• The NACE First-Destination Survey


    Class of 2016 - Data Collection


    The data collection for the Class of 2016 undergraduate and advanced degrees is currently underway.

    Timeline for Class of 2016 First-Destination Survey
    Data Collection Through December 30, 2016
    Report Data to NACE January 2017 - March 2017
    Final results released June 2017

    Download Class of 2016 Survey Template



    Highlights: Majority of Class of 2015 Are Employed


    • More than four-fifths (82 percent) of Class of 2015 bachelor’s degree graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Results found that 58.4 percent were employed full time, 6 percent were working part time, and 17.7 percent had been accepted into graduate or professional school.
    • By region, graduates in the New England (68.5 percent) and Plains (67.8 percent) regions fared best in overall employment outcomes. Graduates in the Far West (46.8 percent) and Southwest (50.2 percent) were least likely to be employed either full- or part time.
    • Graduates studying the computer sciences enjoyed the highest full-time employment rate (76 percent).
    • Overall, the Class of 2015 outpaced the Class of 2014 in terms of full-time employment (58.4 percent vs. 55.4 percent) and acceptance into graduate/professional school (17.7 percent vs. 16.4 percent).
    • In comparison to their 2014 counterparts, fewer 2015 graduates were still seeking employment (11 percent vs. 13.9 percent) or still seeking acceptance into graduate/professional school (3.2 percent vs. 3.6 percent).

    Detailed outcomes by academic discipline and type of school will be available later this summer.



    First-Destination Survey Captures Outcomes for All Degree Levels, Provides Trends Data


    NACE’s First-Destination Survey captures information regarding how new college graduates fare in their careers within six months of graduation. The annual initiative provides clear, concise, and consistent data on the outcomes associated with a college education on a national scale.

    In addition to providing outcomes for individual classes, the First-Destination Survey is designed to provide trends data over time to inform the discussion about the value of higher education.

    The Class of 2015 study is the second iteration of the survey and includes outcomes data for graduates at all degree levels—associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate.  The inaugural survey, conducted for the Class of 2014, captured data for associate and bachelor’s degree graduates. The Class of 2015 report provides comparisons between 2015 and 2014 graduates at the bachelor’s degree level.

    A total of 279 colleges and universities nationwide, representing nearly half a million graduates, provided data for Class of 2015 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree graduates. Overall, data were reported for nearly 244,000 bachelor’s degree graduates in 34 broad disciplines and 185 majors, making this study the most comprehensive view of bachelor’s degree outcomes available.

    The Class of 2015 is defined as those graduating between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Data were collected through December 30, 2015, and reported to NACE in March 2016.