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Student Achievement

At Belmont, we believe that every student was created by God for a purpose and that this University exists to help our students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet needs locally and globally. Put simply, we aim to empower students to use what they learn here to engage and transform the world. With such a purpose, we must be dedicated to helping our students succeed in their higher education goals.

Belmont University measures student success using nationally recognized standards of student achievement appropriate to Belmont's mission, the nature of students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. We closely monitor several factors that measure student success and set goals to challenge ourselves and our students to continually improve. We measure student achievement through the following nationally recognized methodologies:

  • First-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshman to sophomore retention rates
  • Graduation rates
  • Passage rates on state or national licensing examinations
  • First Destination Rates

Undergraduate Retention

Belmont has established an aspirational goal of 88% for retention of first-time degree-seeking students with a minimum threshold of 80%. Belmont University compares its student achievement outcomes with those of peer institutions whose mission, size, and programs are similar as a benchmark of our measure.

Full details on retention may be found at http://www.belmont.edu/oair/factbook/outcomes/ug-ret-grad-rates.html


Undergraduate Graduation Rates

Belmont University has established an aspirational goal of 75% for 6-year graduation rates with a minimum threshold of 70%. Belmont University compares its undergraduate 6-year graduation rates with those of peer institutions whose mission, size, and programs are similar to our own as a benchmark.

Full details on undergraduate graduation rates may be found at http://www.belmont.edu/oair/factbook/outcomes/ug-ret-grad-rates.html


Graduate and Professional Graduation Rates

Belmont University graduate and professional programs track and monitor the graduation/completion rates of enrolled students. Each professional program has established a set of goals and thresholds appropriate to the program and specific accreditation requirements. For graduate programs, Belmont has established an aspirational goal of 90% with a minimum threshold or 70%.

Full details on Professional program graduation rates, goals and thresholds may be found at Professional Student Outcomes.pdf

Full details on Graduate program graduation rates, goals and thresholds may be found at Graduate Program Student Outcomes.pdf


Professional Licensure Passage Rates

Belmont University professional programs track and monitor the performance of Belmont students on state and national licensure examinations or other testing appropriate for the program. These standardized licensure exams measure our students' knowledge and readiness to enter into their chosen profession and as such are an appropriate measure of student success. In most cases either state or national passage rates are available for comparison providing a solid measure of the effectiveness of Belmont's professional programs and to ensure that our goals are acceptable and appropriate. In addition, minimum performance goals may be set by accrediting agencies which further ensure that our goals are acceptable and appropriate. Each program has established goals and thresholds as appropriate for their program or as required by an external accrediting agency.

Full details on Professional program licensure passage rates, goals and thresholds may be found at Professional Student Outcomes.pdf


First Destination rates/Job Placement Rates

Belmont University seeks to equip our students to pursue lives of meaning and purpose and prepare them to pursue their chosen paths upon completing their degree. The First Destination Rate helps quantify how many graduates were working, continuing education, volunteering, or enlisted in the military within six months of graduations. Unless specifically defined by an external accrediting body for a program, Belmont follows the methodology used nationally by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). For programs without external accrediting requirements, Belmont University has set an aspirational goal of 90% and a minimum threshold to meet or exceed the national first destination rate of 86% for graduates.

Full details on Undergraduate first destination rates, goals and thresholds may be found at http://www.belmont.edu/outcomes/index.html

Full details on Graduate program first destination rates, goals and thresholds may be found at Graduate Program Student Outcomes.pdf

Full details on Professional program first destination rates, goals and thresholds may be found at Professional Student Outcomes.pdf