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 universitywide Cornell Career Services office create this report for public view. December 2017, May 2018 and August 2018 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 1/3 enter or prepare to apply for graduate school. Most Cornellians applying to law school apply a few years after college, usually within one to three 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 2017 graduates, for example — 63 percent entered the workforce, 27 percent 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 2017 post-graduate data here (PDF).

Class of 2017 Data (PDF) :

Class of 2016 Data (PDF):

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 in 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 find success at organizations across the world in a diverse array of career fields: from technology, law, and insurance to communications, government and nonprofits. 

Similarly, A&S graduates pursue a bright diversity of graduate degrees after finishing their undergrad degrees here.  A&S graduates find success in fields like computer science, medicine, mathematics, social sciences, fine arts, business management, law, engineering, and more at schools like Columbia, Georgetown, Brown, MIT, NYU, Northwestern, Oxford, Penn, UCLA, Tufts, and Cornell.

Postgraduate Outcomes by Major

The reports are in PDF format. Some majors have insufficient data to create a report with percentages and graphics. 

Africana Studies

American Studies Anthropology Archaeology
Asian Studies Astronomy Biological Sciences Biology & Society
Chemistry & Chemical Biology China & Asia-Pacific Studies Classics College Scholar
Comparative Literature Computer Science

Economics

English
Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies French German & German Area Studies Government
History History of Art Independent Major Information Science

Italian

Linguistics Mathematics Music
Near Eastern Studies Performing & Media Arts Philosophy Physics
Psychology Religious Studies Science & Technology Studies Science of Earth Systems

Sociology

Spanish Statistical Science