University places 98 percent of grads in careers-here’s how

With colleges and universities facing ongoing questions about the outcomes and preparation they provide, Bentley University says its 2014 graduates are proof that an undergraduate degree is a worthwhile investment.

career-placement-bentleySix months after graduation, 98 percent of a recently graduated class is employed or attending graduate school.

Members of the Class of 2014 at Bentley University were hired by some of the leading companies and organizations in the world, says the University, ranging from Apollo Jets and San Diego Padres, to Morgan Stanley, Accenture, Visa, GE Capital,  United Technologies, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, VMTurbo, Hewlett-Packard, Ogilvy & Mather, Fidelity, ESPN, and NBC Universal, as well as major accounting firms.

According to the University’s data on the Class of 2014:

  • 60 percent obtained their full-time employment through Bentley-facilitated offerings including campus recruiting, career fairs, referrals and internships
  • 29 percent obtained their full-time employment as a result of networking efforts
  • Median starting salary increased 4.5 percent to $52,000
  • 314 different employers hired Bentley graduates in 2014

“Bentley’s placement rate is based on a 91 percent ‘knowledge rate,'” explained a University spokesman. “This refers to the percent of graduates for which Bentley has reasonable and verifiable information concerning post-graduation career activities. Calculating the ‘knowledge rate’ begins with a formal survey of the Class of 2014 (85 percent response rate). Bentley career advisors, who worked closely with graduates to secure employment, then capture additional employment data through direct contact and social media.”

Bentley’s “knowledge rate” shows that, 6 months after graduation, 89 percent of  graduates are employed and 9 percent are currently attending, or planning to attend, graduate school full time – resulting in a placement rate of 98 percent.

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