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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 2017, 96.6% of Tufts graduating seniors responded to the senior survey. Below are some results from the 2017 Senior Survey.

Overall Satisfaction

On the 2017 senior survey, students were asked “Overall, how satisfied are you with your undergraduate education?” Ninety-three percent reported that they were very or generally satisfied.

Very satisfied 32.6%
Generally satisfied 60.3%
Generally dissatisfied 6.5%
Very dissatisfied 0.6%

Skills & Abilities

Members of the Class of 2017 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 degree did your Tufts education contribute to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the following areas?

Greatly Moderately A little Not at all
Communicating well orally 36% 48% 13% 3%
Creating original ideas and solutions 37% 50% 12% 2%
Developing global awareness 34% 36% 24% 7%
Functioning effectively as a member of a team 42% 42% 12% 3%
Judging the merits of arguments based on their sources, methods and reasoning 48% 40% 10% 3%
Leadership skills 35% 44% 18% 4%
Planning and executing complex projects 44% 42% 13% 1%
Relating well to people of different races, nations, and religions 41% 39% 16% 4%
Synthesizing and integrating ideas and information 53% 38% 7% 2%
Thinking analytically and logically 60% 33% 6% 1%
Thinking critically 62% 32% 5% 1%
Acquiring broad knowledge across a number of fields 42% 45% 13% 1%
Understanding the complexity of social problems 49% 36% 12% 3%
Writing clearly and effectively 41% 45% 12% 2%

Fall Plans

Students were asked about the status of their post-graduation plans. At graduation, 49.2% of students had secured employment, a position with a volunteer or service program, or planned to enlist in the military. Over fifteen percent planned to be attending graduate or professional school.

Please note, the Career Center maintains the most up-to-date list of recent graduates’ destinations.

Which of the following BEST describes your primary status after graduation?

Employed full-time (average of 30 hours or more per week) 43.3%
Employed part-time (average of less than 30 hours per week) 9.1%
Seeking employment 31.0%
Enrolled in a program of continuing education/graduate school 15.0%
Planning to continue education but not yet accepted 3.7%
Participating in a volunteer or service program (e.g. Peace Corps, City Year, Teach for America) 2.4%
Serving in the military 0.4%
Not seeking employment or continuing education at this time 1.0%

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