2012 Survey of Graduating Seniors
Findings of Note
- Graduating seniors continue to report very high rates of satisfaction with their Marquette education. 95% indicated that their Marquette education met their overall goals “well” or “very well,” 84% would choose to attend Marquette again if starting over, 86% would recommend their major to a new Marquette student, and 88% reported that they were completing their degree as quickly as they had planned.
- Graduating seniors continue to report high rates of involvement in student organizations (88%) and community service (84%) during their time at the university. Additionally, 56% report holding leadership roles in student organizations. It is estimated that Marquette undergraduates spend 422,000 hours of service in the community each year.
- The future plans for graduating seniors at the time the survey appear to be closer to pre-recession levels. At the time of the survey (April, about one month prior to graduation), 30% of seniors had accepted an offer for a full-time job, 22% had been accepted to graduate/professional school, and 4% had accepted a full-time post-graduate service position.
- Participation rates for “high-impact” learning experiences measured on the survey have remained fairly constant in recent years, with slight increases in participation in student organizations, community service, and research with a faculty member outside of class. More than half of the participants in the following activities described their participation as having “markedly enhanced” their education: international program/experience; internship, co-op, field placement, or clinical experience; leadership role in a student organization; and research with a faculty member outside of class.
- The survey also collects information about students’ perceptions of their learning and growth with undergraduate learning outcomes and key indicators of the university’s mission and identity. Survey responses on these items have remained fairly constant over the last four years, with some variance by college of enrollment.
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