Student Outcomes

One year after graduation

Based on survey responses collected in the fall of 2019, 89% of Bowdoin's Class of 2018 reported that they were employed or attending graduate school.

  • 75% reported that they were employed.
  • 15% indicated that they were attending graduate school.
  • 2% reported that they were seeking employment.

 

One Year Out Survey Results   

Class of
2013

Class of 
2014

Class of 
2015

Class of 
2016*

Class of
2017

Class of
2018

Employment (including military or service work) 76% 72% 78% 70% 75% 74%
Graduate school 18% 20% 15% 18% 15% 15%
Seeking employment 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 2%
Other (fellowship, personal project, caring for family, etc.)  4% 6% 5% 9% 8% 9%
Total 100% 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, among graduates pursuing advanced degrees one year out, 45% pursued masters degrees, 24% pursued Ph.D.s, 12% pursued medical degrees and 10% pursued law degrees.

graduate school degrees

Compared to previous classes, fewer members of the Class of 2018 are pursuing graduate degrees one year after graduation.

Class of
2013
Class of
2014
Class of
2015
Class of
2016
Class of
2017
Class of
2018
PhD 21 16 14 18 21 14
Masters 39 40 30 21 33 31
Law Degree 3 10 2 7 10 7
Medical Degree 9 13 10 4 7 3
Dental Degree 1 2 --- --- --- ---
Veterinary Degree    3 2 --- --- --- 1
Other 12 4 11 13 1 2
Total 88 87 67 63 72 58

 

 

Graduate schools most frequently attended by Bowdoin alumni include:

  • 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 University
  • Northwestern University
  • Stanford University
  • Tufts University
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

Employers

Employers of Bowdoin alumni one year after graduation include:

  • 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
  • Compass Lexecon
  • Conde Nast
  • Cowen & Company
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Dell EMC
  • Deloitte
  • Edelman
  • EMI Strategic Marketing
  • Epic
  • ESPN
  • Eze Software Group
  • Fidelity Investments
  • General Reinsurance
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • Harlem Children's Zone
  • Harvard University
  • HBO
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Jackson Laboratory
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kaiser Associates
  • LEGO
  • LL. Bean
  • Lyft
  • Mass Challenge
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MATCH Education
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Okta
  • Peace Corps
  • Phillips Andover Academy
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Prudential Financial
  • Raytheon
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
  • Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Sothebys
  • Suffolk Construction
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Tamr
  • Teach for America
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Uber
  • Uncommon Schools
  • Unum
  • Wayfair
  • Year Up

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