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
Le Moyne College

Syracuse, NY

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Galloway, NJ

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

SUNY College—​Oneonta

Oneonta, NY


Fredonia, NY

Assumption College

Worcester, MA

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

CUNY—​College of Staten Island

Staten Island, NY

Marywood University

Scranton, PA

Nazareth College

Rochester, NY


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