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 statuses of 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?

School of Arts & Sciences School of Business & Technology School of Education
  • New York Post

  • Marriott

  • TennCare

  • Life Time, Inc.

  • Dept. of Transportation

  • Coloradoan

  • Denver Tackle Co.

  • St. Thomas West Hospital

  • Madison Co. Sheriff's Office

  • ASK Chemicals

  • Avalon

  • Tristar Centennial

  • Infiniti

  • Circle Media

  • ASK Chemicals

  • Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

  • State Dept. of Tennessee
  • HCA Healthcare/Parallon
  • LifeWay
  • Chick-fil-a
  • Caterpillar Financial
  • General Mills
  • PepsiCo
  • TN Valley Authority
  • Bridgestone
  • Amazon
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Dell
  • Nissan North America
  • SunTrust
  • AT&T
  • Toyota
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Metropolitan Action Commission
  • River Edge Behavioral Health
  • Franklin Special School Dist.
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • KIPP Nashville
  • Davidson Co. Sheriff's Office
  • Tulsa Public Schools
  • Tennessee School for the Blind
  • The Salvation Army
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • Alabama A&M University
School of Music & Worship Arts School of Theology & Christian Ministry School of Graduate & Continuing Studies
  • Matt Fredericksen Music
  • Blackman Community Church of the Nazarene
  • Centerstone of Tennessee
  • Lucas Christian Academy
  • Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
  • Marion First Church of the Nazarene
  • Nick Schwarz Productions
  • The Branch of Nashville
  • Sexual Assault Center
  • Salvation Army
  • Gainesville First Church of the Nazarene
  • Springdale Nazarene Church
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Dept of Children's Services
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Davidson Co. Sheriff's Office
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson Co.
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Cigna HealthCare


What are Trevecca alumni doing?

School of Arts & Sciences School of Business & Technology School of Education
  • Breaking News Reporter
  • Content Coordinator
  • Editorial Asst.
  • Coach
  • Asst. Manager
  • Teaching Artist
  • Legal Asst.
  • Research Asst.
  • Chemical R&D Technician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Youth Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Medical Lab Asst.
  • Probation Officer
  • Victim Advocate
  • Health Coach
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Program Coordinator
  • Accountant
  • Billing Supervisor
  • Contract Specialist
  • Data Manager
  • Auditor
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Client Account/Billing Manager
  • Customer Relations Rep
  • Coordinator/Director of HR
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Intelligence Operations Analyst
  • Key Account Manager
  • Realtor
  • Project/Regional Manager
  • Sales Support Specialist
  • Store/Branch Manager
  • Systems Engineer
  • Hopital Administrator
  • Elementary, Secondary Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Academic Advisor
  • Professor
  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Distance Education
  • Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Area Education Director
  • Educational Consultant
  • Curriculum Writer
  • ESL Teacher
  • Principal
  • School Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Superintendent
  • Director of Curriculum
  • AVP of Equity and Inclusion
  • Chief Retention Officer
School of Music & Worship Arts School of Theology & Christian Ministry School of Graduate & Continuing Studies
  • Executive Pastor
  • Lead Technician
  • Minister of Students and Worship
  • Music Instructor
  • Worship Leader/Pastor
  • Artist/Songwriter
  • Pastor, Clergy
  • Commanding Officer
  • Case Manager
  • Indp. Contractor
  • Executive Director
  • Connections Pastor
  • Teacher, Professor
  • Accounts Manager
  • Administrative Asst.
  • Pastor
  • Case Manager
  • Counselor, Therapist
  • Physician Asst.
  • HR Manager
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Nurse
  • Prevention Coordinator
  • Quality Assurance Analyst


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?

Of all alumni surveyed one year and five years after graduation, the following represents a sample of graduate schools alumni have enrolled in or graduated from, and some of the top areas of study:

Graduate Schools Top Areas of Study
  • Auburn University
  • Belmont University
  • Bethel University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Drexel University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia State University
  • Harvard University
  • Iowa State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Liberty University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • Penn State Hershey Park Medical Center
  • Temple University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Tech
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Union University
  • University of Alabama Birmingham
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University
  • Xavier University
  • Yale University
  • Administration
  • Business
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Family/Marriage Therapy
  • Health Care
  • Leadership and Professional Practice
  • Management
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Physician Assistant
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

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.