Post Graduation Statistics

Plans of Recent Graduates Upon Graduation

Post Graduation Statistics

Class of 2014
Surveyed upon graduation (class of 2014), 72% of students planned to pursue employment and 16% planned to attend graduate or professional school, with the remaining 12% planning to travel, conduct other academic study or remain undecided. Within five years of graduation, 77% plan to enroll in graduate or professional school. 

Employment Trends 2004-2014 (first jobs upon graduation)

Industries:
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. 

  • 25% of graduates chose research careers
    • 15% scientific research in academic settings, medical or pharmaceutical laboratories
    • 7% economics and policy research 
    • 3% other types of research
  • 23% of graduates chose business careers including consulting, investment banking, financial/actuarial services, marketing/advertising, human resources and management
  • 18% 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.
  • 9% of graduates chose technology/engineering careers 
  • 4% of graduates chose law careers
  • 3% chose writing/editing careers

Locations: The top geographic locations where graduating students have begun their careers over the past decade were:

  • Philadelphia (18%)
  • Washington, D.C. (17%)
  • New York City (16%) 
  • International (14%)
  • Boston (7%)

Employment Sector Breakdown: Recent graduates most often were employed in the for-profit sector, followed closely by the non-profit sector. The government sector also played a strong role in the first employment of recent graduates.

  • For-profit 46%
  • Non-profit 36%
  • Government 18%

Advanced Study Trends 2004-2014
Of the seniors who enter graduate school immediately upon graduation:

  • 45% enter Ph.D. programs
  • 31% enter Master's programs
  • 12% pursue law degrees
  • 11% pursue medical 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:

  1. Humanities (33%)
  2. Math and Physical Sciences (35%)
  3. Life Sciences (20%) 
  4. Social Sciences (12%)