First Destination Survey

Every year the 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!

Click below on the quarter and year of your graduation:

If you are a recent graduate, please participate in the survey!

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.


Recent Results

Overall results for the 2016-2017 graduating cohort

  • 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 respondend 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.

The 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.

Program-Specific (Major-Specific) Reports About Plans for Employment and Graduate Studies

Other Reports:

Report on Sources of Career Advice, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 graduates