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Annual Survey of Recent Graduates: Class of 2016

Each May all graduating seniors are surveyed about their plans after graduation. Subsequently, they are invited to take a follow-up survey 6 - 10 months later. The following is a summary of the results.

This year, 172 responses were submitted.

Top Majors (First + Second)
Major Number
Accounting and Business Administration 24
Politics 24
Business Administration 23
Economics 15
History 13
Biology 12
Psychology 10
Spanish 10
Geology 8
Mathematics 8

All Majors
Major Number Percent
Accounting and Business Administration 24 14.1
Art History 7 4.1
Biochemistry 3 1.8
Biology 12 7.1
Business Administration 23 13.5
Chemistry 0 0
Chemistry - Engineering 5 2.9
Classics 2 1.2
Computer Science 3 1.8
East Asian Languages & Literatures 2 1.2
Economics 15 8.8
English 6 3.5
Environmental Studies 0 0
French 3 1.8
Geology 8 4.7
German Language 1 0.6
German Literature 0 0
History 13 7.7
Independent Work 2 1.2
Journalism 7 4.1
Mathematics 8 4.7
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 1 0.6
Music 4 2.4
Neuroscience 5 2.9
Philosophy 3 1.8
Physics 0 0
Physics-Engineering 5 2.9
Politics 24 14.1
Psychology 10 5.9
Public Accounting 2 1.2
Religion 5 2.9
Romance Languages 2 1.2
Russian Area Studies 1 0.6
Sociology & Anthropology 7 4.1
Spanish 10 5.9
Strategic Communication 7 4.1
Studio Art 4 2.4
Theater 0 0

What industry best describes your current occupation?
Industry Number Percent
Accounting 4 3.2
Communications 5 3.9
Construction 1 0.8
Consulting 15 11.8
Economics/ Finance 11 8.7
Education 15 11.8
Engineering 4 3.2
Entertainment 0 0
Environment/Energy/Natural Resources 1 0.8
Financial Services 18 14.2
Fine Arts 0 0
Food Services 0 0
Government 9 7.1
Health Care/Pharmaceutical 2 1.6
Hospitality 1 0.8
Human Resources 0 0
Information Technology 5 3.9
Insurance 1 0.8
Journalism 3 2.4
Legal 4 3.2
Manufacturing 1 0.8
Marketing/Advertising 9 7.1
Military 2 1.6
Nonprofit Organization 7 5.5
Performance Arts 1 0.8
Politics/Public Policy 3 2.4
Public Relations 3 2.4
Real Estate 9 7.1
Retail/Sales 4 3.2
Science/Science Research 8 6.3
Sports 1 0.8
Transportation 0 0
Veterinary Medicine 0 0
Other 6 4.7

Is the Position Part of Fellowship?
AnswerNumberPercent
Yes 12 9.6%
No 113 90.4%

Name of Fellowship

  • Elrod Fellowship
  • Venture for America (four)
  • Career Israel
  • Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellow
  • Fulbright
  • Princeton in Asia
  • Oda Foundation
  • Institutional Advancement Fellow, Providence Day School

In what state or foreign country are you employed?
State Number Percent
Alabama 2 1.7%
Arkansas 1 0.9%
California 4 3.4%
Connecticut 2 1.7%
District of Columbia 16 13.4%
Florida 1 0.8%
Georgia 8 6.7%
Illinois 2 1.7%
Maryland 7 5.9%
Massachusetts 9 7.6%
Minnesota 1 0.8%
New York 14 11.8%
North Carolina 2 1.7%
Ohio 3 2.5%
Oklahoma 1 0.8%
Pennsylvania 8 6.7%
South Carolina 3 2.5%
Texas 3 2.5%
Virginia 17 14.3%
Washington 1 0.8%
Wisconsin 1 0.8%
Foreign Country 9 7.6%
Unknown 4 3.4%

How long did it take to find initial employment after completing your degree?
Time Number Percent
Employed Before/At Graduation 79 62.7
1 to 3 Months 32 25.4
4 to 6 Months 10 7.9
7 to 9 Months 5 4
10 to 12 Months 0 0
More than 12 Months 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 10 8.6
4 to 6 Months 6 5.2
7 to 9 Months 0 0
10 to 12 Months 2 1.7
More than 12 Months 0 0
N/A 98 84.5

Is your current position related to your major field of study at Washington and Lee?
Relation Number Percent
Directly Related 52 41.3
Somewhat Related 50 39.7
Not Related, but is not important to me 17 13.5
Not related, but I would like a job related to my major 7 5.6

What is your salary range?
Salary Range Number Percent
Less than $30,000 14 12.1
$30,000 - $34,999 9 7.8
$35,000 - $39,999 8 6.9
$40,000 - $44,999 17 14.7
$45,000 - $49,999 12 10.3
$50,000 - $54,999 15 12.9
$55,000 - $59,999 8 6.9
$60,000 - $64,999 13 11.2
$65,000 - $69,999 3 2.6
$70,000 - $74,999 4 3.5
$75,000 - $99,999 12 10.3
$100,000+ 1 0.9

How well did Washington and Lee prepare you for your current job?
Preparation Level Number Percent
Excellent 87 69.0%
Good 28 22.2%
Fair 7 5.6%
Poor 3 2.4%
Uncertain 1 0.8%

Was a Bachelor's degree required in order to obtain your current job?
Bachelor's Degree Required Number Percent
Yes 113 89.7%
No 7 5.6%
Uncertain 6 4.8%

While a student, did you participate in an internship, practicum, or fellowship?
Internship, Practicum, or Fellowship Number Percent
Yes 130 78.3%
No 36 21.7%

How helpful was your internship/practicum in your career preparation?
How Helpful? Number Percent
Extremely Helpful 70 54.7%
Somewhat Helpful 49 38.3%
Not Helpful 9 7.0%

Have you enrolled in school again since graduating from Washington and Lee?
Enrolled?NumberPercent
Yes 35 21%
No 135 79%

Schools Attended:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • High Point University
  • Kanazawa University
  • LSUHSC - New Orleans School of Medicine
  • LSUHSC - Shreveport Medical School
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • UCLA School of Law
  • UNC School of Law
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • William and Mary Marshall-Wythe Law School
Was the enrollment referenced in the previous question primarily full-time or part-time?
Type Number Percent
Full-time 34 100.0%
Part-time 0 0.0%

What degree or certificate were/are you pursuing?
Degree or CertificateNumberPercent
Master's (Arts or Sciences) 11 30.6
Master's (Other) 1 2.8
Law Degree 4 11.1
Medical Degree 9 25
PhD 8 22.2
Other Doctoral Degree 1 2.8
Certificate 2 5.6

How was this major related to the major you completed at Washington and Lee?
Relation to W&L Major Number Percent
Same Major 13 37.1%
Different, but Related Major 14 40.0%
Different Major 8 22.9%

How well did Washington and Lee prepare you for graduate or professional study?
Preparation Level Number Percent
Excellent 19 55.9%
Good 12 35.3%
Fair 2 5.9%
Poor 1 2.9%

If you are NOT currently attending graduate school, do you have plans to attend in the next...
Graduate Timeline Number Percent
1-2 Years 30 18.3%
3-5 Years 58 35.4%
5+ Years 10 6.1%
I do not plan to continue my education 30 18.3%
I am currently attending graduate school 36 22.0%

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 56 87 12 8 2
Time of day that classes were offered 74 79 10 2 0
Class size relative to course type 132 30 3 0 0
Level of academic rigor 112 49 3 0 0
Quality of program in your primary academic program (your major) 98 57 7 2 0
Quality of program in your secondary academic program (your minor), if applicable 49 29 25 0 0
Overall quality of instruction 117 45 2 0 0
Availability of faculty outside of class time (including in person and via email) 129 34 0 0 0
Quality of academic advising 92 50 20 1 0
Quality and appearance of the classrooms and facilities on W&L's campus 97 58 8 1 0
Quality and appearance of student housing facilities 61 59 32 9 3
Extra-curricular activities offered for students 78 62 19 5 0
Concern for you as an individual by faculty and staff 109 40 12 2 1
Overall quality of education 140 24 0 0 0