First Destination Post-Graduation Survey & Report  >  Message to 2017-2018 grads about the survey

What's next for you?
Continuing education?
Or employment?

Survey purpose:
Learn the first destinations of new grads after your undergraduate degree, whether employed or continuing education, and other info related to career prep and experience during college.

Completing the survey is a step in  your GRADUATION TIMELINE specified by the University Registrar.

Still job-hunting or applying to grad school?
That is common, so you can state that on the survey.
The survey stays open to you through six months after commencement, so you can update your response until the survey closes. It's quick and easy to do, and we will send you reminders.

Degree completion | survey timing:
Dec 2017 grads survey:  Opens Nov. 20, 2017.  Will close mid-June 2018.
May+Sum 2018 grads survey:  Will open Apr. 2018, and close mid-Nov. 2018. 

Survey access:
Based on the graduation term you specified in your Application for Degree [AFD] with the University Registrar.
If you have questions about graduation, degrees, diplomas, etc., see:
Office of the University Registrar: Graduation > Frequently Asked Questions.

Fast, user-friendly survey:
30 seconds to answer the first, most important question.
After that, no error messages if you leave a response blank. We hope you'll respond to all items, and we respect your decision.
It takes about five minutes to complete the survey.

Logging in  |  technical support:
Log in to the survey with your VT PID and password (no 2-factor).
If you need password assistance, consult password information.
Each year, over 3,500 new graduates log in and complete the survey. Technical glitches are uncommon. However, if you encounter an error message in the survey after logging in, please email and include the exact error message.

Individual responses are confidential:
We do not publish and we do not share with anyone individual names or sets of responses attached to individual names or identifying information.
We list responses and data by major, college, university.  
We publish lists, by major, showing:
- job title/employer/location
- grad degree/progam/institution/location

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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 survey 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 Post-Graduation REPORT [based on the survey] is used by the Virginia Tech Office of Institutional Research and 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.
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The information you share helps current and future Hokies.

Why you should respond:
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 Post-Graduation Report.
Some form of this survey has been conducted since the 1970s.
View First Destination report.

On behalf of the university community, THANK YOU!

Donna Cassell Ratcliffe, Director, Career & Professional Development
Catherine Copeland, Senior Assistant Director for IT | Assessment 

Here is some of what we learned from past graduates: