More than 96 percent of 2011-12 Creighton University graduates are employed or are enrolled in graduate or professional school according to an annual study conducted by the University's Career Center. According to the Center the national percentage ranges between 70 and 80 percent.
"Successful outcomes for our graduating seniors in all undergraduate schools and colleges increased over last year, a clear indication that employers are seeking Creighton graduates. The caliber of students and the experience they have garnered through internships are significant factors in their success," said Jim Bretl, director of Creighton's John P. Fahey Career Center.
The research, completed nine months after graduation, boasts an 81 percent response rate, significantly higher than the national response rate of 50 percent or lower.
"A higher response rate on our outcomes survey translates to better data. Many surveys at other colleges and universities that have a low response rate skew toward a higher success rate than is actually true," Bretl added.
According to the Creighton survey, the average starting salary for graduates from all undergraduate schools and colleges are competitive with national averages with the College of Business enjoying a 4 percent annual increase and the School of Nursing a 6.5 percent increase.
The academic quality of 2011-12 Creighton University undergraduates is also reflected in the high rate of acceptance into graduate and professional programs. In the College of Arts and Sciences it is at 49 percent while at 32 percent for the entire graduating class.