Santa Clara University


Survey of Recent Graduates, Class of 2011


Santa Clara University surveyed the Class of 2011 in February 2012, approximately eight months after their graduation dates. The purpose of the study was to learn the respondents’ employment and/or graduate school status.

Statistics Available for Arts & Sciences graduates


Post-Graduation Status

68 percent of the Arts and Sciences respondents reported that they were employed or self-employed full time or attending graduate school.

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Preparation for Life After College - By Academic Cluster

91 percent of the Arts and Sciences respondents reported that they received good to excellent preparation for life after college.

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Median Starting Incomes - By Academic Cluster

The median salary for Arts & Sciences graduates working full time was $40,500.


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Preparation for Success in Careers

88 percent of graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences who were employed full-time reported receiving good to excellent preparation for their careers.

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Graduate School Admission Status

Of those Arts & Sciences graduates who applied, 98 percent were admitted to at least one full-time graduate program.


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Methodology and Statistical Significance of the Study

These data were collected from graduates who began as first-time freshmen in 2007 and graduated within four years. The survey instrument was emailed to all 2011 graduates for whom we had valid e-mail addresses (96%). The response rate of 42 percent (468 respondents) yields a profile that is representative of the class of 2011 by sex, school/college, and ethnicity/race.

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