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 related to student achievement objectives for traditional and non-traditional students (as noted) as well as the three-year average and trend. Contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness ( for prior years’ data.

First-Year Retention Rate

First- to second-year retention for traditional undergraduate students has remained consistently in the mid-70 percent range for the past several years.

First year retention rate: 2020=74%, 3 year average=75%


Graduation Rates

Both the four- and six-year graduation rates of traditional undergraduate students have improved overall in the last demi-decade. Over the past three years, the six-year graduation rate has remained consistently at 56%, and the four-year graduation rate has incrementally grown to 51% in 2020 from the upper-40 percent range in prior years.

Four year graduation rate: 2020=51%, 3 year average=48%; six year graduation rate: 2020=56%, 3 year average=56%


Placement Rate

Trevecca has historically tracked job placement excluding alumni enrolled in a graduate program full-time. Job placement is calculated based on individuals who are (1) employed with an organization, (2) self-employed/freelance/contract, or (3) serving in the military.

Beginning in 2020, Trevecca began calculating placement rate to include traditional and non-traditional alumni who have a placement (either employment or full-time graduate school) within one year of graduation. In an effort to increase the knowledge rate, 2020 was the first year using LinkedIn as a source for job placement data. The knowledge rate for job placement data in 2020 was 52%.

Job placement rate: 2020=94%, full-time grad student=3%


Where are Trevecca's alumni employed and what are they doing?


Graduate School Enrollment Rate

Trevecca calculates graduate school enrollment rates one year after graduation for traditional and non-traditional students. 

Grad school enrollment rate: 2020=34%, 3 year average=24%


Where are Trevecca's alumni going to graduate school and what are they studying?


Licensure Pass Rates

Trevecca offers five programs that prepare students for careers requiring licensure tests. Trevecca’s licensure first-time pass rates for the clinical mental health counseling program (MA), the marriage and family counseling/therapy program (MMFT/C), the nursing program (BSN; partnered with Belmont University), the teacher education programs (BS, MAT), and the graduate physician assistant program (MSM) are listed in the following table.

CMHC: 2020=100%, 3 yr avg=93%; MMFT: 2020=100%, 3 yr avg=92%; Nursing: 2020=88%, 3 yr avg=88%; Teacher Education: 2020=88%, 3 yr avg=84%; PA: 2020=98%, 3 yr avg=98%

*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 three-year average reflects the two-year average of the etTPA passing rate for 2019-2020. The passing rate for the PRAXIS test in 2018 was 100%.


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, LinkedIn profiles, and National Student Clearinghouse data. Licensure Pass Rates data are provided by the respective academic departments.

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