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October 3, 2003

Survey shows grads' plans

Fourth-years in the College got a taste of what awaits them after graduation when administrators revealed Monday the results of a survey of the Class of 2003.

Each graduating student was polled last May about his or her post-graduation plans. The survey, run by Career and Placement Services and the Dean of Students in the College Office, found that 22 percent of the class went to graduate school, 34 percent found full-time jobs, and 44 percent weren't sure of what they were going to do.

"We're demystifying the process and not making it look scary and unapproachable," said Susan Art, dean of students in the College. "The idea here is real information; more information is better."

According to Bill Michel, assistant vice president for student life, the 44 percent figure is on par with peer institutions. He also noted that two-thirds of these students had just started looking for jobs in spring quarter.

Of those enrolled in graduate programs, 91 percent reported being accepted into their first-choice program. The top three schools were U of C, Harvard, and Berkeley. Michel also noted that 87 percent of those College graduates who weren't enrolled in a graduate program intended to go back to school within the next five years.

Almost five percent of employed graduates now work for Teach for America. According to Michel, the U of C has the second highest percentage of students join the program among universities.