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New grads: First Destination Survey

Tell what you are doing after your undergraduate degree

What's next after your undergraduate degree?

Employment? Continuing education? Seeking? Military service? Volunteering?

Congratulations to our most recent graduates! As part of your Graduation Timeline, all VT grads completing undergrad degrees should complete the First Destination Survey. You can update your response up to six months after commencement. We'll remind you.

Survey dates

May or summer 2022 Tu. April 12, 2022, 11am ET
Your survey.
Tu. Nov. 15, 2022, 11am ET
December 2021 or winter 2022 Tu. Nov. 30, 2021, 11am ET
Tu. June 21, 2022, 11am ET

Your survey access is based on your undergraduate degree completion that you specified in your Application for Degree (AFD) with the University Registrar.

PID / passphrase assistance

You access the survey in Handshake with your VT PID and password.
If you need passphrase assistance, or can't remember your passphrase, see: Virginia Tech Password guide.

Questions about degrees, diplomas, graduation.

See: Office of the University Registrar: Graduation > Frequently Asked Questions.

Confidentiality and more details

The reason for First Destination reporting:
To know the first destinations of new grads after your undergraduate degree, whether seeking, employed, or continuing education, and other information related to career preparation and experience during college.

Reporting your first destination is a step in your GRADUATION TIMELINE specified by the University Registrar.

Still seeking a job or admission to grad school?
That is common, so you can check that in the survey.
You can update your response through six months after commencement. Updating is quick and easy. Just use your survey link.

Fast, user-friendly survey:
Under five minutes to complete your self-reporting.

Logging in & technical support:
The emails we send you include a link for you to go to the survey in Handshake.
Or you can use the survey link on this page (above) to log in with your VT PID and passphrase. If you need passphrase assistance, or can't remember your passphrase, see: Virginia Tech Password Guide.

Individual responses are confidential:
We do not publish individual names or sets of responses attached to individual names or identifying information.
We publish and share only anonymous compiled data for majors, colleges, and total university.  

This DATA COLLECTION has NOTHING to do with FUNDRAISING efforts by the university.
We are NOT ASKING for your MONEY, and we do NOT SHARE your INFORMATION with ANYONE who asks for money.

Why we ask:

  1. The information is valuable to current and future students — and to academic departments, to advisors who help students, to employers who hire Virginia Tech graduates, and to parents of prospective students. Data from the report are used to respond to a wide variety of internal and external requests for information.
  2. Federal law requires that universities provide certain information to current and prospective students. The First Destination Report is used by the Virginia Tech Office of Analytics and Institutional Effectiveness: Student Consumer Information to meet federal requirements for disclosure and reporting of data on "student outcomes," specifically employment and graduate and professional school "placement" following the undergraduate degree.
future Hokie
The information you share helps current and future Hokies.

Why you should complete the survey:
Because you're a part of the university community.
Current and future students have the same questions you have.
Because past graduates responded, we can tell you, for the university, by college, and by major:

  • First destinations of graduates: employment, continuing education, or seeking.
  • Graduate and professional schools reported by grads.
  • Employers, job titles and locations reported by grads.
  • Salary data.
  • What grads wished they had done differently.

All this and more is in the First Destination Report.
Gathering first destination information from graduates has been done since the 1970s; the ways have changed.
If you want to know what past graduates have told us: View First Destination report.

On behalf of the university community, THANK YOU!

Donna Cassell Ratcliffe, Director, Career and Professional Development
Catherine Copeland, Associate Director for Information and Operations Strategy 

What's next for you?

For / about VT students completing undergrad degrees

Graduation Timeline task

The First Destination Survey is a step in your Graduation Timeline.

What did past grads say?