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. Mercer has several distinct programs for undergraduate students. The rates that follow are specific to first-time, full-time students in our traditional program on the Macon campus. The traditional program is a daytime program geared toward traditional age, first-time college students. 

Retention Rate

Threshold: 80%
Goal by 2028: 92%
Actual retention rate for the fall 2017 cohort: 89.1%

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 2012 cohort: 65.5%

Some of the students in our traditional program 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 the fall 2012 cohort students were on their path to earning a postsecondary degree at six years (as of August 31, 2018).

Fall 2012 Cohort First-time, Full-time Status at Year 6

Macon Traditional Undergraduate Graduation Rate

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) (2018)
Threshold: 2 standard deviations below National Pass Rate
Goal: Exceed National Pass Rate (+89.4%)

Actual: 76.55%

Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) (2018)
Threshold: Meet National Pass Rate (83.76%)
Goal: Exceed National Pass Rate (+83.76%)

Actual: 84.87%

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 Family Nurse Practitioner National Exam (AANPCB FNP) (2017)
Threshold: 80% Pass Rate
Goal: 90% Pass Rate
Actual AANP (Master's): 84%

2018 data available in January 2020

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Certifications (2017)
Threshold: 80% Pass Rate
Goal: 90% Pass Rate
Actual AGACNP-BC (Master's): 100%

2018 data available in January 2020

School of Medicine – Doctor of Medicine Program

U.S. Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE Step Exams)
Threshold: 90%
Goal: Meet or Exceed National Pass Rate (Step 1: 96%; Step 2 CK: 97%; Step 2 CS: 95%)
Actual Step 1 Basic Knowledge (2018): 98%
Actual Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (2017-2018): 98%

Actual Step 2 Clinical Skills (2017-2018): 92%

School of Medicine – Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) Examination in Marital and Family Therapy (pass rate data are only available for 2015-2016)
Threshold: 70% Pass Rate
Goal: 90% Pass Rate

Actual: 100%

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) (2017-2018)
Threshold: 80%
Goal: Meet or Exceed State Pass Rate (99%)

Actual: 100%

Title II Teacher Preparation Report

College of Professional Advancement – Counseling Program

National Counselor Examination (NCE) (2018)
Threshold: Meet the NCE National Mean Score (113.47 for Spring; 104.87 for Fall)
Goal: Exceed National Mean Score (+113.47 for Spring; +104.87 for Fall)
Actual CMHC Program: 115.90 (Spring); 105.68 (Fall)
Actual SCHOOL Program: Not enough takers to report scores for Fall and Spring
Actual CRC Program: 112 (Spring); Not enough takers to report Fall scores

Overall MU Pass Rate: 94%

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) (Spring 2018)
Threshold: Meet the CPCE National Mean Score (87.13)
Goal: Exceed National Mean Score by 5 points (+87.13)

Actual: 91.33 (100% Pass Rate)

School of Engineering – Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (2018)
Threshold: Meet National Pass Rate (displayed by discipline)
Goal: Exceed National Pass Rate (displayed by discipline)

Actual: 90%

School of Law - Juris Doctor Program

Georgia Bar Examination (July 2018)
Threshold: Meet State Pass Rate (76.1%)
Goal: Exceed State Pass Rate (76.1+%)

Actual: 73.3%

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 (2018 class)

Threshold: 78%
Goal: 90%

Actual: 91.6%

ABA Employment Summary

School of Medicine – Percent Initial and Secondary Match for Residency (2018)

Threshold: 100% Match (Initial and Secondary)
Goal: 100% Initial Match
Actual Initial Match: 95%

Actual Initial and Secondary: 98%