How many employers and students participate in OCI?

OCI Activity per year 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06
Number of employer organizations
247
253
284
310
300
230
301
387
344
278
Number of employer org. visits
449
485
483
652
546
452
618
521
486
584
Average number of visits per empl. org.
1.8
1.9
1.7
2.1
1.82
1.96
2.05
1.34
1.36
2.10
Number of interviews for
total university
6435
6666
6914
7189
6821
5830
6734
7666
7166
6717
Number of interviews by college:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- Agriculture & Life Sciences
112
180
222
108
91
43
76
51
62
40
- Architecture & Urban Studies
31
32
56
137
24
25
42
29
19
24
- Business
2814
3043
3162
3377
2863
2807
2917
3154
2783
3099
- Engineering
2766
2641
2575
2629
2974
2355
3052
3649
3549
3316
- Interdisciplinary
7
11
18
9
17
14
23
16
17
10
- Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
401
417
616
571
591
397
424
476
449
175
- Natural Resources & Environment
45
20
17
20
11
12
5
8
34
19
- Science
246
305
244
316
243
172
188
275
203
113
- Other/unknown
13
17
13
22
7
5
7
8
 
 
Number of students interviewed
3022
3095
3116
2989
2810
2314
2510
2583
3002
2617
Average number of interviews per student
2.2
2.2
2.22
2.41
2.43
2.52
2.68
2.97
2.39
2.57

 

Why the changes year to year?

Three main reasons:

  1. The economy!
    • OCI activity increased from the mid-90s through the 1999-2000 academic year, as a reflection of the economy.
    • OCI activity declined 2000-01 through 2002-03, reflecting economic trends.
    • Recruiting activity began to increase again in 2003-04.
    • 2008-09 was the beginning of another downturn.
    • 2010-11 began another upturn.
    • In 2012-2013 there were additional career fairs on campus; sometimes employers use career fairs, and next-day interviews, instead of OCI, so that may draw off some OCI activity.
    • OCI reflects the upswings and downswings of the overall economy and job market, although it is important to be aware that OCI itself does not include all industries and does not include the entire job market.
  2. Employers' recruiting methods: Job postings and career fair activity not reflected in OCI
    • Many employers who do not physically travel to campus DO choose to post jobs for our students. The numbers above reflect employer organization visits, not job postings without visits.
    • Certain employers choose to recruit at career fairs, which are large one- to two-day events bringing in a concentration of students. They may do this in addition to, or instead of, using OCI which is ongoing through several weeks of fall and spring semesters. The numbers above do not reflect employer visits through job/career fairs.
  3. Lack of student applications in certain majors:
    • In recent years we have received feedback from some employers that they receive fewer applications than they would like to receive from students in certain majors in response to job postings in OCI. This reduces student participation numbers — by choice of the students — and it dissuades some employers from scheduling future campus visits.