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Post-Graduate Survey

Southwestern University graduates successfully launch their post-graduate lives in many diverse directions: continuing their education in graduate and professional school, securing employment and volunteering their time and talent. The Center for Career & Professional Development’s annual Post-Graduate Survey reports on these first-destination outcomes. 

About the Survey

Data collection begins in April prior to May Commencement and continues through the following March, usually resulting in a 95-99 percent response rate.  Surveys are emailed to graduating seniors in April, hard copies of surveys are collected at Commencement in May, follow-up emails are sent in October, Phonathon calling takes place in November and February and continued phone calls and emails round out the data collection in early March.

The resultant aggregated data includes information about percentage working or going to school, locations, a sampling of employers and graduate programs, salaries, and internship information.  For questions or more detailed information please contact pirate2pro@southwestern.edu .

Downloadable archived data is available from the links below, followed by highlights for the most recent class. For each class from 2000 through 2007 the class comprises graduates from August, December and May.  For 2008 the class comprises graduates from August 2007, December 2007, May 2008 and August 2008.  From 2009 forward the class includes December, May and August graduates.

Where are They Now? 10 Years After Southwestern

For decades the Center for Career & Professional Development has been collecting traditional first-destination data through annual surveys of new graduates within the first year after graduation. Relationships with our alumni and a growing “gap year” trend nationally, however, led us to believe that a one-year time horizon does not adequately tell the career story of liberal arts graduates. Taking a longer-term view better illustrates the impact of liberal arts education on graduates’ career development. In 2013, therefore, the Center for Career & Professional Development began conducting periodic 10-year-out surveys to gather data to support our anecdotal evidence. See what we found out:

To Take the Survey

The Class of 2019 (December 2018, May 2019, August 2019) survey takes place from April 2019 to March 2020. Click here to take the survey  . For questions or problems, email Pirate2Pro@southwestern.edu   or call 512.863.1346.

Where is the Class of 2018 now?

The Class of 2018 comprises 335 graduates from December 2017, May 2018 and August 2018. The Center for Career & Professional Development obtained information on 316 (94 percent of the class). 

68.67 %    Employed
22.15 %    Graduate / professional school or advanced coursework
9.18 %      Other (seeking, volunteering, etc.)

The 33 graduates who earned two or more majors were tallied in each major for a look at responses by major and corresponding school/division.  Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding:

Brown College of Arts and Sciences

Division of Humanities        
83.1 %     Employed
12.3 %     Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework
6.2 %       Other
Division of Natural Sciences    
52.7 %     Employed
34.4 %     Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework
12.9 %     Other
Division of Social Sciences    

68.7 %     Employed
23.1 %     Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework        
8.2 %       Other 

Sarofim School of Fine Arts            

80.0 %     Employed
15.0 %     Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework        
5.0 %       Other

Independent/Interdisciplinary Majors

71.4 %     Employed
7.1 %       Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework        
21.4 %     Other

What Type of Employment Is it? 

0.0 %       Military service
0.0 %       Volunteer service (e.g. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach for America, missionary work)   
5.4 %       Post-graduate internship or fellowship
2.4 %       Freelancer/Entrepreneur
7.7 %       Temporary/contract work assignment
84.5 %     All other employment

How Did They Locate Positions? 

For employed graduates who reported the method by which they secured positions:

32.4 %   Other networking (e.g. family, friends)
22.9 %   Internet (other than organization’s own website, e.g. Indeed.com)
19.0 %   Directly contacted organizations
7.3 %     Other (e.g. self-employed, family business)
5.6 %   Career-related experience/internship
5.6 %     Alumnus/a
5.0 %     SU professor
1.1 %     Career fair
0.6 %     The Center for Career & Professional Development
0.6 %     Employment agency

Where are They Working? 

81 %    Texas
15 %    20 other states, including:
             1.4 %   California
             1.4 %   Colorado
             1.4 %   Washington, DC
             1.4 %   Georgia
             1.4%    Massachusetts
 4 %       Internationally (Argentina, Canada, China, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Tanzania, and Thailand)

When Did They Begin Their Search? 

Graduates employed or seeking employment who responded about their job search process reported beginning:

21.9 %    Before senior year
20.0 %    Fall semester of senior year
20.5 %    Beginning of spring of senior year
20.9 %    End of spring of senior year
16.7 %    After graduation

What Do They Earn?

Respondents working full-time who reported annual salaries earn:

34.9 %    less than $30,000
46.7 %    $30,000 to $50,000
18.4 %    more than $50,000

Since a liberal arts education prepares students broadly for many kinds of work, majors do not typically correlate directly with specific job titles.  Instead, employed graduates evaluated their satisfaction with their outcomes, and how well their outcomes match their expectations and meet their interests.  Those who reported on these questions stated:

Is The Work In Their Field of Interest? 

57.4 %    Completely
32.4 %    Somewhat
10.1 %    Not at all

How Satisfied are they With their Outcome? 

39.4 %    Very happy
47.0 %    Satisfied
10.6 %    Slightly unsatisfied
3.0%       Completely unsatisfied

How Well Does Their Outcome Match Their Expectations? 

37.7 %    Meets expectations
31.2 %    Close to meeting expectations
26.6 %    Does not match but is happy
4.5 %      Does not match and is unhappy

Selected Organizations and Positions 

Accenture Federal Services, Technology Analyst
Allergan , Inside Sales Representative
Alltech, Quality Assurance Technician
Animal Hospital of Georgetown, Vet Technician
AnyTickets, Buyer
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Communications Specialist
Barrington Stage Company, Development Intern
Behavioral Innovations, Inc., Registered Behavior Technician
Berklee College of Music, Human Resources Coordinator
BioIQ Inc., Inside Sales - Strategic Growth
Casarona Law Firm, PLLC, Chief of Staff
Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Board Certified Autism Specialist
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Teacher
Decode Digital, Account Executive
Dell Seton Medical Center, Patient Care Technician
Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Distribution Analyst
Ernst & Young, Business Consultant
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Frisco ISD, Special Education Teacher
Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters, Match Support Specialist
Gusto, Payroll Onboarding Specialist
HomeAway, Inc., Partner Success Manager
IDEA Public Schools, Teacher
Impero Software, Regional Account Manager
Insys Therapeutics, QC Chemist
Kalil Commercial, Commercial Real Estate Agent
Kemper Corporation, Associate Paralegal
Kennemer, Masters, & Lunsford LLC, Staff Accountant
Latham & Watkins LLP, Project Assistant
Launch Marketing, Marketing Specialist
Lawson Chiropractic, Chiropractic Technician
Leander ISD, Teacher
Ledcor Technical Services, Communications Assistant
MFS Investment Management, Inbound Sales Team
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Research Assistant
Ovation Fertility, Andrologist
Petro-Hunt LLC, Staff Accountant
Quarter Circle 10, Sales & Marketing
Raptim Humanitarian Travel Inc., International Travel Consultant
Road Warrior Creative, Digital Content Specialist
RODE Advertising, Assistant Account Executive
ScribeAmerica, Medical Scribe
Southwestern University, Fine Arts Coordinator
St. Michael’s Episcopal School, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher
Tejas Ear, Nose and Throat, PA, Marketing Liaison
Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Policy Analyst
The Center for Child Protection, Data Specialist
Therapeutic Alliance LLC, In-Home Clinician
Umuse, Software Engineer
United States Marshall Service, Financial Analyst
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Research Assistant I; Neuro-Oncology
Williamson County Juvenile Services, Juvenile Supervision Officer
Workers Defense Project, Membership Organizer
YES Prep Public Schools, Algebra 1 Teacher
Zoo Atlanta, Great Ape Cognition Research Assistant

Graduate / Professional School and Advanced Coursework

What Kind of Programs are They Pursuing? 

Twenty-three percent of the Class of 2017 continued their education directly after Southwestern. Of those continuing their studies, they did so in the following ways:

57 %    Graduate school (e.g. Master of Arts, PhD, etc.)
11 %    Advanced coursework (e.g. teacher certification, grad school pre-requisites, second                            Bachelor’s)
10%     Law School
7 %      Medical School (MD, DO)
6 %      Theological School
9 %      Other professional school (e.g. DDS, OD, DVM, etc.)

Where are They Studying? 

57 %    Texas
40 %    16 other U.S. states
3%       Internationally (England)

Selected Institutions and Programs of Study 

Auburn University, MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Barry University, MS in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Baylor University, PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience
Boston University School of Theology, MDiv
Carnegie Mellon University, PhD in Mechanical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, JD
George Washington University, MA in Security Policy Studies
Johnson & Wales University, MBA in Sport Leadership
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, MD
Miami University, MS in Conservation Biology
Northwestern University, PhD in Chemistry
Queen Mary University of London, MS in Forensic Psychology
San Diego State University, MFA in Scenic Design and Technology
Southern Methodist University, MS in Data Science
St. Mary’s University, MA in Public History
Teacher’s College at Columbia University, MA in History and Education
Texas Christian University, PhD in Social Psychology
Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Medicine, MD
Texas Woman’s University, MS in Child Life
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM
University of Buckingham, MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors
University of Colorado, Boulder, MS in Computer Science
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, JD
University of Houston, Downtown, MA in Non-Profit Management
University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD in Economics
University of New England, DPT
University of Texas at Austin, Master of Science in Information Studies
University of Texas at Austin, MA in Advertising
UTHealth San Antonio, DDS
Winthrop University, MSW


Total Internships

More than 60 percent of the Class of 2018 (69.5 percent of respondents to the survey’s internship questions) reported completing at least one internship experience. Thirty-three percent of the class (nearly 37 percent of respondents to the survey’s internship questions) reported having two or more internships. Those respondents reported on their internship experiences:

30.5 %        0
32.6 %        1
18.1 %        2
12.1 %        3
5.0 %          4
0.7 %          5
0.3 %          6
0.7 %          7

Number of Internships for Academic Credit 

(for those reporting about academic internships)

13.2 %     3 or more internships
21.1 %     2 internships
65.8 %     1 internship

Number of Internships for Experience Only

(for those reporting about experience-only internships):

15.2%     3 or more internships
33.1 %     2 internships
51.7 %     1 internship

Pay for Internships

32 %        Paid
43 %        Unpaid
25 %        Both (for graduates with more than one experience: some paid, some unpaid)

Helpfulness of Internships

65.4 %      Very helpful
30.7 %      Somewhat helpful
3.9 %        Not helpful


In addition to evaluating satisfaction with first-destination outcomes and the match between those outcomes and their expectations, graduates also reported on their satisfaction with the Center for Career & Professional Development interactions as well as overall satisfaction with their Southwestern University education.

Satisfaction with the Center for Career & Professional Development

Graduates reported their responses to the question, “How satisfied are you with the Center for Career & Professional Development regarding guidance provided for securing your job/grad school acceptance?”  Interactions with the Center for Career & Professional Development can include individual advising appointments, participation in group workshops/events, etc.  More detailed evaluations of each of these components are available through the Center for Career & Professional Development. Of students who reported using the Center for Career & Professional Development, respondents were:

50 %    Very happy
41%     Satisfied
7 %      Slightly unsatisfied
2 %      Completely unsatisfied

Satisfaction with Southwestern

Graduates reported their responses to the question, “Based on your SU experience, how satisfied are you with your preparation for your [intended] job/graduate school program?” Of students who answered this question, respondents were:

47 %     Very happy
40 %     Satisfied
10 %     Slightly unsatisfied
2 %       Completely unsatisfied