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 South Alabama

Mobile, AL

66%
Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

65%
Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

65%
University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

65%
Wright State University

Dayton, OH

65%
Barry University

Miami Shores, FL

64%
Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta, GA

64%
South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, SC

64%
Texas Southern University

Houston, TX

63%
Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

62%
Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

62%
Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL

62%
Texas A&M University—​Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, TX

62%
University of Arkansas—​Little Rock 1

Little Rock, AR

62%
Idaho State University 1

Pocatello, ID

61%
Our Lady of the Lake University

San Antonio, TX

61%
University of Texas—​San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

60%
Texas A&M University—​Kingsville

Kingsville, TX

59%
National-​Louis University 1

Chicago, IL

41%

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