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  • First Destinations: Class of 2017 Outcomes Mirror 2016 Results

    September 10, 2018 | By NACE Staff

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    First-destination outcomes for the Class of 2017 bachelor’s degree graduates might be summed up in one phrase: Déjà vu.

    Results from the annual First-Destination Survey show that 63.7 percent of 2017 graduates at the bachelor’s-degree level were employed. That is nearly identical to the 63.5 percent of 2016 graduates who were employed within six months of graduation. In fact, across most outcomes—including percent continuing education, those serving in the military, and average and median starting salaries—the results for both classes are closely aligned.

    The biggest difference—less than 1 percentage point—appears to be among those still seeking an outcome, with fewer 2017 graduates reporting this outcome. (See Figure 1.)

    The Class of 2017 First-Destination Survey covers those graduating from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, and was conducted July 1 – December 30, 2017. Approximately 375 colleges and universities took part. Data were reported to NACE through April 2018. At the bachelor’s-degree level, data were collected for 549,664 graduates, representing nearly 30 percent of the 2017 graduating class at that level. This is the fourth college class for which outcomes data have been collected and reported on a national level.

    Results of the survey will be presented during a free webinar in October. (Register here.) In addition, the full report for the Class of 2017, featuring data for associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level degrees, will be available later this fall through the NACE website. View complete results for the Class of 2016 here.

    Figure 1: First-destination outcomes, Classes of 2016 and 2017

    Results Class of 2016 Class of 2017
    Total Graduates 515,837 549,664
    Knowledge Rate 63.2% 64.5%
    Career Outcomes Percentage 83.7% 84.4%
    Percent Employed Overall 63.5 63.7%
    Percent employed full time 57.9% 57.8%
    Percent employed part time 5.6% 5.9%
    Percent Continuing Education 17.5% 17.5%
    Percent Seeking Outcome 16.1% 15.4%
    Percent Not Seeking 1.6% 1.7%
    Mean Starting Salary $49,525 $50,253
    Median Starting Salary $48,044 $48,273
    Source: Class of 2017 First-Destination Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers