Schools Ranked by Student-Faculty Ratio Page 5

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
401

The University of Findlay

16 to 1 56% 78% 76% 23% 92% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
402

Oral Roberts University

16 to 1 58% 80% 64% 18% 87% 10% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
403

University of Western States

16 to 1 88% N/A N/A N/A 56% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
404

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

16 to 1 86% 93% 51% 14% 68% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
405

Anderson University

16 to 1 49% 73% 55% 20% 87% 9% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
406

Cumberland University

16 to 1 45% 70% 49% 29% 87% 11% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
407

King University

16 to 1 45% 73% 44% 17% 71% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
408

University of Utah

16 to 1 64% 89% 81% 28% 51% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
409

George Mason University

16 to 1 69% 87% 69% 14% 41% 2% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
410

James Madison University

16 to 1 83% 91% 73% 21% 34% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
411

Longwood University

16 to 1 66% 80% 79% 22% 48% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
412

Milwaukee School of Engineering

16 to 1 64% 87% 65% 22% 89% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
413

Unitek College

16 to 1 N/A 100% N/A N/A 20% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
414

University of California-Berkeley

17 to 1 92% 96% 17% 7% 61% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
415

University of California-Santa Barbara

17 to 1 81% 93% 33% 6% 66% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
416

University of La Verne

17 to 1 64% 85% 47% 9% 73% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
417

University of Connecticut

17 to 1 83% 92% 53% 11% 62% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
418

North Florida Community College

17 to 1 52% 70% N/A N/A 60% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
419

Warner University

17 to 1 40% 72% 51% 36% 99% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
420

Georgia College and State University

17 to 1 60% 86% 76% 37% 79% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
421

Moody Bible Institute

17 to 1 69% 86% 68% 48% 80% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
422

Indiana University-Bloomington

17 to 1 77% 89% 78% 23% 59% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
423

University of Northern Iowa

17 to 1 68% 80% 80% 36% 55% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
424

University of Kentucky

17 to 1 63% 83% 89% 28% 78% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
425

University of Maryland-College Park

17 to 1 86% 95% 45% 14% 52% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
426

Towson University

17 to 1 70% 86% 73% 25% 47% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
427

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

17 to 1 56% 86% 57% 15% 55% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
428

Westfield State University

17 to 1 63% 79% 80% 25% 56% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
429

Grand Valley State University

17 to 1 67% 84% 81% 24% 65% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
430

Michigan State University

17 to 1 77% 92% 66% 23% 51% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
431

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

17 to 1 77% 93% 45% 13% 50% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
432

Park University

17 to 1 43% 59% 40% 11% 37% 10% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
433

Plymouth State University

17 to 1 58% 76% 74% 20% 61% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
434

Montclair State University

17 to 1 66% 83% 70% 26% 51% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
435

Ramapo College of New Jersey

17 to 1 74% 86% 53% 13% 43% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
436

Stockton University

17 to 1 73% 87% 64% 21% 56% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
437

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

17 to 1 70% 91% 32% 7% 56% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
438

Fashion Institute of Technology

17 to 1 75% 90% 41% 27% 41% 7% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
439

Stony Brook University

17 to 1 68% 90% 41% 8% 57% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
440

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

17 to 1 49% 74% 60% 15% 69% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
441

SUNY College at Oswego

17 to 1 66% 80% 51% 14% 76% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
442

SUNY Maritime College

17 to 1 56% 87% 68% 25% 54% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
443

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

17 to 1 56% 77% 59% 26% 55% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
444

University of North Carolina Wilmington

17 to 1 71% 85% 61% 18% 53% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
445

Concordia University-Portland

17 to 1 48% 74% 51% 8% 100% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
446

South Dakota State University

17 to 1 54% 76% 92% 44% 58% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
447

University of South Dakota

17 to 1 52% 77% 74% 31% 54% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
448

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

17 to 1 70% 85% 76% 28% 75% 7% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
449

Trevecca Nazarene University

17 to 1 51% 77% 73% 31% 77% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
450

Virginia Commonwealth University

17 to 1 62% 86% 79% 27% 55% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
451

Mountain State College

17 to 1 92% 83% N/A N/A 6% 18% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
452

Apex School of Theology

17 to 1 95% 97% N/A N/A 99% 11% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
453

University of Alabama at Birmingham

18 to 1 55% 79% 60% 21% 58% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
454

Northern Arizona University

18 to 1 52% 74% 77% 17% 64% 9% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
455

California Baptist University

18 to 1 60% 76% 65% 26% 85% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
456

University of California-Davis

18 to 1 85% 93% 38% 8% 72% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
457

University of California-Santa Cruz

18 to 1 78% 88% 50% 8% 74% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
458

University of Colorado Boulder

18 to 1 71% 86% 80% 20% 43% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
459

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

18 to 1 67% 87% 81% 26% 50% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
460

University of North Florida

18 to 1 55% 80% 57% 14% 61% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
461

University of Georgia

18 to 1 85% 95% 53% 24% 82% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
462

University of Illinois at Chicago

18 to 1 60% 81% 77% 22% 65% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
463

Illinois State University

18 to 1 73% 82% 88% 30% 50% 4% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
464

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 1 78% 91% 58% 12% 69% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
465

University of Northwestern-St Paul

18 to 1 66% 82% 87% 33% 59% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
466

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

18 to 1 61% 80% 78% 19% 69% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
467

Crown College

18 to 1 56% 68% 53% 15% 80% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
468

University of Mississippi

18 to 1 61% 87% 79% 22% 68% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
469

Rivier University

18 to 1 43% 77% 57% 11% 60% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
470

Rowan University

18 to 1 67% 86% 71% 18% 43% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
471

Monroe College

18 to 1 53% 78% 45% 28% 92% 10% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
472

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

18 to 1 50% 88% 57% 22% 80% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
473

SUNY at Albany

18 to 1 68% 82% 56% 12% 60% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
474

East Carolina University

18 to 1 62% 80% 69% 25% 50% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
475

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

18 to 1 54% 78% 94% 48% 56% 3% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
476

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

18 to 1 62% 88% 86% 29% 58% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
477

Ohio University-Main Campus

18 to 1 67% 79% 74% 21% 53% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
478

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 1 66% 86% 78% 35% 62% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
479

Oregon State University

18 to 1 64% 85% 78% 26% 54% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
480

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

18 to 1 49% 73% 96% 43% 62% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
481

Southern Wesleyan University

18 to 1 50% 69% 62% 22% 80% 12% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
482

Clemson University

18 to 1 81% 93% 51% 15% 71% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
483

Dakota State University

18 to 1 38% 74% 81% 38% 39% 9% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
484

The University of Texas at Austin

18 to 1 80% 95% 39% 18% 45% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
485

Texas Woman's University

18 to 1 41% 76% 86% 24% 67% 8% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
486

Liberty University

18 to 1 47% 75% 22% 10% 84% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
487

Western Washington University

18 to 1 71% 82% 82% 28% 48% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
488

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

18 to 1 68% 85% 80% 34% 43% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
489

University of Wisconsin-Madison

18 to 1 85% 96% 58% 22% 42% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
490

University of California-Merced

18 to 1 66% 84% 61% 9% 88% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
491

Auburn University

19 to 1 73% 90% 78% 25% 53% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
492

University of Arkansas

19 to 1 62% 82% 60% 24% 58% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
493

University of California-Irvine

19 to 1 88% 93% 39% 8% 73% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
494

University of California-Riverside

19 to 1 73% 91% 56% 11% 84% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
495

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

19 to 1 85% 97% 32% 11% 63% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
496

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19 to 1 85% 93% 66% 22% 51% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
497

Iowa State University

19 to 1 71% 87% 87% 33% 67% 5% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
498

Kansas State University

19 to 1 62% 83% 95% 39% 57% 6% N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
499

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

19 to 1 63% 86% 59% 15% 51% N/A N/A N/A
,
N/AN/A
500

Mississippi State University

19 to 1 60% 82% 65% 28% 78% 8% 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