MAR 5, 2019 10:00 AM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Graduates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s undergraduate programs continue to experience exceptional success in securing a “first destination” – defined as a job, enrollment in graduate school or a volunteer position – within six months of graduation, according to the newly released Illini Success report.
The fourth annual report draws from the experiences of those who completed undergraduate degrees in August 2017, December 2017 and May 2018. A campuswide survey of those graduates provided 65 percent of the report’s data, with additional information obtained from the National Student Clearinghouse, college reports and a limited analysis of social media profiles.
Key findings from the report, released today, include:
– Ninety-one percent of 2017-18 graduates secured a first destination within six months of graduation. National data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers is not available for that class, but in each of the three previous years the U. of I. exceeded the national average by more than four percentage points.
– Across campus, the average salary for full-time employed graduates is $60,885.
– Sixty-six percent of graduates who secured a first destination said they remained in the state for those opportunities.
– Eighty-nine percent of graduates participated in internships or other experiential learning activities; of those, 36 percent indicated that they received a full-time job offer as a result.