Freshman Retention Rate

Regional Universities (West)

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
Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

94%
California Polytechnic State University—​San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

92%
Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

92%
Chapman University

Orange, CA

91%
Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

90%
California State Polytechnic University—​Pomona

Pomona, CA

89%
Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

89%
University of Portland

Portland, OR

89%
California State University—​Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

88%
Seattle University

Seattle, WA

88%
St. Mary's College of California

Moraga, CA

87%
California State University—​San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

86%
Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA

86%
University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

86%
California State University—​Chico

Chico, CA

85%
California State University—​Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

85%
Regis University

Denver, CO

85%
Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

85%
Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

85%
California State University—​Fresno

Fresno, CA

84%
California State University—​Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

84%
San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

84%
California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

83%
Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

83%
Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

82%

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