Survey of recent graduates at Eastern Michigan University indicates 92 percent are employed within a year of graduation

More than three-quarters are employed in fields related to their degree

YPSILANTI – 92 percent of recent Eastern Michigan University graduates are employed within a year of graduation, according to a recent survey.

The annual survey, entitled the “EMU New Graduates Employment Status Survey,” began January 13, 2016 and closed on March 4. The survey measured Eastern students who graduated in the year 2015, a total of 4,539 graduates, and had about a 20 percent response rate.

The EMU Office of Institutional Research and Information Management conducted the survey.

Among the survey’s findings:

  • 76 percent of the responding graduates reported they had secured a job related to their major at Eastern.
  • 92 percent of respondents were either employed in some capacity or not seeking employment (e.g., full-time caregiver, full-time graduate student).
  • 75 percent found their first job before graduation or within six months after graduation.
  • 80 percent of those employed were working in Michigan.
  • 76 percent of those employed were working in a field related to their degree major.
  • 69 percent of those employed are earning more than $30,000 per year.

In the survey, graduates noted aspects they liked or enjoyed about Eastern. Most frequently mentioned were:

• Faculty, professors and instructors, 20 percent.

• The campus, facilities and friendly environment, 15 percent

• Types of classes or programs, online programs, class flexibility, low tuition and quality of education, 20 percent.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.


April 05, 2016

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

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