Post Graduation Statistics

Post Graduation Statistics

Post-graduate Statistics: Plans of Recent Graduates (classes 2004-2014)

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

The majority of graduating seniors enter business careers, including consulting, investment banking, financial services, marketing and management.  Additional career fields with high concentrations of graduates are public service, scientific research, economics and policy research, law, writing/editing, technology, engineering, and education.

  • 46% of our graduating seniors secure employment in the for-profit world
  • 36% secured employment in the nonprofit sector
  • 18% secured employment in the government sector
  • 21% of graduates choose business careers
  • 15% of graduates choose to perform scientific research in academic settings, medical or pharmaceutical laboratories
  • 18% of graduates choose education careers, primarily teaching in the US or abroad

The top geographic locations where graduating students begin their careers are:

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

Advanced Study
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 are:

  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%)