2015 First Destination Survey Report

The information in this report covers alumni who graduated from an undergraduate program during the 2014-2015 academic year (December 2014, May and July 2015). The survey was sent out to 1,288 alumni July  through December 2015. Of these, 748 (58.07%) responded to the survey.

Below you will find overall statistics for the undergraduate class of 2015. 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 32.

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

94.63% of graduates reported employment, enrollment in a graduate program, volunteer service, or enlistment in the military.

16.99% of graduates reported enrollment in a graduate program, 49.59% 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 531 71.28%
Employed Part-Time 84 11.28%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 12 1.61%
Military Service 5 0.67%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 42 5.64%
Not employed, not seeking employment 71 9.53%
Total Responding 745  

 

Timeframe Employment Secured-Overall

78.58% of graduates reported securing employment either before or 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 156 21.70%
1-4 months before graduation 174 24.20%
Within a month of graduation (either before or after) 119 16.55%
1-4 months after graduation 116 16.13%
5-8 months after graduation 35 4.87%
More than 8 months after graduation 6 0.83%
Not employed, still seeking employment 42 5.84%
Not employed, not seeking employment 71 9.87%
Total Responding 719  

 

Salary Ranges-Overall

Overall, the median salary range was $40,001 - $45,000.

(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 89 14.66%
$20,001 - $25,000 42 6.92%
$25,001 - $30,000 38 6.26%
$30,001 - $35,000 62 10.21%
$35,001 - $40,000 64 10.54%
$40,001 - $45,000 72 11.86%
$45,001 - $50,000 47 7.74%
$50,001 - $55,000 71 11.70%
$55,001 - $60,000 40 6.59%
$60,001 - $65,000 35 5.77%
$65,001 - $70,000 23 3.79%
Above $70,001 24 3.95%
Total Responding 607  

 

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 $35,001-$40,000
Opus College of Business $45,001-$50,000
School of Education $30,001-$35,000
School of Engineering $60,001-$65,000
School of Social Work $30,001-$35,000

 

Had an Internship While at St. Thomas-By College

Overall, 64.88% of graduates reported having an internship while at St. Thomas.

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

 RespondingPercentage
College of Arts & Sciences 195 52.27%
Opus College of Business 221 77.81%
School of Education 27 44.44%
School of Engineering 61 77.04%
School of Social Work 16 100.00%

Graduate School/Continuing Education Plans-Overall

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

 RespondingPercentage
Currently Enrolled 123 16.99%
Plan to enroll within four years of graduation 204 28.18%
Plan to enroll four or more years following graduation 21 2.90%
Plan to enroll, no timeframe 208 28.73%
Do not plan to enroll 168 23.20%
Total Responding 724  

 

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 109 89.34%
Part-Time 13 10.66%
Total Responding 122  

 

Employment Status of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

61 of the 71 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 34 27.64%
Employed Part-Time 24 19.51%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 2 1.62%
Military Service 0 0.00%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 2 1.62%
Not employed, not seeking employment 61 49.59%
Total Responding 123  

 

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 13.93%
Professional degree (J.D., M.D. or other 39 31.97%
Master's level degree (M.A., M.B.A., M.S.W., etc) 59 48.36%
Certificate (less than Master's level) 3 2.46%
Completing bachelor-level program (e.g. student teaching) 0 0.00%
Other

4

3.28%
Total Responding 122  

 

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 19 15.57%
Business/Accounting 15 12.30%
Education 7 5.74%
Engineering/Architecture 2 1.64%
Health Services and Medicine 28 22.95%
Humanities (English, foreign languages, etc.) 2 1.64%
Information Technology 1 0.82%
Law/Legal Studies 22 18.03%
Music/Art 0 0.00%
Seminary/Theology 11 9.02%
Social Sciences/Public Administration 8 6.56%
Other Field 7 5.74%
Total Responding 122  

 

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 598 80.70%
Wisconsin 26 3.51%
Outside of U.S. 16 2.16%
California 14 1.89%
Illinois 13 1.75%
Total Responding 741  

 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 postcard to the last known mailing address. The postcard 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.Additional activities were collected via LinkedIn Profiles. This additional, second-hand information when combined with the survey response rate is referred to as the "Knowledge Rate."

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) 1,286 653 (50.78%) 59.58%
Online via Link (10/1/14) 792 11 (1.39%) 1.00%
Paper Surveys (10/27/14) 775 84 (10.84%) 7.66%
Profiles and Faculty Information 600 348 (58.00%) 31.75%
 
Knowledge Rate (all data) 1,288 1096 (85.09%)  
Response Rate (direct responses) 1,288 748 (58.07%)