Colby-Sawyer College’s Class of 2016 Enjoying Success

Colby-Sawyer’s alumni success continues to grow, with 98 percent of the Class of 2016 employed and/or enrolled in graduate studies six months post-graduation.

According to the annual survey on graduate outcomes conducted by the college’s Harrington Center for Experiential Learning, which gathered data from 82 percent of the class, 232 graduates were employed and 26 were attending graduate school. Some graduates are working full time while continuing their studies.

Of those employed, 86 percent report working in a job directly or indirectly related to their major. Fifty-one percent were offered jobs by their internship site, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.

Students are pursuing graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, Brandeis University, Lesley University, Dartmouth College, George Washington University, Emerson College and Simmons College, among others.

Seventeen of 22 majors reported 100 percent of their Class of 2016 graduates were employed and/or in graduate school. Eleven majors indicated 100 percent of their Class of 2016 graduates were employed, including athletic training, environmental science, environmental studies, graphic design, health promotion, nursing, sport management and studio art. English, creative writing and philosophy also had 100 percent success rates when it came to finding employment.

The nursing program continues to show strong professional success. One hundred percent of the 2016 undergraduate nursing class passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses on their first attempt. All 33 graduates of the 2016 undergraduate nursing class are employed, and 25 work as registered nurses at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Other employers of Colby-Sawyer graduates include Granite State Physical Therapy, NH Lakes Association, All Pets Veterinary Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, TD Securities, Aspen Dental, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Washington Conservation Corps, Boston Children’s Hospital and NH1 News Network. Graduates work in 19 states across the country and around the world.

Sixty-three percent of employed graduates reported annual salaries of $25,000 or more, with 19 percent earning more than $50,000 per year, an increase of six percent over the previous year.

The Harrington Center for Experiential Learning works to prepare students for the realities of the professional world by assisting with resume writing, interview skills and career-development opportunities. All students complete an internship approved by Director Jen Tockman as well as a faculty sponsor, employer and department chair.

“It’s remarkable to see the opportunities being put forth to our outgoing interns,” said Tockman. “A 51% internship to job offer rate is a positive reflection of the experience our interns are getting to help in preparing them for life after Colby-Sawyer.”