The information below is based on data collected up to six months following graduation by the College of Arts + Sciences Walter Center for Career Achievement. Also known as First Destination, the data below provide a snapshot of the immediate success College undergraduates attain following commencement. This information is collected in accordance with national standards. For more detailed information on this survey, check out the First Destination Survey Reports on our Outcomes page.
Media School All Media School students complete a few common courses, but most of the curriculum allows students to customize their Media School experience by selecting from a variety of courses, allowing them to graduate as specialists in their fields. The Media School and its graduates are leading the charge to address the challenges facing media industries in the 21st century.
Natural & Mathematical Sciences In a technological society, scientific reasoning skills are essential. Ambitious Natural + Mathematical Sciences students are educated to be researchers, leaders, and game changers in related industries. Graduates succeed in medicine, industry, government, and beyond.
Arts + Humanities The Arts + Humanities equip students to follow their passion and forge their own path. Students gain intellectual power from study across the disciplines and develop their own unique form of self expression - all while mastering the skills that employers want most.
School of Global & International Studies Students are encouraged to ask big questions and tackle global issues while getting the best of both a liberal arts education and professional training. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be globally ready for a world in which all careers are global. Click here to learn more about SGIS.
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Individualized Major Program The Individualized Major Program gives students the freedom to create multidisciplinary majors or minors that explore topics of their own choosing. Working closely with a faculty sponsor, each IMP major student designs a personalized curriculum of 30-42 credit hours culminating in a final project such as a thesis, performance, or internship. Because students are provided the autonomy to chart their own academic paths, IMP graduates pursue any number of first destinations following graduation.
School of Art, Architecture, + Design The School houses fourteen different areas in art, architecture, design, and merchandising. Students are encouraged to learn collaboratively and across-disciplines, while immersing themselves in a particular area of study. Additionally, the school’s positioning as part of the College of Arts and Sciences allows the School to equip graduates with the insights and values of a classical liberal arts education.
First Destination refers to the the post-graduation status of students within 6 months following graduation from the College of Arts + Sciences. Graduates of the College of Arts + Sciences pursue a variety of destinations beyond traditional employment with an organization, including graduate school, artistic endeavors, entrepreneurial opportunities, and service, among others.
The list of employers featured here is based on information reported by students or employers to the College of Arts + Sciences or employment data that is made publicly-available by students. The list is formulated based on the most-commonly reported hiring employers. However, College of Arts + Sciences students take positions with companies of all sizes, including many small businesses and organizations.
Industry groupings here are based on the employing organization’s industry classification. College of Arts +Sciences graduates complete a variety of functions within the broad industry categories listed below. The Walter Center for Career Achievement curates industry-focused Career Communities that empower College students to connect with alumni, attend events, explore resources, and apply for positions related to each Community. Learn more.
Beyond placement within an organization, other important indicators provide more accurate idea of first destination outcome success as defined by the recent graduate. The first metric “Satisfaction” provides student responses to a question about overall satisfaction with the accepted position. “Relation to Degree” offers student replies to the question “Do you feel your job is related to your field of study?” Alignment to Career Goals allows students to report how their first position fits in with their bigger career plans. Finally, Education Requirements exhibits the qualifications for the position accepted by the graduate.
The salary metrics listed are based on student-reported starting salaries and do not include bonuses or other possible monetary benefits including tuition reimbursement, health insurance, among others. Cost of living is an important consideration with these data, as a majority of graduates accept a position in the Midwest, with around 50% of each graduating class taking positions in Indiana. U.S. geographic region is a significant predictor of starting salary.
A majority of College of Arts + Sciences students are Indiana residents. While many graduates remain in the Hoosier state for their first position, College students accept positions all over the nation and around the world. Over the past few years Illinois, New York, and California have been common destinations outside Indiana.
At the Walter Center, we believe that meaningful experiences while at IU are essential for securing meaningful experiences after graduation. Whether it’s getting involved in a student organization, engaging in research with faculty, studying abroad, or completing an internship, these high-impact practices empower students to learn about themselves and their career ambitions.
Around 1/4 of each graduating class enrolls directly into a program of continuing education. While most choose either a doctoral or master's program, some students elect to continue their education through certificate programs or other specialized training.
While the list below provides a list of universities most-often attended by College graduates, alumni enroll in programs across the country and around the world, including schools in Argentina, Germany, South Korea, Australia, China, Israel, and the United Kingdom, among others.
Fields of Study
As with other metrics, Fields of Study highlights the diversity of interests of College graduates. Many study Medicine and Law, but many more pursue education in unique and innovative topics.