Marquette measures student achievement through a number of metrics including retention rates, graduation rates, degrees awarded, post-graduation employment and enrollment in graduate/professional school, and pass rates on licensure exams.

Retention and Graduation Rates

Marquette closely monitors the retention and subsequent graduation of its undergraduate student body. Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who re-enroll in subsequent fall terms. Graduation rates measure the percentage of first-tie, full-time undergraduate students who earn a bachelor's degree within a certain number of years. The report below shows how these rates have varied over time and by different student characteristics for first-time, full-time student cohorts. 

Completions/Degrees Awarded

Marquette confers degrees at the bachelor's, master's, Ph.D., and professional doctorate levels. In addition, Marquette confers post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates. The reports below displays the number of completions by academic year along with a breakdown by student characteristics. The report also shows completions by major, minor, and graduate program. 

Undergraduate Post-Graduation Outcomes

Marquette captures information from recent graduates to understand what activities graduates are pursuing including employment and enrollment in graduate/professional school. The reports below show post-graduation outcomes at several points in time after graduation. 

Graduate Student Time-to-Degree

Marquette looks at how long it takes students to complete their master's and Ph.D. degrees. Of those students who earn their degree, the data below shows what percent complete within a certain number of years.

 Master's Degrees Awarded by Academic Year

 Metric 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of degrees awarded 661 610 621 651 702
% graduating within two years 59% 60% 61% 68% 72%
% graduating within three years 82% 80% 85% 90% 93%
% graduating within four years 93% 93% 92% 97% 98%
% graduating within five years 97% 97% 97% 98% 99%

Ph.D. Degrees Awarded by Academic Year

 Metric 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of degrees awarded 76 54 69 69 59
% graduating within five years 42% 31% 48% 46% 35%
% graduating within six years 64% 63% 67% 65% 63%
% graduating within seven years 79% 72% 78% 86% 76%
% graduating within eight years 89% 85% 83% 93% 83%

Academic year is July 1  - June 30.


Graduate/Professional Post-Graduation Outcomes and Licensure Rates

Several of Marquette's graduate/professional programs track program-level information about post-graduation placement and/or pass rates of licensure exams. Some are also accredited by discipline-specific-level accrediting bodies. The student achievement metrics in the links below are specific to the program of interest.