Academic, post-graduation education, employment, and other Carleton student and alumni outcomes.
The Senior Survey is administered to college seniors during their last year in college. It includes about students' satisfaction, college activities and future plans. Carleton has participated in the survey in most years since 1998.
Alumni employment for Carleton graduates since 1990, as recorded in the alumni database. The information in the summary table represents the most recent reported job category for Carleton alumni. Note that most of the information is self-reported, and some of the information may be out of date.
Carleton's Pathways site: What can you do with a liberal arts degree? Never feel limited in entering a profession if there is no directly related undergraduate major. The Pathways site explores over 25 career fields that our graduates have entered without a corresponding undergraduate major. Want to be an architect? Game designer? Journalist? (etc.). The site explores what courses one might take, what types of internships, graduate study and fellowships are available, and who to contact at Carleton for more information. Examples of alumni in each profession are shown, and Carleton students can connect and network with alumni volunteers. [this link takes you elsewhere on Carleton's Web]
Career Paths Visualization (by Major): An interactive graph that allows one to explore known employment fields for graduates since 1990 by major. One can drill from a major to broad or specific employment, or backwards from employment fields to undergraduate majors. (Graphic design by Carissa Knipe '14) [this link takes you elsewhere on Carleton's Web]
Most Common Employers of Carleton Alumni
About 35 employers employ more than 10 Carleton graduates; over 5000 others employ fewer than 10 graduates.
Post-Carleton Graduate and Professional Study
Typically, between 20 and 25% of graduating seniors enroll immediately in a graduate or professional school program. Many work for a year or two before enrolling. But within ten years of graduation, well over three-quarters of alumni report that they have enrolled in some graduate-level program.
|2012 (After 1 year)||33%|
|2008 (After 5 years)||68%|
|2003 (After 10 years)||81%|
Source: as reported on spring 2013 Senior and Alumni Surveys. (*The 2013 Senior Survey was administered before Commencement and before many seniors had final plans.)
For a longer perspective, the data below was reported in the 2009 Carleton Alumni Survey of all living alumni:
|1930s and 40s||56%|
Mean for all respondents: 81%
The National Science Foundation's annual Survey of Earned Doctorates provides information about academic doctoral degrees earned by graduates of U.S. undergraduate institutions.
Carleton currently ranks 3rd among U.S. liberal arts colleges in the number of doctoral degrees earned by its alumni in this period.
These tables break out by discipline the 2,939 academic doctoral degrees reported to have been earned by Carleton graduates in this period. The survey does not capture information about medical or legal professional degrees. Tables represent the most recent data available as of Summer 2013.