MSIs with the Highest First-Year Retention Rates

Making it through freshmen year to sophomore year is a big step in a college student’s life. Knowing that you successfully made it through one of the biggest transitions is an important step in persisting through one’s college career. Though the totality of an institution’s worth cannot be measured solely by its first-year retention rate, this figure can serve as a starting point to learn more about an institution, its practices and its students. This week’s Monday Morning Lineup lists the four-year institutions with the highest first-year retention rates, and are listed by MSI type (source:



Virginia university of lynchburg1. Virginia University of Lynchburg 95%



Spelman2. Spelman College 89%



morehouse3. Morehouse College 87%



University of Puerto rico mayaguez1. University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 90%


CalState Bernardino2. California State University-San Bernardino 89%



San Diego State3. San Diego State University 89%




usc1. University of Southern California 97%



umd2. University of Maryland-College Park 95%



University-of-California-Irvine3. University of California-Irvine 94%



Tribal Colleges
sinte gleska1. Sinte Gleska University 78%




sitting bull2. Sitting Bull College 75%

MSIs with the Largest International Student Populations

In today’s multi-cultural world, U.S. institutions of higher education are seeing their prospective students as not only those residing in the continental United States. Administrators at many MSIs understand that and have found their campuses enriched with an increasing international student population. This week’s Monday Morning Lineup highlights MSIs with the largest percentages of international students. (The number listed next to the school’s name represents the percentage of international students.)

USF1) University of San Francisco (AANAPISI) 18% listed the University of San Francisco as No. 1 on its 2013 list of non-historically black colleges and universities that have excellent programs for minority students. USF students represent a wide variety of personal experiences and cultural backgrounds. They hail from 48 states and 70 countries. All of this adds up to a unified community and classrooms strengthened by diverse points of view.


usc2) University of Southern California (AANAPISI) 13%

With its global outlook and location in Los Angeles, a proudly multicultural city, USC offers a warm welcome to international students. Citizens of more than 130 countries comprise 13 percent of the university’s student body. Indeed, one out of every nine students is an international student, notes the university. In 2013 the top three countries represented by undergraduate international students at USC were China, South Korea and Canada.


umass boston3) University of Massachusetts-Boston (AANAPISI) 10%

The University of Massachusetts Boston is a public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. Its vibrant, multi-cultural educational environment encourages the broadly diverse campus community to thrive and succeed. The university strives to engage in distinguished scholarship, dedicated teaching and public service — aspects that are mutually reinforcing and create new knowledge while serving the public good of the city, the commonwealth, the nation and the world.


University-of-California-Irvine4) UC Irvine (AANAPISI) 9%

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves the local, national and global communities in many ways. UCI provides support for its international students through The International Center, which advances and facilitates international engagement at UCI to enhance the academic and personal experience of the international community. The Center’s staff is committed to serving campus constituents through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy and outreach.


Barry University5) Barry University (HSI) 7%

Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla., is a Catholic institution of higher education founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. It is one of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast and was recognized as one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine in 2013 for the third consecutive year. Barry offers a living and learning community that values a diversity of perspectives and life experiences. It was ranked 16th in the nation for campus ethnic diversity by U.S. News and World Report.


university of the pacific6) University of the Pacific (AANAPISI) 5%

Drawing on its rich legacy as the oldest chartered university in California, Pacific is a student-focused, comprehensive educational institution that produces outstanding graduates who are prepared for personal and professional success. Pacific supports its international students in various ways, including advising on and facilitating compliance with U.S. immigration regulations; conducting orientations and other special programming that help international students and scholars integrate into and adjust to the academic, cultural and social life of Pacific and the United States; serving as a liaison with U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, sponsors and educational foundations that support international students and scholars; and contributing to the internationalization of Pacific by providing opportunities for growth through cross-cultural interactions.


Texas Southern7) Texas Southern University (HBCU) 5%

Texas Southern University, one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities, is nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus in Houston. The university has served as a cornerstone for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socio-economic, cultural and racial backgrounds. More than 9,500 students, along with nearly 1,500 faculty and staff, comprise the University’s community, and like its curricula, the student body is characterized by diversity. While many of the undergraduate and graduate students enrolled are native Texans, the student and faculty population is represented by almost every state in the country, including the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and by more than 50 nations. Texas Southern’s international student population hails from such places as Africa, Canada, the Canal Zone, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, Mexico, South Asia and the West Indies.


nova southeastern8) Nova Southeastern University (HSI) 5%

Nova Southeastern University is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. Today, NSU has more than 1,200 international students from over 120 countries studying on campus, and well over 1,000 international students are taking courses online and in blended instructional delivery formats at its select international sites in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Latin America.


tennessee state9) Tennessee State University (HBCU) 5%

Tennessee State University is committed to excellence and has been consistently listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Guide to America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade. Founded in 1912, TSU is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant institution in Nashville, Tenn. It has 77 majors in eight undergraduate and graduate colleges and schools. The university graduates the highest number of African American bachelor-degree holders in agriculture, agriculture operations and agriculture-related sciences.


fiu10) Florida International University (HSI) 5%

For more than four decades, FIU has positioned itself as one of South Florida’s anchor institutions by solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. It is dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and global community. With a student body of nearly 54,000, the university is among the top 10 largest universities in the nation, and has collectively graduated more than 200,000 alumni, 115,000 of whom live and work in South Florida. More than 2,500 students and over 100 scholars representing more than 125 countries are part of the university community. The top five countries represented in the 2013-2014 year were China, Venezuela, India, Columbia and Iran.

Six Single-Sex Minority Serving Institutions

Many institutions’ histories contain time periods in which they served only male or only female students. As the higher education landscape grew, societal values and needs changed, laws were passed, and colleges desired larger student bodies. Single-sex colleges began to find themselves becoming co-ed. However, a few colleges remained true to their missions of single-sex education. Such institutions provide various benefits for students, including high academic achievement, and particularly for women’s colleges, high self-esteem. MSIs that are also single-sex colleges provide campus environments in which students who seek it not only feel the bond of brotherhood or sisterhood, but often also the empowerment and uplift for students of color. Below is a list of MSIs that also boast of being single-sex institutions.

Bennett College1.) Bennett College for Women-HBCU

In 1873, Bennett College had its beginning in the unplastered basement of the Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church (now known as St. Matthew’s Methodist Church). In 1926, The Women’s Home Missionary Society joined with the Board of Education of the church to make Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., formerly co-educational, a college for women. The college offers women an education conducive to excellence in scholarly pursuits; preparation for leadership roles in the workplace, society, and the world; and lifelong learning in a technologically advanced, complex global society. Women have found Bennett to be the ideal place to foster the continual rhythm of ideas. The goals of the college continue to focus on the intellectual, spiritual and cultural growth of young women who must be prepared for lifelong learning and leadership. Since 1930, more than 5,000 women have graduated from Bennett College. Known as “Bennett Belles,” they continue to be among contributing women of achievement in all walks of life.

Columbia college2.) Columbia College-PBI

Founded in 1854, it is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States. Columbia College is a private, liberal arts, women’s college in Columbia, S.C. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a best value institution, Columbia College provides students with academically challenging programs, experiential learning, and intellectual and professional competencies. Columbia College educates students in the liberal arts tradition. It provides educational opportunities that develop students’ capacities for critical thought and expression, lifelong learning, acceptance of personal responsibility, and commitment to service and social justice. In furtherance of its mission, the college is responsive to the needs of students, the communities to which it belongs, and the greater global society.

morehouse3.) Morehouse College-HBCU

In 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, Augusta Theological Institute was established in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga. The school’s primary purpose was to prepare black men for ministry and teaching. Today, Augusta Theological Institute is Morehouse College, which is located on a 66-acre campus in Atlanta and enjoys an international reputation for producing leaders who have influenced national and world history. The mission of Morehouse College is to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service. A private, historically black liberal arts college for men, Morehouse realizes this mission by emphasizing the intellectual and character development of its students. In addition, the college assumes special responsibility for teaching the history and culture of black people. Morehouse students represent more than 40 states and 14 countries. Indeed, Morehouse is a distinguished institution dedicated to producing outstanding men and ethical leaders. It is the only all-male HBCU.

Mount_St._Mary's_College_4.) Mount St. Mary’s College-ANNAPISI

Established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1925, Mount St. Mary’s College is nationally recognized for its academic programs and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders. Starting with the inaugural Class of 1929, the Mount has awarded more than 18,000 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The college offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences to a diverse student body.

As a Catholic college primarily for women, it is dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. It measures its success by producing graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments and the world. Each year, the college releases a new version of its groundbreaking “Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™” to shine a light on the 19 million women and girls who call California home. The Mount, which is located in Los Angeles, is the only Catholic college primarily for women in the western United States.

Spelman5.) Spelman College-HBCU

Founded in 1881 as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriett E. Giles, and becoming Spelman College in 1924, Spelman is the U.S.’s oldest institution of higher education for black women. Indeed, it is a global leader in the education of women of African descent. Today the student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 countries. Spelman empowers women to engage in the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. It is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of its students. Spelman boasts a 76-percent graduation rate (average over six years) and a strong global alumnae network that provides connections and a helping hand to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.

6.) Trinity Washington University-PBI

Since the class of 1904, Trinity has prepared its students to become leaders of character, passionate intellectuals excited about their future. Always welcoming to people of all faiths, Trinity was founded as a Catholic women’s college in Washington, D.C., by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1897. These nuns believed that women should have the same opportunity to experience the empowerment of higher education, and they did so at a time when many schools accepted only men.

Trinity is a comprehensive institution offering a broad range of educational programs that prepare students across the lifespan for the intellectual, ethical and spiritual dimensions of contemporary work, civic and family life. Trinity’s core mission, values and characteristics emphasize a commitment to the education of women, a foundation for learning in the liberal arts, an integration of liberal learning with professional preparation, and grounding in the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.