Outcomes One Year After Graduation

Based on survey responses collected in the fall of 2017, 88% of Bowdoin's Class of 2016 reported that they were employed or attending graduate school.

  • 70% reported that they were employed.
  • 18% indicated that they were attending graduate school.
  • 3% reported that they were seeking employment.

One Year Out Survey Results   

Class of
2012

Class of
2013

Class of
2014

Class of 
2015

Class of
2016*

Employment (including military or service work) 75% 76% 72% 78% 70%
Graduate school 16% 18% 20% 15% 18%
Seeking employment 4% 2% 2% 2% 3%
Other (fellowship, personal project, caring for family, etc.)  5% 4% 6% 5% 9%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

* Bowdoin adopted a different survey instrument in 2017 (Class of 2016 Alumni Survey), making comparisons to prior years problematic.

Graduate degrees

Bowdoin graduates pursue a variety of advanced degrees. Over the past five years of graduates pursuing advanced degrees one year out, 41% pursued masters degrees, 20% pursued Ph.D.s, 15% pursued medical degrees and 8% pursued law degrees.

Chart of graduate degrees

Compared to the Class of 2015, more of the Class of 2016 graduates one year out are pursuing Ph.D.s and law degrees and fewer are pursing masters and medical degrees.

Class of
2012
Class of
2013
Class of
2014
Class of
2015
Class of
2016
PhD 9 21 16 14 18
Masters 32 39 40 30 21
Law Degree 11 3 10 2 7
Medical Degree 12 9 13 10 4
Dental Degree 2 1 2 --- ---
Veterinary Degree    2 3 2 --- ---
Other 19 12 4 11 13
Total 87 88 87 67 63

Graduate schools most frequently attended by Bowdoin alumni were:

  • Boston College
  • Boston Univeristy
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Northeastern
  • Northwestern
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

Employers

The following list are employers of Bowdoin alumni one year after graduation:

  • Amazon
  • Americorps
  • Analysis Group
  • Apple
  • Athenahealth
  • Bain Consulting
  • Barclays
  • Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center
  • Bloomberg
  • Bloomingdales
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Brigham and Womens Hospital
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Childrens Hospital (Boston)
  • Citigroup
  • Conde Nast
  • Cowen & Company
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Dell EMC
  • Edelman
  • Epic
  • ESPN
  • Eze Software Group
  • Fidelity Investments
  • General Reinsurance
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • Harlem Childrens Zone
  • Harvard University
  • HBO
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Jackson Laboratory
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kaiser Associates
  • LEGO
  • LL. Bean
  • Mass Challenge
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MATCH Education
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Okta
  • Peace Corps
  • Phillips Andover Academy
  • Prudential Financial
  • Raytheon
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
  • Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Sothebys
  • St. Pauls School (NH)
  • Suffolk Construction
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Teach for America
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Uncommon Schools
  • Unum

 Note that many graduate students are also employed at the institution that they attend.