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
Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

92%
Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

92%
New York University

New York, NY

92%
Pennsylvania State University—​University Park

University Park, PA

92%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

92%
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​New Brunswick

Piscataway, NJ

92%
Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

92%
Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

92%
Texas A&M University—​College Station

College Station, TX

92%
University of California—​Davis

Davis, CA

92%
University of Delaware

Newark, DE

92%
University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

92%
University of Texas—​Austin

Austin, TX

92%
Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

92%
Binghamton University—​SUNY

Binghamton, NY

91%
Boston University

Boston, MA

91%
Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

91%
North Carolina State University—​Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

91%
Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

91%
University of California—​Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

91%
University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

91%
Yeshiva University

New York, NY

91%
American University

Washington, DC

90%
Clemson University

Clemson, SC

90%
Stony Brook University—​SUNY

Stony Brook, NY

90%

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