2014 First Destination Survey Report

The information in this report covers alumni who graduated from an undergraduate program during the 2013-2014 academic year (December 2013, May and July 2014). The survey was sent out to 1,384 alumni July  through December 2014. Of these, 850 (61.42%) responded to the survey.

Below you will find overall statistics for the undergraduate class of 2014. 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 36.

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

93.88% of graduates reported employment, enrollment in a graduate program, volunteer service, or enlistment in the military.

16.11% of graduates reported enrollment in a graduate program, 43.09% 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 557 65.61%
Employed Part-Time 130 15.31%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 24 2.83%
Military Service 10 1.18%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 58 6.83%
Not employed, not seeking employment 70 8.24%
Total Responding 849  

 

Timeframe Employment Secured-Overall

80.30% 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 161 19.95%
1-4 months before graduation 200 24.78%
Within a month of graduation (either before or after) 125 15.49%
1-4 months after graduation 162 20.07%
5-8 months after graduation 24 2.97%
More than 8 months after graduation 7 0.87%
Not employed, still seeking employment 58 7.19%
Not employed, not seeking employment 70 8.67%
Total Responding 807  

 

Salary Ranges-Overall

Overall, the median salary range was $35,001 - $40,000.

(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 146 21.47%
$20,001 - $25,000 39 5.74%
$25,001 - $30,000 49 7.21%
$30,001 - $35,000 81 11.91%
$35,001 - $40,000 82 12.06%
$40,001 - $45,000 57 8.38%
$45,001 - $50,000 49 7.21%
$50,001 - $55,000 74 10.88%
$55,001 - $60,000 38 5.59%
$60,001 - $65,000 23 3.38%
$65,001 - $70,000 25 3.68%
Above $70,001 17 2.50%
Total Responding 680  

 

Median Salary Ranges for Full-Time Employment-By College

Median salary range for graduates employed Full-Time or enlisted in the Military was $40,001-$45,000.

(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 $45,001-$50,000
School of Education $30,001-$35,000
School of Engineering $55,001-$60,000
School of Social Work $35,001-$40,000

 

Had an Internship While at St. Thomas-By College

Overall, 62.75% of graduates reported having an internship while at St. Thomas.

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

 RespondingPercentage
College of Arts & Sciences 232 50.66%
Opus College of Business 236 70.03%
School of Education 19 65.52%
School of Engineering 48 77.42%
School of Social Work 11 100.00%

Graduate School/Continuing Education Plans-Overall

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

 RespondingPercentage
Currently Enrolled 131 16.11%
Plan to enroll within four years of graduation 234 28.78%
Plan to enroll four or more years following graduation 42 5.17%
Plan to enroll, no timeframe 208 25.58%
Do not plan to enroll 198 24.35%
Total Responding 813  

 

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 122 94.57%
Part-Time 7 5.43%
Total Responding 129  

 

Employment Status of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

65 of the 70 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 27 20.61%
Employed Part-Time 32 24.43%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 1 0.76%
Military Service 0 0.00%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 6 4.58%
Not employed, not seeking employment 65 49.62%
Total Responding 131  

 

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 17 13.08%
Professional degree (J.D., M.D. or other 42 32.31%
Master's level degree (M.A., M.B.A., M.S.W., etc) 58 44.62%
Certificate (less than Master's level) 9 6.92%
Completing bachelor-level program (e.g. student teaching) 2 1.54%
Other

2

1.54%
Total Responding 130  

 

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 10 7.75%
Business/Accounting 11 8.53%
Education 6 4.65%
Engineering/Architecture 7 5.43%
Health Services and Medicine 44 34.11%
Humanities (English, foreign languages, etc.) 1 0.78%
Information Technology 1 0.78%
Law/Legal Studies 18 13.95%
Music/Art 1 0.78%
Seminary/Theology 10 7.75%
Social Sciences/Public Administration 12 9.30%
Other Field 8 6.20%
Total Responding 129  

 

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 795 82.64%
Wisconsin 41 4.26%
Illinois 19 1.98%
Outside of U.S. 13 1.35%
Iowa 11 1.14%
Total Responding 962  

 

Contact methods and participation rates

We begin contacting graduates in July 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 addresses 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 request 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 83.08 percent of the overall responses.

 SentResponse% of Total
Knowledge
Rate
Email Invites (7/14/14) 1,290 729 (56.51%) 74.85%
Online via Link (10/1/14) 837 23 (2.75%) 2.36%
Paper Surveys (10/27/14) 754 98 (13.00%) 10.06%
Profiles and Faculty Information 554 124 (22.38%) 12.73%
 
Knowledge Rate (all data) 1,384 974 (70.38%)  
Response Rate (direct responses) 1,384 850 (61.42%)