Schools Ranked by Student-Faculty Ratio Page 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.

Rank School Student to
Faculty Ratio
Graduation
Rate
Retention
Rate
Acceptance
Rate
Enrollment
Rate
Institutional
Aid Rate
Default
Rate
101

Chaminade University of Honolulu

11 to 1 47% 74% 82% 28% 81% 9% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
102

Illinois Wesleyan University

11 to 1 83% 93% 62% 12% 99% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
103

North Park University

11 to 1 52% 75% 49% 9% 89% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
104

Dominican University

11 to 1 59% 79% 63% 12% 90% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
105

University of St Francis

11 to 1 65% 76% 51% 13% 86% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
106

Anderson University

11 to 1 54% 75% 60% 16% 89% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
107

Cornell College

11 to 1 68% 82% 70% 14% 98% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
108

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

11 to 1 66% 80% 64% 50% 90% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
109

Maharishi University of Management

11 to 1 46% 90% 37% 25% 68% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
110

Wartburg College

11 to 1 70% 80% 74% 17% 94% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
111

Friends University

11 to 1 41% 74% 58% 22% 87% 10% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
112

Asbury University

11 to 1 63% 81% 57% 19% 77% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
113

Goucher College

11 to 1 69% 82% 77% 11% 90% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
114

Loyola University Maryland

11 to 1 81% 86% 61% 7% 70% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
115

McDaniel College

11 to 1 70% 75% 80% 15% 98% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
116

Berklee College of Music

11 to 1 56% 87% 29% 12% 53% 12% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
117

Cleary University

11 to 1 52% 65% 72% 46% 100% 7% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
118

Hope College

11 to 1 76% 88% 72% 18% 87% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
119

Spring Arbor University

11 to 1 52% 79% 69% 19% 88% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
120

Concordia College at Moorhead

11 to 1 73% 82% 78% 23% 96% 2% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
121

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

11 to 1 60% 82% 66% 26% 94% 9% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
122

Belhaven University

11 to 1 47% 67% 51% 9% 93% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
123

Fontbonne University

11 to 1 54% 79% 97% 36% 76% 10% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
124

Saint Louis University

11 to 1 71% 90% 63% 12% 54% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
125

William Woods University

11 to 1 52% 75% 73% 21% 90% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
126

Creighton University

11 to 1 79% 90% 70% 11% 91% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
127

Adelphi University

11 to 1 67% 84% 72% 9% 88% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
128

Canisius College

11 to 1 70% 83% 87% 14% 92% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
129

CUNY Hunter College

11 to 1 54% 83% 39% 8% 56% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
130

Ithaca College

11 to 1 76% 86% 67% 11% 88% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
131

St Bonaventure University

11 to 1 64% 86% 66% 13% 99% 7% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
132

St Lawrence University

11 to 1 87% 89% 46% 12% 93% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
133

Saint Joseph's College-New York

11 to 1 68% 86% 68% 16% 82% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
134

Utica College

11 to 1 42% 70% 83% 13% 76% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
135

Salem College

11 to 1 60% 83% 62% 21% 95% 7% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
136

Valley City State University

11 to 1 41% 71% 86% 52% 56% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
137

Ohio Northern University

11 to 1 69% 86% 69% 19% 75% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
138

Xavier University

11 to 1 74% 83% 72% 11% 92% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
139

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

11 to 1 63% 86% 84% 20% 96% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
140

Pacific University

11 to 1 71% 77% 79% 16% 93% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
141

Summit University of Pennsylvania

11 to 1 59% 74% 61% 32% 74% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
142

Carlow University

11 to 1 50% 77% 81% 24% 87% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
143

Lebanon Valley College

11 to 1 74% 85% 72% 14% 94% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
144

Muhlenberg College

11 to 1 85% 93% 48% 12% 82% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
145

Presbyterian College

11 to 1 70% 81% 62% 13% 89% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
146

Saint Michael's College

11 to 1 76% 87% 76% 10% 98% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
147

Pacific Lutheran University

11 to 1 68% 83% 76% 18% 96% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
148

Whitworth University

11 to 1 75% 95% 62% 13% 94% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
149

Wheeling Jesuit University

11 to 1 54% 72% 61% 15% 79% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
150

Viterbo University

11 to 1 51% 78% 66% 20% 85% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
151

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

11 to 1 68% 100% 53% 37% 42% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
152

Samford University

12 to 1 74% 89% 93% 26% 88% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
153

Laguna College of Art and Design

12 to 1 66% 84% 37% 21% 100% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
154

Whittier College

12 to 1 66% 80% 63% 9% 94% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
155

Fairfield University

12 to 1 82% 89% 65% 9% 75% 1% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
156

Quinnipiac University

12 to 1 76% 87% 74% 8% 83% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
157

American University

12 to 1 81% 88% 35% 11% 63% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
158

Hobe Sound Bible College

12 to 1 56% 75% N/A N/A 55% 11% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
159

Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

12 to 1 68% 89% N/A N/A 93% 18% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
160

University of Miami

12 to 1 82% 92% 38% 6% 70% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
161

Berry College

12 to 1 64% 83% 55% 13% 99% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
162

Augustana College

12 to 1 76% 86% 49% 10% 97% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
163

Bradley University

12 to 1 74% 86% 66% 10% 94% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
164

Bethel College-Indiana

12 to 1 64% 78% 66% 14% 84% 9% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
165

University of Evansville

12 to 1 68% 81% 70% 12% 91% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
166

Oakland City University

12 to 1 63% 71% 55% 10% 24% 10% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
167

Taylor University

12 to 1 77% 87% 85% 30% 84% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
168

Central College

12 to 1 67% 78% 64% 10% 94% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
169

Luther College

12 to 1 77% 85% 67% 16% 97% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
170

Northwest Iowa Community College

12 to 1 56% 75% N/A N/A 30% 11% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
171

Baker University

12 to 1 60% 77% 82% 21% 73% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
172

Clear Creek Baptist Bible College

12 to 1 46% 80% N/A N/A 90% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
173

Loyola University New Orleans

12 to 1 66% 77% 90% 19% 92% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
174

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

12 to 1 58% 86% 78% 20% 56% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
175

Capitol Technology University

12 to 1 35% 87% 97% 23% 71% 7% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
176

Mount St Mary's University

12 to 1 69% 75% 67% 8% 95% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
177

Notre Dame of Maryland University

12 to 1 54% 79% 52% 11% 59% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
178

Assumption College

12 to 1 73% 83% 76% 12% 92% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
179

Bay Path University

12 to 1 57% 80% 77% 16% 76% 9% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
180

Boston University

12 to 1 85% 93% 33% 7% 49% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
181

Lawrence Technological University

12 to 1 56% 81% 55% 16% 51% 7% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
182

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

12 to 1 90% 97% 26% 12% 51% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
183

Michigan Technological University

12 to 1 65% 87% 75% 24% 86% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
184

Siena Heights University

12 to 1 37% 72% 77% 17% 71% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
185

Augsburg College

12 to 1 56% 79% 59% 16% 82% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
186

Bethel University

12 to 1 74% 84% 95% 40% 89% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
187

Martin Luther College

12 to 1 73% 83% 78% 66% 94% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
188

University of Minnesota-Morris

12 to 1 65% 77% 60% 11% 74% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
189

Rockhurst University

12 to 1 71% 85% 74% 12% 68% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
190

Grace University

12 to 1 46% 93% 59% 32% 86% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
191

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

12 to 1 73% 81% 34% 19% 72% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
192

Caldwell University

12 to 1 64% 82% 64% 9% 74% 9% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
193

Rider University

12 to 1 64% 80% 69% 9% 87% 7% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
194

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

12 to 1 49% 75% 24% 21% 73% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
195

Houghton College

12 to 1 73% 84% 95% 35% 97% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
196

The Sage Colleges

12 to 1 60% 78% 54% 11% 90% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
197

Saint John Fisher College

12 to 1 72% 86% 62% 12% 96% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
198

Elon University

12 to 1 83% 90% 57% 15% 54% 2% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
199

Pfeiffer University

12 to 1 43% 69% 47% 10% 75% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
200

Minot State University

12 to 1 43% 75% 57% 41% 59% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/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