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.
Graduates of an academic year are those who completed undergraduate degrees in Dec., May, Summer I & II.
- 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?
- Total university: 69% of the 2016-2017 graduates responded.
- N=3897 out of 5660 total grads.
- College response rates [same as bar graph above]. Range: 63-75%
- Major response rates.
- Response is also shown at start of each full report for majors, colleges, and total university; select major, college, or university, to view full report. Includes option to view for prior years.
- 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.
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"]
- 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.
- 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.]
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.
- 32 states plus District of Columbia.
- 427 grads continuing education in Virginia.
- 22 grads [1%] in 15 non-U.S. countries.
- View by undergrad major: list of all degrees, programs, schools, and locations.
56% of respondents [N=2196 grads] reported employment as first destination after undergrad degree.
- 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.
- Over 900 employers were reported by 2196 employed grads.
- List by undergrad major: Employers, job titles, locations. [On list, click on any heading to sort view]
- Employers most-reported by grads:
- The largest portion of employed grads, N=995, 26% of all respondents, report employment location in Virginia.
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
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
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.
- 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.
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.
- VIEW SALARY DATA.
- For total university:
- 86% of employed grads reported salary.
- 14% of employed grads did not report salary.
- Reporting varies by college from 71% to 91%.
- University median is $60,000.
[Up from $58K the previous two years.]
- Median shown when four or more individuals reported salary.
- 25th and 75th percentiles shown when 12 or more individuals reported salary.
- View university and college salary data.
- Select college to view major salary data.
Did your job offer include a signing bonus?
If so, what was the amount?
- VIEW BONUS DATA.
- For total university:
- 90% of employed grads answered that question.
- 35% of respondents said offer included a bonus.
- 65% of respondents said they got no bonus.
- By college, % who rec'd bonus varied 5%-44% of employed grads.
- University bonus median is $5,000.
[Same as last three years.]
- 25th percentile: $3K.
- 75th percentile: $7K.
- View university and college bonus data.
- Select college to view bonus data for majors.
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.
"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.
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.
- 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.