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Post-Graduation Report: Frequently Asked Questions
 
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How many of the graduates responded?

By grad year:
2012-2013: 60%
2011-2012: 57.2%
2010-2011: 57%
2009-2010: 63%
2008-2009: 69%
2007-2008: 69%
2006-2007: 73.7%
2005-2006: 59%
2004-2005: 56%
2003-2004: 56%

Numbers and percentages vary by college.
Response by college for the 2012-2013 grads:
  N
Response/Total
% response College:
  333/574 58% Agriculture & Life Sciences
  209/332 63% Architecture & Urban Studies
  555/935 59% Pamplin Business
  846/1310 65% Engineering
  641/1157 55% Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
  104/191 54% Natural Resouces & Environment
  544/934 58% Science
  3232/5418 60% Total university
  Response by majors.
   
When do most of the academic year's grads finish?
December grads generally account for 16-18% of the total.
May grads constitute the majority, with 72-74%.
Those who complete degree requirements in summer (session I or II) are the smallest percentage: 9-10%.
 
Who employs the most graduates?
The simple and most accurate answer is "not one or even several."
Responding employed graduates have reported 700+ to 1000+ employers per graduation cohort.
  For ten years, from 136 to 200+ graduates have stated they are employed but have not provided their employing organizations.
The most frequently reported employers — those reported by six or more grads — have ranged in number from 21 to 49, and have accounted for 19% to 37% of all responding employed grads.
So the remaining 600-900+ employers were reported by the majority — 63% to 81% — of the employed grads.
> In annual reports view list of most-frequently reported employers — those employing five or more responding graduates.
> See multi-year summaries > employers most-reported by employed grads.
> In annual reports view sortable list of ALL employing organizations, showing undergrad major, job titles, locations.
   
Can I get contact names for the employers of graduates?
We do not ask graduates for this information when they complete the survey.
Three resources you may find helpful, depending on your purposes:
> In the sortable list of ALL employing organizations (showing undergrad major, job titles, locations) each organization name is linked to a Google search. This is simply to provide you a way to learn more about these organizations.
> Employers who actively recruit at Virginia Tech and who choose to list contact information for students do so through their recruiting activities. For that information, see Career Services' recruiting employers and contacts. However, it is very important to note that graduates of Virginia Tech do not limit themselves to employment with only those employers who actively recruit on the campus.
> Virginia Tech graduates can serve as professional networking contacts for other Hokies through Hokie Nation Network, sponsored by the Virginia Tech alumni Association.
   
Where do most graduates go to continue education?
Responding grads who reported continuing education (over ten years, N = 555-933) have reported 119 to 162 institutions. Each year, some of these graduates (6% to 17%) do not report their institution.
The top-reported institution for all ten years has been Virginia Tech.
See multi-year summaries > schools most-reported by grads continuing education.
Of all responding graduates reporting continuing education, 32% to 43% indicated they are pursuing another degree at Virginia Tech after completion of the bachelor's (or associate's) degree.
A very small percentage of responding graduates reporting continuing education reported institutions abroad (0.8% to 2.34%). The rest are in up to 35 states and the District of Columbia.
> In annual report: view list of "TOP" grad schools — the most recent list of institutions attended by two or more grads, accounting for the majority of all responding grads who reported continuing education.
   
How many and what percent pursue certain types of degrees, like master's, law, medicine, etc.?
  The majority (59-63%) of those who continue education (typically about a quarter of all respondents) are pursuing master's degrees.
  For breakdown indicating percentages pursuing master's degrees, medical degrees, law, D.V.M., an additional bachelor's degree, etc., see numbers / percents attending graduate or professional school.
  The default view is for the whole university, but you can opt to view a particular college or major.
   
Where do grads of each undergrad MAJOR go, and what GRADUATE DEGREES are they pursuing?
> In annual report: view sortable list of ALL graduate institutions, showing undergraduate major, and grad degrees being pursued by those who are continuing education.
   
When will the next report be done?
The survey for each academic-year-cohort closes in November. The data is examined and compiled and published early in winter of the next calendar year. The 2012-2013 grads' survey closed on November 6, 2013, and the report on those grads was placed online on January 3, 2014.
   
Can I look at the survey raw data?
Career Services, in conducting the survey, gives graduates our word that individual responses are kept confidential and are not published or disclosed to anyone. Therefore, we will not share the raw data.
   
I have additional questions that are not answered in the report. Whom can I contact?
Please call Career Services at (540) 231-6241 or e-mail Catherine Copeland at copeland@vt.edu.
In e-mail, please include your full name and affiliation, and please include a subject line that indicates that you have a question about the Post-Graduation Report. We are very happy to assist you in navigating the report and finding information you seek.
   
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