Survey Indicates Job, Grad School Placement Increasing

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 continued to increase for several years.

The Career Services Follow-Up Survey asked St. Lawrence University’s Class of 2016 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 97.1 percent, an increase of 0.2 percent over last year’s survey. Of those, more than 78 percent were pursuing a career and nearly 19 percent were attending graduate school. The return rate on this year’s survey was nearly 77 percent, and the number reporting that they are satisfied or very satisfied with their employment remained strong at 94 percent.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the nationwide career outcome rate for all 2016 graduates was 81 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.”

A trend over the last 10 years has been for more graduates to pursue careers over graduate school, with 70 percent of 2005 graduates working and 25 percent in graduate school one year after their graduation. The top-career paths for 2016 graduates included education, finance and banking, sports and recreation, health care, and public administration.

A large portion of the Class of 2016 also took part in some kind of experiential learning experience while attending St. Lawrence, including 70 percent who took part in an internship. That’s a 30 percent jump from 2009.

“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.”

In the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review ranked St. Lawrence’s alumni network No. 7 in the nation and included the University in the second edition of its Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.

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