Colleges with worst 1st year retention rate

Colleges with worst 1st year retention rate

31 Mayıs 2018 - 02:00

Tens of thousands of New Jersey high school seniors will graduate in the coming weeks and look forward to starting college in the fall. 

But some will not last more than a year at their college or university. 

About 15 percent of full-time freshmen at New Jersey's four-year colleges dropped out, went part-time or transferred before their sophomore year, according to the most recent state data. 

In many cases, the colleges with the lowest freshman retention rates are those with the most low-income students, who often come least prepared for college and have no financial safety net. 

That isn't so much a reflection on a college itself as it is the students it serves, college officials say. 

At Bloomfield College, which has a mission to reach low-income students, first-year students commonly switch to part-time because they need to work or decide to transfer to a community college, president Richard Levao said. 

"It's not because they can't complete college," Levao said. "It's because their path to success is a broken path. They go part-time, they go full-time, they go to one school, they go to another."  

Here's the list of New Jersey four-year colleges with the worst freshman retention rate among full-time, first-year students in the fall of 2015. The list does not include for-profit colleges or colleges with fewer than 200 freshmen. 


(Jersey Journal file photo) 

10. Saint Peter's University

Location: Jersey City 

Freshmen: 567

Retention rate: 80.6 percent 


9. Monmouth University

Location: West Long Branch 

Freshmen: 1,128

Retention rate: 79.1 percent 


8. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Park 

Location: Madison and Florham Park 

Freshmen: 692

Retention rate: 78.3 percent 


(Cristina Rojas | NJ Advance Media for

7. Rider University 

Location: Lawrenceville 

Freshmen: 861

Retention rate: 77.8 percent 


6. New Jersey City University 

Location: Jersey City

Freshmen: 787

Retention rate: 77.6 percent 


5. Caldwell University

Location: Caldwell 

Freshmen: 347

Retention rate: 76.7 percent 


(Star-Ledger file photo)

4. William Paterson University 

Location: Wayne 

Freshmen: 1,327

Retention rate: 75.1 percent


3. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus 

Location: Teaneck 

Freshmen: 404

Retention rate: 74.8 percent 


2. Kean University 

Location: Union 

Freshmen: 1,490

Retention rate: 72.8 percent


1. Bloomfield College 

Location: Bloomfield 

Freshmen: 431

Retention rate: 64.5 percent


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