First Destination Survey

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 ‎2017 First Destinations contains data from December 2016 and May and July 2017 undergraduate alumni.

2017 First Destinations

College of Arts & Sciences 364/640 57%
Opus College of Business 338/607 56%
School of Education 29/51 57%
School of Engineering 70/133 53%
School of Social Work 13/14 93%
Total for Class of 2017 755/1340 56.34%

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.