According to recent graduates, outcomes look good for those who left The Hill last year, with students across majors finding success in securing job offers, internships and graduate program acceptances across the country. In a snapshot of outcomes for the class of 2019 with 87% of graduates responding, a considerable 93% of respondents are employed in a job or internship, engaged in service work or pursuing a graduate degree.
The most popular course for graduates was full-time employment, with salaries ranging from $26,000 to $100,000 per year, with the average salary over $55,000. The top industries where Holy Cross graduates found employment include financial services (17%); health care (12%); government, politics, and law (12%); technology (12%); and education (7%). Grads scattered to locations across the country, including Boston, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Most of those moving on to graduate school entered master’s programs (48%), while others pursued doctoral degrees (17%), entered law school (14%) or enrolled in medical school or health professions programs (17%). Some students were also awarded fellowships, such as Fulbrights, continuing the College’s longstanding tradition of producing fellowship recipient scholars. Those pursuing their passions through volunteering were accepted by organizations such as the Peace Corps, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and AmeriCorps Vista.
The key to Holy Cross students’ success after graduation is no secret — students prepare for the future while still in school by working with class deans, academic advisors and resources such as the Center for Career Development. The majority of responding students — 78% — participated in an internship while still enrolled at Holy Cross to get valuable real-world experience, and many took advantage of Holy Cross’ extensive alumni network when pursuing internships and employment after graduation.
The First Destinations Report was compiled by the Center for Career Development, which collaborates with the network of Holy Cross alumni, employers and campus partners to share expertise and engage students throughout their undergraduate career to translate the liberal arts experience into meaningful vocation and a lifetime of professional achievement.