Freshman Retention Rate

Regional Universities (South)

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
Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

72%
University of Louisiana—​Monroe

Monroe, LA

72%
University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

72%
Wingate University

Wingate, NC

72%
Gardner-​Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

71%
Marshall University

Huntington, WV

71%
Murray State University

Murray, KY

71%
University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR

71%
Virginia State University 1

Petersburg, VA

71%
Albany State University

Albany, GA

70%
Arkansas State University

State University, AR

70%
Arkansas Tech University

Russellville, AR

70%
King University

Bristol, TN

70%
Marymount University

Arlington, VA

70%
Southern Wesleyan University 1

Central, SC

70%
Troy University

Troy, AL

70%
Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

70%
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Normal, AL

69%
Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

69%
Armstrong Atlantic State University

Savannah, GA

69%
Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

69%
Belhaven University

Jackson, MS

69%
Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

69%
Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

69%
Morehead State University

Morehead, KY

69%

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