According to data recently compiled by Centre College, an impressive 98 percent of the Class of 2015 is either employed or pursuing advanced study since graduation this past May. The total is based on reporting from 96 percent (311 out of 324) of graduates.
This improves upon similarly high results of 95 and 96 percent, respectively, the previous two years. With these recent figures, employment and advanced study placement has averaged 96.33 percent over the last three years.
“New programming that begins with first-year students, as well as the hiring of an additional staff member focused on employer relations, combine to help students start their path for success as soon as they arrive at Centre,” says Joy Asher, director of the Center for Career & Professional Development.
Centre President John A. Roush emphasizes that the high percentages have not occurred by chance.
“The College’s ever-increasing reputation, combined with very intentional efforts on the part of Joy and her team, provide every opportunity for success upon graduation,” says Roush. “This should give confidence to parents that a Centre education may be one of the best investments they ever make.”
Top industries for 2015 graduates include financial services (18 percent), international employment and education (12 percent each), the not-for-profit sector (9 percent), science and scientific research (8 percent), technology (6 percent), medicine and healthcare (5 percent), government and law (5 percent), marketing, sales or business (4 percent each), and arts/entertainment, sports and writing/communications (3 percent each).
Featured employers represent a who’s who of top companies, from Aflac, Baptist Health, Big Ass Fans, Brown-Forman, Fidelity Investments and Lockheed Martin, to Maker’s Mark, National Cancer Institute, PGA, Washington Post and Wells Fargo. Graduates were also employed by not-for-profits such as Americorps, Food Recovery Network, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Teach For America.
The majority of graduates pursuing advanced study are in the areas of medicine and healthcare (27 percent), followed by law (15 percent), the social sciences (13 percent), science (12 percent), business or the arts (7 percent each) and education (6 percent). Featured schools include private institutions such as Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, USC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, along with public institutions like Purdue and the universities of Kentucky and North Carolina.
In addition, seven students in the Class of 2015 received post-graduates awards. These include an international prize from the Rotary Foundation, along with scholarships from Fulbright, the French Embassy Teaching Assistant Program and JET (Japanese Exchange & Teaching Program).
Part of what may have impressed employers and admission committees was the high rate—82 percent—at which 2015 graduates completed internships and/or research experiences.
These percentages have grown over the last several years, as Centre has been able to provide increased funding to support summer collaborative research with faculty and unpaid internships.
Funding has come from a $600,000 Mellon Foundation grant in 2013 to expand student-faculty collaborative research opportunities, for instance, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. A $500,000 James Graham Brown Foundation grant that same year funds internships, undergraduate research and community-based learning. Internships are also supported by gifts from the Parents Council, which has increased its assistance from $32,000 to $48,000 for the coming year.
by Michael Strysick
April 26, 2016