The Career Development Center sent out a survey to those graduating during the 2014-15 school year and found that 94.63 percent reported employment, enrollment in a graduate program, volunteer service or enlistment in the military.

The survey was sent to 1,288 alumni and of these, 748 (58.07 percent) responded. Through the use of LinkedIn we were able to gather additional data, for the total knowledge rate of 85.09 percent of the graduating class of 2015. We found that full-time employment increased by 5.67 percent.

Employment, graduate school enrollment and salary reports differ by academic program and career path, but here are some of the results of the survey:

  • Of those responding to the survey, 16.99 percent are currently enrolled in an advanced degree program, a 0.88 percent increase from last year. For those who are enrolled, 89.34 percent are enrolled as full-time students.
  • Of those reporting employment, 45.9 percent secured their jobs more than a month before graduation, about 16.5 percent secured jobs around a month before or after graduation, and an additional 21.8 percent were employed within eight months of graduation. Graduates who were not seeking employment represented 9.8 percent of respondents, many of whom reported being enrolled in graduate school.

Here are the 748 respondents’ employment statuses:

  • Employed full time – 531 (71.28 percent)
  • Employed part time – 84 (11.28 percent)
  • Volunteer service – 12 (1.61 percent)
  • Military service – 5 (0.67 percent)
  • Not employed, currently seeking – 42 (5.64 percent)
  • Not employed, not seeking – 71 (9.53 percent)

Sixty-one of the 71 who are not seeking employment are currently enrolled in graduate school.

The median salary range for the Class of 2015 was $40,001-$45,000, which has increased from last year. The median salary for each academic program or career path varies.

Median salary ranges for those employed full time or in the military:

  • College of Arts and Sciences – $35,001-$40,000
  • Opus College of Business – $45,001-$50,000
  • School of Education – $30,001-$35,000
  • School of Engineering – $60,001-$65,000
  • School of Social Work – $30,001-$35,000

The complete report, which includes employers, job titles, graduate schools and states of residence, may be viewed on the Career Development Center’s website. Hard copies of this report as well as previous reports may be requested by contacting the Career Development Center, (651) 962-6761.

We also want to remind undergraduate students and alumni that the Career Development Center continues to offer our services even after graduation.

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