Student Achievement

The mission of Criswell College is to prepare men and women to serve as Christian leaders throughout society. In order to assess its success in accomplishing this mission, Criswell evaluates the achievement of its students in a variety of ways. While the list below is not exhaustive, it includes key indicators of student success.



The number of enrolled students reflects the college’s success in accomplishing its goal of graduating an increasing number of student prepared to lead throughout society. Our goal is to grow enrollment each year at a rate of 7% from fall to fall. The fall 2015 semester saw a 10% decrease in enrollment from the previous fall semester.



Full-time Equivalence

Full-time equivalence (FTE) is an important indicator of students’ likelihood to graduate. Criswell’s goal is for its FTE to eventually represent 90% of its enrollment headcount. In fall 2015, FTE represented 68% of enrollment headcount.




Criswell’s retention rate represents the percentage of full-time, first-time undergraduates who return in the fall after their first year. The college’s goal is a 90% fall-to-fall retention rate.





Criswell’s graduate rate represents the percentage of full-time, first-time undergraduates who graduate within 150% of normal time for completing the program in which they are enrolled. Criswell’s goal is to increase its graduation rate at a rate of 4.5% over each prior year.



Course Completion

Course completion rates represent the percentage of courses completed, with passing grades, by students. Criswell’s goal is a 95% course completion rate.



Degrees Conferred

Degrees conferred include the number of associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees awarded by the college in an academic year. Criswell’s goal is for the number of awarded degrees to represent 20% of the college’s fall enrollment headcount. Degrees awarded in 2015-2016 represented 17% of that year’s fall enrollment.




*Includes Non-Degree Students