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First Destination Report

annual report of first employment and graduate school placements of Saint Francis University students conducted by the Office of Career Services 

  • Highlights

    • 98% of graduates were employed or attending graduate school within 9 months of graduation 
    • The Class of 2016 is the largest class of graduates in the past 10 years.
    • The average salary range for respondents was $50,000 – $59,999.
    • 85% of graduates felt Saint Francis University was instrumental in developing their faith and/or values for life after college.
    • 23% of the graduates who received bachelor’s degrees are attending graduate or professional school, which is consistent with the average over the last five years.
    • Of the Class of 2016 graduates who received a bachelor’s degree and continued on to graduate or professional school, 71% are studying at Saint Francis University.
    • The number of graduates that are both employed and attending graduate or professional school increased by 2%. 
    • 78% of graduates believe that their internship field experience, clinical rotations, student teaching, or other experiential education experience was instrumental in obtaining full-time employment.
  • Executive Summary 2016

    Saint Francis University's overall employment/graduate school rate for the Class of 2016 remains competitive at 98% employed or attending graduate school within 9 months of graduation (97% employed or attending graduate school within 6 months). 

    This data is related to:

    • undergraduate students who received degrees in the Schools of Arts & Letters, Business, Health Sciences, and Sciences, or through the Division of Adult Degree and Continuing Studies 
    • graduate students who received degrees in the Schools of Arts & Letters, Business, and Health Sciences

    Graduates secured employment or entered graduate or professional school in  high-demand occupational fields including: 

    • Health Science
    • Business
    • Information Technology
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Social Services
    • Athletics
    • Education
    • Science
    • Research


    Access the Full Report (and past reports)

    The First Destination Report contains a university-wide overview as well as data on individual majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    Methodology 2016


    The 2016 First Destination Survey was distributed by the Career Services Office to 764 undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in December 2015 and May or Summer of 2016.

    Each graduate received an email with a link to the survey and a paper copy of the survey by regular mail in November of 2016. Two months later, in January 2017, each non-respondent was contacted again by email and regular mail.

    Faculty, staff, advisors and academic departments were then contacted to obtain any available post-graduation information for non-respondents. In addition to the mailings and faculty contact, follow-up phone calls and emails were made to non-respondents.

    Social media tools (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google) were also used to retrieve graduate information. 

    Office of Career Services

    This study is conducted annually by the Office of Career Services. Career Services staff provide services to undergraduates, graduate students, alumni and employers with the goal of finding meaningful employment for our graduates.

  • Graduate Success Stories

    2016 success stories round up graphic

    Read 2016 Success Stories 

    Saint Francis University graduates go on to become accountants, biologists, business owners, chemists, computer programmers, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, teachers, nurses and policy-makers to name a few. Our graduates enjoy successful careers and carry their Franciscan values with them.