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
Baldwin Wallace University

Berea, OH

83%
Drury University

Springfield, MO

83%
Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI

83%
Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO

83%
University of Wisconsin—‚ÄčEau Claire

Eau Claire, WI

83%
Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

83%
Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

83%
St. Catherine University

St. Paul, MN

82%
University of Evansville

Evansville, IN

82%
University of Michigan—‚ÄčDearborn

Dearborn, MI

82%

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