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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 2020 (December 2019, May 2020, August 2020) survey takes place from April 2020 to March 2021. 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 2019 now?

The Class of 2019 comprises 332 graduates from December 2018, May 2019 and August 2019. The Center for Career & Professional Development obtained information on 326 (98 percent of the class). 

67.8 %    Employed
18.4 %    Graduate / professional school or advanced coursework
13.8 %    Other (seeking, volunteering, etc.)

The 51 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        
66.7 %     Employed
15.4 %     Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework
17.9 %     Other
Division of Natural Sciences    
48.6 %     Employed
38.6 %     Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework
14.3 %     Other
Division of Social Sciences    

75.2 %     Employed
16.1 %     Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework        
8.7 %       Other 

Sarofim School of Fine Arts            

73.7 %     Employed
13.2 %     Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework        
13.2 %       Other

Independent/Interdisciplinary Majors

53.6 %     Employed
17.9 %       Graduate/Professional School or Advanced Coursework        
28.6 %     Other

What Type of Employment Is it? 

1.2 %       Military service
3.6 %       Post-graduate internship or fellowship
3.6 %       Freelancer/Entrepreneur
5.4 %       Temporary/contract work assignment
86.3 %     All other employment

How Did They Locate Positions? 

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

32.1 %   Internet (other than organization’s own website, e.g. Indeed.com)
27.9 %   Other networking (e.g. family, friends)
16.4 %   Career-related experience/internship
9.1 %     Directly contacted organizations
3.6 %     Other (e.g. self-employed, family business)
3.0 %     Alumnus/a
3.0 %     SU professor
3.0%      Employment agency
1.8 %     Career fair

Where are They Working? 

83 %    Texas
14 %    13 other states, including:
              2.6 %  New York
              2.1 %  Colorado
              2.1 %  Washington, DC
             1.6%    Illinois
3 %       Internationally (Bahamas, China, Germany, Scotland, Singapore, and Spain)

When Did They Begin Their Search? 

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

26.0 %    Before senior year
23.8 %    Fall semester of senior year
23.8 %    Beginning of spring of senior year
13.6 %    End of spring of senior year
12.8 %    After graduation

What Do They Earn?

Respondents working full-time who reported annual salaries earn:

25.4 %    less than $30,000
57.7 %    $30,000 to $50,000
16.9 %    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? 

58.0%     Completely
33.7 %    Somewhat
8.3 %      Not at all

How Satisfied are they With their Outcome? 

41.6 %    Very happy
38.1%     Satisfied
18.8 %    Slightly unsatisfied
1.5%       Completely unsatisfied

How Well Does Their Outcome Match Their Expectations? 

40.0 %    Meets expectations
29.5 %    Close to meeting expectations
27 %       Does not match but is happy
3.5 %      Does not match and is unhappy

Selected Organizations and Positions 

1UP Sports Performance, Sports Performance Trainer
Accenture plc, French Content Review Analyst
Accenture plc, Consultant
AGE of Central Texas, Development Associate
Apple Inc., GIS Analyst
Archetype Entertainment (Wizards of the Coast), Assistant Producer
Arrive Logistics, Staff Accountant
Aspen Insurance, Underwriting Assistant
Aspiriant, LLC, Associate, Investment Operations
Baylor Scott & White Health, Research Enrollment Analyst in Oncology
Bryan ISD, 3rd Grade ELAR/Social Studies Teacher
Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Registered Behavior Technician
Cintas Corporation, Service Sales Representative
City of Austin Police Department, Cadet
Cloudflare, Inc., Business Development Representative
Congressional Research Service, Legislative Research Assistant
Compliance Resources, Inc., Environmental Field Inspector
Dairy.com, Junior UI Developer
David Weekley Homes, Superintendent/Builder
Dawson Financial Services, Director of Operations
Dell EMC, Marketing Analyst
Dell Technologies Inc., Inside Sales Representative
Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P., Investment Operations Associate
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Research Assistant
Firehouse Animal Health Center, Veterinary Technician
Fragomen, Assistant Paralegal
Georgetown ISD, Bilingual Teacher
GoDaddy Inc., Creative Specialist (Content)
Granger ISD, Special Education Teacher
Houston Texans, Marketing & Promotions Team
IDEA Mission, Teaching Resident
Illinois Retina Associates, Ophthalmic Technician
Informatica, Sales Representative
Insight Global, Recruiter
Insys Theraputics, Research and Development Chemist
Jeremiah Program, Program/Outreach Coordinator
Khoros, LLC, Social Media Coordinator
Kohm & Associates, P.C., Legal Assistant
KPMG, Human Resources Representative
KSM South, Planning Associate
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Project Integrator - Engineering
Marcus & Millichap, Inc., Real Estate Agent
Masterson Advisors LLC, Analyst
Midway ISD, Orchestra Director
Miller Ad Agency, Account Executive
Northern Trust Corporation, Investment Analyst
Orthopedic Associates of Central Texas, Medical Scribe
Pacific Life Insurance Company, Sales Associate
Penguin Random House LLC, Editorial Assistant
Queensbury Theater, Technical Director
Raise Your Hand Texas, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Ryan, LLC, Consultant, Property Tax Complex
SHI International Corp., Inside Sales Account Executive
Southwestern University, Assistant Football Coach
Sports Field Solutions, Assistant Accountant
StoryFit, Marketing Associate
Superior Sports Investments, Growth Marketer
Teach For America, Science Teacher
Texas Health & Human Services Commission, IT Generalist
The Georgetown Palace Theatre, Costume Designer
The Hertz Corporation, Management Trainee
United States Marine Corps, 2nd Lieutenant
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Research Laboratory Technician
Voto Latino, Partnerships Associate
WP Engine, Sales Development Representative

Graduate / Professional School and Advanced Coursework

What Kind of Programs are They Pursuing? 

Eighteen percent of the Class of 2019 continued their education directly after Southwestern. Of those continuing their studies, they did so in the following ways:

62 %    Graduate school (e.g. Master of Arts, PhD, etc.)
18%     Law School
5 %      Medical School (MD, DO)
5 %      Advanced coursework (e.g. teacher certification, grad school pre-requisites, second                            Bachelor’s)
2 %      Theological School
5 %      Other professional school (e.g. DDS, OD, DVM, etc.)

Where are They Studying? 

63 %    Texas
34 %    14 other U.S. states
3%       Internationally (England and The Netherlands)

Selected Institutions and Programs of Study 

Cornell University, Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR)
Emory University School of Law, JD
Florida State University, MM in Music Theory
George Washington University, MS in Healthcare Administration
New York University, MM in Music Performance (Percussion Studies)
North Carolina State University, PhD in Materials Science and Engineering
Northeastern University School of Law, JD
Northern Arizona University, MA in Human Relations
Southern Methodist University, PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics
Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology, MDiv in Theology
Stanford University, PhD in Computer Science
Texas A&M University, MA in International Affairs (National Security & Diplomacy)
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM
Texas State University, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Arizona, MA in French
University of Indiana Bloomington, PhD in Sociology
University of Texas at Austin, PhD in Paleontology
University of Texas at Austin, MPAff in International Affairs
University of Texas at Austin, MS in Community and Regional Planning
University of Texas Medical Branch, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch, DPT
University of the West of England, Bristol, MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology
UTHealth Houston, MPH
UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry, DDS
UTHealth San Antonio, Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Vanderbilt University, MEd in Learning and Design
Vermont Law School, JD/Master of Environmental Law and Policy
Washington University, DPT


Total Internships

Nearly 66 percent of the Class of 2019 (72 percent of respondents to the survey’s internship questions) reported completing at least one internship experience. Nearly 35 percent of the class (38 percent of respondents to the survey’s internship questions) reported having two or more internships. Those respondents reported on the total number of internship experiences they had:

28.0 %        0
33.9 %        1
20.4 %        2
10.9 %        3
3.9 %          4
2.0 %          5
0.3 %          6
0.7 %          7

Number of Internships for Academic Credit 

(for those reporting about academic internships)

11.4 %     3 or more internships
20.5 %     2 internships
68.2 %     1 internship

Number of Internships for Experience Only

(for those reporting about experience-only internships):

14.9%     3 or more internships
26.6 %     2 internships
58.4 %     1 internship

Pay for Internships

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

Helpfulness of Internships

63.0 %      Very helpful
30.6 %      Somewhat helpful
6.4 %        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:

47 %    Very happy
38%     Satisfied
13 %      Slightly unsatisfied
3 %      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:

45 %     Very happy
45 %     Satisfied
9 %     Slightly unsatisfied
2 %       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, 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: