Freshman Retention Rate

Regional Universities (Midwest)

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.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

School Average freshman retention rate
University of Findlay

Findlay, OH

76%
University of Mary 1

Bismarck, ND

76%
University of Wisconsin—​Oshkosh

Oshkosh, WI

76%
Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, MI

75%
Capital University

Columbus, OH

75%
Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

75%
Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, IN

75%
Lawrence Technological University

Southfield, MI

75%
MidAmerica Nazarene University 1

Olathe, KS

75%
Minnesota State University—​Mankato

Mankato, MN

75%
Missouri State University

Springfield, MO

75%
Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN

75%
University of Wisconsin—​Platteville

Platteville, WI

75%
Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, OH

74%
Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI

74%
University of Illinois—​Springfield

Springfield, IL

74%
University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

74%
University of Wisconsin—​Green Bay

Green Bay, WI

74%
Walsh University

North Canton, OH

74%
Aurora University 1

Aurora, IL

73%
Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

73%
University of Wisconsin—​River Falls

River Falls, WI

73%
College of Mount St. Joseph

Cincinnati, OH

72%
Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

72%
Lindenwood University

St. Charles, MO

72%

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