2020 First Destination Outcomes For Undergraduate Students

I’m pleased to report that the results for the 2020 graduating class indicate that 82% of our undergraduate students have reported favorable outcomes at the six-month post-graduation milestone. While this represents an eight percentage point decrease from last year’s result of 90%, the outcomes for the Class of 2020 are quite remarkable in light of the substantially challenging impact of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic on the overall economy and specifically, the entry-level job market. We encourage recipients of our outcomes data for the Class of 2020 to view this information with this context in mind. Please feel free to share this information broadly as you deem appropriate.

Our methodology is based on the national standards that are set by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. These are the final numbers that will be publicly communicated and posted on the Center for Career Development website for the 2020 graduating class. The full outcomes report will be found on the data visualization page of the Center for Career Development website within the next two weeks. On this site, you will be able to sort results by academic year (starting with 2016), school/college, and academic major. Please note that we are in the process of loading 2020 results, which will be available on the site on Monday, December 21st.

The infographic below highlights key information for the class of 2020. Of particular note is the percentage of students who remained in Connecticut for employment after graduation. These outcomes are of interest to the General Assembly as indicators of how UConn continues to support the talent pipeline and economic development of the State of Connecticut. These 2020 six-month post-graduation statistics are as follows:

  • 72% of graduates who attended high school in Connecticut (CT residents), who are employed, are working in the state. This represents a four percentage point increase over last year.
  • 22% of graduates who did not attend high school in Connecticut (out-of-state students), who are employed, remain in the state for employment. This represents a four percentage point decrease over last year.

It is also worth noting that 87% of students with a positive career outcome reported participating in an experiential learning opportunity (internship or co-op) during their undergraduate career at UConn. This represents a twelve percentage point increase over last year. Additionally, 79% of graduates reported utilizing services provided by the Center for Career Development during their time at UConn, a slight decrease from last year. This number compares favorably to the national average of 55% as reported in a recent national Gallup poll.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to discuss this with you in greater detail.

2020 First Destination Outcomes for UConn Undergraduate Students

By Jim Lowe
Jim Lowe Associate Vice Provost, Executive Director