Graduate Career Outcome Rates Remain Strong | St. Lawrence University

Graduate Career Outcome Rates Remain Strong

More than 97 percent of recent St. Lawrence University graduates were either employed or attending graduate school less than one year after graduation, an outcome rate that has remained steady for several years.

The Career Services Follow-Up Survey asked St. Lawrence University’s Class of 2017 what they were doing seven to 10 months after graduation. The survey is an important component of Career Services’ efforts to understand the kinds of work and graduate programs new graduates are interested in pursuing.

According to the survey, members of the most recent class surveyed had a total career outcome rate of 97 percent, an identical rate compared to last year’s survey. Of those, more than 77 percent were pursuing a career and nearly 20 percent were attending graduate school. The return rate on this year’s survey was nearly 73 percent, and the number reporting that they are satisfied or very satisfied with their employment remained strong at 83 percent.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the nationwide career outcome rate for all 2017 graduates was 84 percent, and for institutions comparable to St. Lawrence was 91 percent.

“As in years past, the University’s exceptional outcome rate reflects the vitality of a St. Lawrence liberal arts education, one which includes experiential learning such as internships with alumni and research collaboration with leading faculty,” said President William L. Fox. “Employers and graduate schools seek candidates who are strong writers, skilled public speakers, inquisitive learners, and also those who think of themselves as global citizens.”

The top-career paths for 2017 graduates included education, finance/banking, technology, government/public administration and health care. Top job functions within these industries include teaching/ coaching/training, sales, financial services, research/analysis, administration/management and account management/planning.

Ninty-nine percent of the Class of 2017 took part in some kind of experiential learning experience while attending St. Lawrence, including 72 percent who took part in an internship and 88 percent who had a research experience. The number of 2017 graduates who studied off-campus was 65 percent; 79 percent participated in community service; and 53 percent conducted independent study.

“We can be especially proud of the increasing number of students who are seizing experiential learning opportunities,” said Ron Albertson, director of Career Services. “There’s no better way to learn about one’s unique gifts and purpose than through direct experience, and some St. Lawrence students do as many as three or four internships during their undergraduate years.”

The St. Lawrence alumni network was rated as especially influential for graduates for finding employment, and nearly one third of the respondents with full-time work reported having found their employment prior to graduation.

The 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s College That Pay You Back ranked St. Lawrence’s alumni network third best in the nation. The Princeton Review’s most recent publication, The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition, praised the University’s Career Services, ranking it No. 14 on its Best Career Services list, and the publisher also included St. Lawrence in the second edition of its Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.

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