Continuing education, after undergrad degree, reported by grads

Do you wonder what graduates of your major — or a major you are considering — did after graduation? You might choose a different path than a previous grad, but that information can open your eyes to the wide variety of paths graduates take, and remind you that you are defined by much more than your major. Each person brings their interests, experiences, values, and strengths into your career planning process. 

Career and Professional Development conducts the Post-Graduation Survey on behalf of Virginia Tech. The purpose is the learn the FIRST DESTINATION after the UNDERGRADUATE degree. To learn this we ask our new grads, via survey, to report their first destination — whether employed, continuing education, or still seeking. The survey is open continuously for seven months, beginning about one month prior to commencement and closing six months after commencement, thus allowing new graduates six months after graduation to report or update their first destination information. Each year about 60% of our graduates do you the favor of giving less than five minutes to report their information, allowing you see the wide variety of employment and continuing education they have as first career steps after college. After the survey closes in November, we compile the data, and we publish the results as the Post-Graduation Report in January for the previous academic year's graduates. More about the report; choose a year to view.

Keep in mind we do not have a measure of what graduates do later down the road in their career paths. Some grads might choose to continue education after working or other pursuits.

Percent of graduates continuing education

Typically each year, for the total university, about a fourth of respondents report they are continuing education following graduation.

Of course that varies by college, as you see in the chart.

For two colleges, well over 40% of the graduates of pursue continued education as a first destination:
— Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Science
— Science

For data by undergrad major, see first destination after graduation, and choose view by major.

Continuing education breakdown by type of degree

Note: percentages reporting specific degrees are NOT percentages of all grads because not all grads continue education; those who do comprise about 1/4 of all the responding grads.

How the 1/4 continuing education broke down by type of degree in recent years:
~ 61-65% master's degree (14-16% of all respondents)
~ 12-13% medical degree (3% of all respondents)
    ~ 27% medical degree for College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (12% of the college respondents) 
    ~ 25% medical degree for College of Science (13% of the college respondents)
~ 7-10% Ph.D. (less than 2% of all respondents)

Want more? View percentages pursuing what degrees. Choose year to view. Default view is total university. From there you can view by college or major.

Grad & prof schools, and programs, reported by undergrad major

As you view our Post-Graduation Report, you'll see that we list, by undergraduate major, for each respondent:
- the graduate degree (e.g. M.A., M.S., M.S.W. Ph.D., J.D., M.D., and many more)
- the graduate program of study (if not implicit from the degree)
- the institution, and
- location [city; state, or county if non-U.S.]
All info is as reported by grads. We cannot force any graduate to provide information, so you will see entries with incomplete information.

See grad / professional school attendance, by undergrad major.
Default view is alpha by undergrad major. From there you can sort the list alpha by any of the headings — grad degree, grad program of study, institution, city, and state/country.  Default view is total university. You can choose to view by college or major. Enjoy!

Each year about 1/4 of VT graduates say they are continuing education after the undergrad degree. Of course that varies by college and major!

You can you find this!

How many of the 13-14 grads reported continuing education at Columbia University, and what where their undergrad majors?
Answer: See the list sorted alpha by institution, and scroll to view Columbia University.

How many of the 14-15 grads reported pursuing a law degree (J.D.), and how many undergradute majors did they represent? 
Answer: See the list sorted alpha by degree, and scroll to view law.

How many VT grads continue on at VT for a graduate program?
Answer: Schools most-reported for grad school, by year, total university.