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Survey of Recent Graduates, Class of 2008

 

Purpose of Study

Santa Clara University surveyed the Class of 2008 in February 2009, approximately eight months after their graduation dates. The purpose of the study was to learn the respondents’ employment and/or graduate school status.

Statistics Available for Arts & Sciences graduates
 


63 percent of the respondents reported that they were employed or self-employed full time or attending graduate school.

  • 45 percent of social sciences graduates reported that they were employed full time.
  • 29 percent of mathematics and natural sciences graduates reported that they were employed full time or attending graduate school.
  • 53 percent of arts and humanities graduates reported that they were employed full time.
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89 percent of respondents reported that they received good to excellent preparation for life after college.

  • 77 percent of social sciences graduates reported that they received very good to excellent preparation for life after college.
  • 70 percent of mathematics and natural sciences graduates reported receiving very good to good preparation for life after college.
  • 60 percent of arts and humanities graduates reported that they had received very good to excellent preparation for life after college.
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The median salary for the working graduate was $35,000.

  • The median starting salary for arts and humanities graduates was $32,000.
  • The median starting salary for mathematics and natural science graduates was $41,000.
  • The median starting salary for social science graduates was $35,000.


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93 percent of graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences reported receiving good to excellent preparation for their careers.

  • 93 percent of social sciences graduates reported receiving good to excellent preparation for success in their careers.
  • 100 percent of mathematics and natural sciences majors reported receiving good to excellent preparation for their careers.
  • 90 percent of arts and humanities majors reported receiving good to excellent preparation for their careers after college.
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Of those who applied, 94 percent were admitted to at least one graduate program for full-time graduate study.

  • 89 percent of social sciences graduates were admitted into at least one graduate institution.
  • 94 percent of mathematics and natural sciences majors were accepted into at least one graduate institution.
  • 100 percent of arts and humanities graduates reported that they were accepted into at least one graduate institution.


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90 percent of the graduates indicated that their SCU education had provided them with good to excellent preparation for life after college.

  • 91 percent of social sciences graduates responded that they received good to excellent preparation for life after college.
  • 88 percent of mathematics and natural sciences graduates reported receiving good to excellent preparation for life after college.
  • 88 percent of arts and humanities graduates responded that they received good to excellent preparation for life after college.


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Methodology and Statistical Significance of the Study
These data were collected from graduates who began as first-time freshmen in 2004 and graduated within four years. The survey instrument was emailed to all 2008 graduates for whom we had valid e-mail addresses (95%). The response rate of 41 percent (364 respondents) yields a profile that is representative of the Class of 2008 by sex, school/college, ethnicity/race, and grade point average.

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