Schools Ranked by Student-Faculty RatioPage 2

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.

What is a Low Student-to-Faculty Ratio?

Although student-to-faculty ratios can differ from country to country and even regionally, in some cases, a low student-faculty ratio typically consists of 15:1 or 10:1, students to faculty. Though totals may vary slightly, this ratio describes a class size of roughly 15 or 10 students per every one teacher or faculty member.

Benefits of a Lower Student Faculty Ratio

There are many benefits of choosing a college or university with a low student-teacher ratio, including smaller classes where students can receive individual attention from instructors, accommodation of different learning and teaching styles, and much more.

Smaller Classes

In a smaller classroom environment, there is a much greater opportunity for the teacher to be directly involved with the students. Additionally, instructors of smaller classes often enjoy lighter workloads than their counterparts at larger universities, which means that the coursework can be personally delivered and graded by the instructor, instead of relying on a teaching assistant or other students for help. Students in smaller classes are also less likely to get “lost in the system” when surrounded by hundreds of other students in a large class, all vying for the attention of the professor. Small online course sizes may also be beneficial, as they can offer ease of communication between students and faculty, and better management of discussion groups and video lectures. Increased communication in small classes allows students to build the advanced communication skills they will need in the workplace after graduation.

Individual Attention

In a larger university or class, a lecture-style format is the preferred method of teaching hundreds of students at a time. In these large lecture halls accommodating hundreds of students, those that prefer or require individual attention may be overlooked by the professor or TA. In schools with a lower student faculty ratio, however, students are more likely to have more direct communication through conversations with their teachers, both in and out of the classroom. This one-on-one time with a professor can develop a lasting relationship, which can be beneficial when asking for references for graduate school or job prospects.

Types of Teaching and Learning

Larger classes and a higher student-faculty ratio can lead to an overwhelming amount of “busy work”, including easy-to-grade multiple-choice assignments and superficial tests and quizzes. A smaller class size can allow the breathing room necessary for teachers to assign more projects, papers and written exercises, as well as, take the time to properly evaluate and assess the skills of each student. There may also be greater opportunities to conduct research and collaborate on projects that would, otherwise, have hundreds of students competing for a few limited spots.

Teacher Retention

It has often been said that “quality over quantity” is most important when it comes to education, a theory that could also extend to teachers in all sectors. Recruiting and retaining teachers in an educational environment that has a high student-teacher ratio can be considerably more difficult than in one with a low ratio. The amount of work demanded from faculty in an environment with large classes and a high number of students can place undue stress on teachers, and may cause them to seek other positions. In some cases, the teachers deemed most effective are burdened with the additional responsibility of teaching in larger classes in order to increase test scores, student performance, or collective grade point averages.

RankSchoolStudent to
Faculty Ratio
Graduation
Rate
Retention
Rate
Acceptance
Rate
Enrollment
Rate
Institutional
Aid Rate
Default
Rate
101

University of Maryland-University College

17 to 13%36%N/AN/A11%N/A
102

University of Nebraska at Omaha

17 to 142%75%71%54%52%N/A
103

University of North Carolina - Wilmington

17 to 171%86%54%34%43%N/A
104

University of Southern Mississippi

17 to 145%72%66%43%72%12%
105

Upper Iowa University

17 to 140%72%58%30%80%8%
106

Academy of Art University

16 to 132%71%N/AN/A14%16%
107

Anderson University

16 to 141%73%65%35%99%4%
108

Appalachian State University

16 to 169%87%63%39%34%5%
109

Baker College of Flint

16 to 111%51%N/AN/A70%N/A
110

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%73%52%40%99%N/A
111

DePaul University

16 to 170%85%60%20%94%6%
112

Herzing University-Kenosha

16 to 1N/A65%77%67%21%N/A
113

Marist College

16 to 180%90%37%30%85%2%
114

Oklahoma Christian University

16 to 149%85%63%43%97%6%
115

Olivet Nazarene University

16 to 157%75%82%25%100%5%
116

Rasmussen College-Florida

16 to 128%71%74%52%16%N/A
117

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

16 to 139%54%N/AN/A78%N/A
118

University of Northern Iowa

16 to 166%83%83%51%59%5%
119

University of West Alabama

16 to 132%58%100%83%56%10%
120

Western Carolina University

16 to 151%79%38%27%70%8%
121

Aurora University

15 to 158%73%76%34%100%6%
122

Baylor University

15 to 175%88%57%19%94%5%
123

Bryan College-Dayton

15 to 162%71%38%43%87%N/A
124

Buffalo State SUNY

15 to 149%75%49%24%68%N/A
125

California Lutheran University

15 to 170%85%48%16%97%4%
126

Charleston Southern University

15 to 136%65%69%26%99%9%
127

Clarkson University

15 to 173%87%64%18%99%2%
128

DeSales University

15 to 170%85%76%21%99%3%
129

Dowling College

15 to 134%62%78%19%90%7%
130

Franciscan University of Steubenville

15 to 173%86%76%32%94%2%
131

Graceland University-Lamoni

15 to 147%70%50%33%100%N/A
132

Herzing University-Madison

15 to 136%43%81%68%26%N/A
133

Indiana Wesleyan University

15 to 165%78%95%44%42%6%
134

John Brown University

15 to 165%82%70%38%95%5%
135

Lakeland College

15 to 151%70%66%37%98%6%
136

Mississippi College

15 to 153%68%67%46%97%6%
137

Monroe College

15 to 157%74%44%68%69%11%
138

Notre Dame College

15 to 139%60%90%15%99%N/A
139

Oral Roberts University

15 to 153%81%44%65%95%11%
140

Pacific College

15 to 171%100%N/AN/A0%4%
141

Peirce College

15 to 122%63%N/AN/A35%14%
142

Robert Morris University

15 to 156%81%81%22%96%5%
143

Saint Leo University

15 to 146%69%77%26%93%12%
144

Texas Wesleyan University

15 to 141%71%30%27%93%8%
145

The College of Saint Scholastica

15 to 168%84%73%33%99%N/A
146

Trine University

15 to 151%74%72%21%97%9%
147

University of Delaware

15 to 180%92%65%26%51%4%
148

University of Washington

15 to 182%93%55%37%31%N/A
149

Vanguard University of Southern California

15 to 152%76%70%38%97%5%
150

Washington State University

15 to 165%80%82%34%49%4%
151

Webster University

15 to 159%81%58%41%93%6%
152

Westwood College-Los Angeles

15 to 135%50%N/AN/A12%N/A
153

Albertus Magnus College

14 to 161%93%68%28%83%7%
154

Avila University

14 to 149%70%61%18%99%8%
155

Azusa Pacific University

14 to 165%82%80%29%87%4%
156

Brandman University

14 to 1N/AN/A100%71%N/A4%
157

Brescia University

14 to 130%57%45%9%97%13%
158

Central Christian College of Kansas

14 to 150%63%50%39%68%10%
159

Champlain College

14 to 158%79%71%17%92%6%
160

Colorado Christian University

14 to 137%69%98%39%95%6%
161

Cumberland University

14 to 137%64%47%56%98%8%
162

Dallas Baptist University

14 to 155%70%42%44%91%7%
163

Daniel Webster College

14 to 154%69%60%35%24%8%
164

Duquesne University

14 to 177%88%74%31%100%N/A
165

Endicott College

14 to 171%81%72%24%89%3%
166

Georgia Regents University

14 to 129%68%41%21%7%7%
167

Gwynedd Mercy University

14 to 166%82%66%26%100%8%
168

Hodges University

14 to 130%49%83%93%25%14%
169

Hope International University

14 to 145%73%47%41%96%6%
170

Loyola University Chicago

14 to 171%85%91%19%95%5%
171

McKendree University

14 to 148%75%63%38%100%8%
172

Milwaukee School of Engineering

14 to 156%83%68%37%97%5%
173

Minnesota School of Business-Richfield

14 to 133%62%N/AN/A56%16%
174

Missouri Valley College

14 to 125%44%22%86%99%10%
175

Mount Mercy University

14 to 173%82%68%42%85%6%
176

Muskingum University

14 to 148%68%76%27%99%7%
177

National American University-Rapid City

14 to 117%83%N/AN/A10%21%
178

Navajo Technical University

14 to 143%44%N/AN/A1%0%
179

New England College

14 to 140%62%90%8%77%8%
180

North Greenville University

14 to 155%73%58%49%100%7%
181

Norwich University

14 to 157%75%255%31%98%5%
182

Rochester Institute of Technology

14 to 164%87%60%28%89%5%
183

Roger Williams University

14 to 163%83%81%15%90%3%
184

Stevens-Henager College-Ogden

14 to 175%62%N/AN/A68%N/A
185

Temple University

14 to 166%89%64%37%73%6%
186

The University of Findlay

14 to 156%76%68%38%100%N/A
187

Trinity International University-Illinois

14 to 145%69%94%44%100%N/A
188

University of Charleston

14 to 146%66%69%30%100%8%
189

University of Memphis

14 to 143%76%68%52%34%N/A
190

University of the Incarnate Word

14 to 140%69%93%28%90%9%
191

Valley Forge Christian College

14 to 142%74%66%50%91%11%
192

Wilmington University

14 to 139%64%N/AN/A14%8%
193

Alliant International University

13 to 1N/A75%49%44%50%3%
194

Aspen University

13 to 1N/A100%N/AN/A0%3%
195

Belmont University

13 to 168%83%80%31%69%2%
196

Cairn University-Langhorne

13 to 170%75%51%50%100%N/A
197

Corban University

13 to 155%77%32%24%100%4%
198

Eastern University

13 to 155%80%64%39%100%9%
199

Elmhurst College

13 to 174%78%72%26%88%2%
200

Franklin University

13 to 115%47%N/AN/A11%12%

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