• Press Room: Frequently Asked Questions


    What is the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)?
    Who can I call for information?
    Can you help me find human resources/staffing or career counseling professionals to interview?
    What is the average starting salary for a new college graduate?
    What are the top qualities employers look for in college graduates?
    What do college students/new grads look for in an employer?
    What constitutes a good benefits package, according to new graduates?
    Does it pay to have a college education?
    What does the job market look like for the Class of 2017?
    How many students will graduate this year?
     

    What is the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)?

    Established in 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is a nonprofit association that links college career services professionals and employers of new college graduates. Its membership includes more than 3,100 colleges and universities and employer organizations nationwide.

    NACE is the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates: Throughout the year, the association surveys on data relevant to the employment of new college graduates and publishes related reports, including a quarterly report on starting salary offers and periodic forecasts for the college job market.

    NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media at http://www.naceweb.org/press-releases.aspx.

    Who can I call for information?

    You can call (610.868.1421, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern) or e-mail any of the following people:

    • Mimi Collins, director of content strategy, ext. 119
    • Kevin Gray, associate editor, ext. 139
    • Edwin Koc, director of research, public policy, and legislative affairs, ext. 164
    • Andrea Koncz, employment information manager, ext. 121

    Can you help me find human resources/staffing or career services professionals to interview?

    Yes. We can give you the names and phone numbers of employers who recruit/hire students and new college graduates or career services professionals who work with college students.

    What is the average starting salary for a new college graduate?

    NACE reports on average starting salary by disciple and by degree level (bachelor's, master's, and doctoral); you will find current information about starting salaries for new college graduates at www.naceweb.org/salary-resources/starting-salaries.aspx.

    What are the top personal qualities employers look for in college graduates?

    The top 5 personal qualities/skills employers seek, according to NACE's Job Outlook survey, are:

    1. Ability to communicate verbally with persons inside and outside the organization
    2. Ability to work in a team structure
    3. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
    4. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
    5. Ability to obtain and process information

    What do college students/new grads look for in an employer?

    Students responding to NACE's annual student survey said that when looking at a job and employers, they first consider:

    1. Opportunity for personal growth
    2. Job security
    3. Friendly co-workers

    However, when they actually weigh a job, they consider opportunity for personal growth, job security, and friendly co-workers.

    What constitutes a good benefits package, according to new graduates?

    In NACE’s annual student survey, graduating seniors cited:

    1. Company-matched 401(k) retirement program
    2. Dental insurance
    3. 100% employer-paid medical insurance
    4. Guaranteed annual salary increases
    5. Tuition reimbursement for advanced education

    Does it pay to have a college education?

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says, "The more you learn, the more you earn—and the less likely you are to be unemployed." They have put together this handy chart to prove the point.

    What does the job market look like for the Class of 2017?

    Results from NACE's Job Outlook 2017 survey indicate a positive job market for the Class of 2017. Employers taking part in the survey expect to hire more new college graduates in 2017 than they did in 2016.

    How many students will graduate this year?

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,882,000 students at the bachelor's degree level will graduate as the Class of 2017.
    Source: Projections of Education Statistics to 2023 (Table 21).