Santa Clara University


Survey of Recent Graduates, Class of 2007

Purpose of Study

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

Statistics Available for graduates from the School of Engineering
    93.3% of engineering respondents reported that they are employed full time.
    • 100% of the engineering respondents reported that they received fair to excellent preparation for success in their careers.



    The median starting income for the engineering graduate working full time is $61,500.
    • Starting incomes for engineering graduates ranged from $50,500 to $70,500.



    72% of engineering students who responded reported that they had obtained at least one internship during their undergraduate studies.
    • 29% reported obtaining three or more internships.
    • 14% reported obtaining two internships
    • 29% reported obtaining one internship.



    91% of respondents reported that they obtained employment either prior to graduation or during the same term as their graduation.
    • 82% of the students responded that they obtained employment before graduation
    • 9% of the students responded that they obtained employment the same term as their graduation.



    100% of students who applied to graduate school reported receiving admission to at least one institution.


    Methodology and Statistical Significance of the Study
    These data were collected from graduates who began as first-time freshmen in 2004 and graduated within four years. The survey instrument was emailed to all 2008 graduates for whom we had valid e-mail addresses (95%). The response rate of 41 percent (364 respondents) yield a profile that is representative of the class of 2008 by sex, school/college, ethnicity/race and grade point average.

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