Published: November 6, 2015
One main concern with students today is how likely they are to either get a job, or be accepted into another school for different graduate degrees. Most of the time, these variables are highly considered when a high school senior is looking for a college to attend for their undergraduate degree. Writers at The Aquinas have been doing research through different departments to gather information for students to utilize, and maybe calm some nerves as well. Over the next few weeks, The Aquinas will be releasing articles that deal with specific departments and their success rates after graduation, with both acceptance into graduate schools and percentages of each major that have gotten a full time job. This information is collected through an online survey that is distributed through the Center of Career Services.
For this article, we will look at each individual college within The University. The Panuska College of Professional Studies (PCPS), the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Kania School of Management (KSOM).
First off is PCPS. In 2014, there were 313 graduates within the college. Out of those 313, 257 people responded to the survey. This is the number to look at. In total, 117 people out of those 257 were accepted to and continued their education at a graduate school. One hundred and thirty four of these graduates found, and were working, a full-time job six months after graduation. Four people were working a part time job, and two people were still looking for a job six months later. In a more concise summary, 95 percent of the graduates that responded to the survey were successful at doing what they had planned to do, either graduate school or working.
Sophomore Rachel Kurtz believes that it is a great thing to know that The University offers such great opportunities.
“I knew that the acceptance rate into graduate level programs was high, but I didn’t expect it to be 95
percent overall. That makes me much happier with my decision to pursue a career in physical therapy, knowing that the education I am receiving is top of the line,” Kurtz said.
CAS students did just as well. In the college, there were 349 graduates. Out of those graduates, only 249 responded to the survey. Looking at those 249 graduates, 112 of them went on to continue their education, while 110 went on to work full-time jobs. Thirteen of the graduates were working part-time jobs, and 14 were still looking for a job six months after graduation. Eighty percent of all the graduates that responded to the survey were employed or continuing their education, which is a very impressive number.
Junior Adam Christian believes that these numbers are not too bad.
“Eighty percent is not too bad. It could probably be higher up with a little bit of work, and if other people responded, maybe it would be higher. These numbers already presented are decent odds though,” Christian said.
KSOM had 192 graduates in 2014. Out of the 192, only 158 responded to the survey. When splitting the 158 newly graduated students, 21 of them went on to advance their knowledge at graduate school, while 127 of them began working full-time. Four students were working part-time jobs, and only six people were still looking at the end of six months. Ninety percent of students were successful in doing what they planned, again a high number compared to the national average.
KSOM student Eric Madison also believed that it was music to his ears.
“This is the best thing I’ve heard all week. I always knew business was what I wanted to do, but knowing know the odds are in my favor to get a job after graduation, I am even happier. This is awesome,” Madison said.
When comparing the University’s numbers with national numbers, The University stands out. The national job employment rate six months after graduation was 72.3 percent. The numbers speak for themselves ladies and gentlemen. Every single one of The University’s schools has a higher employment rate than the national average.
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