2017 First Destination Survey Report

The information in this report covers alumni who graduated from an undergraduate program during the 2016-2017 academic year (December 2016, May and July 2017). The survey was sent out to 1,340 alumni July  through December 2017. Of these, 755 (56.34%) responded to the survey.

Below you will find overall statistics for the undergraduate class of 2017.

Complete Report

The St. Thomas students, faculty and staff can access the 2017 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

94.4% of graduates reported employment, enrollment in a graduate program, volunteer service, or enlistment in the military.

13.72% of graduates reported enrollment in a graduate program, 2% of which are currently seeking employment (see Graduate School/Continuing Education Enrollment).

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

 RespondingPercentage
Employed Full-Time 546 72.70%
Employed Part-Time 86 11.45%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 17 2.26%
Military Service 9 1.2%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 44 5.86%
Not employed, not seeking employment 49 6.52%
Total Responding 751  

 

Timeframe Employment Secured-Overall

93.59% 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 205 32.03%
1-4 months before graduation 170 26.56%
Within a month of graduation (either before or after) 97 15.16%
1-4 months after graduation 127 19.84%
5-8 months after graduation 30 4.69%
More than 8 months after graduation 11 1.72%
Not employed, still seeking employment 44 6.87%
Not employed, not seeking employment 49 7.65%
Total Responding 640  

 

Salary Ranges-Overall

Overall, the salary range was $45,001 - $50,000.

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 92 14.49%
$20,001 - $25,000 37 5.83%
$25,001 - $30,000 30 4.72%
$30,001 - $35,000 62 9.76%
$35,001 - $40,000 48 7.56%
$40,001 - $45,000 52 8.19%
$45,001 - $50,000 64 10.08%
$50,001 - $55,000 87 13.70%
$55,001 - $60,000 56 8.82%
$60,001 - $65,000 50 7.87%
$65,001 - $70,000 32 5.04%
Above $70,001 25 3.94%
Total Responding 635  

 

Median Salary Ranges for Full-Time Employment-By College

Salary range for graduates employed Full-Time or enlisted in the Military was $45,001-$50,000.

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 $30,001-$35,000
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 $25,001-$35,000

 

Had an Internship While at St. Thomas-By College

Overall, 64.85% of graduates reported having an internship while at St. Thomas.

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

 RespondingPercentage
College of Arts & Sciences 186 52.69%
Opus College of Business 236 76.66%
School of Education 11 42.30%
School of Engineering 52 74.28%
School of Social Work 13 100.00%

 

Graduate School/Continuing Education Plans-Overall

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

 RespondingPercentage
Currently Enrolled 100 13.72%
Plan to enroll within four years of graduation 187 25.65%
Plan to enroll four or more years following graduation 36 4.94%
Plan to enroll, no timeframe 218 29.90%
Do not plan to enroll 188 25.79%
Total Responding 729  

 

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 81 81.82%
Part-Time 18 18.18%
Total Responding 99  

 

Employment Status of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

46 of the 49 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 28 28.00%
Employed Part-Time 20 20.00%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 4 4.00%
Military Service 0 0.00%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 2 2.00%
Not employed, not seeking employment 46 46.00%
Total Responding 100  

 

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 10 10.10%
Professional degree (J.D., M.D. or other 30 30.30%
Master's level degree (M.A., M.B.A., M.S.W., etc) 49 49.49%
Certificate (less than Master's level) 6 6.06%
Completing bachelor's level program (e.g. student teaching) 2 2.02%
Other

2

2.02%
Total Responding 99  

 

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 9 9.09%
Business/Accounting 7 7.07%
Education 3 3.03%
Engineering/Architecture 5 5.05%
Health Services and Medicine 25 25.25%
Humanities (English, foreign languages, etc.) 8 8.08%
Law/Legal Studies 12 12.12%
Seminary/Theology 14 14.14%
Social Sciences/Public Administration 9 9.09%
Other Field 7 7.07%
Total Responding 99  

 

State of Residence

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

 RespondingPercentage
Minnesota 631 84.13%
Wisconsin 30 4.00%
Iowa 14 1.87%
Illinois 9 1.20%
Outside U.S. 9 1.20%
Total Responding 750  

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 66.70 percent of the overall responses.

 SentResponse% of Total
Knowledge
Rate
Email Invites 1,340 717 (53.51%) 66.70%
Online via Link (7/1/16) 623 38 (6.1%) 3.53%
LinkedIn Profiles 585 320 (54.70%) 29.77%
 
Knowledge Rate (all data) 1,340 1,075 (80.22%)  
Response Rate (direct responses) 1,340 755 (56.34%)