College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2010 rankings of the 4-year public and private not-for-profit colleges in America with the worst graduation rates. To read our story "College Dropout Factories" click here.

* Indicates a public school. † Crichton is now the for-profit Victory University.
††, ⊕ These symbols denote post-release edits to chart: Read footnotes.

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Institution
     
    Graduation
Rate
1 Southern University at New Orleans (LA)*, ⊕ 5%
2 Allen University (SC)†† 6%
3 Martin University (IN) 7%
4 Bellevue University (NE) 7%
5 Calumet College of Saint Joseph (IN) 7%
6 Baker College of Auburn Hills (MI) 7%
7 University of the District of Columbia* 8%
8 East-West University (IL)†† 9%
9 Haskell Indian Nations University (KS)* 9%
10 Crichton College (TN)†, †† 9%
11 Jarvis Christian College (TX)†† 10%
12 Edward Waters College (FL) 11%
13 Oglala Lakota College (SD)* 11%
14 Baker College of Clinton Township (MI) 12%
15 Heritage University (WA) 12%
16 Davenport University (MI) 12%
17 Texas College 12%
18 Texas Southern University* 13%
19 Chicago State University* 13%
20 Purdue University, North Central Campus (IN)* 13%
21 Macon State College (GA)* 13%
22 West Virginia University at Parkersburg* 13%
23 Mountain State University (WV) 13%
24 Saint Paul's College (VA) 13%
25 Nevada State College* 13%
26 University of Houston, Downtown (TX)* 14%
27 Louisiana State University, Shreveport* 15%
28 Utah Valley University* 15%
29 University of Alaska Southeast* 15%
30 Boricua College (NY) 15%
31 University of Great Falls (MT) 16%
32 Bryn Athyn College of the New Church (PA) 16%
33 Coppin State University (MD)* 16%
34 Paul Quinn College (TX) 16%
35 Holy Names University (CA) 17%
36 Huston-Tillotson University (TX) 17%
37 University of Texas at Brownsville* 17%
38 Bacone College (OK) 17%
39 Marygrove College (MI) 17%
40 Rogers State University (OK)* 18%
41 Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (NY) 18%
42 Miles College (AL) 18%
43 Western New Mexico University* 18%
44 Sul Ross State University (TX)* 18%
45 Northeastern Illinois University* 18%
46 Life University (GA) 19%
47 CUNY New York City College of Technology 19%
48 Harris-Stowe State University (MO)* 19%
49 Stillman College (AL) 19%
50 Mitchell College (CT) 20%


†† The original version of this table listed several schools—Concordia College at Moorhead, Saint Augustine’s College, Nyack College, Visible School—Music and Worship Arts College, and Idaho State University—as dropout factories based upon graduation rate data they reported to a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. We have since determined that those schools reported incorrect graduation rate information to the government; had they reported accurate data they would not have been included in the table. We have corrected the rankings accordingly.

⊕Southern University's low graduation rate reflects the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the campus. The average graduation rate of the four cohorts of students who graduated prior to Katrina was 11 percent; at that rate the school would rank 13th on our list.