Class of 2018 achieve significantly high employment and graduate school outcomes

An impressive 97 percent of 2018 Centre College graduates are employed or pursuing advanced study, according to the annual outcomes report generated by the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD). The results are based on a 97 percent knowledge rate, with responses from 321 out of 331 graduates.

The extraordinary results match those compiled by Joy Asher, director of the CCPD, and her staff over the last four years. Outcomes for the classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 were similarly high, hitting, 98 and 97 percent two years in a row.

“This consistent, exceptional success rate comes as little surprise to anyone who knows Centre and knows what its students are capable of,” Asher said. “Through their rigorous curriculum, Centre students study hard and are armed with the knowledge they need to succeed after graduation.”

Top industries in which 2018 graduates are employed include international employment (17 percent); financial services (11 percent); education and technology (10 percent each); nonprofit (9 percent); medicine/healthcare (7 percent); science/research and business (6 percent each); government/law (5 percent); the arts (4 percent); and environment/ecology (3 percent).

Employers include recognizable names such as Amazon, Cleveland Clinic, GE, Peace Corps, the U.S. Department of State and Walt Disney World.

Those pursuing advanced study are seeking degrees in medicine/healthcare (26 percent), law (21 percent), social sciences (15 percent), business (8 percent), science (7 percent), and diplomacy/public policy (6 percent).

Featured graduate and professional schools include Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Washington and Lee universities.

All graduates have benefitted one way or another from the Centre Commitment, which guarantees every student graduation in four years, a study abroad experience, and participation in an internship and/or undergraduate research.

“Through the Centre Commitment, students are able to participate in top-notch, professional internships, which gives them a competitive advantage when entering the world of work,” Asher added.

Out of the number of respondents, 86 percent of graduates participated in internships or undergraduate research projects.

Internships included both academic and noncredit experiences, and research took place both on and off campus. Many of these experiences were supported by generous funding from sources like the James Graham Brown Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Henry Luce Foundation and the Centre’s Parents Council.

“Centre prides itself on preparing students for lives of learning, leadership and service, and this success rate proves that that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Asher concluded. “It’s wonderful seeing Centre students attending graduate schools and entering the workforce in these ways. We know they will have immeasurable impacts on the communities in which they live and work.”

by Kerry Steinhofer
May 2, 2019