Our efforts as a liberal arts university are all directed toward student success. We aim to enroll students, empower them on their way to graduation, and help ensure a positive transition to the next chapters of their lives. As we approach the end of another semester, I want to celebrate with you some of the outstanding outcomes we and our students are realizing at Concordia University St. Paul.
Persistence to Graduation
• Students who enroll as freshman are approaching five-year graduation rates of 60%.
• Including students who transfer to Concordia, five-year completion rates are nearing 70%.
• Student athletes, as cited by the NCAA, graduate at a 92% rate.
• Students who transfer from Concordia to other institutions show strong rates of completion, bringing our 5-year overall completion rate over 70%
• Students in our non-traditional undergraduate programs and in our graduate school programs complete at rates in a range from 85% to 90%.
Jobs and Graduate School
• An impressive 94% of the class of 2016 reported that they were employed, had enlisted in the military, or were accepted into graduate school within six months of graduation.
• At $58,112 per year, Concordia graduates rank first in average annual salary among all bachelor degree graduates from all public and private colleges in Minnesota, as cited by the Minnesota Department of Economic Development
• Average student debt has fallen from a high of $42,461 for the class of 2013, to $33,183 for the class of 2016
Year after year, many individual students achieve extraordinary results. This year, we are especially proud that Riley Hanson (’17) will be honored as one of the NCAA’s Top Ten. This extremely rarified distinction recognizes a very select group of ten athletes from all three NCAA divisions for their performance in the classroom, on the athletic field or court, and in the community. Amazingly, Riley is not the first CSP athlete to be recognized at this level, but she is the latest and will take time from her studies at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry to be honored in January at the NCAA’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.
I thank God for all of you – faculty, staff, students, regents, donors, parents, grandparents, pastors, teachers, and others – who are contributing to these astonishing outcomes. Wow!
Grace and peace.