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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. 

Class of 2023 outcomes statistic The Class of 2023 comprises 375 graduates from December 2022, May 2023, and August 2023. The Center for Career & Professional Development obtained information on 349 (93 percent of the class). 

71.35 %    Employed
23.21 %    Graduate / professional school or advanced coursework
  5.44 %    Other (seeking, traveling, caring for family, etc.)


Selected Organizations and Positions 

ACES ABA, Behavioral Interventionist
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Video Editor
AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps, Volunteer
AmeriCorps State and National, Teacher
Andy Roddick Foundation, Development Team
Apex Fintech Solutions LLC, Associate Business Analyst
Ascension Medical Group, Medical Assistant
Aspen Wealth Management, Junior Associate
Baker Communications Inc., Business Development Strategist
Banfield Pet Hospital, Veterinary Assistant
Barnett & Garcia, PLLC, Paralegal
Blue Fish Pediatrics, Medical Assistant
Breakthrough Central Texas, Program and Advising Fellow
CBRE, Analyst
CHRISTUS Health, Talent Specialist I
Cloudflare, Project Manager Trainee
Comal ISD, Middle School Choir Director
CRC Insurance Services, Inc., Underwriter
Dell Technologies Inc., Senior Analyst
Edward Jones, Rotational Development Program Professional
Enviromedica, R&D Chemist
Epic Systems Corporation, Technical Solutions Engineer
Ernst & Young (EY), People Advisory Services Staff
Franklin Pierce University, Program Coordinator
Gavino Dermatology, Patient Experience Manager
Geekly Media, Digital Marketing Assistant
General Motors Company, Software Developer
Georgetown ISD, Spanish Teacher
Greenville ISD, Algebra 1 & Geometry Teacher
Harris County Pollution Control Services, Field Investigator
Horizon Discovery Group plc, Associate Scientist
IFP Motion Solutions, Inc., Inside Sales Coordinator
JL Gray Construction, Assistant Project Manager
KIPP Truth Elementary, First-Grade Teacher
Legacy Wealth Partners, LLC, Client Relations Specialist
Likewize, Global Graduate Analyst
M.R.S. Ortho LLC, Associate Medical Device Representative
MAD Creative Fabrication, Apprentice Design Fabricator
Marriott International (Sheraton), Executive Meeting Specialist
Mesquite Fire Department, Firefighter/Paramedic
Moody National Bank, Securities Manager
Morgan Stanley, Analyst
My Health My Resources of Tarrant County, Forensic Case Manager
North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP), English Language Assistant
Northern Trust, Investment Associate
Office of U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, Scheduler and Assistant to the Congressman
Optimal Marketing, Digital Marketing Specialist
PleasureLand RV Center, Inc., Accountant
PMG, Media Coordinator
Round Rock ISD, Violin Specialist
Ryan, LLC, Associate Consultant
Southwestern University, Assistant Director of Prospect Development and Strategy
Story Amplify, Content Manager
Tesla, Inc., Engineering Process Technician
Texas A&M University at Galveston, Scholastic Performance Specialist 1
Texas Capital Bank, Private Wealth Analyst
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Environmental Investigator Consultant, Industrial
        Waste and Hazard Division

Texas Department of Public Safety, Digital Forensic Scientist
Texas Department of State Health Services, Communications & Marketing Fellow
Texas Motor Speedway, Social Media Content Coordinator
Texas Tech University, Admission Counselor
Texas Trees Foundation, Nature Lab Coordinator
The PGA Tour, Assistant Operations Manager
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Corporate Banking Development Program Analyst
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Research Assistant I
The White House, Office of Domestic Climate Policy Intern
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Scientist
Tyler Technologies, Inc., Software Developer
Tylock-George Eye Care, Ophthalmic Technician
U.S House of Representatives - Office of Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-17), Legislative

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Park Ranger
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Archives Technician
University of Massachusetts, Research Fellow
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Department of Neurology BRAINS Lab
     Research Assistant

UT Health Houston School of Dentistry, Craniofacial Research Assistant I
Vaco LLC, Legal Assistant
Walt Disney World Resort, Entertainment Stage/Specialty Technician
Washington Conservation Corps via AmeriCorps, Crew Member
Weinstein Properties, Leasing Consultant
Whole Foods Market, Inc., Data Analyst

Where are They Working? 

85 %    Texas
14 %    15 other states (including California, Colorado, Washington, DC, Florida, Massachusetts,
             and New York, among others)
   3 %    Internationally (Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom)
< 1 %    Remote

What Do They Earn?

Respondents working full-time who reported annual salaries earn:

Average starting salary              $52,045
Median salary                            $50,000
Low salary                                  $12,720
High salary                                 $125,000

Graduate / Professional School and Advanced Coursework

Selected Institutions and Programs of Study 

Baylor University, OTD (Occupational Therapy)
Central European University, MA, History
Columbia University & London School of Economics, Dual MA/MSc, European Politics, History and
Creighton University, DPT
Emory University, MS, Nursing
Lincoln Memorial University Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM
Lund University, MS, Psychology
Miami University, MS, Esports Management
Mitchell Hamline School of Law, JD
New York Law School, JD
Northeastern University, MS, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Rice University, MAcc (Accounting)
St. Edward’s University, MS, Counseling
Texas A&M University School of Dentistry, DDS
Texas A&M University School of Medicine, MD
Texas State University, MS, Physics
Texas Tech University, MS, Plant Ecology
Texas Tech University, MPH
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, MD
Tulane University, MS, Physiology
University of Colorado, Denver, MS, School Counseling
University of Hartford, MS, Prosthetics and Orthotics
University of Houston College of Pharmacy, PharmD
University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, History
University of Melbourne, MA, Education
University of Salamanca, MA, International Business and Negotiation
University of Southern California, OTD (Occupational Therapy)
University of Texas at Austin, MS, Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas at Dallas, MS, Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders
University of Texas Medical Branch, MD
University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Dual Program,
University of York, MA, Public History
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, DDS

What Kind of Programs are They Pursuing? 

More than 23 percent of the Class of 2023 continued their education directly after Southwestern. Of those continuing their studies, they did so in the following ways:

59 %   Graduate school (e.g. Master of Arts, PhD, etc.)
19 %   Other professional school (e.g. DDS, OD, DVM, etc.)
12 %   Law school
   6 %  Advanced coursework (e.g. teacher certification, grad school pre-       
           requisites, second Bachelor’s)
  4 %   Medical school (MD, DO)

Where are They Studying? 

58 %    Texas
34 %    22 other U.S. states
  6 %     Internationally (Australia, Austria, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom)
  1 %     Online


Total Internships

Respondents who reported about internships engaged in:

65 %     At least one internship
29 %     Two or more internships
1-7        Range of number of internships per respondent

About the Survey

Data collection takes place between April each year and the following March, and includes surveys at Commencement, via email prior to and after Commencement, via follow-up phone calls, and from outcomes data published by graduates, employers and educational institutions online. 

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. The class comprises graduates from December, May, and August.