2016 First Destination Survey Report

The information in this report covers alumni who graduated from an undergraduate program during the 2015-2016 academic year (December 2015, May and July 2016). The survey was sent out to 1,266 alumni July  through December 2016. Of these, 748 (59.08%) responded to the survey.

Below you will find overall statistics for the undergraduate class of 2016.

Complete Report

The St. Thomas students, faculty and staff can access the 2016 full report by clicking here. UST username and password is required to access it.

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.

Employment Status-Overall

93.38% of graduates reported employment, enrollment in a graduate program, volunteer service, or enlistment in the military.

13.55% of graduates reported enrollment in a graduate program, 41.23% 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 551 74.36%
Employed Part-Time 72 9.72%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 13 1.75%
Military Service 5 0.67%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 55 7.42%
Not employed, not seeking employment 45 6.07%
Total Responding 741  

 

Timeframe Employment Secured-Overall

81.1% 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 183 25.59%
1-4 months before graduation 191 26.71%
Within a month of graduation (either before or after) 111 15.52%
1-4 months after graduation 95 13.28%
5-8 months after graduation 30 4.19%
More than 8 months after graduation 5 0.69%
Not employed, still seeking employment 55 7.69%
Not employed, not seeking employment 45 6.29%
Total Responding 715  

 

Salary Ranges-Overall

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

Note: The survey respondents were asked to select from the salary ranges and therefore, a median range was calculated for reporting purposes.

(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 14.52%
$20,001 - $25,000 31 5.06%
$25,001 - $30,000 40 6.53%
$30,001 - $35,000 42 6.85%
$35,001 - $40,000 79 12.89%
$40,001 - $45,000 67 10.93%
$45,001 - $50,000 51 8.32%
$50,001 - $55,000 72 11.75%
$55,001 - $60,000 50 8.16%
$60,001 - $65,000 34 5.55%
$65,001 - $70,000 31 5.06%
Above $70,001 27 4.40%
Total Responding 613  

 

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.

Note: The survey respondents were asked to select from the salary ranges and therefore, a median range was calculated for reporting purposes.

(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 $35,001-$40,000
School of Engineering $60,001-$65,000
School of Social Work $25,001-$30,000

 

Had an Internship While at St. Thomas-By College

Overall, 68.11% of graduates reported having an internship while at St. Thomas.

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

 RespondingPercentage
College of Arts & Sciences 173 50.73%
Opus College of Business 251 80.19%
School of Education 11 45.83%
School of Engineering 37 78.72%
School of Social Work 9 100.00%

Graduate School/Continuing Education Plans-Overall

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

 RespondingPercentage
Currently Enrolled 97 13.55%
Plan to enroll within four years of graduation 198 27.65%
Plan to enroll four or more years following graduation 40 5.59%
Plan to enroll, no timeframe 210 29.33%
Do not plan to enroll 171 23.88%
Total Responding 716  

 

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 84 87.50%
Part-Time 12 12.50%
Total Responding 96  

 

Employment Status of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

40 of the 45 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 25 25.77%
Employed Part-Time 27 27.83%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 0 0.00%
Military Service 0 0.00%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 5 5.15%
Not employed, not seeking employment 40 41.23%
Total Responding 97  

 

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 12 12.37%
Professional degree (J.D., M.D. or other 26 26.80%
Master's level degree (M.A., M.B.A., M.S.W., etc) 47 48.45%
Certificate (less than Master's level) 4 4.12%
Completing bachelor-level program (e.g. student teaching) 1 1.03%
Other

7

7.22%
Total Responding 97  

 

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 14 14.58%
Business/Accounting 10 10.42%
Education 5 5.21%
Engineering/Architecture 2 2.08%
Health Services and Medicine 25 26.04%
Humanities (English, foreign languages, etc.) 3 3.13%
Information Technology 1 1.04%
Law/Legal Studies 11 11.46%
Music/Art 1 1.04%
Seminary/Theology 8 8.33%
Social Sciences/Public Administration 9 9.38%
Other Field 7 7.29%
Total Responding 96  

 

State of Residence

(Percentages are of those who responded to this question. Only the top 5 states are displayed below)

 RespondingPercentage
Minnesota 607 83.26%
Wisconsin 30 4.12%
Outside of U.S. 16 2.19%
Illinois 13 1.78%
Iowa 7 0.96%
Total Responding 729  

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 58.08 percent of the overall responses.

 SentResponse% of Total
Knowledge
Rate
Email Invites (7/1/16) 1,226 676 (55.14%) 58.08%
Online via Link (7/1/16) 782 15 (1.92%) 1.29%
Paper Surveys (12/2/16) 729 57 (7.82%) 4.90%
Profiles 528 416 (78.79%) 35.74%
 
Knowledge Rate (all data) 1,266 1,164 (91.94%)  
Response Rate (direct responses) 1,266 748 (59.08%)