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
Malone University

Canton, OH

69%
Purdue University—​Calumet

Hammond, IN

69%
Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, MN

69%
University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA

69%
Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

69%
Fort Hays State University

Hays, KS

68%
Graceland University

Lamoni, IA

68%
Lakeland College 1

Plymouth, WI

68%
Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, MO

68%
Park University

Parkville, MO

68%
Ursuline College

Pepper Pike, OH

68%
Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

68%
Concordia University Chicago

River Forest, IL

67%
Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI

67%
Indiana University Northwest

Gary, IN

67%
Minnesota State University—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

67%
Minot State University

Minot, ND

67%
Missouri Baptist University

St. Louis, MO

67%
Mount Mary University

Milwaukee, WI

67%
University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, IN

67%
Friends University 1

Wichita, KS

66%
Lake Erie College

Painesville, OH

66%
Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, IL

65%
Tiffin University

Tiffin, OH

65%
Washburn University

Topeka, KS

65%
Dakota State University

Madison, SD

64%
Indiana University—​South Bend

South Bend, IN

64%
Metropolitan State University 1

St. Paul, MN

64%
Rockford University

Rockford, IL

64%
Southwestern College

Winfield, KS

64%
Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA

64%
Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, OH

63%
Black Hills State University 1

Spearfish, SD

62%
Heidelberg University

Tiffin, OH

62%
Indiana University Southeast

New Albany, IN

62%
Southwest Baptist University 1

Bolivar, MO

62%
Indiana University-​Purdue University—​Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN

61%
Marygrove College 1

Detroit, MI

61%
Chicago State University

Chicago, IL

58%
Peru State College 1

Peru, NE

58%
Roosevelt University

Chicago, IL

58%
University of St. Mary

Leavenworth, KS

56%
Calumet College of St. Joseph

Whiting, IN

55%
Robert Morris University

Chicago, IL

51%
Ashford University 1

Clinton, IA

42%

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