RESULTS = REPORT   |   WHAT GRADS DO AFTER THE UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

DATA COLLECTION THROUGH SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION

Grads self-report starting one month prior to commencement through six months after commencement.

For the grads of an academic year, data collection closes mid-November, and results are published in January.

Nov. 15, 2018: Thank you to the 4,071 grads of 2017-2018 who reported your first destination.

See self-report timeline.

Graduates of an academic year are those who completed undergraduate degrees in Dec., May, Summer I & II.

More about methodology.

ACADEMIC-YEAR FULL REPORTS WITH MAJOR & COLLEGE DATA

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

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RESPONSE RATES

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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 GRADS REPORTED THEIR FIRST DESTINATION?

FIRST DESTINATIONS

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  • Total university:
    • 56% employed, includes service work, self-employed or working in family-owned business, U.S. military service, and all other employment and offers.
    • 21% continuing education, includes admitted and plan to continue education but details not yet final.
    • 23% seeking at last self-report*, includes seeking employment, plan to seek employment later, both seeking employment and applying to continue education.
      [*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

21% of respondents, N=788 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.

DEGREES, PROGRAMS OF STUDY, SCHOOLS, LOCATIONS

21% continuing education

DEGREE BREAKDOWN:

  • 12.0% pursuing a master's degree.
    [over half of those continuing education]
  • 2.9% medical degree.
    [includes dietetic internship]
  • 1.4% Ph.D.
  • 0.4% D.V.M.
  • 0.6% Law.
  • 1.4% another bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or other.
  • 2.1% no degree information reported.
21% continuing education

SCHOOLS:

  • Multi-year most-reported schools.
  • Virginia Tech: number one for 14 years.
    21% continuing education [2016-2017 grads].
    7.6%, over one-third of those continuing education, [N=285] doing so at VT.
  • Separately counted are N=15 continuing education at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, which is a college within Virginia Tech.
  • VCU: holds the number-two spot for all 14 years.
    0.4% [N=28 grads] continuing education at VCU.
  • Didn't name school:
    4.0% [N=151 grads] did not report their institution.
  • View by undergrad major: View list of all degrees, programs, schools, locations, by undergrad major. 
    [Sort on any heading.] [Opt to view prior years.]
166 schools reported by 788 VT grads for continuing education

14 SCHOOLS REPORTED BY 5 OR MORE GRADS:
11 of these schools are in Virginia.

NUMBER OF GRADS AT MOST-REPORTED SCHOOLS:

  • 285 at Virginia Tech
  • 28 at VCU
  • 15 at Virginia-Maryland College of Vet Med
  • 12 at George Mason University
  • 12 at Radford University
  • 9 at George Washington University
  • 9 at Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • 8 at Old Dominion University
  • 6 at Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • 6 at Shenandoah University
  • 6 at University of Maryland
  • 6 at Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 5 at Johns Hopkins University
  • 5 at University of Virginia.

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

grads continue education at over 150 schools.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS:

EMPLOYMENT

56% of respondents [N=2196 grads] reported employment as first destination after undergrad degree.

56% employed

EMPLOYMENT INCLUDES:

  • 4% U.S. military service.
  • 1% Service work.
  • 1% Self-employed or work in family-owned business.
  • 50% 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 900 employers reported by 2196 grads.

EMPLOYERS REPORTED BY 17 OR MORE GRADS:

  • 55 at Accenture
  • 47 at U.S. Army
  • 43 at Deloitte
  • 35 at U.S. Navy
  • 31 at KPMG
  • 29 at Capital One
  • 28 at Virginia Tech
  • 24 at Lockheed Martin
  • 21 at Amazon
  • 20 at Booz Allen Hamilton
  • 20 at IBM
  • 19 at General Motors
  • 17 at GE
  • 17 at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • 17 at U.S. Marine Corps

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

Multi-year most-reported employers.

26% of respondents are employed in Virginia.

GEOGRAPHIC EMPLOYMENT LOCATIONS:
How the 56% employed break down.
43 states + D.C. | 2% non-U.S. locations.

  • 26% [N=995] in Virginia
  • 4% [N=151] no location given
  • 3% [N=100] in Washington, DC
  • 2% [N=95] in Maryland
  • 2% [N=92] in North Carolina
  • 2% [N=60] in New York
  • 1% [N=50] in Texas
  • 1% [N=48] in Florida
  • 1% [N=43] in Georgia
  • 1% [N=36] in Pennsylvania
  • 14% [N=526] other locations

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

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.

how employed grads found first jobs
Data from most recent report on 2016-2017 graduates. Click image to view larger version.
Most employed graduates found their job through Networking or Experience during college.
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  • 26% Worked / volunteered w/ employer during college.
    Number one source for eight of 10 years.
    [Mid-20s to 30%.]
  • 25% Career fair. 
    Number two source for most recent three years.
    [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.
  • 21% Networking.
    Number one source five of 14 years.
    Number two source for six years.
    [Percentage in high teens to mid-20s for 14 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.

SALARIES

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.

BONUSES

Survey states:
Did your job offer include a signing bonus?
[yes/no]
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?

JOB RELATED TO CAREER GOALS:
... and/or entry-level avenue to reach career goals:

  • 78% very related. [low to high 70s for 7 years]
  • 22% somewhat related.

JOB RELATED TO COLLEGE MAJOR:

  • 66% very related. [low to high 60s for 7 years]
  • 25% somewhat related.
  • 9% 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
    • 48% summer job
    • 43%  part-time job
    • 41% volunteer work
    • 24% undergrduate research
    • 19% unpaid internship
    • 12% field study
    • 6% co-op
  • 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...:

  • 58% said yes, they do have regrets.
  • 42% said no regrets: "I did what I needed to achieve my goals."
  • Top regret EVERY YEAR [% of all respondents]:
    • 34% wish had gotten more experience related to major or career goal.
  • Other regrets:
    • 29% wish had learned more/earlier about career options.
    • 24% wish had asked professors/advisors for advice (more/earlier).
    • 23% wish had started job search sooner.
    • 21% wish had learned about grad or professional school (more/earlier).
  • View for a single major or college: select college or major to view full report: regrets are last item.