Outcomes: Careers After Cornell

Where A&S Grads Are Headed

For the past five years, a majority of graduates have entered or been 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. The majority of Cornellians applying to medical school take 1-2 gap years after graduation, meaning that they apply as a senior or one year after graduation.  This is increasingly common with other graduate and professional programs as well.

Graduates of A&S find success at organizations across the world in a diverse array of career fields: from technology, law, and finance 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.

About the Data

Cornell University conducts an annual survey of the postgraduate activities of our graduates. The reports provided represent first-destinations as reported by students. Graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences go on to prestigious graduate programs, advanced professional degrees or directly into challenging and rewarding careers.

Overall college reports and reports for each major are available for survey years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Major reports may include data from multiple graduating classes depending on the number of graduates.

  • For majors with 50+ respondents in the most recent year, we provide percentages for the most recent year.
  • For majors with 50+ respondents in the last 5 years, we provide percentages for the last 5 years.
  • For majors with <50 respondents in the last 5 years, we provide descriptive information, but no percentages.

View and download college and major reports

If you need accessible versions of any of these documents, please contact as_communication@cornell.edu. You will receive a response within 2 business days.

Class of 2021 Outcomes

79% of the Class of 2021 responded to the survey. (n=902)

Primary Status

Percentage

Employed

63%

Attending Graduate School

29%

Seeking Employment

3%

Other Endeavors*

5%

* Other Endeavors includes preparing for graduate school, traveling, volunteering, time off.

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS

Class of 2021 graduates reported entering 11 unique sectors following graduation.

Employment Sector

Percentage

Financial Services

19%

Technology

17%

Education

14%

Consulting/Professional Practice

13%

Human Healthcare Services

7%

Other 7%

Other Nonprofit Organization

6%

Government

5%

Communications/Media

Law

Retail

5%

4%

3%

 

 

Salary

  • Average: $71k
  • High: $150k
  • Median: $70k

Top employers

Top Companies who hired Cornellians. 394 unique employers hired Class of 2021 graduates.

  1. Facebook
  2. Cornell University
  3. Amazon 
  4. Deloitte Consulting | Goldman Sachs 
  5. Microsoft
  6. Amazon Web Services | Morgan Stanley
  7. Bank of America Merrill Lynch | Capital One | Citi | Google

Other sample employers

•    Agency for Performing Arts

•    Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

•    American Defense International

•    Boston Children's Hospital

•    Environment America

•    Fifth Sun Pictures

•    L'Oreal USA

•    New York Historical Society

•   National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

•    National Institute of Health

•    Partners for Justice

•    Spotify

•    United Talent Agency

•    U.S. Department of Justice

GRADUATE SCHOOL DETAILS

Class of 2021 graduates reported entering 84 unique graduate fields following graduation.

Graduate Field

Percentage

Computer Science 17%

Law

10%

Medicine

7%

Physics

6%

Information Science

4%

Chemistry

4%

Economics

3%

Mathematics

3%

Management

3%

Statistics

2%

Government

Operations Research/Eng

Psychology

2%

2%

2%

DEGREE TYPES PURSUED

Degree Type

Percentage

PhD

29%

MEng

14%

MS 12%

MA

12%

JD 10%

Other

9%

MPS

8%

MD

6%

 

 

Sample Graduate Schools Attended:

Class of 2021 graduates reported attending 95 unique graduate institutions.

•    California Institute of Technology
•    Carnegie Mellon University
•    Cornell University
•    Columbia University in the City of New York
•    Duke University
•    Emory University
•    Georgetown University
•    Harvard University
•    King’s College London
•    London School of Economics
•    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•    New York University
•    Princeton University
•    Stanford University
•    University of California-Los Angeles
•    University of Cambridge
•    University of Chicago
•    University of California-Berkeley
•    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
•    University of Pennsylvania
•    Vanderbilt University
•    Yale University

PRE-PROFESSIONAL 2021 DATA

Pre-Law Students:

Top Law Schools for Class of 2021

  • New York University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Fordham University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York

Pre-Med Students:

Top Medical Schools for Class of 2021

  • New York University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
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