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. The  2019 survey is now open, and December 2018, May 2019 and August 2019 graduates can complete the post-garduate survey. 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) :

PDF of Class of 2017 Data

Class of 2016 Data (PDF):

PDF of Class of 2016 Data

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.