Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master's and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Baylor College of Medicine. For more information on SACSCOC and the other agency that accredit programs of the College, visit our accreditation site.

SACSCOC requires accredited institutions to publish statements of their goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals.

Baylor selected five measures of student achievement to monitor our students’ success:

Graduation Rate. The percentage of a school’s first-time, first-year students who complete their program within 150 percent of the published time for the program. For example, for the four-year M.D. program, entering students who complete within six years are counted as graduates.

Retention Rate. The percentage of a school’s first-time, first-year students who continue at that school the next year. For example, a student who studies full time in the fall semester and keeps on studying in the program in the next fall semester is counted in this rate.

Time to Degree. Time in enrolled program less reported periods of non-enrollment (registered time to degree). The institutional process to derive time to degree targets is calculated as 150 percent of the program length or may alternatively be calculated to be consistent with available national or regional benchmarking data.

Licensing Exam Success Rate. Percentage of first takers of certifying examinations who successfully pass the exam on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate. All students of a defined cohort employed in their field of training or related field upon graduation.

Baylor selected targets for each metric in alignment with our mission and informed by similar targets as set by peer institutions and the U.S. Department of Education.