Close to 96 percent of 2012-13 Creighton University graduates are employed, volunteering or furthering their education, according to an annual study conducted by the University’s John P. Fahey Career Center. According to the center, success rates have been more than 90 percent for the past eight years even during the 2008 recession. National placement rates range between 70 and 80 percent.
“Creighton’s faculty is committed to the success of students and that dedication is apparent when employers are seeking critical thinkers who want to make a difference in the world. Programs such as the Creighton EDGE, which provides a holistic approach to academic advising and opportunities for pursuing advance studies and career planning, are intentional efforts to support student success,” said Jim Bretl, director of the career center.
The study, completed eight months after graduation, has a 75 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 who have a low response rate skew toward a higher success rate than is actually true,” Bretl added.
According to the Creighton survey, the College of Nursing boasts a success rate of more than 97 percent. The average starting salary for graduates from all of Creighton’s undergraduate schools and colleges are competitive with national averages.
The academic quality of 2012-13 Creighton University undergraduates is also reflected in the high rate of acceptance into graduate and professional programs. For example, 49 percent of College of Arts and Sciences graduates are pursuing further studies.