College Graduates by the Numbers

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With graduation season here, we wanted to give you a glimpse of the post-grad landscape. Using data from Census.gov and Pew Research, we’ve rounded up some fascinating insights about life after college in America, including graduation rates by gender, the average graduate’s salary and much more.

Graduation rate breakdown

Percent of graduates by gender:

  • 53% of U.S. bachelor’s degree holders are female
  • 47% are male

Graduation rates of ivy league vs. non-ivy schools:

  • 56% for non-ivy league schools
  • 90% for ivy league schools

States with the highest 4-year graduation rates:

  • 59.3% graduation rate in Delaware
  • 52.5% in Vermont
  • 51.6% in Virginia
  • 55.3% in New Hampshire
  • 44.1% in Washington

Colleges and universities with the highest 4-year graduation rates:

The average 4-year graduation rate is 41%

  • Ponoma College (CA) – 92.8%
  • Haverford College (PA) – 91.1%
  • Davidson College (NC) – 89.9%
  • University of Notre Dame (IN) – 89.8%
  • Vassar College (NY) – 89.7%

Distribution of degrees

Breakdown of degrees that graduates received:

Out of 84,521,000 degrees attained:

  • 25% of students received an associate degree
  • 50% received a bachelor’s degree
  • 21% received a master’s degree
  • 4% received a doctorate degree

Post-college stats

Percentage of unemployed 20-24 year old grads:

  • 17.5% unemployment rate for those with no college education
  • 7% unemployment rate for those with at least a bachelor’s degree
  • 12.2% unemployment rate for those with some college education

Salaries of employed graduates:

  • $45,500 median earning for grads with a bachelor’s degree
  • $30,000 median salary for those with a 2-year degree

Majors with the highest starting salaries:

The average starting salary is $39,045

  • Electrical Engineering – $57,030
  • Computer Engineering – $56,576
  • Mechanical Engineering – $56,055
  • Software Design – $54,183
  • Computer Programming – $54,065

How much do majors play a role in grads’ current jobs?

  • 69% say their major is somewhat related to their current work
  • 29% believe another field of study would have better prepared them for the job they wanted

Was college worth it?

  • 83% of graduates think college paid off
  • 8% believe it will pay off eventually
  • 6% believe it has not paid off now, nor will it in the future
  • 3% are not sure

 

Which stats do you find most interesting? Let us know in the comments.