UGA students preparing their resumes in advance of Commencement have good reason to be optimistic: The University’s career outcomes rate is an extraordinary 96 percent.
The career outcomes rate measures percentage of students who are either employed, continuing their education or not currently seeking employment within an average of six months after graduation. Of the students who graduated as part of the Class of 2017, 63 percent were employed full time, 20 percent were attending graduate school and approximately 13 percent were self-employed, interning full time or employed part time. UGA’s 96 percent career outcomes rate is a full 11 percent higher than the national average.
The University’s annual economic impact on the state we serve is an astounding $5.7 billion, and a large portion of this impact stems from the success of our alumni, who can be found in the public and private sectors as well as in non-profits. More than 70 percent of the Class of 2017 chose to launch their careers here in Georgia with employers such as AT&T, Chick-fil-A, IBM, Georgia-Pacific and UPS.
The 20 percent of graduates who are continuing their education are attending some of the nation’s very best graduate schools, including Columbia University, Duke, Emory, Georgia Tech, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, of course, the University of Georgia.
Several factors contribute to the extraordinary level of career success that our students achieve. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields, which means that our students are taught and mentored by the best of the best. The University’s experiential learning requirement gives students unrivaled hands-on learning opportunities that include participation in faculty-mentored research, internships, study abroad and service-learning. In addition to helping students put their classroom knowledge into action, experiences such as these give students a competitive advantage as they apply for jobs and graduate school. New academic enhancements—such as the Investing in Student Success Initiative and a new initiative to foster active learning—will build on this momentum for the benefit of our students.
In recognition of the growing demand for the kind of advanced knowledge that graduate education provides, the University also has launched a program that gives students more than 120 opportunities to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less. Through the Double Dawgs program, students accelerate their progress toward earning a master’s degree by taking rigorous, graduate-level coursework in their senior year.
The University’s faculty, staff and administration are deeply committed to our students. Their successes make Georgia an even better place to live and work.