Schools Ranked by Student-Faculty Ratio

Using the student-to-faculty ratio figures from the NCES database, we calculated how many students each school had per faculty member. Kiplinger recognized that a smaller student-to-faculty ratio is ideal, as that indicates each student is getting more personal instruction.

The NCES 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.

RankSchoolStudent to
Faculty Ratio
Graduation
Rate
Retention
Rate
Acceptance
Rate
Enrollment
Rate
Institutional
Aid Rate
Default
Rate
1

Columbia Southern University

61 to 140%56%N/AN/A18%6%
2

Western Governors University

41 to 124%75%N/AN/A0%7%
3

University of Phoenix-Online Campus

38 to 120%35%N/AN/A19%N/A
4

Columbia College

35 to 141%53%N/AN/A21%13%
5

Bellevue University

33 to 139%50%N/AN/A50%5%
6

University of Central Florida

31 to 167%87%49%39%45%5%
7

Florida State University

26 to 177%92%57%36%38%6%
8

Southern New Hampshire University

26 to 154%69%79%24%70%7%
9

Berkeley College

24 to 131%58%N/AN/A91%N/A
10

Broward College

24 to 132%N/AN/AN/A21%12%
11

Florida State College at Jacksonville

24 to 135%N/AN/AN/A14%18%
12

Minnesota State University-Mankato

24 to 149%74%66%38%23%N/A
13

Southeast Missouri State University

24 to 149%73%85%46%71%12%
14

The University of West Florida

24 to 142%70%48%22%40%N/A
15

University of Advancing Technology

24 to 124%64%N/AN/A46%N/A
16

Arizona State University

23 to 159%84%80%41%85%N/A
17

Bemidji State University

23 to 148%67%67%35%34%9%
18

Northwest Missouri State University

23 to 150%66%72%31%90%10%
19

Oregon State University

23 to 161%84%79%36%64%5%
20

Post University

23 to 136%39%83%42%41%14%
21

Texas A & M University-College Station

23 to 179%91%69%47%58%N/A
22

University of Louisiana at Monroe

23 to 140%67%77%50%42%11%
23

California State University-Long Beach

22 to 160%89%31%25%40%N/A
24

California State University-Monterey Bay

22 to 138%81%44%16%46%N/A
25

California University of Pennsylvania

22 to 150%80%93%41%25%8%
26

Florida Gulf Coast University

22 to 144%77%66%39%17%6%
27

Full Sail University

22 to 178%50%N/AN/A50%20%
28

National University

22 to 131%77%N/AN/A0%7%
29

Thomas College

22 to 143%65%72%35%98%9%
30

Westwood College

22 to 133%67%N/AN/A35%N/A
31

Westwood College-Denver North

22 to 132%75%N/AN/A10%N/A
32

American Public University System

21 to 142%84%N/AN/A8%13%
33

ECPI University

21 to 137%63%81%52%72%12%
34

Georgia Southern University

21 to 150%80%52%66%8%9%
35

Grand Canyon University

21 to 130%59%55%38%95%16%
36

Kennesaw State University

21 to 137%72%78%61%1%6%
37

Oregon Institute of Technology

21 to 144%74%71%18%61%5%
38

The University of Alabama

21 to 167%87%57%37%50%N/A
39

University of Florida

21 to 187%96%47%51%32%4%
40

University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus

21 to 116%46%N/AN/A28%N/A
41

University of Toledo

21 to 145%68%91%34%86%14%
42

AIB College of Business

20 to 161%N/A69%63%93%N/A
43

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

20 to 153%76%93%55%8%8%
44

Indiana State University

20 to 142%64%83%29%72%11%
45

Missouri State University-Springfield

20 to 153%75%85%43%48%N/A
46

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

20 to 137%72%84%52%67%N/A
47

Old Dominion University

20 to 151%80%77%38%33%7%
48

Stevens-Henager College-Murray

20 to 157%64%N/AN/A0%N/A
49

Tarleton State University

20 to 143%68%57%46%31%9%
50

Texas A & M University-Kingsville

20 to 134%64%88%22%65%N/A
51

University of Hawaii-West Oahu

20 to 125%68%76%43%38%N/A
52

University of Missouri-Columbia

20 to 170%84%79%38%67%N/A
53

Valdosta State University

20 to 140%69%55%55%4%10%
54

Central Washington University

19 to 151%74%82%41%59%8%
55

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

19 to 120%40%N/AN/A26%20%
56

Limestone College

19 to 136%58%53%35%92%13%
57

Mississippi State University

19 to 161%79%65%44%66%8%
58

Northern Arizona University

19 to 149%72%91%15%61%10%
59

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%92%56%41%72%N/A
60

Sullivan University

19 to 148%N/AN/AN/A76%24%
61

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

19 to 130%76%78%29%81%17%
62

University of Minnesota-Crookston

19 to 144%69%69%40%86%N/A
63

University of North Dakota

19 to 155%75%74%59%48%4%
64

West Texas A & M University

19 to 140%66%74%38%36%N/A
65

California Baptist University

18 to 158%77%79%33%93%7%
66

Dakota State University

18 to 147%69%83%49%58%9%
67

Eastern New Mexico University

18 to 129%58%63%46%44%N/A
68

Liberty University

18 to 150%69%22%45%80%8%
69

Mercy College

18 to 133%70%57%22%87%6%
70

Savannah College of Art and Design

18 to 168%81%65%31%95%9%
71

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

18 to 132%67%35%48%76%12%
72

Texas A & M University-Commerce

18 to 145%67%68%33%48%N/A
73

Tiffin University

18 to 146%65%39%65%61%19%
74

Trident University International

18 to 158%33%N/AN/A0%3%
75

University of Alabama at Birmingham

18 to 154%80%87%36%60%8%
76

University of Maryland-College Park

18 to 184%95%47%33%53%N/A
77

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

18 to 154%84%64%28%62%N/A
78

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 173%89%63%21%55%N/A
79

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 166%84%80%46%57%N/A
80

University of South Carolina-Columbia

18 to 173%87%61%33%63%N/A
81

Westwood College-Anaheim

18 to 146%61%N/AN/A61%N/A
82

Coastal Carolina University

17 to 146%63%74%27%29%11%
83

Crown College

17 to 156%70%55%36%95%6%
84

Davenport University

17 to 139%79%92%46%83%12%
85

Eastern Kentucky University

17 to 139%71%60%39%43%13%
86

Lindenwood University

17 to 145%71%66%61%90%4%
87

Metropolitan State University

17 to 134%61%100%33%0%7%
88

Missouri University of Science and Technology

17 to 163%83%82%46%91%4%
89

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

17 to 161%73%63%37%97%7%
90

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

17 to 143%74%85%42%39%N/A
91

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

17 to 131%59%60%82%87%16%
92

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

17 to 185%92%54%30%32%N/A
93

Rivier University

17 to 159%77%89%27%99%4%
94

St John's University-New York

17 to 156%80%53%10%97%N/A
95

Stony Brook University

17 to 166%90%39%23%54%N/A
96

Troy University

17 to 135%74%68%51%38%13%
97

Truman State University

17 to 172%87%72%41%98%4%
98

University of Georgia

17 to 183%94%56%48%18%4%
99

University of Houston-Victoria

17 to 1N/A48%51%19%90%N/A
100

University of Mary

17 to 149%71%83%56%100%5%

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