Colleges are usually ranked with a number of factors in mind. The major factors are the percentage of students who graduate and the grade point average (G.P.A.) of the students in the college. Other factors include the amount of student debt they graduate with, the tuition, percentage of students who are able to get a job, and some other factors.

In this article, we’ll place our focus on the academic factor. The main reason people go to college is to get a degree, so it seems fair to judge colleges by how well they do just that. Without further ado, here are the worst colleges in America by state based on their graduation rates and student debt average.

  1. Alabama

●      Alabama State University

●      Reason – This university has rather low graduation rate of 26 percent.

  1. Alaska

●      University of Alaska Anchorage

●      Reason – It is overpriced in comparison to other universities in the area, and it also has an average graduation rate of 6 years.

  1. Arizona

●      Western International University

●      Reason –  According to CollegeFactual, only 1 percent of students graduate on time and for the rest, there is only a 15 percent graduation rate.

  1. Arkansas

●      Philander Smith College

●      Reason – It only has a 39 percent graduation rate.

  1. California

●      California College San Diego

●      Reason – The average school debt is above $30,000, which is a problem, because

six years after graduation, students only make an average of $39,000 yearly.

  1. Colorado

●      Nazarene Bible College

●      Reason – Not only is the average student debt about $42,000, but the graduation rate is also only 16.4 percent.

  1. Connecticut

●      Mitchell College

●      Reason – The graduation rate is 46.2 percent, and the average student debt is about $31,000.

  1. Delaware

●      Wesley College

●      Reason – The student debt is around $31,000, but students after 6 years of graduation can earn close to $42,000.

  1. Florida

●      Edward Waters College

●      Reason – The graduation rate is 19.6 percent, and the average salary 6 years after graduation is just a hundred dollars short of $26,000.

  1. Georgia

●      The Art Institute of Atlanta

●      Reason – The graduation rate is 18.8 percent, and the student debt is about $31,000.

  1. Hawaii

●      Chaminade University of Honolulu

●      Reason – It is too expensive compared to others in the area.

  1. Idaho

●      Lewis-Clark State College

●      Reason – The default graduation rate is 12.8 percent.

  1. Illinois

●      DeVry University

●      Reason – It has a 20 percent graduation rate, and the student debt average is over $30,000.

  1. Indiana

●      Indiana University Northwest

●      Reason – It has a 28 percent graduation rate, with only 9 percent graduating on time.

  1. Iowa

●      Waldorf University

●      Reason – The default loan rate is 9.7 percent, and the average student debt is around $27,000.

  1. Kansas

●      Sterling College

●      Reason – The average student debt is almost $25,000, and the graduation rate is 42 percent.

  1. Kentucky

●      Lindsey Wilson College

●      Reason – The graduation rate is 34.2 percent, and the average student debt is a little over $20,000. In addition, the loan default rate is 9.6 percent.

  1. Louisiana

●      Grambling State University

●      Reason – It has a 10 percent graduation rate, and the average student debt is almost $27,000.

  1. Maine

●      University of Maine at Augusta

●      Reason – The graduation rate is 27.8 percent. Furthermore, the average student debt is almost $24,000.

  1. Maryland

●      Coppin State University

●      Reason –  It is important to note that Coppin State is a decent university however compared to other universities in the state, it didn’t make the cut. The average student debt here is almost $24,000.

  1. Massachusetts

●      Montserrat College of Art

●      Reason – Montserrat is going up against MIT and Harvard, so the bar is extremely high. They have a graduation rate of 48.5 percent.

  1. Michigan

●      Baker College in Flint

●      Reason – You may have heard of Flint before due to their water crisis. This struggle has definitely affected other areas of life. Baker College has a 21.1 percent graduation rate, and the average debt is over $22,000.

  1. Minnesota

●      Crown College

●      Reason – Although Crown College has a 57.1 percent graduation rate, the average student debt is over $31,000.

  1. Mississippi

●      Mississippi Valley State University

●      Reason – They have a graduation rate of 29.8 percent, and the average student debt is over $32,000.

  1. Missouri

●      Harris-Stowe State University

●      Reason – They have an astonishingly low graduation rate of 8 percent, and the average student debt is over $30,000.

  1. Montana

●      Montana State University Billings

●      Reason – They have a graduation rate of 27.8 percent.

  1. Nebraska

●      Peru State College

●      Reason – They have a graduation rate of 36.7 percent.

  1. Nevada

●      Nevada State College

●      Reason – They have a 27.6 percent graduation rate.

  1. New Hampshire

●      New England College

●      Reason – They have a 36.3 percent graduation rate, and the average student debt is almost $35,000.

  1. New Jersey

●      Bloomfield College

●      Reason – Bloomfield is not as bad as some of the others on this list of worst colleges in America by state; however, since it is by state, it has to make the list. They have a graduation rate of 31.9 percent.

  1. New Mexico

●      University of the Southwest

●      Reason – The average student debt is slightly over $23,000, and they have a graduation rate of 16.1 percent.

  1. New York

●      College of New Rochelle

●      Reason – This college is not only on this list of worst colleges in America by state, but it is also one of the worst universities nationwide.

  1.  North Carolina

●      Shaw University

●      Reason – Shaw has a rather low graduation rate of just 25.4 percent, and their average student debt is just over $28,000.

  1. North Dakota

●      Mayville State University

●      Reason – In comparison to other universities on this list, Mayville State is actually quite good; however, in comparison to the universities in North Dakota, it doesn’t quite shine. The average student debt is around $27,000.

  1. Ohio

●      Central State University

●      Reason – The average student debt at Central State University is almost $27,000, and they have a rather low graduation rate of just 22 percent.

  1. Oklahoma

●      Bacone College

●      Reason – The average student debt here is slightly over $25,000, and their graduation rate is 14.9 percent. In summary, it’s not the best choice.

  1. Oregon

●      Pacific Northwest College of Art

●      Reason – The average student debt is almost $23,000, but this is to be expected because Pacific Northwest is an art school.

  1. Pennsylvania

●      Strayer University

●      Reason – It withholds a lot of information, and it has a rather low 20 percent graduation rate.

  1. Rhode Island

●      Rhode Island College

●      Reason – Like some others on this list, Rhode Island College only landed here, because the other universities in the area were just too good.

  1. South Carolina

●      Benedict College

●      Reason – It has a low graduation rate of just 31 percent.

  1. South Dakota

●      Black Hills State University

●      Reason – Firstly it is rather expensive as it costs in-state students almost $19,000 every year, and it also has a 33.2 percent graduation rate which is rather low.

  1. Tennessee

●      Le Moyne-Owen

●      Reason – The first issue with this university is that the average student debt is almost $37,000, and the second issue is its 20 percent graduation rate.

  1. Texas

●      Texas College

●      Reason – Texas College’s graduation rates are definitely on the lower side. Only 4 percent graduate on time, and their overall rate is 12.4 percent.

  1. Utah

●      Stevens Henegar College

●      Reason – Stevens Henegar has an average student debt of almost $35,000. In addition to this, their graduation rate is 42.4 percent.

  1. Vermont

●      Johnson State College

●      Reason – Their average student debt is almost $32,000, and their graduation rate is 36.7 percent.

  1. Virginia

●      Virginia Union University

●      Reason – They have a 25.4 percent graduation rate, and it’s rather pricey.

  1. Washington

●      Heritage University

●      Reason – They have the highest graduation rate on this list at 84.1 percent; however, only about 4 percent graduate on time.

  1. West Virginia

●      West Virginia State University

●      Reason – For a state school, it is quite expensive. It charges over $20,000 annually to in-state students, and its graduation rates are pretty low at just 21.9 percent.

  1. Wisconsin

●      Herzing University-Madison

●      Reason – This university has a 42.1 percent graduation rate, which is not as bad as most rates on this list.

  1. Wyoming

●      Laramie County Community College

●      Reason – Due to the low number of tertiary institutions in Wyoming, we had to make a choice, and that choice just happens to be this.

In conclusion, if you’re looking at university choices, you have to take a look at the full picture. This list of worst colleges in America by state considers a broad number of factors. Although academia plays a huge factor, it is important to also take into consideration the graduation rates and student debt average, because they are what bear the effects of the academic culture.