Student Success

Student Retention, Graduation, and Program Completion Times

Meridian faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the advising and support students need to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Faculty seek to provide students with a stimulating learning environment, enriched by the facilitation of strong faculty and peer connections.

Meridian offers a learning format that supports non-traditional and life-long post-bachelors learners, providing students with the support and flexibility that can help in balancing the pursuit of educational goals with professional, personal, and family commitments. For these reasons, the completion timeframe of Meridian students may vary from traditional university students.


Retention rates are calculated each academic year per entering cohort, for the first and second year and are determined by the number of first-time students who remain enrolled from Fall to Fall. Meridian consistently maintains very high retention rates, as shown in the charts below. All available retention rates for the Business and Transformative Learning Programs are provided below.

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Completion Rates

Completion rates are calculated based on the number of graduates divided by the students available for graduation, per entering Academic Year, based on matriculated students who have completed an attempt of at least one course. The “Number in Program” is the number of students scheduled to complete the program within the academic year 2018-19. The “Number of Graduates” is the number of students who completed the program within 100% of the maximum time to complete.

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Program Completion Timeframe

Over the past 10-year period from 2009-10 through 2018-19, 96.43% of Meridian graduates completed their program within the published maximum completion time frame. A student’s program completion time is calculated based on the enrollment date and graduation date.

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Licensure Pass Rates and Placement

Meridian students are consistently successful on California’s MFT and Psychologist licensing exams (Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) and Board of Psychology (BOP), respectively), scoring well above statewide averages.

Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) MFT Licensure Exam Pass Rates (3.5-year cumulative)

MFT Law and Ethics85.19%79.51%
MFT Clinical Exams81.82%74.70%
*Licensing data has been released by the boards through 06/2019; exam pass rates will be updated as the data becomes available. 3.5-year cumulative: 2016, 2017, 2018, 01-06/2019.

Board of Psychology (BOP) Psychologist Licensure Exam Pass Rates (3-year cumulative)

Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP)87.53%62.10%
California Psychology Law and Ethics Examination (CPLEE)57.14%41.96%
Licensing data has been released by the boards through 2018; exam pass rates will be updated as the data becomes available. 3-year cumulative: 2016, 2017, and 2018.
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Note Regarding Placement

Meridian offers no guarantee of a position or employment for students, both while enrolled and subsequent to graduation. However, Meridian alumni have gone on to pursue diverse careers after completion of their degree.


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