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
Fairmont State University

Fairmont, WV

65%
Grambling State University 1

Grambling, LA

65%
Montreat College 1

Montreat, NC

65%
Our Lady of Holy Cross College 1

New Orleans, LA

65%
Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC

64%
Charleston Southern University

Charleston, SC

63%
Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

62%
Bethel University 1

McKenzie, TN

62%
Delta State University

Cleveland, MS

62%
University of West Alabama 1

Livingston, AL

62%
Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL

61%
Southern Arkansas University

Magnolia, AR

61%
University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

61%
Columbia College

Columbia, SC

60%
Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, AR

60%
Tusculum College 1

Greeneville, TN

59%
Warner University

Lake Wales, FL

59%
Mississippi Valley State University 1

Itta Bena, MS

58%
Auburn University—​Montgomery

Montgomery, AL

56%
Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY

56%
Union College

Barbourville, KY

56%
Southern University—​New Orleans 1

New Orleans, LA

47%
South University 1

Savannah, GA

46%

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