2016 Senior Survey

For more than 20 years, Tufts has administered a survey to students at the time of graduation. Well over 90% of students usually respond. The University uses the information to continuously strengthen the undergraduate experience and to find out what plans students have for the future.

In Spring of 2016, 98.1% of Tufts graduating seniors responded to the senior survey. Below are some results from the 2016 Senior Survey.

Overall Satisfaction

On the 2016 senior survey, students were asked “Overall, how satisfied are you with your undergraduate education?” Eighty-six percent reported that they were very or generally satisfied.

Very satisfied 31.4%
Generally satisfied 54.6%
Ambivalent 9.4%
 Generally dissatisfied 4.0%
Very dissatisfied 0.6%

Skills & Abilities

Members of the Class of 2016 reported that a Tufts education helped enhance a wide range of skills and abilities that will be important long after they have left Tufts.

To what extent has your experience at Tufts contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the following areas?

Very Much Quite a bit Some Very little
or none
Communicating well orally 34% 38% 23% 5%
Creating original ideas and solutions 35% 39% 22% 4%
Developing global awareness 34% 36% 24% 7%
Functioning effectively as a member of a team 42% 37% 18% 3%
Judging the merits of arguments based on their sources, methods and reasoning 38% 41% 18% 3%
Leadership skills 42% 32% 20% 7%
Planning and executing complex projects 40% 39% 17% 3%
Relating well to people of different races, nations, and religions 37% 34% 22% 7%
Synthesizing and integrating ideas and information 42% 41% 15% 2%
Thinking analytically and logically 52% 35% 12% 2%
Thinking critically 57% 33% 8% 2%
Understanding and using quantitative reasoning and methods 40% 34% 20% 6%
Understanding the complexity of social problems 47% 32% 17% 4%
Writing clearly and effectively 37% 34% 23% 6%

Fall Plans

At the time of graduation, students were asked to mark the activities in which they expected to be engaged in the coming fall. Students could mark more than one activity, if applicable.  The most common fall plan among the 2016 graduating seniors was working for pay full-time, which 70.7% of students expected to be engaged in.  Over fifteen percent expected to be attending graduate or professional school.

Tell us what you expect to be doing THIS FALL. Mark all that apply.

Fall 2016 Plans
Working for pay full-time (including self-employment) 70.1%
Working for pay part-time 9.1%
Starting my own company or organization 2.1%
Attending graduate or professional school full-time 15.9%
Attending graduate or professional school part-time 3.0%
Enrolled in some other education program (such as completing
your current degree or a post-baccalaureate program)
Traveling 2.2%
Internship 1.8%
Freelancing/performing 0.9%
Military service 0.2%
Family and other caregiving 0.3%
Undecided 4.7%
Other activity 3.0%


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