Amazing Outcomes for Goshen College Graduates

Goshen College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the development of informed, articulate, sensitive, responsible Christians.

The value of a Goshen College education

Our integrative, international, intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to education not only prepares students for rewarding, successful careers, but also produces servant-leaders for the church and the world. Learn more about the true value of a Goshen College education (infographic). 

Education: Persistence & Completion

Goshen College finds consistent and noteworthy success in helping students persist and successfully graduate. National data confirm our above-average performance in both the percentage of first-year students who return to continue their studies, and in the percentage who graduate within six years. Our graduation rate for 6-year students is 17% higher than the average college graduation rate.

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Graph of Goshen Colleges first to second year retention rates Six year graduation rates at Goshen College graph

For more detailed breakdowns of graduation rates by gender & race/ethnicity see the Goshen College Fact Book.

Education: Satisfaction

GC seniors consistently offer positive evaluations of their GC educational experiences, exceeding national averages.

Graph of overall educational experience rated as good or excellent by seniors.


GC’s tradition of experiential learning, internships and research programs prepares students for rewarding careers. In recent years, despite the challenges of a global economic downturn, our graduates have found success in the job market. 100% of our nursing graduates pass the NCLEX exam, while we are also ranked #3 for Becker CPA pass rates, and we hold a 92% medical school acceptance rate.

Graph of percent of students employed within one year after graduation

The GC approach to liberal arts education integrates:

  • Intercultural and international experience that fosters a global perspective
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Sensitivity to issues of values, peace and justice
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to relate with people different from themselves
  • Excellent leadership potential

These skills, knowledge and responsibilities come together in a liberal arts education that uniquely prepares students for a wide variety of careers. See currently offered Majors & Minors.

Grad School & Licensure

Goshen College excels at preparing students for doctoral degrees. When it comes to earning a doctoral degree, Goshen College students have an advantage. At GC, students have more opportunities for undergraduate research, have smaller classes and build relationships with top-notch professors both in and out of the classroom.

In fact, among both public and private Indiana institutions, Goshen College ranks second in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctorates  when institutional size (enrollment) is taken into account. Nationally, Goshen College ranks 87th out of 262 Carnegie baccalaureate institutions.

Graph of graduates earning a doctorates degree at GC Compared to Indiana Schools

Goshen College ranks first in the number of graduates going on to earn doctorates among Mennonite institutions, with double the number of students going on to earn doctorates than any other institution.

Graph of graduates earning doctorates at Goshen College compared to other Mennonite Schools


GC’s professional programs are known for the quality of their graduates. Our teachers, nurses and social workers are in-demand in the region.

  • #2: Ranking for Goshen accounting graduates for the CPA exam passing rate in Indiana (just behind Notre Dame), and top 10 nationally for a program of our size
  • 100 percent of Goshen students who applied to medical school in 2012 were accepted
  • 100 percent of social work graduates passed their licensing exam


Goshen graduates are leaders in many areas of culture, service, advocacy, environment, business and science, and live out the college motto of “Culture for Service” in their volunteer and community service work.

Graph of graduates who volunteer at least once per year

Some Noteworthy Alumni

  • Dale Kempf ’78, helped develop one of the most potent antiviral drugs for HIV and AIDS.
  • Ellah Wakatama Allfrey ’88 is a literary editor in England and was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles.
  • Raj Biyani ’92 is head of the India operations for Microsoft IT, Microsoft’s largest IT operation outside of corporate headquarters in Redmond, Wash.
  • Steve Kreider Yoder ’81 is Senior Editor, Page One for the Wall Street Journal.
  • Doug Schwartzentruber ’78 is a physician named to Time magazine’s 2010 list of the most influential people in the world for his cancer research.
  • Jo Becker ’85 is the Children’s Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch.
  • Kelly Lerner ’85 was awarded the 2005 World Habitat Award at the U.N. World Habitat Day Celebration and named one of the top 10 “eco architects” in the U.S.
  • Ruby Payne ’72 is a former educator and administrator who is internationally recognized for her consulting on education and class issues.
  • J.D. Martin ’70 has written 15 top-ten country music singles (including five #1 hits).
  • James C. Strouse ’99 is a Sundance Film Festival award-winning writer-director of films such as Grace is Gone and The Winning Season.


Scholar-Athletes: In 2012-13, Goshen College produced 51 NAIA scholar-athletes, with a total of 233 NAIA scholar-athletes over the past five years.

*Data Sources

  • Graduation and retention data are from the National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center; peer groups are defined as institutions classified as Carnegie Baccalaureate Arts & Sciences, members of the Independent Colleges of Indiana (Indiana privates), public 4-year institutions of Indiana, and colleges and universities affiliated with the Mennonite Education Agency.

  • Evaluation of the overall GC educational experience is via that National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which GC participates in on a regular basis with response rates averaging around 50%.
  • Alumni data were gathered via administration of the HEDS alumni survey in the fall of 2013. Overall survey response rate was 39 percent.

  • Data on doctoral degrees is from the National Science Foundation’s annual Survey of Earned Doctorates. Data presented are based on doctoral degrees conferred between 1990 and 2010. Enrollment adjustments for Indiana institutions are based on 2012 enrollments as reported to U.S. News and World Report for college rankings.