Outcomes One Year After Graduation

Based on survey responses collected in the fall of 2016, 92% of Bowdoin's Class of 2015 reported that they were employed or attending graduate school.

  • 77% reported that they were employed, up from the Class of 2014, and highest in four years.
  • 15% indicated that they were attending school, down from the Class of 2014.
  • 5% reported that they were “in transition” (seeking employment or other).

One Year Out Survey Results   

Class of
2012

Class of
2013

Class of
2014

Class of 
2015

Paid employment (full & part-time) 72% 75% 69% 77%
Graduate, professional or other schooling       16% 18% 20% 15%
Unpaid internship or volunteer activity 3% 2% 4% 2%
On a fellowship 1% --- 1% 2%
Seeking employment 4% 2% 2% 2%
Paid internship 2% 1% 1% ---
Other 1% 2% 3% 2%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%

Graduate degrees


The total number of graduates who are pursuing or have obtained advanced degrees one year after graduation is nearly identical for the Classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Class of
2012
Class of
2013
Class of
2014
Class of
2015
PhD 9 21 16 14
Masters 32 39 40 30
Law Degree 11 3 10 2
Medical Degree 12 9 13 10
Dental Degree 2 1 2 ---
Veterinary Degree    2 3 2 ---
Other 19 12 4 5
Total 87 88 87 67

graduate-school-degrees

In the past four years, Bowdoin graduates are attending or have attended 148 different institutions. The schools most frequently mentioned were:

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

Survey respondents reported being well prepared for and satisfied with their current situation.

  • 94% of respondents felt that their undergraduate experience prepared them well for their current career.
  • 93% reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their current situation.
  • Although 93% are satisfied, 34% indicated that they plan to change jobs in the coming year.

Preparation at Bowdoin

When asked if Bowdoin had prepared them in terms of certain skills and abilities, over 75% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that Bowdoin had prepared them. The only area where they did NOT feel prepared was “manage their personal finances” (39%)  There are areas where graduates are well prepared, but are not necessarily using the skills frequently. For example, 85% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that Bowdoin prepared them to "lead and supervise groups of people doing a task."  However, only 51% use that skill frequently at this point in their careers.

skills-and-abilities-chart

There are certain skills and types of knowledge which have shown steady gains in the percentage of one year out respondents who strongly agree that Bowdoin has prepared them. For example, only 36% of the Class of 2011 strongly agreed that Bowdoin had prepared them to “lead and supervise groups of people.” This increased to 45% for the Class of 2013.

List of Employers

  • Americorps
  • Analysis Group
  • Apple
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • Athenahealth
  • Bain Consulting
  • Barclays
  • Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center
  • Bloomberg
  • Bloomingdales
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brigham and Womens Hospital
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Childrens Hospital (Boston)
  • Christies
  • Citigroup
  • Conde Nast
  • Cowen & Company
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Edelman
  • Education First
  • EMC
  • Epic
  • Eze Software Group
  • Fidelity Investments
  • General Reinsurance
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • Harlem Childrens Zone
  • Harvard University
  • HBO
  • HSBC
  • Jackson Laboratory
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kaiser Associates
  • LEGO
  • LL. Bean
  • Mass Challenge
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MATCH Charter School
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Morgan Stanley
  • News Corporation
  • Peace Corps
  • Penguin Random House
  • Phillips Andover Academy
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
  • Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Sothebys
  • St. Pauls School (NH)
  • Suffolk Construction
  • Teach for America
  • U. S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Uncommon Schools
  • Unum

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