Santa Clara University


Survey of Recent Graduates, Class of 2011

Santa Clara University surveyed the Class of 2011 in February 2012, 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


Post-Graduation Employment Status

77 percent of engineering respondents reported that they are employed full time.


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Median Starting Income

The median starting income for the engineering graduate working full time is $60,500.


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Number of Internships Obtained

61 percent of engineering students who responded reported that they had obtained at least one internship during their undergraduate studies.


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Time Interval Between Graduation and Employment

81 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.


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Graduate School Admission

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 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) yield a profile that is representative of the class of 2011 by sex, school/college, and ethnicity/race.

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