First Destination Survey

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The First Destination Survey is the survey for graduating seniors!

Spring 2024, Winter 2024, and Fall 2023 graduates:  Congratulations!  Select the quarter of your graduation:


For students graduating in Summer 2024 and later:  look for an emailed invitation to take this survey at the end of the quarter that you will receive your degree!

For each quarter's graduates, the survey is open for up to six months after graduation.  The survey asks graduating seniors about plans after completing a degree – whether seeking employment, working, going to graduate school, or pursuing other interests.

2016-2023 First Destination Survey Results

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First Destination Survey Dashboard of Results

Results show the post-graduation plans of recent undergraduate degree recipients. The aim of this dashboard is to help students with major selection and career preparation. Responses include graduates from 7 years (Summer 2016 to Spring 2023).  Responses from Spring 2023 graduates were collected through January 2024.

The survey helps current students with major selection and career preparation, and helps alumni understand where UC Santa Cruz students go after graduation.  Results help UCSC Career Success and academic departments plan to better meet students' and recent graduates' needs. Responses are confidential, reported in the aggregate, and are combined over multiple quarters and years.

2014-2017 First Destination Survey Results

Major-specific reports are available for graduates between 2014 and 2017, and provide an overview of the diverse interests and achievements of recent graduates from UC Santa Cruz. 

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2014-2017 First Destination Survey Results by Degree/Major

Plans for employment and graduate students, among 2014-2017 degree recipients.

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2015-2017 Sources of Career Advice

Sources of career advice and discussion of career plans with advisors, among 2015-2017 degree recipients.