2012 Post Graduation Survey Report

The information in this report covers alumni who graduated from an undergraduate program during the 2011-2012 academic year (December 2011, May and July 2012). The survey was sent out to 1,231 alumni November 2012 through February 2013. Of these, 566 (45.98%) responded to the survey.

Below you will find overall statistics for the undergraduate class of 2012. For breakdown by departments and majors, as well as complete job and graduate school listings, download the complete report (PDF).

Understanding the Survey

Various options are available to students after graduation. Many seek Full-Time employment and some find Part-Time work as they attend graduate school, navigate career paths, or explore options. Others volunteer, enlist in the military, or attend graduate school full-time. Employment, graduate school, and salary rates will differ depending upon major and career field of choice. These numbers as a whole tell only part of the story about what St. Thomas graduates are doing. Breakdowns by colleges and departments are available on pages 4-5 and 8-9 of the complete report (PDF). Organizations where graduates found employment are available starting on page 10. Graduate school listings are found on page 26.

The best way to use this report is to examine information listed under individual colleges and departments you are interested in learning more about. By looking at each discipline separately you will be able to understand entry-level options, salaries, internship experience, and graduate school requirements unique to each career or vocational path.

Supplemental Documents

Employment Status-Overall

95.58% of graduates reported employment, enrollment in a graduate program, volunteer service, or enlistment in the military.

21.28% of graduates reported enrollment in a graduate program, 46.55% of which are not currently seeking employment (see Graduate School/Continuing Education Enrollment).

(Percentages are of those who responded to this question.)

 RespondingPercentage

Employed Full-Time

369 65.19%

Employed Part-Time

88 15.55%

Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps)

16 2.83%

Military Service

6 1.06%

Not employed, currently seeking employment

29 5.12%

Not employed, not seeking employment

58 10.25%
Total Responding 566  

 

Timeframe Employment Secured-Overall

74.86% of graduates reported securing employment at least 4 months after graduation.

(Percentages are of graduates who responded to this question and marked their Employment Status as Full-Time, Part-Time, Volunteer, or Military, OR marked their Employment Status as Not Employed.)

 RespondingPercentage

More than 4 months before graduation

102 18.99%

1-4 months before graduation

117 21.79%

Within a month of graduation (either before or after)

65 12.10%

1-4 months after graduation

118 21.97%

5-8 months after graduation

43 8.01%

More than 8 months after graduation

5 0.93%

Not employed, still seeking employment

29 5.40%

Not employed, not seeking employment

58 10.80%
Total Responding 537  

 

Salary Ranges-Overall

Overall, the median salary range was $30,001 - $35,000.

(Percentages are of those who responded to this question and marked their employment status as Full-Time, Part-Time, Volunteer, or Military.)

 RespondingPercentage

$20,000 or Under

107 23.73%

$20,001 - $25,000

35 7.76%

$25,001 - $30,000

44 9.76%

$30,001 - $35,000

46 10.20%

$35,001 - $40,000

54 11.97%

$40,001 - $45,000

36 7.98%

$45,001 - $50,000

42 9.31%

$50,001 - $55,000

44 9.76%

$55,001 - $60,000

17 3.77%

$60,001 - $65,000

13 2.88%

$65,001 - $70,000

4 0.89%

Above $70,001

9 2.00%
Total Responding 451  

 

Median Salary Ranges for Full-Time Employment-By College

Median salary range for graduates employed Full-Time or enlisted in the Military was $35001-$40,000.

(Median ranges under the Full-Time/Military column are calculated from graduates who responded to this question and marked their Employment Status as Full-Time or Military.)

 Full-Time/Military

College of Arts & Science

$30,001-$35,000

Opus College of Business

$40,001-$45,000

School of Education

$30,001-$35,000

School of Engineering

$55,001-$60,000

School of Social Work

$30,001-$35,000

 

Had an Internship While at St. Thomas-By College

Overall, 56.44% of graduates reported having an internship while at St. Thomas.

(Percentages are of graduates who responded to this question.)

 RespondingPercentage
College of Arts & Sciences 143 47%
Opus College of Business 137 67%
School of Education 13 54%
School of Engineering 29 74%
School of Social Work 9 100%

Graduate School/Continuing Education Plans-Overall

(Percentages are of graduates who responded to this question.)

 RespondingPercentage

Currently Enrolled

116 21.28%

Plan to enroll within four years of graduation

173 31.74%

Plan to enroll four or more years following graduation

33 6.06%

Plan to enroll, no timeframe

133 24.40%

Do not plan to enroll

90 16.51%
Total Responding 545  

 

Student Status of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

(Percentages are of graduates who responded to this question and marked their Continuing Education Plans as Currently Enrolled.

 RespondingPercentage

Full-Time

105 90.52%

Part-Time

11 9.48%
Total Responding 98  

 

Employment Status of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

54 of the 58 who reported they weren't seeking employment under Employment Status are continuing their education.

(Data below represents a subset of Employment Status reported earlier. Percentages and counts are of those who met the following criteria: Marked an Employment Status AND marked their Continuing Education plans as Currently Enrolled.

 RespondingPercentage

Employed Full-Time

32 27.59%

Employed Part-Time

25 21.55%

Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps)

1 0.86%

Military Service

0 0.00%

Not employed, currently seeking employment

4 3.45%

Not employed, not seeking employment

54 46.55%
Total Responding 116  

 

Degree Sought of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

(Percentages are of graduates who responded to this question and marked their Continuing Education Plans as currently enrolled.)

 RespondingPercentage

Ph.D. or similar degree

16 13.79%

Professional degree (J.D., M.D. or other

23 19.83%

Master's level degree (M.A., M.B.A., M.S.W., etc)

67 57.76%

Certificate (less than Master's level)

3 2.59%

Completing bachelor-level program (e.g. student teaching)

3 2.59%

Other

4

3.45%
Total Responding 116  

 

Area/Field of Study of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

(Percentages are of graduates who responded to this question and marked their Continuing Education Plans as currently enrolled.)

 RespondingPercentage

Biological/Physical Sciences/Mathematics

13 11.21%

Business/Accounting

15 12.93%

Education

4 3.45%

Engineering/Architecture

7 6.03%

Health Services and Medicine

20 17.24%

Humanities (English, foreign languages, etc.)

2 1.72%

Information Technology

4 3.45%

Law/Legal Studies

13 11.21%

Music/Art

1 0.86%

Seminary/Theology

17 14.66%

Social Sciences/Public Administration

14 12.07%

Other Field

6 5.17%
Total Responding 116  

 

State of Residence

(Percentages are of those who responded to this question. Only the top 5 states are displayed below. Download the report for a complete listing.)

 RespondingPercentage

Minnesota

470 83.04%

Wisconsin

18 3.18%

Outside of U.S.

14 2.47%

Colorado

7 1.24%

Iowa

7 1.24%
Total Responding 566  

 

Contact methods and participation rates

We begin contacting graduates in November using a variety of methods. During the execution of each contact method we exclude those we already heard from during a previous method. We begin with emails to UST accounts as well as other email addreses on file. We then send out a post card to the last known mailing address. The post card contains a link to the online survey and a requst from the postal service to provide any change or forwarding address. Finally we mail a paper survey to any last known or corrected address. Email reminders are sent up to 4 times during this process.

The chart below shows the various methods, when they were executed, how many graduates received contact, and the response rate of each method. The right-most column gives the percentage by which a particular method contributed to the total response rate. For example, responses from email contributed to 72.79 percent of the overall responses.

 SentResponse% of Total Response

Email Invites (11/13/12)

1,226 412 (33.61%) 72.79%

Online via Link (11/27/12)

867 38 (4.38%) 6.71%

Paper Surveys (1/7/13)

786 116 (14.76%) 20.49%
Graduating Class (9/2011 - 8/2012) 1,231 566 (45.97%) 100%

 

Download the complete 36 page report (PDF) which lists employers, job titles, graduate schools, and states grouped by academic college and department.