Indiana State University graduates boast 92 percent success rate in latest survey

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana State University announced Tuesday it posted a 92 percent placement rate in the 2020 class’ First Destination Survey.

The survey collects data from all recent university graduates and determines what percentage were employed, went to graduate school or entered the military. Of the thousands of students that graduated from ISU since May of 2019, 92 percent of them had found a career or further education. 

Compiled by ISU’s Career Center, the survey uses standards provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. To complete the survey, the university collected data from over 67 percent of the 2,634 graduates of the 2019 and 2020 classes.

“These are very strong results considering how the pandemic changed people’s lives,” ISU President Deborah Curtis said. “This underscores the remarkable resilience of the Class of 2020 and the impact of an ISU education. We deliver value to our students and focus on the workforce needs of the state of Indiana.” 

The survey also showed 64 percent of ISU graduates stayed in Indiana after graduation and on average have a starting salary of $50,330. 

Nancy Rogers, vice president of university engagement, said ISU’s Career Center works hard to match students with jobs. 

“ISU’s academic programs, with their strong focus on experiential learning, and our co-curricular engagement opportunities do an excellent job of preparing students for their careers in whatever field they choose to pursue,” Rogers said. “In addition, we have an outstanding Career Center team that works tirelessly to provide opportunities for students to build their career readiness skills and interact with employers.” 

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