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
University of New England

Biddeford, ME

77%
Albertus Magnus College

New Haven, CT

76%
Caldwell College

Caldwell, NJ

76%
Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

76%
Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

76%
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, PA

76%
Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

76%
Monroe College

Bronx, NY

76%
New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, NY

76%
Plymouth State University

Plymouth, NH

76%
Point Park University

Pittsburgh, PA

76%
Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

76%
The Sage Colleges

Troy, NY

76%
Salem State University

Salem, MA

76%
University of St. Joseph

West Hartford, CT

76%
York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA

76%
California University of Pennsylvania 1

California, PA

75%
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg, PA

75%
Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

75%
St. Peter's University

Jersey City, NJ

75%
Western New England University

Springfield, MA

75%
Carlow University 1

Pittsburgh, PA

74%
Framingham State University

Framingham, MA

74%
Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

74%
Johnson & Wales University

Providence, RI

74%
Notre Dame of Maryland University

Baltimore, MD

74%
Suffolk University

Boston, MA

74%
SUNY Buffalo State

Buffalo, NY

74%
Alfred University

Alfred, NY

73%
Alvernia University

Reading, PA

73%
College of Mount St. Vincent

Riverdale, NY

73%
D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY

73%
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro, PA

73%
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teaneck, NJ

73%
Manhattanville College

Purchase, NY

73%
Neumann University

Aston, PA

73%
University of Massachusetts—​Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA

73%
University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

73%
Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA

72%
Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD

72%
Georgian Court University

Lakewood, NJ

72%
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Mansfield, PA

72%
University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

72%
Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT

72%
Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA

71%
Mount St. Mary College

Newburgh, NY

71%
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, PA

71%
SUNY Institute of Technology—​Utica/​Rome

Utica, NY

71%
Wheelock College

Boston, MA

71%
Cabrini College

Radnor, PA

70%

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