Santa Clara University

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Survey of Recent Graduates, Class of 2010

Purpose of Study

Santa Clara University surveyed the Class of 2010 in February 2011, approximately seven months after their graduation dates. 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
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    90 percent of engineering respondents reported that they are employed full time.
    • 100 percent of the engineering respondents reported that they received fair to excellent preparation for success in their careers.

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    The median starting income for the engineering graduate working full time is $56,000.
    • Starting incomes for engineering graduates ranged from $42,500 to $70,500.

     

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    56 percent of engineering students who responded reported that they had obtained at least one internship during their undergraduate studies.
    • 10 percent reported obtaining three or more internships.
    • 26 percent reported obtaining two internships.
    • 20 percent reported obtaining one internship.

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    83 percent of respondents from the School of Engineering reported that they obtained employment either prior to graduation or during the same term as their graduation.
    • 37 percent of the students responded that they obtained employment within one term of graduation.
    • 17 percent of the students responded that they obtained employment more than one term after graduation.
    • 46 percent obtained employment by graduation.

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    100 percent of students from the School of Engineering who applied to graduate school reported receiving admission to at least one institution.


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    Methodology and Statistical Significance of the Study

    These data were collected from graduates who began as first-time freshmen in 2006 and graduated within four years. The survey instrument was emailed to all 2010 graduates for whom we had valid e-mail addresses (96%). The response rate of 42 percent (468 respondents) yield a profile that is representative of the class of 2010 by sex, school/college, and ethnicity/race.

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