Post Graduation Statistics

Plans of Recent Graduates Upon Graduation

Post Graduation Statistics

Class of 2016

Surveyed upon graduation (class of 2016), 67% of students planned to pursue employment and 17% planned to attend graduate or professional school, with the remaining 14% planning to travel, conduct other academic study or remain undecided. Within five years of graduation, 83% plan to enroll in graduate or professional school. 

Employment Trends (first jobs upon graduation)

Among graduating seniors, the largest percentages have entered research and business careers over the past decade.  Additional career fields with higher concentrations of graduates have included education, public service, technology/engineering, law, and writing/editing.  

  • 22% of graduates chose research careers
    • 12% scientific research in academic settings, medical or pharmaceutical laboratories
    • 5% economics and policy research 
    • 4% other types of research
  • 24% of graduates chose business careers including consulting, investment banking, financial/actuarial services, marketing/advertising, human resources and management
  • 16% of graduates chose technology/engineering careers 
  • 14% of graduates chose education careers, primarily teaching in the US or abroad
  • 11% of graduates chose public service careers including roles in international development, voluntary service, government, non-profits, public health, religious and environmental organizations, counseling and community development.
  • 6% of graduates chose law careers
  • 1% chose writing/editing careers
The top geographic locations where graduating students have begun their careers over the past decade were:
  • New York City (18%) 

  • Philadelphia (17%)
  • Washington, D.C. (15%)
  • International (10%)
  • Boston (9%)

Advanced Study Trends

Of the seniors who enter graduate school immediately upon graduation:

  • 39% enter Ph.D. programs
  • 35% enter Master's programs
  • 13% pursue medical degrees
  • 12% pursue law degrees

The top attended universities of those students immediately entering graduate school were:

  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. Harvard University 
  3. Columbia University
  4. University of California at Berkeley
  5. University of Michigan
  6. New York University
  7. Oxford University
  8. Stanford University
  9. Yale University
  10. Johns Hopkins University

The top graduate fields include:

  • Math and Physical Sciences (31%)
  • Humanities (28%)
  • Social Sciences (22%)

  • Life Sciences (19%)