First destination after undergraduate degree
As told by new grads
What new VT grads do as first destination after the undergraduate degree
- First destination refers to what graduates do following completion of the undergraduate degree, whether employed, continuing education, military service, volunteering, or still seeking.
- This information is sometimes called "outcomes." The wording "first destination" is used by NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Universities, which developed standards and protocols for colleges and universities for collection and reporting of graduating student career outcomes data.
Only for new graduates about to complete, or within six months of completing, undergraduate degrees. The survey opens during the month before commencement and closes six months after. Individual responses are confidential.
Anyone can view reports for each graduation year, which give data for the university, colleges, and majors. The latest report is compiled and published in winter after the survey closes for the previous year's graduates.
At Virginia Tech, most undergraduate degrees conferred are bachelor's degrees. However, Virginia Tech has one associate's degree program, and those graduates are also included in the first destination survey and report. To see data about degrees conferred by Virginia Tech, you can view the University Data Commons.
Note for graduate students and those seeking data on graduate students: The Virginia Tech Graduate School conducts exit surveys with students completing master's and doctoral degrees.