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Annual Survey of Recent Graduates: Class of 2015

Each May all graduating seniors are surveyed about their plans after graduation. Subsequently, they are invited to take a follow-up survey approximately 10 months later. The following is a summary of the results.

This year, 248 responses were filed.

Top Majors (First + Second)
Major Number
Accounting and Business Administration 44
Business Administration 40
Economics 31
Politics 24
English 21
Biology 12
Computer Science 12
History 12
Neuroscience 12
Geology 11
Mathematics 11
Psychology 11

All Majors
Major Number Percent
Accounting and Business Administration 44 17.7
Art History 5 2
Biochemistry 6 2.4
Biology 12 4.8
Business Administration 40 16.1
Chemistry 3 1.2
Chemistry - Engineering 2 0.8
Classics 2 0.8
Computer Science 12 4.8
East Asian Languages & Literatures 5 2
Economics 31 12.5
English 21 8.5
Environmental Studies 2 0.8
French 2 0.8
Geology 11 4.4
German Language 5 2
German Literature 0 0
History 12 4.8
Independent Work 0 0
Journalism 8 3.2
Mathematics 11 4.4
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 0 0
Music 2 0.8
Neuroscience 12 4.8
Philosophy 8 3.2
Physics 2 0.8
Physics-Engineering 3 1.2
Politics 24 9.7
Psychology 11 4.4
Public Accounting 1 0.4
Religion 6 2.4
Romance Languages 1 0.4
Russian Area Studies 0 0
Sociology & Anthropology 5 2
Spanish 8 3.2
Strategic Communication 3 1.2
Studio Art 4 1.6
Theater 3 1.2

What industry best describes your current occupation?
Industry Number Percent
Accounting 4 2.3
Communications 3 1.7
Construction 1 0.6
Consulting 18 10.2
Economics/ Finance 17 9.6
Education 15 8.5
Engineering 3 1.7
Entertainment 1 0.6
Environment/Energy/Natural Resources 2 1.1
Financial Services 19 10.7
Fine Arts 1 0.6
Food Services 1 0.6
Government 3 1.7
Health Care/Pharmaceutical 11 6.2
Hospitality 0 0
Human Resources 1 0.6
Information Technology 17 9.6
Insurance 2 1.1
Journalism 5 2.8
Legal 1 0.6
Manufacturing 0 0
Marketing/Advertising 13 7.3
Military 3 1.7
Nonprofit Organization 10 5.6
Performance Arts 1 0.6
Politics/Public Policy 6 3.4
Public Relations 2 1.1
Real Estate 10 5.6
Retail/Sales 7 4
Science/Science Research 8 4.5
Sports 1 0.6
Transportation 1 0.6
Veterinary Medicine 0 0
Other 16 9

How did you find your job?
SourceNumberPercent
Personal Contact 50 22.5%
Career Development Event 9 4.1%
W&L JobLink 26 11.7%
Academic Department at W&L 15 6.8%
Alumni Connection 42 18.9%
Previous Internship 15 6.8%
Previous Employer 4 1.8%
Job Fair 5 2.3%
Non-W&L Job Site 35 15.8%
Other 21 9.5%
Other Sources:
  • Colonnade Connections
  • Personal Interest
  • W&L Job Site
  • Teach For America Recruiter
  • Through a Friend
  • LinkedIn
  • Internet and Personal Research
  • Entrepreneurship Summit
  • Internet
  • Career Development Job Listings and Promotions
  • Began a Business
  • Headhunter
  • Venture for America Job Fair
  • Fellowship
  • Military

Is the Position Part of Fellowship?
AnswerNumberPercent
Yes 9 5.1%
No 166 94.9%

Name of Fellowship

  • Elrod Fellowship
  • Venture for America
  • Venture for America
  • Elrod Fellowship
  • Elrod Fellowship
  • Elrod Fellowship
  • Elrod Fellowship
  • Edwin A Morris Distinguished Research Grant

In what state or foreign country are you employed?
StateNumberPercent
Alabama 4 2.4%
California 9 5.4%
Colorado 1 0.6%
Connecticut 1 0.6%
District of Columbia 24 14.5%
Florida 2 1.2%
Georgia 7 4.2%
Idaho 1 0.6%
Illinois 3 1.8%
Kentucky 2 1.2%
Maryland 6 3.6%
Massachusetts 2 1.2%
Michigan 1 0.6%
Minnesota 2 1.2%
Nebraska 1 0.6%
New Jersey 3 1.8%
New York 24 14.5%
North Carolina 10 6.0%
Ohio 3 1.8%
Pennsylvania 3 1.8%
Rhode Island 2 1.2%
South Carolina 4 2.4%
Tennessee 3 1.8%
Texas 8 4.8%
Virginia 30 18.1%
West Virginia 2 1.2%
Wisconsin 3 1.8%
Foreign Country 5 3.0%

Foreign Countries: France, Japan, Kuwait, Romania, Taiwan

How long did it take to find initial employment after completing your degree?
Time Number Percent
Employed Before/At Graduation 117 66.5%
1 to 3 Months 40 22.7%
4 to 6 Months 15 8.5%
7 to 9 Months 4 2.3%
10 to 12 Months 0 0.0%
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 21 12.4%
4 to 6 Months 9 5.3%
7 to 9 Months 2 1.2%
10 to 12 Months 0 0.0%
More than 12 Months 0 0.0%
N/A 138 81.2%

Is your current position related to your major field of study at Washington and Lee?
Relation Number Percent
Directly Related 84 47.7%
Somewhat Related 60 34.1%
Not Related, but is not important to me 23 13.1%
Not related, but I would like a job related to my major 9 5.1%

What is your salary range?
Salary Range Number Percent
Less than $30,000 25 14.5%
$30,000 - $34,999 15 8.7%
$35,000 - $39,999 23 13.4%
$40,000 - $44,999 22 12.8%
$45,000 - $49,999 20 11.6%
$50,000 - $54,999 9 5.2%
$55,000 - $59,999 13 7.6%
$60,000 - $64,999 11 6.4%
$65,000 - $69,999 8 4.7%
$70,000 - $74,999 9 5.2%
$75,000 - $99,999 12 7.0%
$100,000+ 5 2.9%

How well did Washington and Lee prepare you for your current job?
Preparation Level Number Percent
Excellent 98 55.7%
Good 62 35.2%
Fair 13 7.4%
Poor 1 0.6%
Uncertain 2 1.1%

Was a Bachelor's degree required in order to obtain your current job?
Bachelor's Degree Required Number Percent
Yes 150 85.2%
No 14 8.0%
Uncertain 12 6.8%

While a student, did you participate in an internship, practicum, or fellowship?
Internship, Practicum, or Fellowship Number Percent
Yes 185 75.8%
No 59 24.2%

How helpful was your internship/practicum in your career preparation?
How Helpful? Number Percent
Extremely Helpful 102 58.0%
Somewhat Helpful 65 36.9%
Not Helpful 9 5.1%

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 50 94.3%
Part-time 3 5.7%

What degree or certificate were/are you pursuing?
Degree or CertificateNumberPercent
Additional UG Work 2 3.8%
Master's (Arts or Sciences) 19 36.5%
Master's (Other) 10 19.2%
Law Degree 6 11.5%
Medical Degree 11 21.2%
PhD 6 11.5%
Other Doctoral Degree 0 0.0%
Certificate 0 0.0%

Other Degrees Pursuing:

  • JD/MBA
  • Masters in Accounting
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • MS in Accounting
  • Associates Degree
  • MA Business Management
  • Medical School
  • MES and MPA
  • MS

How was this major related to the major you completed at Washington and Lee?
Relation to W&L Major Number Percent
Same Major 30 55.6%
Different, but Related Major 13 24.1%
Different Major 11 20.4%

How well did Washington and Lee prepare you for graduate or professional study?
Preparation Level Number Percent
Excellent 43 79.6%
Good 9 16.7%
Fair 2 3.7%
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 57 30.8%
3-5 Years 68 36.8%
5+ Years 15 8.1%
I do not plan to continue my education 45 24.3%

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 68 131 16 17 4
Class size relative to course type 195 33 7 1 0
Level of academic rigor 176 52 4 3 1
Quality of program in your field 154 64 12 6 0
Overall quality of instruction 166 57 8 4 0
Quality of academic advising 119 70 33 11 3
Concern for you as an individual 146 59 20 8 3
Overall quality of education 188 41 3 2 1