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
Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, PA

70%
Husson University

Bangor, ME

70%
LIU Post

Brookville, NY

70%
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Lock Haven, PA

70%
New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ

70%
Felician College

Lodi, NJ

69%
Rosemont College

Rosemont, PA

69%
Dominican College

Orangeburg, NY

68%
Lincoln University

Lincoln University, PA

68%
University of Maryland—‚ÄčEastern Shore

Princess Anne, MD

68%
Medaille College

Buffalo, NY

67%
Curry College

Milton, MA

66%
Delaware State University

Dover, DE

66%
Nyack College 1

Nyack, NY

66%
Trinity University 1

Washington, DC

66%
University of Southern Maine

Gorham, ME

66%
Dowling College

Oakdale Long Island, NY

65%
Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry, NY

65%
Utica College

Utica, NY

65%
College of St. Elizabeth 1

Morristown, NJ

64%
Johnson State College 1

Johnson, VT

64%
American International College

Springfield, MA

63%
Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, NH

63%
Coppin State University 1

Baltimore, MD

62%
College of New Rochelle 1

New Rochelle, NY

60%
New England College

Henniker, NH

60%
Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

58%
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney, PA

56%
University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

55%
College of St. Joseph

Rutland, VT

53%
Metropolitan College of New York 1

New York, NY

49%
University of the District of Columbia

Washington, DC

46%

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