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 Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Dominican University

River Forest, IL

Madonna University

Livonia, MI

University of Wisconsin—​Stevens Point

Stevens Point, WI

Augsburg College

Minneapolis, MN

College of St. Scholastica

Duluth, MN

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

Hamline University

St. Paul, MN

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Maharishi University of Management 1

Fairfield, IA


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