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Placement and Education of Graduates

2016-2017

Employment and Graduate School Placement

From the Annual Follow-Up Study of Iona Bachelor Degree Graduates

Survey Methodology Each year, Iona College conducts an annual follow-up survey with recent graduates to measure post-graduate job placement and graduate school outcomes six months after graduation. Since the class of 2012, the College administered the surveys online with an aggregate response rate of ~25% from online surveys. In 2014, 2016, and 2017, Iona followed up the online invitation with phone surveys, increasing the total response rate for those classes to above 40%. For the three-year “Total” for all respondents, the sample of surveyed graduates (n = 696) is likely within +/- 3.0% of the total baccalaureate graduate population from the past three years (N = 2042; 95% confidence level).

Survey Response Rates

  Academic Year of Graduation Total
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Total Graduates 722 618 702 2042
Valid Contact Information 519 618 702 1839
Completed Survey (Total) 128 253 315 696
Completed Survey (Online) 128 110 95 333
Completed Survey (Phone) 0 143 220 363
Response Rate (Total Grads) 17.7% 40.9% 44.9% 34.1%
Response Rate (Valid Contacts) 24.7% 40.9% 44.9% 37.8%


Post-Graduation Employment and Education

During the most recent three years, more than nine-in-ten Iona graduates reported attending graduate school or finding employment within six months of graduation (Figure 1).

From 2014-2015, 91.1 percent of recent Iona graduates were either employed full time or enrolled in graduate school.

From 2015-2016 the number was 94 percent and from 2016-2017 the number was 92.7 percent.

2017 Highlight: Iona College consistently places its graduating seniors in employment or in graduate school upon completing a degree.


Graduate School Attendance

During the past three years, approximately one-third of recent Iona graduates immediately went on to graduate school within six months of completing their Bachelor’s degree (Table 2). Another third intend to enroll within five years. Overall, more than two-thirds of Iona College’s recent graduates attend or plan to attend graduate school after earning a baccalaureate degree.
About one in five former students are undecided about further school and approximately ten percent do not plan to attend.

Table 2: Graduate School Attendance and Intentions

  Academic Year of Graduation
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Enrolled or Intend Grad School 73.4% 73.9% 69.6%
Enrolled in Grad Program 39.8% 34.8% 33.7%
Enrolled in Grad Program: Full-time Student 35.9% 28.1% 27.6%
Intend Grad Program within 5 Years 33.6% 39.1% 35.9%
Undecided 21.1% 19.0% 17.1%
No Plans To Attend 5.5% 7.1% 13.3%
Responses (number) 128 253 315

2017 Highlight: In the past year, one-in-three Iona graduates reported enrolling in graduate school immediately after earning a bachelor’s degree.

From 2014-2015 73.4 percent of recent Iona graduates were either enrolled in graduate school or intended to enroll in graduate school. 
From 2015-2016 the number was 73.9 percent and from 2016-2017 the number was 69.6 percent.


Employment Status

Among 2017 Iona graduates who sought full-time employment after college, almost three-fourths (72.7%) reported being employed full-time on the six month follow-up survey (Table 3). Six months after graduation, another one-in-five graduates (19.0%) are employed part-time. About 8% of graduates found themselves unemployed six months after completing their degree at Iona College, although 30% of the unemployed graduates were attending graduate school.

Table 3: Employment Status

  Academic Year of Graduation
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Employed 85.3% 93.4% 91.7%
Employed Full-time 67.6% 73.5% 72.7%
Employed Part-time 17.6% 19.9% 19.0%
Unemployed Seeking Full-time 14.7% 6.7% 8.3%
Seeking Full-time Employment (number) 102 181 242

Note: Students who indicate they are not seeking full-time employment are not included.

2017 Highlight: In 2017, almost three-quarters of Iona graduates who searched for full-time employment found a full-time position within six months of graduation. In addition, 69% of the graduates who found full-time work accepted a position related to their field of study.

From 2014-2015 76.8 percent of recent Iona graduates had found full time employment in their field of study within six months of graduation.
From 2015-2016 the number was 69.9 percent and from 2016-2017 the number was 69.3 percent.


Employment Characteristics of Full-time Employed

For recent graduates who are employed full-time, over two-in-five complete a successful job search before graduation (42.6%). Nearly another half (45.5%) accepted a full-time job offer within 3 months of graduation. Most successful searches do not take longer than 6 months.

Many Iona College graduates receive salary offers over $40,000 per year (Table 4). In 2017, over thirty percent of graduates reported accepting job offers for positions paying $50,000 or more.

Table 4: Characteristics of Full-time Employed Iona Graduates

Duration of Job Search Academic Year of Graduation
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Prior to Graduation 42.0% 40.6% 42.6%
3 Months or Less 34.8% 41.4% 45.5%
4 to 6 Months 20.3% 14.3% 10.8%
Over 6 Months 2.9% 3.8% 1.1%
Reported Search Duration (number) 69 133 176
Salary Offers Academic Year of Graduation
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Under $20,000 9.8% 10.3% 4.4%
$20,000-$24,999 4.9% 6.8% 5.1%
$25,000-$29,999 9.8% 6.8% 10.3%
$30,000-$34,999 18.0% 10.3% 10.3%
$35,000-$39,999 13.1% 12.0% 15.4%
$40,000-$44,999 9.8% 13.7% 13.2%
$45,000-$49,999 13.1% 12.0% 11.0%
$50,000 or more 21.3% 28.2% 30.1%
Median Salary (Grouped) $37,500 $42,500 $42,500
Reported Salary at Time of Hire (number) 61 117 136


Iona Internship Opportunities

In 2017, more than two-thirds of graduates (68.6%) indicate they participated in an internship during their academic career at Iona College.

Of those that held an internship, about half (54.8%) gained job experience from one position and half from two or more internship opportunities. About half of students participated in for-credit internships, while nearly half completed at least one for-pay internship.

Table 5: Internship Participation and Outcomes

Participated in an Internship Academic Year of Graduation
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Yes 73.2% 68.5% 68.6%
No 26.8% 31.5% 31.4%
Reported Internship History (number) 123 248 306
Number or Type of Internships Academic Year of Graduation
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
One 46.6% 56.5% 54.8%
Two 31.1% 27.1% 26.7%
Three or more 22.2% 14.7% 18.1%
Credit Only 47.8% 47.1% 42.9%
Pay Only 36.7% 35.3% 32.9%
Credit and Pay 5.6% 11.2% 14.3%
Other 7.8% 4.0% 9.5%
Not Reported 2.2% 2.4% 0.5%
Received Full Time Offer from Internship 26.7% 37.6% 29.0%
Held an Internship in College (number)* 90 170 210

* Responses to individual questions on internship characteristics may vary.

2017 Highlight: In the past year, the vast majority of Iona graduates who participated in an internship during their academic careers earned pay or credit for their internships. Internships resulted in offers for full-time employment in nearly one-third of students’ experiences.