Bryan College evaluates student achievement consistent with its mission: “Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.” Various criteria will include graduation, retention, job placement rates, general education testing, major field testing, nationally-normed self-report studies, and worldview testing. Data are analyzed as part of institutional Effectiveness and are reviewed by appropriate faculty, staff, and administration.


Graduation Rates are collected by the Office of the Registrar and provided to appropriate administrators for decision-making purposes.

Current 6-year graduation rate: 57 %

Average 6-year graduation rate: 56 %


Retention rates are collected by the Office of the Registrar and provided to appropriate administrators for decision-making purposes.

Freshman retention rate Fall 2012-Fall 2013 (traditional only): 62 %

Average Freshman retention rate past five years (traditional students only): 71 %

General Education Testing

As a liberal arts institution Bryan College takes great interest in general education competencies of graduating seniors. Each year Bryan administers the ETS Proficiency Profile to measure general education knowledge and skills. The chart below displays the most recent results.

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Job Placement

The Career Services Office at Bryan College surveys graduating seniors each year to ascertain their employment status, prospects, and intentions, as well as their graduate school intentions.

2014 survey: 97 % of respondents were employed or not employed by choice.

Graduate school: 73.3% of our graduates have been accepted into their first or second choice graduate schools.

Major Field Testing

Many academic programs use national major field tests (standardized across an entire area of study, regardless of the institution), if available and compatible with the unique distictives and worldview of the program, as part of outcomes assessment, overseen by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) at Bryan College. Bryan uses several major tests and the results compare favorably with national scores. Not all of the latest test data has been collected and may not appear below.

Literature in English 165
Music 155
Math 153
Psychology 179
Biology 162
History (ACAT) 78th percentile*

*With one score at the 98th percentile and another at the 95th percentile.

Worldview Testing

Since Bryan College is very distinctive in its intentional teaching of a Christian Worldview in designated courses and across the curriculum, we have determined to measure worldview using a standardized national test starting in the 2015-16 academic year. This test will be administered by the Office of Academics to Freshmen and graduating Seniors each year, in order to ascertain where students are coming in, what Bryan needs to do, and (at the Senior level), the “value- added” component of our worldview training. We have no results to report at this time.

Student Engagement

Bryan College uses the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), a national survey by Noel Levitz, to gage various types and levels of “student engagement”, including level of academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, and supportive campus environment.

Some of the survey results, based on specific questions, that demonstrate high satisfaction levels of Bryan College students when compared to national four-year private colleges are:

  • Experience intellectual growth.
  • Instruction excellent.
  • Enjoyable experience to be a student on this campus.
  • Institution shows concern for students as individuals.
  • Students made to feel welcome.
  • My academic advisor is approachable.
  • Faculty care about me as an individual.
  • Faculty usually available after class.