Stratford University was among the 10 four-year colleges and universities in Virginia with the lowest graduation rates, according to a Watchdog analysis of federal education data.

The school recorded a 6 percent graduation rate.

The analysis is based on numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is a unit of the U.S. Department of Education. The NCES provides the most current data on graduation rates, pricing, enrollment and accreditation at more than 7,000 post-secondary campuses. It is available through the NCES Web portal, College Navigator.

The analysis includes the graduation rates of students who began in 2010 at all four-year schools reported to the U.S. Department of Education. The time period reflects 150 percent of the “normal time” for students to complete their academic programs.


Virginia four-year schools with the worst graduation rates

RankSchoolCityEnrollmentGraduation rate
1Stratford UniversityFairfax2,9256%
2South University-RichmondAllen6938%
3Strayer University-VirginiaArlington6,24711%
4Bryant & Stratton College-HamptonHampton34013%
5University of Phoenix-VirginiaAllen52613%
6Virginia University of LynchburgLynchburg37014%
7South University-Virginia BeachVirginia Beach64316%
8Bryant & Stratton College-RichmondChesterfield61720%
9Bluefield CollegeBluefield98221%
10The Art Institute of WashingtonArlington66722%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics