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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. 

To Take the Survey

The Class of 2021 (December 2020, May 2021, August 2021) survey takes place from April 2021 to March 2022. Click here to take the survey . For questions or problems, please email Pirate2Pro@southwestern.edu  or call 512.863.1346.

Where is the Class of 2020 now?

The Class of 2020 comprises 307 graduates from December 2019, May 2020, and August 2020. The Center for Career & Professional Development obtained information on 283 (92 percent of the class). 

61.84 %    Employed
24.03 %    Graduate / professional school or advanced coursework
14.13 %    Other (seeking, volunteering, etc.)


What Type of Employment Is it? 

0.0 %       Military service
2.3 %       Freelancer/Entrepreneur
5.3 %       Post-graduate internship or fellowship
5.3 %       Temporary/contract work assignment
85.7 %     All other employment

How Did They Locate Positions? 

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

36.8 %   Internet (other than organization’s own website, e.g. Indeed.com)
26.3 %   Other networking (e.g. family, friends)
23.7 %   Directly contacted organizations
18.4 %   Career-related experience/internship
18.4 %   SU professor
5.3 %     Alumnus/a
5.3 %     Employment agency
2.6 %     CCPD
0.0 %     Career fair

Where are They Working? 

85 %    Texas
13 %    15 other states, including:
              2.3 %  New York
              1.1 %  California
              1.1 %  Washington, DC
              1.1 %  Massachusetts
              1.1 %  North Carolina
2 %       Internationally (Chile, France, Germany, Japan)

What Do They Earn?

Respondents working full-time who reported annual salaries earn:

26.0 %    less than $30,000
36.0 %    $30,000 to $50,000
38.0 %    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? 

58.9%     Completely
37.5 %    Somewhat
3.6 %      Not at all

How Satisfied are they With their Outcome? 

50.9 %    Very happy
34.5%     Satisfied
9.1 %      Slightly unsatisfied
5.5%       Completely unsatisfied

How Well Does Their Outcome Match Their Expectations? 

54.5 %    Meets expectations
18.2 %    Close to meeting expectations
21.8 %    Does not match but is happy
5.5 %      Does not match and is unhappy

Selected Organizations and Positions 

2222 Veterinary Clinic, Veterinary Technician
4-H CAPITAL (via AmeriCorps), Natural Resource Instructor
Absolute Technology Solutions, LLC, Full Stack Developer
Accenture plc, Application Development Analyst
Aetna Inc., Sales Executive
Amarillo ISD, 1st Grade Teacher
Apple Inc., Education Sales Support
Aunt Bertha, a Public Benefit Corporation, Regional Data Quality Associate
Austin Waldorf School, Teacher
Behavioral Innovations, Behavioral Health Technician
Berry Creek Country Club, Assistant Golf Professional
BigCommerce, Associate Customer Success Manager
BlueSprig Autism, Registered Behavior Technician
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Front-End Developer
Charles Schwab Corporation, Associate Financial Services Professional
City Year Boston, School Mentor
Climate Corps, Beneficial Electrification Fellow
Cloudflare, Inc., Business Development Representative
Contentstack, Associate Customer Success Manager
Craft Law Firm, P.C., Legal Assistant
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Dell, Senior Assistant of Sales Operations
Ericsson, Human Resources Specialist
Fulbright U.S. Student Program, English Teaching Assistant
General Motors Company, Entry-Level Software Developer
Gulf Capital Bank, Banking Associate
H-E-B Grocery Company, LP, Associate Supply Chain & Forecast Analyst
Hotze Runkle, PLLC, Paralegal
Houston Food Bank, Food for Change Specialist
Houston Water Solutions, Water Treatment Technician
Humble ISD, High School Social Studies Teacher
Insight Global, Recruiter
JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, Private Client Banker
Kendra Scott, LLC, Business Analyst
Maine State Music Theatre, Master Electrician and Light Board Programmer
Meals on Wheels San Antonio, Community Engagement Coordinator
NAU Urology Specialists, Patient Career Coordinator
Patchwork Umbrella Therapies, Registered Behavior Technician
Pflugerville ISD, Kindergarten Teacher
Rapid7, Business Development Representative
Robin Healthcare, Medical Scribe
Ryan, Severance Tax/Royalty Consultant
Saint John’s United Methodist Church, Communications Coordinator
Smile Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Marketing Director
Sprinklr, Experience Development Representative
Sprintz Center for Pain and Dependency, Behavioral Health Coordinator
TD Ameritrade, Financial Services Representative
Texas Senate Research Center, Bill Analyst
The Language Company, English as a Foreign Language Teacher
United States House of Representatives, District Representative
Walking Mountains Science Center, Naturalist Intern
WellSky, Software Engineer
YMCA of Wichita Falls, Youth Development Director

Graduate / Professional School and Advanced Coursework

What Kind of Programs are They Pursuing? 

Twenty-four percent of the Class of 2020 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.)
10 %   Medical School (MD, DO)
9 %     Law School
6 %     Advanced coursework (e.g. teacher certification, grad school pre-requisites, second                           Bachelor’s)
3 %     Theological School
15 %   Other professional school (e.g. DDS, OD, DVM, etc.)

Where are They Studying? 

72 %    Texas
28 %    14 other U.S. states

Selected Institutions and Programs of Study 

Ball State University, MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (Emphasis in Autism)
Baylor University, OTD (Occupational Therapy)
Bowling Green State University, PhD in Clinical Psychology
Dartmouth College, PhD in Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, MS in Human-Computer Interaction
Gonzaga University, MA in Sport and Athletic Administration
Mary Baldwin University Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, MPAS (Physician Assistant Studies)
Marymount University, MS in Forensic and Legal Psychology
Midwestern State University, MS in Exercise Science
Parker University, DC (Chiropractic)
Rice University, MAcc (Accounting)
Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology, Master of Theological Studies
Texas A&M University, PhD in Sociology
Texas A&M University, MS in Ocean Engineering
Texas A&M University, Master of Urban Planning
Texas Christian University, MEd in Counseling
University of California, Berkeley, PhD in Clinical Psychology
University of Chicago, MA in Political Science
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, PhD in Applied Mathematics
University of North Texas, MS in Library Science
University of Southern California, JD
University of Texas at Austin, PhD in Neuroscience
University of Texas at Austin, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin, MA in Women & Gender Studies/MS in Information Studies
University of Texas at Austin, PhD in Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, JD
University of Texas Medical Branch, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch, DPT
University of the Pacific, DPT
UT Health Austin, MPH
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, DDS
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, MD
UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, MPH
UTHealth School of Dentistry, DDS
Vanderbilt University, MDiv


Total Internships

Eighty percent of the respondents to this question from the Class of 2020 reported completing at least one internship experience. Fifty-eight percent of the respondents reported having two or more internships. Those respondents reported on the total number of internship experiences they had:

20.0 %        0
22.1 %        1
27.4%         2
21.1 %        3
2.1 %          4
4.2 %          5
0.0 %          6
3.2 %          7

Pay for Internships

39 %        Paid
24 %        Unpaid
37 %        Both (for graduates with more than one experience: some paid, some unpaid)

Helpfulness of Internships

69.3 %      Very helpful
25.3 %      Somewhat helpful
5.3 %        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:

51 %    Very happy
44 %    Satisfied
5 %      Slightly unsatisfied
1 %      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:

61 %     Very happy
27 %     Satisfied
9 %       Slightly unsatisfied
3 %       Completely unsatisfied

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, more data is collected at Commencement in May, follow-up emails are sent beginning in October, and continued phone calls, emails, and online research round out the data collection in 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 and 2016, therefore, the Center for Career & Professional Development conducted 10-year-out surveys to gather data to support our anecdotal evidence. See what we found out: