Student Achievement

Mercer's accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that each institution "publish statements of its goals for student achievement and success of students in achieving those goals" (Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure). The information below is provided to meet that publication requirement.

Much of the following is also published on individual program websites or the University's Federal Disclosure Website. Consumers who seek information related to the Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act or the Higher Education Opportunity Act are encouraged to visit those sites.

Retention and Graduation Rates

The University monitors retention and graduation rates as measure of success of its undergraduate programs. 

Retention Rate

Threshold: 80%
Goal by 2028: 92%
Actual retention rate for the fall 2018 cohort: 86%

Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are measured by calculating the percentage of an entering fall cohort that graduates from Mercer within 6 years.

Threshold: 60%
Goal by 2028: 75%

Actual graduation rate for the fall 2013 cohort: 66%

Some students take longer than six years to complete, or decide to transfer out of Mercer to other institutions that they feel are a better fit for them and their academic goals. The following graph gives a more comprehensive picture of where fall 2013 students were on their path to earning a postsecondary degree at six years (as of August 31, 2019).

Status of First-time, Full-time Students Entering Fall 2013

Student Achievement - 2013 Cohort

Methodology: Students in the cohort are counted in one category only in the hierarchy shown in the graph. Enrollment and graduation from other postsecondary institutions was obtained from the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker service and covers both 2- and 4-year institutions. The rates may differ from rates reported elsewhere under different reporting definitions.

Licensure and Certification Examinations

Mercer's professional schools and programs monitor test scores and pass rates on licensure and certification examinations as measures of student achievement. Some programs are required to publish pass rates and certification information as a part of their specialized accreditation, and you can find links to that programmatic information below.

College of Pharmacy – Doctor of Pharmacy Program

North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) (2019)
Threshold: 2 standard deviations below National Pass Rate (SD 8.96)
Goal: Exceed National Pass Rate (+84.42%)

Actual: 93.75%

Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) (2019)
Threshold: Meet National Pass Rate (83.58%)
Goal: Exceed National Pass Rate (+83.58%)

Actual: 83.00%

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing – Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing Programs

National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX – RN) (2018)
Threshold: 80% Pass Rate
Goal: Meet or exceed annual national percentage of first-time US educated baccalaureate degree programs (91.57 %)

Actual NCLEX – RN (Baccalaureate): 91.45%

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) National Exam (2018)
Threshold: 80% Pass Rate
Goal: 90% Pass Rate
Actual AANP: 80% (MSN graduates (n=8) 75%; DNP graduates (n=2) 100%)

2019 data available in January 2021

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Exam (2018)
Threshold: 80% Pass Rate
Goal: 90% Pass Rate
Actual ANCC-AGACNP (Master's): 100%

2019 data available in January 2020

School of Medicine – Doctor of Medicine Program

U.S. Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step Exams (2019)
Threshold: 90%
Goal: Meet or Exceed National Pass Rate (Step 1: 97%; Step 2 CK: 98%; Step 2 CS: 95%)
Actual Step 1 Basic Knowledge: 94%
Actual Step 2 Clinical Knowledge: 98%

Actual Step 2 Clinical Skills: 93%

School of Medicine – Marriage & Family Therapy Program

Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) Examination in Marital and Family Therapy (2017-2018)
Threshold: 70% Pass Rate
Goal: 90% Pass Rate

Actual: 100%

2018-19 and 2019-20 data still in process. The Regulatory Board only reports pass rate information to state licensing boards, so institutions currently do not receive official licensure test results on their graduates but must rely on their own follow-up with their former students.

College of Health Professions – Physical Therapy Program

National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) (2019)
Threshold: Meet national NPTE first time pass rate (91.4%)
Goal: 100% Pass Rate

Actual First-Time: 97.3%

Published Class Statistics and Outcomes

College of Health Professions – Physician Assistant Program

Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) (2019)
Threshold: Meet national PANCE pass rate (available in 2020; 2018 pass rate was 98%)
Goal: 100% Pass Rate

Actual: 100%

Published Class Statistics and Outcomes

Tift College of Education – Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Teaching Programs

Georgia Assessment for Certification of Educators – Content Exams (GACE) (2018-2019)
Threshold: 80%
Goal: Meet or Exceed State Pass Rate (99%)

Actual: 97%

Title II Teacher Preparation Report

College of Professional Advancement – Counseling Program

National Counselor Examination (NCE) (2019)
Threshold: Meet the NCE National Mean Score (104.87 for Spring; 108.43 for Fall)
Goal: Exceed National Mean Score (+104.87 for Spring; +108.43 for Fall)
Actual CMHC Program: 112.87 (Spring); 112.16 (Fall)
Actual SCHOOL Program: 107.13 (Spring); 99.00 (Fall)
Actual CRC Program: 119.60 (Spring); Not enough takers to report Fall scores

Overall MU Pass Rate: 96%

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) (Fall 2019)
Threshold: Meet the CPCE National Mean Score (81.38)
Goal: Exceed National Mean Score by 5 points (+81.38)

Actual: 94.44

School of Engineering – Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (2019)
Threshold: Meet National Pass Rate
                     Electrical and Computer Engineering (63%)
                     Environmental Engineering (69%)
                     Mechanical Engineering (69%)
                     General Engineering (86%)
Goal: Exceed National Pass Rate
Actual Electrical and Computer Engineering: 100%
Actual Environmental Engineering: 75%
Actual Mechanical Engineering: 100%

Actual General Engineering: 100%

School of Law - Juris Doctor Program

Georgia Bar Examination (2019)
Threshold: Meet State Pass Rate for ABA Approved Law Schools (65.36%)
Goal: Exceed State Pass Rate for ABA Approved Law Schools (65.36+%)

Actual: 80.37%

Post Graduate Placement Rates

Post-graduation information is collected most thoroughly for those professional programs required to report placement statistics to their accrediting agencies.Below is placement information for Medicine and Law.

School of Law – Percent of Graduates Employed or Pursuing Graduate Degrees Full-time (2019 class)

Threshold: 78%
Goal: 90%

Actual: 92.24%

ABA Employment Summary

School of Medicine – Percent Initial and Secondary Match for Residency (2020 class)

Threshold: 100% Match (Initial and Secondary)
Goal: 100% Initial Match
Actual Initial Match: 90.5%

Actual Initial and Secondary: 97.4%