Freshman Retention Rate

National Universities

As many as one in three first-year students doesn't make it back for sophomore year. The reasons run the gamut from family problems and loneliness to academic struggles and a lack of money. If schools you're considering have a low freshman retention rate, you'll want to ask the admissions office why. Some colleges do a great job of taking care of their freshmen; some don't. The retention rates shown below, from highest to lowest, are the average proportion of freshmen entering starting in fall 2008 through fall 2011 who returned to school the following fall.

School Average freshman retention rate
University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

85%
University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

85%
University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

85%
University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

85%
Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

85%
Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

84%
Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

84%
Illinois State University

Normal, IL

84%
Louisiana State University—​Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA

84%
Maryville University of St. Louis

St Louis, MO

84%
University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

84%
University of Nebraska—​Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

84%
University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

84%
University of Texas—​Dallas

Richardson, TX

84%
Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

83%
Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

83%
Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

83%
St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY

83%
University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

83%
University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

83%
Washington State University

Pullman, WA

83%
Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

82%
Florida International University

Miami, FL

82%
Howard University 1

Washington, DC

82%
Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

82%

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