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Annual Survey of Recent Graduates: Class of 2013

Each May all graduating seniors are surveyed about their plans after gradution. Subsequently, they are invited to take a follow-up survey one year out. The following is a summary of the results.

This year, 165 responses were filed.

Top Majors (Primary + Secondary)
MajorNumber
Business Administration 30
Politics 21
Economics 18
Biology 14
Journalism & Mass Communication 14
Mathematics 13
Accounting and Business Administration 10
English 10
History 10
Psychology 10

Primary Majors
MajorNumberPercent
Accounting and Business Administration 10 6.1%
Anthropology 0 0.0%
Art History 4 2.4%
Biochemistry 3 1.8%
Biology 13 7.9%
Business Administration 29 17.6%
Chemistry 0 0.0%
Chemistry/Engineering 2 1.2%
Classics 2 1.2%
Computer Science 1 0.6%
East Asian Languages & Literatures 1 0.6%
Economics 16 9.7%
English 8 4.8%
Environmental Studies 1 0.6%
French 0 0.0%
Geology 1 0.6%
German Language 0 0.0%
German Literature 0 0.0%
History 9 5.5%
Independent Work 0 0.0%
Journalism & Mass Communication 12 7.3%
Mathematics 9 5.5%
Medieval & Renaissance Studies 0 0.0%
Music 0 0.0%
Neuroscience 7 4.2%
Philosophy 2 1.2%
Physics 2 1.2%
Physics/Engineering 5 3.0%
Politics 14 8.5%
Psychology 7 4.2%
Public Accounting 1 0.6%
Religion 1 0.6%
Romance Languages 0 0.0%
Russian Area Studies 0 0.0%
Sociology & Anthropology 1 0.6%
Spanish 1 0.6%
Studio Art 0 0.0%
Theater 1 0.6%
Other 2 1.2%

Secondary Majors
MajorNumberPercent
Accounting and Business Administration 0 0.0%
Anthropology 0 0.0%
Art History 2 3.2%
Biochemistry 0 0.0%
Biology 1 1.6%
Business Administration 1 1.6%
Chemistry 1 1.6%
Chemistry/Engineering 0 0.0%
Classics 4 6.5%
Computer Science 1 1.6%
East Asian Languages & Literatures 4 6.5%
Economics 2 3.2%
English 2 3.2%
Environmental Studies 1 1.6%
French 3 4.8%
Geology 1 1.6%
German Language 1 1.6%
German Literature 0 0.0%
History 1 1.6%
Independent Work 0 0.0%
Journalism & Mass Communication 2 3.2%
Mathematics 4 6.5%
Medieval & Renaissance Studies 0 0.0%
Music 0 0.0%
Neuroscience 0 0.0%
Philosophy 4 6.5%
Physics 0 0.0%
Physics/Engineering 0 0.0%
Politics 7 11.3%
Psychology 3 4.8%
Public Accounting 0 0.0%
Religion 2 3.2%
Romance Languages 1 1.6%
Russian Area Studies 0 0.0%
Sociology & Anthropology 2 3.2%
Spanish 3 4.8%
Studio Art 1 1.6%
Theater 0 0.0%
Other 8 12.9%

What industry best describes your current occupation?
IndustryNumberPercent
Accounting 5 3.4%
Communications 2 1.3%
Construction 2 1.3%
Consulting 12 8.1%
Economics/Finance 15 10.1%
Education 11 7.4%
Engineering 3 2.0%
Entertainment 3 2.0%
Environment/Energy/Natural Resources 1 0.7%
Financial Services 16 10.7%
Fine Arts 0 0.0%
Food Services 1 0.7%
Government 4 2.7%
Health Care/Pharmaceutical 7 4.7%
Hospitality 1 0.7%
Human Resources 1 0.7%
Information technology 3 2.0%
Insurance 3 2.0%
Journalism 8 5.4%
Legal 3 2.0%
Manufacturing 1 0.7%
Marketing/Advertising 19 12.8%
Military 2 1.3%
Nonprofit Organization 5 3.4%
Performance Arts 0 0.0%
Politics/Public Policy 1 0.7%
Public Relations 3 2.0%
Real Estate 5 3.4%
Retail/Sales 3 2.0%
Science/Science Research 4 2.7%
Sports 0 0.0%
Transportation 2 1.3%
Veterinary Medicine 0 0.0%
Other (Publishing, Film/TV Production, Market Research) 3 2.0%

Other Sources:

  • Military
  • Fellowship
  • Personal contact, Joblink, alumni connection, previous internship
  • Internet
  • UVA Law
  • TFA recruiter
  • Internet
  • Internet
  • U Texas
  • Fellowship info
  • Grad school sites
  • Company Site
  • Inquired Directly
  • Company's Website
  • Internet
  • Word of mouth
  • Own Research
  • Campus Point
  • The company's website
  • Personal contact, acad dept, prev internship
  • LinkedIn

Is the Position Part of Fellowship?
AnswerNumberPercent
Yes 17 12.8%
No 116 87.2%

Name of Fellowship

  • Elrod
  • USMC Officer Candidates School
  • Elrod
  • Elrod
  • Georgia Tech President Fellowship
  • Teach For America
  • PM training
  • Elrod
  • TFA
  • PM Internship

In what state or foreign country are you employed?
StateNumberPercent
Alabama 2 1.9%
Alaska 1 0.9%
California 5 4.6%
Colorado 2 1.9%
Delaware 1 0.9%
District of Columbia 2 1.9%
Georgia 5 4.6%
Hawaii 1 0.9%
Illinois 1 0.9%
Indiana 1 0.9%
Louisiana 1 0.9%
Maryland 5 4.6%
Massachusetts 1 0.9%
Missouri 1 0.9%
New Jersey 4 3.7%
New York 26 24.1%
North Carolina 7 6.5%
Ohio 2 1.9%
Oklahoma 1 0.9%
Oregon 2 1.9%
Pennsylvania 3 2.8%
South Carolina 1 0.9%
Tennessee 5 4.6%
Texas 7 6.5%
Virginia 19 17.6%
Wisconsin 1 0.9%
Foreign Country 1 0.9%

Foreign Countries: Argentina, Japan

How long did it take to find initial employment after completing your degree?
Time Number Percent
Employed Before/At Graduation 81 61.4%
1 to 3 Months 36 27.3%
4 to 6 Months 11 8.3%
7 to 9 Months 2 1.5%
10 to 12 Months 2 1.5%
More than 12 Months 0 0.0%

If you are no longer employed in your initial position, how long did it take to find your current employment?
Time Number Percent
1 to 3 Months 12 9.6%
4 to 6 Months 5 4.0%
7 to 9 Months 3 2.4%
10 to 12 Months 1 0.8%
More than 12 Months 1 0.8%
N/A 103 82.4%

Is your current position related to your major field of study at Washington and Lee?
Relation Number Percent
Directly Related 57 43.2%
Somewhat Related 50 37.9%
Not Related, but is not important to me 19 14.4%
Not related, but I would like a job related to my major 6 4.5%

What is your salary range?
Salary Range Number Percent
Less than $25,000 11 8.4%
$25,000 - $29,999 6 4.6%
$30,000 - $34,999 16 12.2%
$35,000 - $39,999 23 17.6%
$40,000 - $44,999 14 10.7%
$45,000 - $49,999 10 7.6%
$50,000 - $54,999 16 12.2%
$55,000 - $59,999 10 7.6%
$60,000 - $64,999 7 5.3%
$65,000 - $69,999 2 1.5%
$70,000 - $99,999 14 10.7%
$100,000+ 2 1.5%

How well did Washington and Lee prepare you for your current job?
Preparation Level Number Percent
Excellent 78 59.5%
Good 44 33.6%
Fair 7 5.3%
Poor 1 0.8%
Uncertain 1 0.8%

Was a Bachelor's degree required in order to obtain your current job?
Bachelor's Degree RequiredNumberPercent
Yes 120 90.2%
No 6 4.5%
Uncertain 7 5.3%

While a student, did you participate in an internship, practicum, or fellowship?
Internship, Practicum, or Fellowship Number Percent
Yes 129 78.2%
No 36 21.8%

Did you receive academic credit for your internship/practicum?
Credit? Number Percent
Yes 38 29.5%
No 91 70.5%

How helpful was your internship/practicum in your career preparation?
How Helpful? Number Percent
Extremely Helpful 79 61.2%
Somewhat Helpful 39 30.2%
Not Helpful 11 8.5%

Have you enrolled in school again since graduating from Washington and Lee?
Enrolled?NumberPercent
Yes 50 30.3%
No 115 69.7%

Schools Attended:

  • Baylor University
  • Commonwealth Medical College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Fall 2014)
  • Lakes Region Community College
  • Louisiana State Univ
  • Marshall University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • New York University (3)
  • Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Sathelys Institute of Art
  • Stanford
  • Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)
  • University of Akron
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Alabama School of Law (2)
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Texas (2)
  • University of Virginia (8)
  • Vanderbilt School of Medicine
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (3)
  • Wake Forest University (3)
  • Washington and Lee
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Yale Law School
Was the enrollment referenced in the previous question primarily full-time or part-time?
Type Number Percent
Full-time 44 93.6%
Part-time 3 6.4%

What degree or certificate were/are you pursuing?
Degree or CertificateNumberPercent
M.A. 4 6.9%
M.S. 6 10.3%
M.F.A. 0 0.0%
M.B.A. 0 0.0%
M.Div. 1 1.7%
M.Ed. 0 0.0%
M.D. 8 13.8%
J.D. 6 10.3%
PhD.; EdD.; other terminal 11 19.0%
Teaching Certification 1 1.7%
Other Graduate Degree 7 12.1%
Other 14 24.1%

Other Degrees Pursued

  • Undergraduate classes
  • MAT
  • D.O.
  • None
  • Certificate
  • DPT
  • MPA
  • MSW
  • Non-Degree
  • DMD
  • AAS
  • MPA
  • Post Pac certificate
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

How was this major related to the major you completed at Washington and Lee?
Relation to W&L MajorNumberPercent
Same Major 14 29.8%
Different, but Related Major 22 46.8%
Different Major 11 23.4%

How well did Washington and Lee prepare you for graduate or professional study?
Preparation Level Number Percent
Excellent 41 83.7%
Good 7 14.3%
Fair 1 2.0%
Poor 0 0.0%

If you are NOT currently attending graduate school, do you have plans to attend in the next...
Graduate Timeline Number Percent
1-2 Years 25 21.7%
3-5 Years 45 39.1%
5+ Years 9 7.8%
I do not plan to continue my education 36 31.3%

Relative to your educational experience at Washington and Lee, please indicate your level of satisfaction with the following:
Metric Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Dissatisified Very Dissatisfied
Availability of desired courses 62 90 9 3 1
Class size relative to course type 139 23 3 0 0
Level of academic rigor 129 29 5 1 0
Quality of program in your field 101 47 13 3 0
Overall quality of instruction 118 36 9 0 1
Quality of academic advising 85 46 24 8 2
Concern for you as an individual 111 33 15 5 1
Overall quality of education 131 30 3 1 0