Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to provide education for leadership and service within the context of a Christian community. Student achievement objectives link directly to this mission, as well as the strategic plan, statement of purpose, and educational goals of the University. The following tables provide data regarding the current status of student achievement objectives for traditional undergraduates as well as the five-year average and trend.

First-Year Retention Rate

First- to second-year retention has consistently remained in the mid to upper 70% range over the past five years, with the highest point being 78% in 2016, and lowering slightly to 75% for the past two years. 

First year retention rate: 2019=75%, 5 year average=76%


Graduation Rates

Both the four- and six-year graduation rates have improved overall from 2015 to 2019. The four-year graduation rate grew from 41% in 2015 to its highest at 49% in 2017 and 2018, dipping slightly to 45% in 2019. The six-year graduation rate grew from 49% in 2016 to 56% in the last two years.

Four year graduation rate: 2019=45%, 5 year average=45%; six year graduation rate: 2019=56%, 5 year average=53%


Job Placement Rate

Job placement is calculated based on individuals who report they are (1) employed with an organization, (2) self-employed/freelance/contract, or (3) serving in the military. Individuals who report being a full-time student are not considered employed. Trevecca calculates employment rates one year after graduation. 

Job placement rates have fluctuated over the past five years, with the lowest reported job placement at 72% in 2017 and the highest at 86% in 2015. The rate for 2019, 78%, falls slightly below the five-year average, 80%.

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Job placement rate: 2019=78%, 5 year average=80%


Graduate School Enrollment Rate

Graduate school enrollment has slowly declined over the past five years, from 24% in 2015 to 18% in 2019. The five-year average is 21%. Trevecca calculates graduate school enrollment rates one year after graduation. 

Grad school enrollment rate: 2019=18%, 5 year average=21%


Licensure Pass Rates

Trevecca offers three programs that prepare students for careers requiring licensure tests. Trevecca’s licensure first-time pass rates for the nursing program (BSN; partnered with Belmont University), the teacher education programs (BS, MAT), and the graduate physician assistant program (MSM).

Nursing (NCLEX): 2019=93%, 5 year average=79%; Teacher Education (edTPA): 2019=79%, 5 year average=79% (edTPA) and 100%(PRAXIS); PA (PANCE): 2019=98%, 5 year average=99%

*Beginning in 2019, per the Board of Nursing, Trevecca’s pass rate is included as a part of Belmont University’s overall pass rate.
^Beginning in 2019, per the Tennessee State Board of Education, the edTPA is used as the measure of student achievement for teacher education (formerly, PRAXIS). Thus, the five-year average reflects the one-year average of the etTPA passing rate for 2019, and the four-year average of the PRAXIS passing rate, from 2015-2018.


Data Sources: Retention and Graduation Rate data are provided from the Office of Institutional Research, as reported to IPEDS. Job Placement and Graduate School Enrollment data are provided from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, as sourced by the annual Trevecca Alumni Survey and National Student Clearinghouse data. Licensure Pass Rates data are provided by the respective academic departments.

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