Inquiry-based learning, individualized advising, global perspectives, and a rigorous curriculum provide Grinnellians with an exceptional foundation on which to build lives of purpose. Whether Grinnellians choose meaningful employment, graduate school, service, or other pursuits, they're equipped to move confidently in a complex world, to think globally, and to act compassionately.
Each year, about six months after graduation, we send surveys to the members of the most recent graduating class to see how they're doing. These data represent responses from the classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017.1
Grinnell graduates find employment with companies large and small, in locations near and far. Here are just a few that might sound familiar:
Board of Directors of Federal Reserve
Center for Italian Modern Art
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Department of Energy
National Alliance on Mental Health
Northwest Film Forum
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
University of Minnesota Press
U.S. Geological Survey
More than 191 alumni reported that they started graduate studies at 104 schools. A few examples:
University of Michigan
Univ. of Northern Colorado
University of Notre Dame
Iowa State University
University of Oregon
George Washington University
University of Utah
Of the students who reported joining the workforce, are they working in their chosen field?
Completely: this is exactly what I want to be doing (33.3%)
Moderately: this is a good stepping-stone to my ideal job or career (49.6%)
Slightly: I am learning skills or making connections that will help me on my career path (10.6%)
Not at all (6.4%)
1This page compiles data from 966 members of the Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 (total population size 1,156), for a knowledge rate—the percent of graduates for whom we have verifiable information concerning post-graduate plans—of 83.6%.
2Graduates in the “continuing education” category were pursuing post-baccalaureate credentials—either through courses or degree programs—at the undergraduate level.
3Graduates in the “other” category were engaged in a transitional activity, such as applying to graduate school, traveling, or seek-ing employment, not captured by the other categories.