Outcomes: Careers After Cornell

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Where A&S Grads Are Headed

Cornell University conducts an annual survey of the postgraduate activities of our graduates.  Our colleagues in the university-wide Cornell Career Services create a resulting report for public view.  January 2017 and May 2017 graduates can complete the post-garduate survey here.  The data presented here is typical for the College of Arts & Sciences: for the past five years, a majority of our graduates have been entering or seeking to enter the workforce upon graduation, while about a third enter or prepare to apply for graduate school. Most Cornellians applying to law school apply a few years after college, usually within 1-3 years of graduation. This is increasingly common with other graduate and professional programs as well.  Graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences go on to prestigious graduate programs, advanced professional degrees or directly into challenging and rewarding careers. Take our class of 2016 graduates, for example — 61% entered the workforce, 27% were accepted to graduate school and others volunteered or took time off to write, pursue artistic ventures or explore the world.  You can view our 2016 post-graduate data here.




Graduate School and Further Education

Graduates from the Class of 2016 went on to a diverse array of graduate fields, including medicine, applied and fine arts, public affairs, education, law, engineering, foreign language, chemistry, and many others.  The below graph shows the top eight graduate fields A&S graduates have entered over the past five years.  The data presented represents the percentage of students enrolled in these fields out of students who report their plans of entering graduate school.  



In the last five years, from 2012-2016, A&S graduates have pursued over 55 types of advanced degree or post-graduate programs, with 29.2% of these students entering directly into PhD programs.  Graduates from the class of 2016 entered a deep variety of programs, from Spanish Literature at Princeton University, Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, Art Conservation and Art History at New York University, to Physics at Stanford.


Employment After Arts & Sciences

A survey of CEOs found that 74 percent advocated a liberal arts education as the way to create a more dynamic 21st century worker. At Arts & Sciences Career Development, we specialize in helping you market the valuable skills you've gained from your liberal arts study and experience to employers.  A liberal arts education is the best long-term training for innovation, entrepreneurship and civic leadership. It leads to a higher earning potential, better jobs and life enrichment. Your education at the College of Arts & Sciences helps you understand the foundations of knowledge, inquiry and creativity and prepares you for this era of rapid social, technological, economic and environmental change. These changes are complex and require a multidisciplinary approach and understanding.  Graduates of A&S follow a variety of career paths at organizations across the world.  From technology, law, and insurance to communications, government and nonprofits, A&S graduates find success in a diverse array of fields.  The below graph shows the top eight employment sectors A&S graduates have entered over the past five years.  The data presented represents the percentage of students employed in these sectors out of students who report their post-graduate outcome as employed.