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Student Achievement


Georgia Southern University regularly evaluates student achievement at the institutional level through a number of measures and aligns these with the University’s Mission and Strategic Plan. These institutional measures and students’ achievement on these measures are presented below.

Retention Rates

First-year retention rates include students who enrolled at Georgia Southern University as full-time, first-time in college freshmen who are enrolled in the sophomore/second year.

Georgia Southern University First-Year Retention

Entering Cohort


Source: Georgia Southern University Fact Books

Goal: A first-year retention rate of 80%

Georgia Southern University Second-Year Retention

Entering Cohort


Source: Georgia Southern University Fact Books

Goal: A second-year retention rate of 69% to be reached by 2015 and maintained

Georgia Southern University Six-Year Graduation Rates

Entering Cohort


Source: Georgia Southern University Fact Books 

Goal: A six-year graduation rate of 50%

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) has become one of the most broad-based annual surveys of undergraduates in the country and has been completed by nearly 1.5 million students at nearly 1,200 different institutions in the last decade (Pascarella, Seifert, & Blaich, 2008). Georgia Southern University administers the NSSE every three years and aligns items on the National Survey of Student Engagement with its Mission Statement. The University is committed to providing a “culture of engagement” and an environment that “promotes student growth and success” for the purpose of preparing a “diverse and select undergraduate and graduate student population for leadership and service as world citizens.” As such, Georgia Southern students’ responses to items related to leadership and service, as well as collaboration, integrity, lifelong learning, and wellness are compared to students’ responses from the University System of Georgia and other institutions classified similarly. Click here to view Georgia Southern University’s NSSE results for 2011 and 2014.

Goal: To maintain responses at or above USG mean.

Licensure and Certification Examinations

Licensure and certification examinations are additional institutional measures used to evaluate student achievement at Georgia Southern. Certain professions require graduates to achieve specific levels for employment. One requirement for teaching kindergarten through twelfth grade in the State of Georgia is earning a passing score on the relevant Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) examination.

GACE Pass Rates

Early Childhood
Early Childhood/
Special Education
Middle Grades
Language Arts
Middle Grades
Middle Grades
Middle Grades Science9396100969790
Middle Grades
Social Science
Special Education
Gen. Curriculum
Health and Physical Education____________100100100
Music Education____________10092100

Goal: 80% annual pass rate

Licensure examinations are used to track success of Georgia Southern’s nursing students. Upon meeting all degree requirements, nursing students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) before being eligible to enter practice.

Georgia Southern University NCLEX First Try Pass Rates


Source: School of Nursing

Goal: An 85% pass rate on the first try and to be above the average pass rate for graduation rates across the nation

*Note: Reflects first year of Armstrong/Georgia Southern consolidated program

Legislative Internship Appointments

Consistent with Georgia Southern’ mission statement to prepare our “student population for leadership and service as world citizens,” the University encourages legislative internships.

Federal 16 22 9 7
State 2 2 2 3
Total 18 24 11 10

Goal: Seven to ten legislative internship appointments primarily in Washington D.C.

Source: Georgia Southern University Fact Books 

Job Placement Rates

Job placement rates, in the discipline or closely-related discipline, are a recently added institutional indicator of student success.

Academic Program2014-20152015-2016
BA AnthropologyNo Data88.6
BS Child and Family DevelopmentNo Data 90
BS Fashion Merchandising and Apparel DesignNo Data87
BS Interior DesignNo Data91
BS RecreationNo Data90
BS SociologyNo Data88.6
BSN NursingNo Data81.8
BSPH Health Education and Promotion59.159.2
DNP Doctor of Nursing PracticeNo Data100
DrPH Public Health93.891
MA SpanishNo Data100
MHA Healthcare Administration75.6100
MPH Public Health85.989.58
MSN Nurse Practitioner No Data100
PhD Logistics/Supply Chain Management100100

For Additional Information

Georgia Southern University Fact Books supply further details on a number of these measures and additional institutional, college, and departmental level information.

Last updated: 2/18/2022