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Survey of Recent Graduates, Class of 2007

Purpose of Study

In February 2008, Santa Clara University surveyed the class of 2007, approximately six months after their graduation dates. The purpose of the study was to learn the respondents’ employment and/or graduate school status.

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78 percent of the respondents reported that they were employed or self-employed full time or attending graduate school.

  • 60 percent of social science graduates reported that they were employed full time.
  • 76 percent of mathematics and natural science graduates reported that they were employed full time or attending graduate school
  • 61 percent of arts and humanities graduates reported that they were employed full time.
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92 percent of respondents reported that they received good to excellent preparation for life after college.

  • 63 percent of social science graduates reported that they received very good to excellent preparation for life after college.
  • 76 percent of mathematics and natural science graduates reported receiving very good to good preparation for life after college.
  • 66 percent of arts and humanities graduates reported that they had received very good to excellent preparation for life after college.
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The median salary for the working graduate was $37,000.

  • The median starting income for arts and humanities graduates was $36,000.
  • The median starting income for mathematics and natural science graduates was $37,500.
  • The median starting income for social science graduates was $38,000.

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93 percent of graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences reported receiving good to excellent preparation for their careers.

  • 90 percent of social science graduates reported receiving good to excellent preparation for success in their careers.
  • 100 percent of mathematics and natural science majors reported receiving good to excellent preparation for their careers.
  • 94 percent of arts and humanities majors responded that they had received good to excellent preparation for their careers after college.

 

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Of those who applied, 91 percent admitted to at least one graduate program for full-time graduate study.

  • 82 percent of social science graduates were admitted into at least one graduate institution.
  • 100 percent of mathematics and natural science majors were accepted into at least one graduate school.
  • 100 percent of arts and humanities graduates reported that they were accepted into at least one graduate institution.


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92 percent of the graduates indicated that their SCU education had provided them with good to excellent preparation for life after college.

  • 92 percent of social science graduates responded that they received good to excellent preparation for life after college.
  • 99 percent of mathematics and natural science graduates reported receiving good to excellent preparation for life after college.
  • 89 percent of arts and humanities graduates responded that they received good to excellent preparation for their lives after college.

 

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Methodology and Statistical Significance of the Study

The survey instrument was emailed to all 2007 graduates for whom we had email addresses. Three populations were polled: transfer students, students who took more than four years to graduate, and students who began as first-term freshmen in 2003 and graduated in four years. This last group represents 80 percent of the entire sample and had a response rate of 36 percent (n=291 respondents). It is this last group that is profiled in this report.

The respondents are statistically representative of the class of 2007 across the following measures: sex, ethnicity/race, and school or college attended. The results presented are unweighted.



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