Six months after graduation, 96 percent of Grove City College’s class of 2017 is either working or pursuing their education at graduate school.
The College’s career outcomes data remains among the best in the country for Christian liberal arts colleges. Coupled with PayScale data showing above average earnings and job satisfaction numbers, the latest report from the Office of Career Services bolsters Grove City College’s reputation as a great return on investment.
The office reports 83 percent of the class is employed and 13 percent are attending graduate or professional school. The College’s 96 percent overall rate far outpaces the national average of 81 percent within six months of graduation, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
“We are thrilled to learn of the career success of our members of the Class of 2017. It was a true privilege working with them during their time here at Grove City College. We pray that they will live out their callings effectively, applying all they learned from their time here,” said Mandy Sposato, director of Career Services at Grove City College.
Career Services polls each graduating class and relies on those surveys and other reliable sources to determine the career outcomes data. This year, Sposato said they have information about 98 percent of the College’s 2017 graduates. This knowledge rate is noteworthy given the fact that the average knowledge rate nationally among colleges and universities for undergraduates is typically around the mid-60s, according to NACE.
Grove City College’s Office of Career Services provides a wide scope of offerings and services to students, who are encouraged to embark on a four-year career plan involving self-assessment, career exploration, career decision making and a strategic job search. The job search skills students gain on this journey equip them for a lifetime of employment.
The average starting salary for Grove City College alumni is $50,700, according to PayScale. The online salary tracking website reports mid-career alumni earning an average of $101,200. Those numbers led PayScale to name the College a Best Value school and The Princeton Review to include Grove City College in its recent “Colleges that Pay You Back” edition.