Student Achievement

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Mission: Asbury Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.

The faculty and staff of Asbury Theological Seminary are dedicated to the fulfillment of this mission and a continuous cycle of evaluation and improvement of the academic programs, services and overall effectiveness of theological education at Asbury. While effectiveness can be measured in many differing ways, Asbury Theological Seminary presents the following findings:

  • According to a 2020 survey of graduates conducted by the Association of Theological Schools of those individuals who answered the survey, 60.9% upon graduation from school indicated that they would either continue in their current position or that they had been offered a position. 
  • Year to year retention rates have exceeded 80%.

The current default rate on student loans for students of Asbury Theological Seminary is 4.4%, which is well below the national average of over 9.7%.

Year to Year Retention Rates, Fall 2016-2018

  Fall 2016  Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
By Percentage 83% 80% 86% 85%

The year over year retention rate is the percentage of degree seeking students who remain active in a program one year after their start date.

Degrees Conferred Per Academic Year 2015-2020

  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Degrees Conferred 306 279 289 316 296

Graduation Rate 2009 – 2019

Cohort

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Degrees Conferred

59%

65%

65%

68%

60%

53%

42%

38%

17%

8%

1%

The above table indicates the percentage of students completing a degree by 2019 as compared to the beginning cohort year.