2018 First Destination Survey Report

The information in this report covers alumni who graduated from an undergraduate program during the 2017-2018 academic year (December 2017, May and July 2018). The survey was sent out to 1,326 alumni July  through January 2018. Of these, 681 (51.36%) responded to the survey.

Below you will find overall statistics for the undergraduate class of 2018.

Complete Report

The St. Thomas students, faculty and staff can access the 2018 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

93.98% of graduates reported employment, enrollment in a graduate program, volunteer service, or enlistment in the military.

16.38% of graduates reported enrollment in a graduate program, 5.71% 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 480 70.48%
Employed Part-Time 84 12.33%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 7 1.03%
Military Service 9 1.32%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 46 6.75%
Not employed, not seeking employment 55 8.08%
Total Responding 681  

 

Timeframe Employment Secured-Overall

93.16% 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 171 30.81%
1-4 months before graduation 169 30.45%
Within a month of graduation (either before or after) 92 16.58%
1-4 months after graduation 85 15.32%
5-8 months after graduation 31 5.59%
More than 8 months after graduation 7 1.26%
Not employed, still seeking employment 46 8.28%
Not employed, not seeking employment 55 9.90%
Total Responding 555  

 

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 74 13.48%
$20,001 - $25,000 19 3.46%
$25,001 - $30,000 25 4.55%
$30,001 - $35,000 50 9.11%
$35,001 - $40,000 46 8.38%
$40,001 - $45,000 57 10.38%
$45,001 - $50,000 47 8.56%
$50,001 - $55,000 70 12.75%
$55,001 - $60,000 60 10.93%
$60,001 - $65,000 51 9.29%
$65,001 - $70,000 21 3.83%
Above $70,001 29 5.28%
Total Responding 549  

 

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 $50,001-$55,000
School of Education $35,001-$40,000
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, 65.39% of graduates reported having an internship while at St. Thomas.

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

 RespondingPercentage
College of Arts & Sciences 166 48.96%
Opus College of Business 227 83.45%
School of Education 8 34.78%
School of Engineering 48 72.72%
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 106 16.38%
Plan to enroll within four years of graduation 153 23.65%
Plan to enroll four or more years following graduation 30 4.64%
Plan to enroll, no timeframe 204 31.53%
Do not plan to enroll 154 23.80%
Total Responding 647  

 

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 94 89.52%
Part-Time 11 10.48%
Total Responding 105  

 

Employment Status of Those Currently Enrolled-Overall

41 of the 55 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 37 35.23%
Employed Part-Time 20 19.04%
Volunteer Service (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) 1 0.95%
Military Service 0 0.00%
Not employed, currently seeking employment 6 5.71%
Not employed, not seeking employment 41 39.04%
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 5 4.76%
Professional degree (J.D., M.D. or other 35 33.33%
Master's level degree (M.A., M.B.A., M.S.W., etc) 60 57.14%
Certificate (less than Master's level) 2 1.90%
Completing bachelor's level program (e.g. student teaching) 1 0.95%
Other

2

1.90%
Total Responding 105  

 

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 6 5.71%
Business/Accounting 8 7.62%
Education 2 1.90%
Engineering/Architecture 6 5.71%
Health Services and Medicine 34 32.38%
Humanities (English, foreign languages, etc.) 2 1.90%
Law/Legal Studies 15 14.29%
Seminary/Theology 10 9.52%
Social Sciences/Public Administration 13 12.38%
Other Field 8 7.62%
Total Responding 105  

 

State of Residence

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

 RespondingPercentage
Minnesota 581 85.44%
Wisconsin 27 3.97%
Illinois 13 1.91%
Iowa 11 1.62%
Colorado 4 0.59%
Total Responding 680  

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 1,326 681 (51.36%) 64.61%
LinkedIn Profiles 645 373 (57.83%) 35.39%
 
Knowledge Rate (all data) 1,326 1,054 (79.49%)  
Response Rate (direct responses) 1,326 681 (51.36%)