Santa Clara University

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Survey of Recent Graduates, Class of 2011

Approximately six months after their graduation dates, Santa Clara University surveyed the class of 2011. The purpose of the study was to learn the respondents' employment and/or graduate school status.

Statistics Available for the Class of 2011

Post-Graduation Status

81 percent of the respondents were either employed full-time, attending graduate school, or participating in a service program such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

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Post-Graduation Employment Status

Of the graduates looking for full-time work, 81 percent of them obtained full-time work.

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Annual Base Salaries by School or College

The median starting salary for the graduate working full-time is $47,500.

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Post-Graduation Employment Status by Sector

Graduates employed full-time were most likely to be employed in the service sector.

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Preparation for Life After College

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

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Preparation for Career Success

Of those working full-time, 89 percent indicated that their SCU education provided good to excellent preparation for their careers.

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Graduate School Acceptance and Status

97 percent of those who applied for full-time graduate study were admitted to at least one graduate program.

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Preparation for Graduate School Success

Of those attending graduate school full-time, 95 percent indicated that their SCU education provided them with good to excellent preparation for graduate study.

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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 (97%). The response rate of 39 percent yields a profile that is representative of the class of 2011 by sex, school/college, and ethnicity/race.

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