First Destination Survey

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Every year the UCSC Career Center asks recent graduates about post-graduation efforts, whether they are working, going to graduate school or pursuing other interests.

Recent Graduates: Take the First Destination Survey now!

If you are a recent graduate, please participate in the survey!  We have prize drawings ($100 Amazon gift cards).  Click below on the quarter and year of your graduation:

Survey results are extremely valuable to future students and to the Career Center. By completing this very short survey you will help other students learn about "what's next" after graduation, and your feedback will help the Center plan for meeting student needs in the future.

We will be preparing major-specific reports showcasing results from the First Destination Survey covering multiple recent years. We will be providing major-specific information in upcoming months.

First Destination Survey Results

First Destination Survey data is designed to provide students, alumni, and employers with critical data about where UCSC students go after graduation. As expected, college major does not restrict the employment or graduate school options that UCSC students pursue. The profiles provide an impressive overview of the diverse interests and achievements of recent graduates from UC Santa Cruz.

Main Results

Other Reports

Overall results for 2016-2017 degree recipients

  • The overall survey response rate was 33% (1,418 respondents out of the 4,311 graduates invited to take the survey).
  • 70% of graduates who responded in the class of 2017 reported being employed full time within 3 months after graduation.
  • 17% of students applied to and/or were accepted to start graduate studies after graduation.
  • Of the remaining majority, three in five students intends to apply to graduate school within 5 years after graduating from UCSC.  
  • Of students who were not attending graduate school, or employed, 74% were seeking employment while the remaining 26% were engaged in endeavors such as volunteering, participating in internships, looking after their family, tooking a year off, or pursuing other opportunities.