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Post-Graduation Survey and Report

FIRST DESTINATION after undergraduate degree


"These reports have amazing data about
our graduates!"

Who are graduates' employers?
How did grads find their jobs?
Where are grads continuing education? What programs, degrees?
Who gave grads advice?
What experience — internships, volunteering, etc. — did grads have?
What do grads wish they'd done differently?
We survey each grad cohort.
Survey is open for six months after commencement.
The survey has Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board approval: IRB number 14-586.

After the survey is closed [late fall], we publish [in winter] the Report that answers these questions and more.



Survey login only for
May & Summer I/II, 2016, grads

REPORTS with results of past surveys

More about the survey




Anyone can view REPORTS showing results of past surveys.

How the data are used:

The Post-Graduation Report is used by the Virginia Tech Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness: Student Consumer Information to meet federal requirements for disclosure and reporting of data on "student outcomes," specifically employment and graduate/professional school "placement" following the undergraduate degree.

Important cautions and considerations when reading the data:

First destinations of new graduates are one factor to consider as students research majors for best fit and potential first-steps toward career goals. Many variables other than major contribute to new graduates' first destinations, and those factors cannot all be measured with a survey. Each graduate is an individual person who makes individual choices related to career planning and post-graduation pursuits. Numbers do not tell all the personal stories. The larger economy impacts the employability of graduates (Net job gains / losses by Metropolitan Statistical Area, 1999-present; Geography of Jobs). We have consulted with the Virginia Tech Office of Assessment and Evaluation for expertise and advice on the collection and interpretation of our data; consider all data in the reports as having a +/-5% margin of error. Career Services does not use post-graduation data to make value-judgments about majors. This data set does not reveal the long-term value of an undergraduate education. In Career Services we encourage students to seek career advising early in college — starting freshman year. Our goal is to empower students with self-understanding and knowledge of the world of work so they can make decisions and take action to move forward on the journey toward career goals.

Data for each academic year.
In each report: view by university, college or major.
Selected data for university & colleges.
2003-2004 to 2014-2015

2014-2015 Report [published Jan. 2016]
Within this annual report you have options to view data by university, colleges, and majors.
Keys & cautions to reading the 2014-2015 data.
The following are additional summaries compiled from report data, but are not found within the report above:
- Response rates by colleges graph
- Employed & continuing education by colleges
- How grads found jobs: by univ. & colleges


2013-2014 Report [published Jan. 2015]
Within this annual report you have options to view data by university, colleges, and majors.
The following are additional summaries compiled from report data, but are not found within the report above:
Executive summary
Response rates by college graph
Response rates: colleges & majors
Employed & Cont. Education by colleges: graph
How grads found jobs: by univ. & colleges
Types of experience by colleges graph


2012-2013 Report
Additional summaries compiled from report data, but not found within the report:
Executive summary
Response rates by college graph
Response % & Ns: colleges & majors
Employed & Cont. Education: colleges: graph
Types of experience by college graph


2011-2012 Report
Additional summaries compiled from report data, but not found within the report:
Executive summary
Response rates by college graph
Response % & Ns: colleges & majors
Employed & Cont. Education: colleges: graph

2010-2011 Report
Executive summary
Response % & Ns: colleges & majors

2009-2010 Report
Executive summary

2008-2009 Report
Executive summary

2007-2008 Report

2006-2007 Report

2005-2006 Report

2004-2005 Report

2003-2004 Report

Subset Report: VTCC

Selected data points university data

Employed & Continuing Education
   University & colleges table

Schools most-reported by grads who reported continuing education after undergrad degree.
   by ≥4 grads continuing education.

Employers most-reported by grads who reported employment after undergrad degree.

How employed grads found jobs
   University & colleges
   Graph university [full-size view]

Salary medians university and colleges.
   Shows number and percentages of employed
   grads who reported salaries.

Regrets: what grads wished they had done differently related to career planning university data.

To see major / college data:
View annual academic-year reports in left column.
Within each report you can select view:
university | college | major

Snapshot we prepared for parents of new students for 2015 Summer Orientation.

Questions about the survey or report:

Frequently asked questions    |    Methodology   |    Are there reports for years prior to 2003-2004?

The survey has Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board approval: IRB number 14-586.

Contact for questions:
Catherine Copeland | Senior Assistant Director | Career Services | copeland @ | 540-231-6241


Survey open only for May & Summer I/II, 2016, graduates
The survey is for bachelor's & associate's degree graduates only.

30-second to 5-minute survey:

  • PID + password login so only VT grads access survey.
  • Survey access based on completion term in your Application For Degree (AFD) with University Registrar.
  • Responses confidential: Data are reported by university, college, major.
    No individual identifying information is shared with anyone.

WHO is surveyed, WHEN...

  • All VT grads who are completing or have completed undergraduate degrees.
  • Timing based on graduation term in the ACADEMIC YEAR.
  • Sub-cohorts: survey is open continuously from pre-commencement to six months after:
    December grads: survey open mid-Nov. to mid-June.
    May+sum grads: survey open early Apr to mid-Nov.
  • About the current 2015-2016 grads survey.

Qs about graduation issues?

See University Registrar FAQs.

Other Q&A:

Want to provide networking help to other students or grads?

Will we survey master's degree graduates?

 Do we have data for bachelor's and associates degree graduates prior to 2003-2004?
We used a prior instrument and methodology for the eight academic years from 1995-1996 through 2002-2003. Those reports are now archived.


Hokies helping other Hokies
  • Some of our wonderful grads comment that other students can contact them for advice.
  • We appreciate your offer! However, as promised, we don't share any individual info from the Post-Grad Survey — keeping our promise of confidentiality.
  • But you can! The Virginia Tech Alumni Association sponsors Hokie Nation Network, professional and social online networking for the Virginia Tech community. Tell other Hokies about your career experiences and answer questions.

VT Alumni Association Hokie Nation Network


Would we consider surveying graduate students?
  • While we would like to have post-graduation salary data for master's degree graduates who are employed at completion of the graduate degree, and to report that by major, numbers are insufficient to make that useful:
  • Most master's degree programs (over 75%) graduate fewer than 20 students per year.
    Source: Degrees Conferred by Academic Degree Level, Major, Office of Institutional Research.
    We only report salary medians for majors with at least four responses.
    The math: Factor in survey response rate, percent employed or continuing education, percent of employed who do not provide salary:
    For most graduate majors, graduates would not give sufficient data to report a salary median. The survey is huge undertaking that we will not conduct if it would result in little to nothing to show in terms of data by major.
  • For graduates by year, by college and major, by degree, view Degrees Conferred by Academic Degree Level, Major published by the Office of Institutional Research, which shows the numbers of master's degrees conferred for each major, by college, each academic year. For 2012-2013, master's degrees were conferred in 71 majors; 54 of those had fewer than 20 graduates, many in the single-digits. Only two colleges have more than three master's-level majors in which degrees are conferred on 20 or more graduates; two colleges have zero in that category.
  • Factor in the counts: total number of grads, respondents, employed respondents (vs. those continuing education or still seeking employment), employed respondents who provide salary: For undergrads that has come to a very small portion of the total number of grads (range by college 12% to 34%).
    • Our response rate for undergraduates is based on months of work and approximately 14 requests to non-respondents over a several-month period.
    • Variance by college (2012-2013):
      Percents of grads responding to survey 54% to 65%
      Percents of respondents reporting employment: 31% to 71%
      Percents of employed reporting salary data: 54% to 88%
      Percent of total grads for whom we have salary data: 15% to 36% (total university: 25%)
    • Thus for most graduate majors, and for some entire colleges, we would rationally predict insufficient data to report a median; thus a report showing predominantly asterisks for "insufficient responses" — this would be a vast undertaking with results not useful or satisfying to us or to you.
  • Where to inquire: Prospective and current master's students very legitimately researching salary information are advised to consult your department faculty who work with graduate students, including the graduate program coordinator in your department, and you can consult salary research sources.
    • Some graduate departments DO provide post-graduate-degree information and salary data about their graduates on the department website. Do check there.
    • Because of the small number of graduate students in most academic departments, and their close connection to their faculty, we believe the academic departments are in the best position to know the post-graduate-degree status of their graduate students.
    • For graduate departments with larger enrollments, it is possible they may have sufficient data to publish medians.