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Colby-Sawyer Outcomes Report Shows Success of Professional Preparation

NEW LONDON, N.H., June 18, 2015 - The graduate outcomes report for the Colby-Sawyer College Class of 2014 indicates that six months after graduation, 97 percent of the class was either employed or pursuing graduate studies. Based on an annual survey conducted by the college’s Harrington Center for Experiential Learning for Career & Academic Advising with a 57 percent response rate, 77 percent of the graduates were employed, 39 percent of the employed graduates received job offers from their internship site, and 82 percent of those graduates accepted the position.

Ninety percent of graduates were employed at organizations either directly or somewhat related to their major, an increase of five percent over the previous year. Sixty percent of employed graduates indicated that their jobs had definite career potential.

Employment was spread across the country and globe, with 31 alumni working outside New Hampshire and two in Myanmar and Malaysia. Notable employers of Colby-Sawyer graduates include Apple, Inc.; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Fidelity Investments; Harvard Business School; JP Morgan; Nike; Simon Pearce; State Street Bank; U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wells Fargo.

Eighteen percent of the class entered full-time graduate studies and two percent were involved in volunteer work. Students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees enrolled at institutions including Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, among others.

“The Harrington Center for Experiential Learning at Colby-Sawyer College is very pleased with the outcomes report of the class of 2014, with 97 percent either enrolled in graduate school or employed,” said Internship Coordinator Jennifer Tockman. She attributes much of that success to the collaboration between career services and faculty.

All students at Colby-Sawyer complete an internship approved by Tockman and a team composed of a faculty sponsor, employer and department chair. The Harrington Center for Experiential Learning also helps students build their resumes and hone their interviewing skills.

“It is our goal that all students respond with success stories, so we strive to provide students the best services possible to prepare them for graduation and what comes next,” said Tockman.

Three departments can boast that 100 percent of their graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school: Exercise and Sport Sciences; Nursing and Public Health; and Social Sciences and Education. They are followed by Business Administration at 93 percent; Arts, Humanities and Multidisciplinary Studies at 91 percent; and Natural and Environmental Sciences at 88 percent.

One hundred percent of the responding nursing students reported employment and a median salary of $50,000.

“Employment opportunities for Colby-Sawyer nursing graduates remain strong, particularly at our partner institution, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,” said Dr. Susan Reeves ’88, chair of the Nursing and Public Health Department, associate academic dean for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Partnership Programs, and Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professor of Nursing. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center hires our graduates because of the significant quality of their classroom and clinical education as well as their familiarity with the organization.”

Overall, 34 percent of the employed graduates reported annual salaries higher than $40,000 per year.

- Jaclyn Goddette '16

Jaclyn Goddette is an intern with Colby-Sawyer's Office of College Communications.

About Colby-Sawyer College

Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The College's faculty, staff and students strive for excellence in an engaged teaching and learning community that fosters students' academic, intellectual, and personal growth. With a strong emphasis on learning outcomes, including breadth and depth of knowledge, self-growth, creative and critical thinking, and effective communication, Colby-Sawyer prepares students to thrive post-graduation and make a positive impact upon a dynamic, diverse, and interdependent world.

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