First Destinations of Recent Undergraduate Alumni

The First Destinations of Undergraduate Alumni is assembled annually by the Career Development Center in an effort to provide accurate and useful information to students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community about the post-graduation activities of our alumni. We hope that this information will be used to advise current and future students.‌

Most recent ‎2015 First Destinations was published April 2015 and contains data from December 2014 and May and July 2015 undergraduate alumni.

2015 First Destinations

College of Arts & Sciences 380/677 56.12%
Opus College of Business 296/573 51.65%
School of Education 27/37 72.97%
School of Engineering 61/99 61.61%
School of Social Work 16/20 80.00%
Total for Class of 2015 1288/748 58.07%

Class of 2016: We want to hear from you!

In July of 2016 we began contacting alumni receiving an undergraduate degree between September 2015 and August 2016. The final report will be available by April 2017.

Class of 2016: Contact methods and participation rates
As of 01/03/2017 (09:30 a.m. CT)Sent


% of Total
Email Invites (7/1/16) 1,226 651 (53.10%) 98.49 %
Online via Link (7/1/16) 782 10 (1.28 %) 1.51 %
Paper Surveys () 0 0 0.00 %
Graduating Class (9/2015 - 8/2016) 1,266 661 (52.21%) 100 %

View the 2016 Real-Time Preliminary Report as the data comes in (May not yet include all responses submitted via paper.)

What's in the Report

The complete report includes employment and continuing education status, median salary ranges, company of employment, job titles, internship organizations, graduate schools and programs, and break-downs by department and major. Respondents are never identified in the report.

How the Report is Used

The report is a very important tool for identifying current trends and future possibilities. Students use the report to explore career options for their major. Employers also use the report to identify comparative salary ranges for positions they are hiring. Prospective students can see what opportunities are available with a St. Thomas degree. University administration, media, and government agencies can be informed of employment trends.

Follow @USTGradSurvey on Twitter

The UST First Destinations of Undergraduate Alumni is on Twitter. @USTGradSurvey will keep you up to date on the progress of the First Destinations Survey as well as providing stats from current reports.

Data Gathering

We reach out to the most recent graduating class 6-10 months after graduation via email and postal mail. We have Frequently Asked Questions and Methodology pages that answer most of the common questions we receive about the survey.

We typically obtain a 48 percent response rate, which is among the top rates for schools performing a survey 6-10 months after graduation. On average, only 42 percent of students receive employment by graduation and another 34 percent receive employment within 8 months. Delaying the survey allows us to capture a better picture of entry-level employment trends.

Copy/Data Requests

Though the complete report is available online as a PDF, hard copies of the report may be picked up in the Career Development Center or mailed to you upon request.

If you would like a hard copy of the report mailed to you please provide us with your name, mailing address, and number of copies requested. Due to limited quantities, the Career Development Center reserves the right to restrict the number of copies sent from our office.

University departments may request data pertaining to their departments such as the number of graduates employed and those seeking graduate degrees. However, the graduate's personal information is kept confidential and individual salary responses may not be released.

Please contact us at (651) 962-6761 with any questions or requests.