Graduation Surveys

Return on Education

Follow-up Report of Activities of Class of 2012

Collected and reported by the Gustavus Adolphus College Career Development in June 2013

This report of post-graduation activities of the Class of 2012 is based on self-reported information by graduates. Information on employment, part-time/temporary employment, military, service, continuing education and not employed/not seeking was gathered from May 2012 through May 2013. Information on those seeking employment was gathered from November 2012 through May 2013. (Note that in the individual response spreadsheets the information is cumulative from graduation through May 2012.)

Of a class of 543 graduates, information was collected on 374, which is a response rate of 68.87 %. Of the 374 responding, 162 (43.32 %) reported employed full-time, 7 (1.87 %) reported military, 22 (5.88 %) service program positions, 99 (26.47 %) continuing education, 16 (4.28 %) are not employed and not seeking employment, and 66 (17.65 %) are part-time/temporary positions with a total of 372 (99.47 %) reported being situated with 2 (0.53 %) reporting that they are seeking employment.

Post Graduation Status

Category Number Reported Percentage
Employed 162 43.32%
Military 7 1.87%
Service 22 5.88%
Continuing Education 99 26.47%
Not Employed/Not seeking 16 4.28%
Part-time/Temporary 66 17.65%
Seeking Employment 2 0.53%
Total 374 100%

Salary Information for the Class of 2012

Of the 374 respondents, 149 employed full-time provided salary information which is 39.84 % of the total respondents and 91.98 % of the 162 employed full-time respondents. For the 149 reporting salary information, the average is $37,243.75, which is a 1.03% increase from the average of $36,875 in 2011.

Range Number Reported Percentage
  2012 2011 2012 2011
< $20,000 16 11 10.74% 9.91%
$20,001 - $30,000 28 26 18.79% 23.42%
$30,001 - $40,000 45 40 30.20% 36.04%
$40,001 - $50,000 27 18 18.12% 16.22%
$50,001 - $60,000 23 10 15.44% 9.01%
$60,001 - $70,000 9 2 6.04% 1.80%
> $70,000 1 4 0.67% 3.60%
Total 179 111 100% 100%

Class of 2013 Graduation Rehearsal Survey (June 2013)

Career Development surveyed the Class of 2013 at graduation rehearsal

  • Out of 545 graduates in the Class of 2013, 432 or 79.26% responded
  • Those reporting employed decreased 1.81% from 28.89% to 27.08%.
  • Continuing Education decreased 0.39% from 20.99% to 20.60%.
  • Military decreased 1.22% from 1.45% to 0.23%.
  • Volunteer/Service program increased 2.78% from 4.16% to 6.94%.
  • Part-time/Temporary increased 4.36% from 13.93% to 18.29%.
  • Situated increased 1.38% from 59.04% to 60.42%.
  • Average reported salary is $40,862 up from $40,775 in 2012.

Response Rates

  2013 2012 2011 2010
Class Number 545 543 568 593
Responses 432 (79.26%) 481 (88.58%) 475 (83.3%) 434 (73.2%)

Post-Graduation Plans (Percentages based on the response number)

Category 2013 2012 2011 2010
Employed 117 (27.08%) 139 (28.89%) 117 (24.63%) 82 (18.9%)
Continue Educ. 89 (20.6%) 101 (20.99%) 97 (20.42%) 110 (25.3%)
Military 1 (0.23%) 7 (1.45%) 2 (00.42%) 0 (0.0%)
Service 30 (6.94%) 20 (4.16%) 14 (2.95%) 19 (4.4%)
Not Seeking 24 (5.56%) 17 (3.53%) 20 (4.20%) 3 (0.7%)
Part-time/Temp 79 (18.29%) 67 (13.93%) 95 (20.00%) 77 (17.7%)
Situated 261 (60.42%) 284 (59.04%) 250 (52.63%) 214(49.3%)
Seeking 92 (21.3%) 130 (27.03%) 130 (27.34%) 143 (32.95%)

Situated includes employed, continuing education, military, service, and not employed/not seeking.

Salary Report

Of the 117 full-time employed, 102 provided salary information. The average salary is $40,862, up from $40,775 in 2012

Range Number Reported Percentage
> $70,000 0 (0.0%)
$60,000 - $70,000 7 (6.9%)
$50,000 - $60,000 19 (18.6%)
$40,000 - $50,000 23 (22.5%)
$30,000 - $40,000 35 (34.3%
$20,000 - $30,000 10 (9.8%)
< $20,000 8 (7.8%)
Total 102 (100%)