Report: First Destination After Undergraduate Degree

Results = Report, What VT grads do after the undergraduate degree

Data collection timeline. Methodology.

Survey opens one month before commencement. Grads have six months after commencement to tell and update their first destination.

Data collection closes mid-November for the previous May+summer grads. Report is published the following February.

Academic year grads are those who complete undergraduate degrees in December, May, Summer I & II.

Academic year reports.
Major and college data.

Select year, then select view for UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, or MAJOR:

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Response rates

How long did new grads have to self-report their first destination?

  • New grads had over seven months to self-report.
  • Self-reporting opens one month before commencement and closes six months after.
  • Non-respondents are reminded that they can self-report throughout that time.
  • Respondents who indicate "seeking" are reminded they can update response throughout that time.
  • See self-report timeline.

How many grad reported their first destination?

First Destinations

  • Total university:
    • 60% employed, includes service work (1%), self-employed or working in family-owned business (1%), U.S. military service (3%), and all other employment and offers.
    • 22% continuing education, includes admitted and plan to continue education but details not yet final.
    • 18% seeking at last self-report*, includes seeking employment, plan to seek employment later, both seeking employment and applying to continue education, and other, having nothing to do w/ employment or cont. ed.
      *grads who report "seeking" are invited to update their response through six months after commencement, but they cannot be compelled to do; note they may in fact have secured employment or admission to grad school, but chose not to update their self-report.
  • By college first destination quick view (same as bar chart above).
  • By major or college, with details: Select major or college to view full report.

Continuing education

22% of respondents, N=843 grads, reported continuing education as their first destination after the undergrad degree. (includes "admitted" and "plan to continue education, details not firm")

View by undergrad major: list of all degrees, programs, schools, and locations.

Continuing education degrees, programs of study, schools, locations

Continuing education degree breakdown:

22% continuing education slices as:

  • 12% pursuing a master's degree.
    (over half of those continuing education)
  • 3% medical degree.
    (includes dietetic internship)
  • 2% Ph.D.
  • 1% D.V.M.
  • 1% Law.
  • 2% another bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or other.
  • 1% no degree information reported.

Schools for continuing education after undergrad degree:

14 continuing education schools reported by 5 or more grads:
7 of these schools are in Virginia.

Number of grads at most-reported continuing education schools:

  • 268 at Virginia Tech
  • 54 at VCU
  • 13 at George Mason University
  • 13 at Radford University
  • 11 at George Washington Univ.
  • 11 at Univ. of Virginia
  • 10 at Virginia-Maryland College of Vet Med
  • 7 at Shenandoah Univ.
  • 7 at Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • 6 at U.N.C. Chapel Hill
  • 5 at Duke Univ.
  • 5 at North Carolina State Univ.
  • 5 at William & Mary

View by undergrad major: list of all continuing education degrees, programs, schools, locations

Geographic locations for continuing education:

  • 33 states plus District of Columbia.
  • Over 420 grads continuing education in Virginia.
  • 16 grads in non-U.S. countries.

View by undergrad major: list of all continuing education degrees, programs, schools, and locations. 

Employment after undergraduate degree

60% of respondents [N=2342 grads] reported employment as first destination after undergrad degree.

Employment includes:

  • 3% U.S. military service.
  • 1% Service work.
  • 1% Self-employed or work in family-owned business.
  • 55% All other employment and have offer.

View first destination by college or major: Select college or major to view full report for that population.

Job titles, employers, locations

Over 1000 employers were reported by 2342 employed grads.

Employers reported by 10 or more grads:

  • 56 in U.S. Army
  • 54 at Deloitte
  • 41 at Capital One
  • 35 in U.S. Air Force
  • 33 in U.S. Navy
  • 31 at Accenture
  • 29 at Booz Allen Hamilton
  • 28 at Ernst & Young
  • 28 at KPMG
  • 28 at Virginia Tech
  • 27 at General Motors
  • 22 at Lockheed Martin
  • 19 at U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
  • 17 at Northrop Grumman
  • 17 at U.S. Marine Corps
  • 15 at Peace Corps
  • 14 at IBM
  • 14 at U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command
  • 12 at Teach For America
  • 13 at CGI
  • 12 at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • 10 at Cisco Systems
  • 10 at Esson Mobil
  • 10 at Amazon
  • 10 at Microsofft

List by undergrad major: employers, job titles, locations.

Multi-year most-reported employers.

Geographic employment locations:
How the 60% employed break down.
49 states + District of Columbia + 32 non-U.S. locations.

  • 27% (N=1045) in Virginia
  • 4% (N=172) no location given
  • 4% (N=140) in North Carolina
  • 3% (N=121) in Maryland
  • 2% (N=81) in Washington, DC
  • 1% (N=53) in Florida
  • 1% (N=52) in New York
  • 1% (N=50) in Texas
  • 1% (N=45) in Georgia
  • 1% (N=43) in California
  • 1% (N=38) in Pennsylvania
  • 1% (N=38) in Michigan
  • 14% (N=526) other locations
  • 1% (N=44) in non-U.S. locations
  • 12% in other states

List by undergrad major: employers, job titles, locations.

First job location image below for 2017-2018 grads, created by one of our Peer Career Advisors.

Job source

Survey states: "Which best describes the source of your first contact with the employer (organization, company, agency) whose job you accepted?"
Note this question does not ask about all the methods each graduate used. It is strictly about the source of the job the graduate accepted.

Data from most recent report on 2017-2018 graduates.

How employed grads found first job

  • 28% Worked / volunteered w/ employer during college.
    Number one source for nine of eleven years. Percentage mid-20s to 30%.
  • 25% Career fair. 
    Number two source for most recent four years. Percentage mid-teens to 25% for 14 years.
    This source rises when active job recruiting by employers rises as a reflection of the economy.
    This source varies widely by college.
  • 18% Networking.
    Number one source five of 15 years.
    Number two source for six years. Percentage in high teens to mid-20s for 15 years.
    Networking is typically the number one source for three colleges: ALS, LAHS, and SCI.
  • Note that "Hokies4Hire" was used through 2017-2018 as the CPD job-posting and On-Campus Interviewing management system. It was replaced by Handshake for the 2018-2019 year.
  • View job source for colleges and majors in full report: select college or major to view full report.
Multi-year data.


Survey states: We collect salary information only to show salary ranges and medians for colleges and for majors. We do not publish or reveal individual salary figures. To help us provide accurate data, please indicate your annual salary.


Survey states:
Did your job offer include a signing bonus?
If so, what was the amount?

Employment related to career goals and major

Survey states:
Do you consider your job to be related to your...
... career goals and/or to be an entry-level avenue to reach your career goals?
... college major?

... and/or entry-level avenue to reach career goals:

  • 75% very related. (low to high 70s for 8 years)
  • 23% somewhat related.
  • 2% not related.


  • 68% very related. (low to high 60s for 8 years)
  • 24% somewhat related.
  • 8% not related.

Experience during college

Survey states:
"Did you have any kind of career-related experience prior to graduation (types listed)?" (yes / no)
"What kind of experience did you have? (check ALL that apply)"

  • 93% of graduates had career-related experience during college.
  • Experience types (check all that apply):
    • 58% paid internship (same as prior year)
    • 46% summer job (down from 48% prior year)
    • 43%  part-time job (down from 46%)
    • 39% volunteer work (down from 41%)
    • 26% undergrduate research (up from 24%)
    • 19% unpaid internship (same)
    • 13% field study (up from 12%)
    • 7% co-op (up from 6%)
  • View experience by major or college: select college or major to view full report.

Regrets about career planning

Survey states:
If you had it to do over again, is there anything related to planning for life after college that you would do differently? (yes/no) If yes, check all that apply. I wish I had...:

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  • 55% said yes, they do have regrets.
    (down from 58% prior year.)
  • 45% said no regrets: "I did what I needed to achieve my goals."
  • Top regret EVERY YEAR (% of all respondents):
    • 31% wish had gotten more experience related to major or career goal. (down from 34% prior year)
  • Other regrets:
    • 28% wish had learned more/earlier about career options. (down from 29%)
    • 23% wish had asked professors/advisors for advice (more/earlier). (down from 24%)
    • 21% wish had started job search sooner. (down from 23%)
    • 20% wish had learned about grad or professional school (more/earlier). (down from 21%)
  • View for a single major or college: select college or major to view full report: regrets are last item.