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New Report Shows Success of Gonzaga’s Class of 2016

Students take part in mock job interviews with employer representatives – one of many initiatives to help them prepare for the job market. (GU photo by Ryan Sullivan)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Ninety-four percent of the Gonzaga University graduates who received their bachelor’s or graduate degrees with the class of 2016 reported they are employed (full- or part-time), continuing their education, doing volunteer work or serving in the military.

Gonzaga’s 2016 First Destination Survey Report includes data from 1,477 of the 1,568 undergraduate and graduate students who earned degrees between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. The report found more that 76 percent of those graduates were employed, 12 percent were continuing their education, 3 percent were volunteering and 2 percent were serving in the military. Six percent of the graduates were still seeking employment or acceptance into a graduate or professional school, while 1 percent were not – for a variety of reasons – pursuing employment or continuing education.

According to the study, 92 percent of the bachelor’s degree recipients (860 of 938) and 98 percent of the graduate degree recipients (617 of 630) were employed, continuing their education or serving as volunteers or in the military.

The report was prepared by Gonzaga’s career and professional development using guidelines developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Ray Angle, Gonzaga’s assistant vice president for career and professional development, said the University’s “success rate” of 94 percent for the class of 2016 underscores the value of a Gonzaga degree in the nation’s increasingly competitive job market.

The NACE has not yet issued its success rate report for 2016, but the national average success rate for class of 2015 undergraduate students was 82 percent.

A variety of stakeholders – employers, faculty, alumni, parents, trustees and regents – support the career and professional development team as they help students clarify and attain their career goals,” Angle said. “Students who choose Gonzaga University know that the Zag Nation network is committed to their success and this report demonstrates the value of that network and a GU education.”

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