Freshman Retention Rate

Regional Universities (North)

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
Simmons College

Boston, MA

82%
Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

81%
Emmanuel College

Boston, MA

81%
La Salle University

Philadelphia, PA

81%
Mercyhurst University

Erie, PA

81%
Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, PA

81%
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, PA

81%
St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY

81%
SUNY—​Oswego

Oswego, NY

81%
SUNY—​Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

81%
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, PA

80%
College of St. Rose

Albany, NY

80%
Gannon University

Erie, PA

80%
Iona College

New Rochelle, NY

80%
Mount St. Mary's University

Emmitsburg, MD

80%
Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

80%
Roberts Wesleyan College

Rochester, NY

80%
Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

80%
Wagner College

Staten Island, NY

80%
Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

80%
Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA

80%
CUNY—​Lehman College

Bronx, NY

79%
Gwynedd-​Mercy College

Gwynedd Valley, PA

79%
Hood College

Frederick, MD

79%
Kean University

Union, NJ

79%

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