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Post Graduation Statistics

Plans of Recent Graduates Upon Graduation

Post Graduation Statistics

Class of 2019 Plans

Surveyed upon graduation (class of 2019), 70% of students planned to pursue employment and 21% planned to attend graduate or professional school, with the remaining 9% planning to travel, conduct other academic study or remain undecided. Within five years of graduation, 84% plan to enroll in graduate or professional school.

FIRST DESTINATIONS OF GRADUATING SENIORS (75% Response Rate)

EMPLOYMENT TRENDS (70% of respondents)
  • 26% Research (STEM, Humanities, Social Sciences, Other)
    • University laboratories
    • Medical/pharmaceutical laboratories
    • Think tanks
    • Government & non-profits
  • 26% Finance & Consulting
    • Management consulting
    • Economic consulting
    • Investment Banking
    • Sales & Trading
    • Financial services
    • Marketing/Advertising
  • 24% Technology/Engineering
    • Software engineering
    • Technical support/services
    • University laboratories
    • Government & non-profits
  • 9% Education
    • Domestic (K-12, student teaching)
    • Abroad (Fulbright, private tutoring)
  • 9% Public Service
    • Service organizations
    • Government
    • Non-profits
    • Religious organizations
  • 5% Law
    • Law firms
    • Think tanks
graduate programs & professional programs (21% of respondents)
  • Types of Programs (Classes 2015-19)
    • 44% enter Ph.D. programs
    • 35% enter Master's programs
    • 9% pursue medical degrees
    • 9% pursue law degree
  • Top Attended Universities
    • Harvard University 
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Yale University
    • Princeton University 
    • Brown University
    • University of Cambridge
    • Columbia University
    • University of Chicago
  • Top Graduate Fields
    • Math and Physical Sciences (34%)
    • Humanities (27%) 
    • Engineering (19%)
    • Life Sciences (10%)  
    • Social Sciences (10%)
TOP Geographic locations
  • New York City (19%) 
  • Philadelphia (17%)
  • Washington, D.C. (14%)
  • Northern California (10%)
  • Boston (9%)
  • International (5%)

 

Student/Alumni Career Paths by Major

Learn about what students and alumni are doing with their majors! 

Post Grad Plans by Major (or Recent Grad First Destinations) [pdf]

Major Fact Sheets [pdf]

 

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Starting Salaries of Swarthmore Grads

Data collected from 2004-15, categorized by major

Salary Report [pdf]