Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of Grove City College’s class of 2019 was employed, in graduate school or voluntarily serving others in uniform or the community, according to a first destination survey conducted by the College’s Office of Career Services.
That career outcomes rate is 10 points higher than the 2018 national average for bachelor’s degree candidates of 86 percent, as reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, according to Mandy Sposato, director of Career Services for the College.
“The success rate for our class of 2019 really showcases the high quality of students we have the opportunity to work with at Grove City College and the solid academic preparation they receive here, among other factors,” Sposato said. “We are very proud of our graduates and ultimately hope they will pursue their unique callings in this world, using their strengths, talents and passions to make a positive impact in whatever professional sector God leads them.”
Within the career outcomes rate of 96 percent, approximately 81 percent of the class of 2019 are working full- or part-time jobs, pursuing fellowships, service roles or in the military and approximately 14 percent are pursuing post-graduate education, according to the survey.
The College consistently reports a high career outcomes rate, along with above average numbers for graduation – over 80 percent – and early career earnings. According to PayScale, Grove City College alums see an average starting salary of $55,000. That is a great return on investment, considering the College’s tuition is the most affordable for a private college in Pennsylvania, according to U.S. News. The College also ranks 11th for top internship placements and its Career Services Office is 12th best in the nation, according to The Princeton Review student survey.
The Career Services’ survey is based on an unusually high knowledge rate of recent alumni – 99 percent. In comparison, the 2018 national average for knowledge rate was 65 percent, which Sposato said gives the office confidence in the solidness and strength of their success rate.