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  
458

1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, Indiana 46634-7111
(574) 520-4872

1.15 to 1 24% 72% 63% 23% 45 0% N/A  
458

98 Bridge St
Henniker, New Hampshire 3242
(603) 428-2211

0.61 to 1 97% 72% 63% 43% 47 5% 73%  
458

1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, Pennsylvania 15071
(412) 809-5100

1.27 to 1 58% N/A 63% 54% 12 10% 83%  
458

1247 E. Siena Heights Dr
Adrian, Michigan 49221
(517) 263-0731

N/A 99% 63% 63% 43% 74 3% N/A  
458

2406 S Alverno Rd
Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220-9319
(920) 684-6691

0.47 to 1 91% 53% 63% 42% 55 2% 69%  
458

2211 College View Drive
Redding, California 96003-8606
(530) 224-5600

0.51 to 1 99% 60% 63% 41% 45 4% N/A  
458

2008 Alumin Drive, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 468-2011

2.89 to 1 47% 56% 63% 44% 87 10% N/A  
458

181 Main St
Presque Isle, Maine 04769-2888
(207) 768-9400

0.78 to 1 67% N/A 63% 37% 46 0% N/A  
458

6191 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, Kentucky 40769
(606) 549-2200

1.37 to 1 100% 69% 63% 45% 50 10% 90%  
458

4089 Val Tech Rd
Valdosta, Georgia 31602
(229) 333-2100

N/A 2% N/A 63% 33% 4 0% N/A  
46

First and Normal Sts
Chico, California 95929-0150
(530) 898-6116

1.10 to 1 33% 74% 86% 57% 60 0% N/A  
46

4400 University Dr
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
(703) 993-1000

1.04 to 1 19% 55% 86% 66% 42 2% 69%  
46

231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
(478) 445-2770

2.51 to 1 7% 66% 86% 57% 89 5% N/A  
46

3410 Beardshear Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011-2030
(515) 294-5836

4.84 to 1 73% 86% 86% 71% 98 0% 74%  
46

301 Lake St
Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612-1098
(570) 674-6400

0.52 to 1 100% 59% 86% 68% 79 0% 70%  
46

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0063
(513) 556-6000

40.21 to 1 49% 68% 86% 55% 101 0% N/A  
46

2199 S. University Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80208
(303) 871-2000

0.99 to 1 82% 68% 86% 76% 100 2% 93%  
46

101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316
(319) 335-3500

19.44 to 1 50% 78% 86% 70% 101 2% 68%  
46

601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5963
(910) 962-3000

1.65 to 1 44% 53% 86% 69% 62 0% 59%  
473

420 W Main St
Danville, Virginia 24541
(434) 791-5600

1.07 to 1 100% 58% 62% 40% 86 6% N/A  
473

521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3102
(859) 622-1000

1.57 to 1 31% 66% 62% 37% 86 9% N/A  
473

10400 N. 25th Avenue, Suite 190
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-1641
(602) 942-4141

0.43 to 1 0% N/A 62% 36% 17 20% 86%  
473

2800 Palmyra Rd
Hannibal, Missouri 63401-1999
(573) 221-3675

0.70 to 1 90% 68% 62% 52% 56 0% N/A  
473

921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
(208) 282-2700

2.99 to 1 40% N/A 62% 35% 96 5% N/A  
473

204 East College Street
Athens, Tennessee 37303
(423) 745-7504

1.08 to 1 100% 76% 62% 45% 88 7% N/A  
473

7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
(775) 673-7000

0.43 to 1 7% N/A 62% 16% 34 10% N/A  
473

2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
(419) 530-4636

2.56 to 1 71% N/A 62% 44% 92 6% N/A  
473

2501 4th Ave
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
(806) 651-0000

2.25 to 1 29% 69% 62% 44% 89 0% 77%  
482

3000 College Dr
Bluefield, Virginia 24605
(276) 326-3682

0.53 to 1 99% 53% 61% 34% 65 3% N/A  
482

125 College Dr
Casper, Wyoming 82601-4699
(307) 268-2110

1.32 to 1 37% N/A 61% 30% 54 12% N/A  
482

4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, Oregon 97305
(503) 399-5000

0.34 to 1 12% N/A 61% 17% 42 11% N/A  
482

650 College Drive
Dalton, Georgia 30720-3797
(706) 272-4436

2.91 to 1 2% 43% 61% 17% 45 11% N/A  
482

1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, Missouri 63084
(636) 583-5193

0.43 to 1 7% N/A 61% 19% 38 10% 79%  
482

210 N 7th St
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
(812) 237-6311

2.38 to 1 65% 86% 61% 44% 99 7% N/A  
482

2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
(904) 256-8000

1.19 to 1 98% 45% 61% 41% 64 6% N/A  
482

One College Green
La Plume, Pennsylvania 18440-0200
(570) 945-8000

0.39 to 1 81% 91% 61% 41% 78 7% 77%  
482

320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649-2099
(864) 388-8000

1.93 to 1 32% 42% 61% 40% 62 3% N/A  
482

1000 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, New York 14623
(585) 292-2000

0.56 to 1 6% N/A 61% 23% 49 8% N/A  
482

340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422-0796
(215) 641-6300

0.33 to 1 2% N/A 61% 14% 44 8% N/A  
482

100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830-2399
(978) 556-3000

0.20 to 1 5% N/A 61% 16% 45 9% N/A  
482

1701 E Front St
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
(231) 995-1000

0.48 to 1 12% N/A 61% 17% 53 7% 63%  
482

8700 NW River Park Dr
Parkville, Missouri 64152-3795
(816) 741-2000

1.18 to 1 66% 69% 61% 41% 101 4% 86%  
482

1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, Oklahoma 74017-3252
(918) 343-7777

0.61 to 1 10% 55% 61% 16% 64 12% N/A  
482

Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4512
(618) 453-2121

6.84 to 1 40% 51% 61% 48% 101 0% 75%  
482

100 W Hillcrest
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 645-3921

2.00 to 1 85% N/A 61% 29% 56 7% 65%  
482

11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, Alaska 99801-8697
(877) 465-4827

0.80 to 1 21% N/A 61% 11% 31 4% N/A  
482

9000 Overland Avenue
Culver City, California 90230-3519
(310) 287-4200

N/A 0% N/A 61% 13% 43 9% N/A  
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
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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
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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  

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