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Alumni Outcomes Six Months After Graduation: Class of 2017

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

This year, 195 responses were submitted.

Majors of Top Respondents
Major Number
Accounting and Business Administration 31
Business Administration 30
Economics 26
Politics 26
English 11
Biology 10
Mathematics 10
Classics 8
Computer Science 8
Psychology 8

All Majors
Major Number Percent
Accounting and Business Administration 31 15.9
Art History 7 3.6
Biochemistry 5 2.6
Biology 10 5.1
Business Administration 30 15.4
Chemistry 0 0
Chemistry - Engineering 4 2.1
Classics 8 4.1
Computer Science 8 4.1
East Asian Languages & Literatures 5 2.6
Economics 26 13.3
Engineering 0 0
English 11 5.6
Environmental Studies 3 1.5
French 2 1
Geology 5 2.6
German 4 2.1
History 6 3.1
Independent Work 0 0
Journalism 6 3.1
Mathematics 10 5.1
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 1 0.5
Music 2 1
Neuroscience 7 3.6
Philosophy 5 2.6
Physics 3 1.5
Physics-Engineering 5 2.6
Politics 26 13.3
Psychology 8 4.1
Public Accounting 1 0.5
Religion 2 1
Romance Languages 1 0.5
Russian Area Studies 0 0
Sociology & Anthropology 7 3.6
Spanish 5 2.6
Strategic Communication 6 3.1
Studio Art 2 1
Theater 1 0.5

What industry best describes your current occupation?
Industry Number Percent
Economics/Finance 16 11.9
Financial Services 16 11.9
Consulting 11 8.2
Education 11 8.2
Real Estate 8 5.9
Nonprofit Organization 7 5.2
Accounting 6 4.4
Marketing/Advertising 6 4.4
Engineering 5 3.7
Health Care/Pharmaceutical 5 3.7
Journalism 5 3.7
Government 4 3
Science/Science Research 4 3
Other 31 22.8

Is the Position Part of Fellowship?
AnswerNumberPercent
Yes 5 4%
No 128 96%

Name of Fellowship

  • ACE Teaching Fellows (University of Notre Dame
  • Venture for America (two)
  • Fulbright
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellowship

How long did it take to find initial employment after completing your degree?
Time Number Percent
Employed Before/At Graduation 97 72
1 to 3 Months 31 23
4 to 6 Months 6 5

Is your current position related to your major field of study at Washington and Lee?
Relation Number Percent
Directly Related 62 46.6
Somewhat Related 48 36.1
Not Related, but is not important to me 20 15
Not related, but I would like a job related to my major 3 2.3

What is your salary range?
Salary Range Number Percent
Less than $30,000 25 19.8
$30,000 - $34,999 8 6.4
$35,000 - $39,999 11 8.7
$40,000 - $44,999 9 7.1
$45,000 - $49,999 10 7.9
$50,000 - $54,999 8 6.4
$55,000 - $59,999 11 8.7
$60,000 - $64,999 11 8.7
$65,000 - $69,999 10 8
$70,000 - $74,999 5 4
$75,000 - $99,999 13 10.3
$100,000+ 5 4

How well did Washington and Lee prepare you for your current job?
Preparation Level Number Percent
Excellent 82 61.2%
Good 40 29.9%
Fair 9 6.7%
Poor 1 0.7%
Uncertain 2 1.5%

Was a Bachelor's degree required in order to obtain your current job?
Bachelor's Degree Required Number Percent
Yes 108 80.6%
No 15 11.2%
Uncertain 11 8.2%

While a student, did you participate in an internship, practicum, or fellowship?
Internship, Practicum, or Fellowship Number Percent
Yes 158 84.5%
No 29 15.5%

How helpful was your internship/practicum in your career preparation?
How Helpful? Number Percent
Extremely Helpful 97 62.2%
Somewhat Helpful 49 31.4%
Not Helpful 10 6.4%

Have you enrolled in school again since graduating from Washington and Lee?
Enrolled? Number Percent
Yes 46 24
No 147 76
Blackbird Academy
Columbia University
Cornell university
Dakota Wesleyan University
Duke University
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Fordham University School of Law
George Washington University
Georgetown University Law Center
James H. Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU
Lesley University
Loyola University Chicago
LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans
Northwestern University
Rutgers NJ Medical School
Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service
The Ohio State University
The University of Texas School of Law
Tulane
UAB School of Dentistry
UC Berkeley
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
University of Canterbury
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
University of Notre Dame
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Sydney
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Medical Branch
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt Law School
Wake Forest University School of Business
Wake Forest University School of Law
Washington and Lee Law
Was the enrollment referenced in the previous question primarily full-time or part-time?
Type Number Percent
Full-time 44 95.7%
Part-time 2 4.3%

What degree or certificate were/are you pursuing?
Degree or CertificateNumberPercent
Master's (Arts or Sciences) 14 30.4
Master's (Other) 6 13
Law Degree 12 26.1
Medical Degree 8 17.4
PhD 4 8.7
Other Doctoral Degree 0 0
Certificate 2 4.3

How was this major related to the major you completed at Washington and Lee?
Relation to W&L Major Number Percent
Same Major 12 24.5%
Different, but Related Major 29 59.2%
Different Major 8 16.3%

How well did Washington and Lee prepare you for graduate or professional study?
Preparation Level Number Percent
Excellent 37 75.5%
Good 11 22.4%
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 42 30.4%
3-5 Years 48 34.8%
5+ Years 7 5.1%
At this time, I do not plan to continue my education 41 29.7%

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 75 87 15 9 0
Time of day that classes were offered 85 90 11 0 0
Class size relative to course type 158 27 1 0 0
Level of academic rigor 137 44 3 1 0
Quality of program in your primary academic program (your major) 135 41 6 4 0
Quality of program in your secondary academic program (your minor), if applicable 78 34 22 1 0
Overall quality of instruction 130 53 2 1 0
Availability of faculty outside of class time (including in person and via email) 161 24 1 0 0
Quality of academic advising 113 48 22 3 0
Quality and appearance of the classrooms and facilities on W&L's campus 116 59 9 2 0
Quality and appearance of student housing facilities 71 70 33 9 3
Extra-curricular activities offered for students 97 70 16 2 1
Concern for you as an individual by faculty and staff 139 39 5 3 0
Overall quality of education 159 22 2 0 1