Statistics

Explore important data related to Western Seminary's post-graduation success, retention rates, and other student demographics.

Placement Data

This data is required every year by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) regarding the vocational placement of Western graduates. 

Graduate YearProgramResponse RateVocational Placement (#students)
2020-2021* Theology (includes DMin) 63.5% Vocational placement = 28
Non-vocational placement = 5
Further study = 5
Seeking placement = 4
Other = 5
Unknown = 27
Counseling 65.8% Vocational placement = 24
Seeking placement = 1
Other = 2
Intercultural (DIS/EdD) 100% Vocational placement = 5
Global (MAGL) 33% Vocational placement = 1
GSDC 36.3% Vocational placement = 2
Seeking placement = 1
Other = 1

* Total response rate for 2020 graduates = 62.2%

Retention

Retention describes the balance of the number of students entering and leaving a school each year. This number is functionally made up of the total returning student body (including new incoming students), plus matriculated students, minus graduating students, and those who have opted out of Western. The definition Western has adopted comes from our Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) accreditors: Retention rate is defined as the percentage of students enrolling in consecutive fall terms.

YearLocationRetention Rate
2021-2022 All 77.77%
Portland 80.91%
Global (Online) 73.81%
Sacramento 90.24%
San Jose 84.18%
2020-2021 All 76.28%
Portland 77.68%
Global (Online) 75.97%
Sacramento 67.34%
San Jose 82.14%

Student Demographics

pdf2021 Institutional Peer Profile Report (Demographic Information)