 93 3% N/A  
41

3201 Jermantown Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 539-6890

0.72 to 1 4% N/A 87% 20% 12 14% 80%  
41

1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6096
(215) 204-7000

1.01 to 1 69% 67% 87% 66% 93 3% N/A  
41

Columbia-Campus
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
(803) 777-7000

2.14 to 1 63% 63% 87% 72% 97 0% N/A  
41

4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, Florida 33620-9951
(813) 974-2011

13.14 to 1 64% 43% 87% 57% 49 0% N/A  
415

10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, California 92131-1799
(866) 825-5426

0.50 to 1 N/A 44% 66% 0% 37 3% N/A  
415

807 University Pky
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614-0000
(423) 439-1000

1.99 to 1 14% 87% 66% 41% 87 9% N/A  
415

9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237-5898
(412) 367-9300

0.44 to 1 72% 52% 66% 53% 41 3% N/A  
415

University Blvd
Morehead, Kentucky 40351
(606) 783-2221

3.89 to 1 67% 93% 66% 39% 84 8% 48%  
415

7373 Admiral Peary Hwy
Cresson, Pennsylvania 16630-1999
(814) 886-4131

0.57 to 1 100% 76% 66% 49% 71 3% N/A  
415

Center Rd
Dudley, Massachusetts 01571-5000
(508) 213-1560

0.82 to 1 94% 74% 66% 50% 49 6% 95%  
415

2201 Silver Lake Rd
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006-6299
(918) 333-6151

0.23 to 1 99% 51% 66% 45% 36 5% N/A  
415

One College Ave
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701-5799
(570) 326-3761

1.61 to 1 5% N/A 66% 48% 44 7% N/A  
415

351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, Utah 84720
(435) 586-7700

1.53 to 1 52% 57% 66% 45% 81 2% N/A  
415

4901 E University
Odessa, Texas 79762-0001
(432) 552-2020

1.38 to 1 92% 82% 66% 37% 39 0% 61%  
415

155 Miami Street
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
(800) 968-6446

0.20 to 1 57% 51% 66% 38% 29 6% 82%  
415

1301 Twentieth St S
Great Falls, Montana 59405-4996
(406) 761-8210

0.61 to 1 95% N/A 66% 21% 79 4% N/A  
415

307 N University Blvd
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
(251) 460-6101

1.61 to 1 51% 87% 66% 37% 46 5% 65%  
415

176 Murphy Campus Blvd.
Waco, Georgia 30182
(770) 537-6000

N/A 4% N/A 66% 21% 16 0% N/A  
429

4101 University Dr
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 561-1266

0.77 to 1 94% 63% 65% 52% 33 6% N/A  
429

118 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 2116
(617) 236-8800

0.23 to 1 81% 64% 65% 40% 44 10% N/A  
429

96-045 Ala Ike
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782-3393
(808) 455-0011

1.70 to 1 28% N/A 65% 11% 43 12% N/A  
429

1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11201-5372
(718) 488-1013

0.53 to 1 95% 83% 65% 35% 59 0% N/A  
429

500 University Ave W
Minot, North Dakota 58707
(701) 858-3000

1.73 to 1 57% 54% 65% 33% 67 4% N/A  
429

800 Veterans Parkway North
Moultrie, Georgia 31788
(229) 891-7000

N/A 4% N/A 65% 43% 40 0% N/A  
429

801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, Nebraska 68702-0469
(402) 371-2020

0.43 to 1 30% N/A 65% 47% 35 10% N/A  
429

600 N Grand
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464-2399
(918) 456-5511

1.27 to 1 43% 76% 65% 30% 65 8% N/A  
429

709 Oklahoma Blvd
Alva, Oklahoma 73717-2799
(580) 327-1700

0.80 to 1 83% 73% 65% 31% 65 9% N/A  
429

4545 College Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44121-4293
(216) 381-1680

0.40 to 1 99% 51% 65% 36% 83 0% 80%  
429

700 College Rd
Cumberland, Kentucky 40823
(606) 589-2145

0.98 to 1 8% N/A 65% 26% 13 13% N/A  
429

Carter Hall - Rm 4000
Greeley, Colorado 80639
(970) 351-1890

1.90 to 1 72% 70% 65% 45% 98 5% N/A  
429

15 E Peace St
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-1194
(919) 508-2000

0.31 to 1 100% 59% 65% 31% 67 0% N/A  
429

One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio 44555-0001
(877) 468-6978

0.69 to 1 36% N/A 65% 32% 69 7% N/A  
443

1000 Iowa Street
Beebe, Arkansas 72012-1000
(501) 882-3600

1.85 to 1 37% N/A 64% 35% 43 0% N/A  
443

325 Cherry Ave
McKenzie, Tennessee 38201
(731) 352-4000

0.50 to 1 53% 55% 64% 29% 62 1% 48%  
443

467 Franklin St
Bloomfield, New Jersey 7003
(973) 748-9000

0.45 to 1 95% 55% 64% 37% 54 13% 50%  
443

1000 Main St
Chadron, Nebraska 69337-2690
(308) 432-6000

N/A 59% N/A 64% 42% 91 4% N/A  
443

1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122
(970) 248-1020

0.77 to 1 33% 82% 64% 29% 57 0% N/A  
443

1630 Portland Ave
Rochester, New York 14621-3007
(585) 266-0430

N/A 0% N/A 64% 25% 48 0% N/A  
443

3520 30th Ave
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-1690
(262) 564-2200

N/A 1% N/A 64% 23% 44 8% N/A  
443

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
Cottleville, Missouri 63376-0975
(636) 922-8000

0.29 to 1 3% N/A 64% 16% 23 0% 80%  
443

3900 University Blvd
Tyler, Texas 75799-6699
(903) 566-7000

1.86 to 1 46% 80% 64% 41% 40 0% N/A  
443

5210 Grand Ave
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
(479) 788-7000

1.21 to 1 57% 54% 64% 23% 41 0% 58%  
443

23 University Drive
Fort Kent, Maine 04743-1292
(207) 834-7500

0.68 to 1 71% 69% 64% 43% 44 0% 75%  
443

One University Drive
Pembroke, North Carolina 28372-1510
(910) 521-6000

4.22 to 1 13% 70% 64% 34% 63 4% N/A  
443

4100 S 4th St Trafficway
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-5082
(913) 682-5151

0.51 to 1 100% 46% 64% 37% 86 3% N/A  
443

148 Willey St
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
(304) 296-8282

N/A 4% N/A 64% 67% 61 0% N/A  
443

320 Dupont Hwy
New Castle, Delaware 19720
(877) 967-5464

0.09 to 1 12% N/A 64% 36% 39 5% N/A  
458

1 University Dr
Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718-2799
(270) 789-5000

0.88 to 1 89% 67% 63% 45% 51 6% N/A  
458

1500 S Ave K
Portales, New Mexico 88130
(575) 562-1011

0.67 to 1 43% 66% 63% 29% 67 0% N/A  
458

40 University Drive
Rindge, New Hampshire 03461-0060
(603) 899-4000

0.44 to 1 89% 85% 63% 50% 46 4% 72%  
458

495 N Indian Creek Dr
Clarkston, Georgia 30021-2397
(404) 297-9522

N/A 0% N/A 63% 22% 47 0% N/A  
458

800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, Georgia 31709-4693
(877) 871-4594

1.91 to 1 24% 66% 63% 29% 82 6% 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