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Class of 2017 Successful Within Six Months

Ninety-six percent of The University of Scranton undergraduate class of 2017 and 98 percent of its graduate class reported being successful in their career goal of employment or pursuing additional education within six months of graduation.
January 30, 2018

Undergraduate and graduate members of The University of Scranton’s class of 2017 had better wear shades because their future looks bright.

Ninety-six percent of The University of Scranton undergraduate class of 2017 and 98 percent of its graduate class reported being successful in their career path of employment or pursuing additional education within six months of graduation. The “First Destination Survey” report by Scranton’s Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development is based on career success data obtained about 89 percent of the undergraduate class. This “knowledge rate,” or percentage of graduates for whom their career outcome is known, far exceeds the National Association of College Employers recommended rate of 65 percent. The knowledge rate for members of the University’s graduate class of 2017 is 71 percent. 

Overall, 96 percent of the University’s class of 2017 earning a bachelor’s degree were successful in obtaining their career goal within six months of graduation. Ninety-four percent were successful in obtaining their goal of full-time employment, and 98 percent were successful in obtaining their goal of attending graduate or professional school.

The average (mean) salary is $51,446, based on the bachelor’s degree graduates that provided salary information. The average salary varied by major. The highest average salaries reported are in computer science ($85,000), nursing ($73,088), economics ($64,667) and human resources ($64,167).

Geographically, of those employed, 89 percent reported working in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Additionally, the report for undergraduates shows: 48 percent are employed in full-time positions; 43 percent are pursuing additional education; 2 percent are employed in part-time positions; and 4 percent are seeking employment. Three percent are pursuing “other” career plans as defined by the graduate, such as traveling or taking a “gap year” prior to beginning additional education or employment.

For the master’s degree graduates of the class of 2017, the average (mean) salary for master’s degree graduates is $72,124, based on the graduates that provided salary information. Salaries reported vary by degree programs. The highest average salaries reported are for graduates with master’s degrees in health administration ($150,000) and family nurse practitioner ($88,480).

Of those employed, 72 percent are working in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

For the master’s degree graduates, 94 percent are employed full-time; 2 percent are pursuing additional education; 1 percent are employed part-time; 2 percent are seeking employment; and 1 percent are pursuing “other” career plans as defined by the graduate.

The full First Destination Survey reports can be viewed on the Center for Career Development webpage.

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