The result of the College’s strategic planning efforts has been a demonstrable increase in student engagement, as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement. Currently, Saint Michael’s students are comparable to students at high-performing liberal arts colleges in the level of academic challenge they feel, the degree to which they participate in enriching educational experiences, and the degree to which they experience a supportive campus community. While being held to higher academic standards, Saint Michael’s students have persevered at a higher rate. First-year/sophomore retention has increased from 85 percent in 2010 to its current 89 percent.
In 2016, Saint Michael’s College published the results of a comprehensive outcomes study of the College’s alumni who received a degree between 1950 and 2015. The study was done by Gallup and demonstrated that the College’s alumni exceed their peers from other institutions in nearly all elements of well-being and workplace engagement. In addition, results revealed that the College’s alumni are employed full-time for an employer at higher rates than alumni from four comparison groups. Saint Michael’s alumni from 2000 to 2015 performed even better, far outpacing alumni comparison groups. The purpose of the study was to understand and seek to improve alumni outcomes. The College has received praise for this effort and the data that has resulted from it.