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
Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

89%
Creighton University

Omaha, NE

89%
Kettering University

Flint, MI

89%
Drake University

Des Moines, IA

88%
Bradley University

Peoria, IL

87%
Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

87%
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Steubenville, OH

86%
John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

86%
University of Wisconsin—​La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

86%
Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

85%
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—​Eau 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—​Dearborn

Dearborn, MI

82%
University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

82%
Dominican University

River Forest, IL

81%
Madonna University

Livonia, MI

81%
University of Wisconsin—​Stevens Point

Stevens Point, WI

81%
Augsburg College

Minneapolis, MN

80%
College of St. Scholastica

Duluth, MN

80%
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

80%
Hamline University

St. Paul, MN

80%
Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

80%
Maharishi University of Management 1

Fairfield, IA

80%
North Central College

Naperville, IL

80%
University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI

80%
University of Nebraska—​Kearney

Kearney, NE

80%
Webster University

St. Louis, MO

80%
Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

79%
McKendree University

Lebanon, IL

79%
University of St. Francis

Joliet, IL

79%
University of Wisconsin—​Whitewater

Whitewater, WI

79%
William Woods University 1

Fulton, MO

79%
Concordia University Wisconsin

Mequon, WI

78%
Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI

78%
St. Ambrose University

Davenport, IA

78%
Baker University

Baldwin City, KS

77%
Carroll University

Waukesha, WI

77%
Concordia University

Seward, NE

77%
University of Minnesota—​Duluth

Duluth, MN

77%
Winona State University

Winona, MN

77%
Anderson University

Anderson, IN

76%
Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids, MI

76%
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

76%

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