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Post Graduation Statistics

Plans of Recent Graduates Upon Graduation

Post Graduation Statistics

Class of 2020 Plans

Surveyed upon graduation (class of 2020), 69% of students planned to pursue employment and 15% planned to attend graduate or professional school, with the remaining 16% planning to travel, conduct other academic study or remain undecided. Within five years of graduation, 75% plan to enroll in graduate or professional school.

FIRST DESTINATIONS OF GRADUATING SENIORS (77% Response Rate)

EMPLOYMENT TRENDS 
    • 29% Finance & Consulting
      • Management consulting
      • Economic consulting
      • Investment Banking
      • Sales & Trading
      • Financial services
      • Marketing/Advertising
    • 27% Technology/Engineering
      • Software engineering
      • Technical support/services
      • University laboratories
      • Government & non-profits
    • 21% Research (STEM, Humanities, Social Sciences, Other)
      • University laboratories
      • Medical/pharmaceutical laboratories
      • Think tanks
      • Government & non-profits
      • 7% Public Service
        • Service organizations
        • Government
        • Non-profits
        • Religious organizations
      • 7% Law
        • Law firms
        • Think tanks
      • 6% Education
        • Domestic (K-12, student teaching)
        • Abroad (Fulbright, private tutoring)
      graduate programs & professional programs 
      • Types of Programs (Classes 2016-20)
        • 47% enter Ph.D. programs
        • 32% enter Master's programs
        • 9% pursue medical degrees
        • 8% 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 (30%)
        • Humanities (28%) 
        • Social Sciences (20%)
        • Engineering (10%)
        • Life Sciences (13%) 
      TOP Geographic locations
      • Philadelphia (21%)
      • Washington, D.C. (17%)
      • New York City (17%) 
      • International (12%)
      • Northern California/San Francisco (10%)
      • Boston (8%)

       

      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]