The graduate outcomes report for the Colby-Sawyer College Class of 2018 indicates that six months after graduation, 99 percent of the graduates are employed (94 percent) and/or pursuing graduate studies (11 percent), with some overlap in the categories.
Based on an annual survey conducted by the college’s Harrington Center for Experiential Learning with data for 178 of the 248 members of the class, 52 percent of the employed graduates received job offers from their internship site, an impressive outcome of the college’s internship requirement for every student.
Ninety-one percent of the graduates say they are employed at organizations either directly or somewhat related to their major.
“Our internship program, which is integrated as a requirement, puts our students at an immediate advantage when approaching their job search,” Director of Career Development and BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Jennifer Tockman said. “They have already begun their career with relevant work experience in their area of study, and that is worth a lot on their resumes.”
Employment was spread across the country but concentrated in New England with 125 graduates; 51 stayed in New Hampshire. Notable employers are Aetna, Anthem BCBS, Boston Analytical, Deloitte Tax LLP, Fidelity Investments, Google, Liberty Mutual, MIT Museum, Northwestern Mutual, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and State Street Corp., among others.
In the healthcare sector, graduates majoring in biology, child development, creative writing, exercise science, health care management, nursing and public health landed positions at sites that include: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brain and Spine Neurological Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Center for Recovery Resources, Central Maine Medical Center, Compass Innovator Behavior Strategies, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Gandara Mental Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, Riverbend Community Mental Health, St. Anne’s Hospital, Southern Maine Health Care, Tufts University Medical School, Vanderbilt Medical Center and White River Junction VA Medical Center.
Twenty of the 28 nursing majors are employed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), which considers Colby-Sawyer its nursing school. Colby-Sawyer students complete their clinical rotations at DHMC, receive first consideration for paid summer nursing externships after junior year, and are given priority placement in senior practicum immersion learning experiences. In 2018, 100 percent of Colby-Sawyer’s undergraduate nursing class passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt for the third straight year. Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program is ranked #1 in the state of New Hampshire by RegisteredNursing.org.
Four academic programs had 100 percent of their graduates employed full-time: accounting, media and communications, multidisciplinary studies and studio art.
Overall, 34 percent of the employed graduates reported annual salaries higher than $40,000 per year.
“We are very pleased that our strong academic programs have prepared our graduates well to launch their careers, and to enjoy a lifetime of learning, which is critical to their success,” Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty Laura A. Sykes said. “The close relationships formed between faculty and students create opportunities to link students with internships and jobs. For example, recently an alumna stopped in to catch me up on her career progress and to let our Career Development office know about internship opportunities with her employer.”
Eleven percent of the class entered full-time graduate studies. Students pursuing advanced degrees enrolled at institutions including Syracuse University College of Law, Simmons University, University of South Carolina and SUNY Plattsburgh, among others.