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Ninety-five percent of recent University of Dayton grads responding to the career services office's Flyer First Destination Survey report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation.

It's a remarkable track record of success, with at least a 95 percent success rate for the first six years of the survey. 

"This is a testament to our students' hard work and achievement that result in good jobs after graduation," said Jason Eckert, director of career services. "It also reflects the value of a University of Dayton education, which provides our students the resources, hands-on work experiences and research opportunities that set them up for this success."

Want to be a teacher or work in the medical field? Good news. School of Education and Health Sciences graduates responding to the survey report a 97 percent success rate. Engineering majors report 96 percent. Business majors and graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences report 95 and 94 percent, respectively.

Ninety-six percent of all respondents report they hold full-time jobs and 95.5 percent of them are working in their chosen field or in a job that's a first step toward a position in their field.

Top employers of University of Dayton graduates include GE, Crown Equipment, PNC, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Ohio State University, Indiana University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Pittsburgh are among the top graduate schools for University of Dayton students.

Nearly half of the graduates find employment in Ohio while the other half find opportunities in approximately 42 states and abroad.

"Our grads are not only landing jobs, but also landing high starting salaries that accelerate their earning clocks, according to a recent PayScale survey," Eckert said.

That PayScale survey indicates graduates with a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton earn an average yearly salary of $53,700 early in their careers and $102,600 mid-way through their careers.

"This is great news. University of Dayton graduates are starting their careers on solid footing, which further underscores the strong recognition of the tremendous value of a UD degree," said Jason Reinoehl, vice president of strategic enrollment management.

In addition to having a good-paying job, University of Dayton graduates also have less debt. The University of Dayton class of 2017 — the first to enroll under the University's innovative fixed net-price tuition plan — reduced cumulative student loan debt by nearly $6 million as compared to the previous year. On average, four-year graduates collectively borrowed less than $18,000 in student loans, well below the national average for 4-year private universities.

Visit the related link for the complete Flyers First Destination Survey.


News and Communications Staff