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University of Richmond

What are our Richmond graduates doing?

It’s that time of year again. Two weeks ago the University of Richmond community, led by President Ayers and commencement speaker Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, bid farewell to the Class of 2010 and sent them off into the world after college.

If you’ve spoken with any of my admission colleagues, you know that we’re always talking about how successful our graduates are, and how the plethora of opportunities afforded by a Richmond education prepares them for huge success in the workforce, graduate school, or scholarly and community engagement after college.

Well, here’s your chance to see it firsthand. What the Richmond Class of 2010 is doing after graduation, in their own words:

I had the privilege of working with our Career Development Center staff to interview students for this video, and it was amazing to hear student after student raving about their Richmond experience and telling us about their incredible post-graduate plans. I don’t think we encountered a single student who was at a loss for what to do after graduating.

I personally think that the stories say it all, but for those of you who are more data-minded, here are a couple indicators of student success at Richmond:

- A 92% sophomore retention rate (compared to 74% nationally and 81% for Baccalaureate Liberal Arts institutions). This is the number of students who return for their second year, and we’re extremely proud of this high percentage, which places us among the top colleges in the country.

- A four-year graduation rate of 81% (compared to 35% nationally and 55% for Baccalaureate Liberal Arts institutions). Keep in mind that these statistics always include retention, so after you account for the typical 8-10% transfer rate, you have only 9-10% of students taking longer than four years to graduate from Richmond.

- A medical school acceptance rate of 86% over the last five years (compared to 51% nationally). This is without any type of pre-selection process—it accounts for each and every student who chooses to apply to medical school.

- A law school acceptance rate of 79% (compared to 64% nationally).

- Recognition as one of the top 15 producers of Fulbright Scholars among liberal arts institutions. We had six Fulbrights in the Class of 2009 alone; data for the Class of 2010 is forthcoming.

- A six-month success rate of 92% for the Class of 2008 and 95% for the Class of 2007. That is to say, within six months of graduation, 92/95% of students were employed, attending graduate school, or participating in a scholarly or community engagement experience (e.g. Teach For America, an internship, or the Peace Corps). There’s a lag in how quickly we’re able to report this data, so we’ll have the Class of 2009 data early this fall. FYI around 50-60% of our students go directly into the workforce, around 22-23% go directly into graduate or professional school, and anywhere from 12-19% go directly to a scholarly/community engagement experience.

**For more information, including examples of recent employers and graduate schools, see our Career Development Center’s Student Outcomes site. You can also find major-specific outcome information by exploring each department’s site; look for links like Planning Your Program, Post-Grad Opportunities, Alumni, and Fact Sheet. Or just read some of the cool student features—and keep in mind that we only graduate 700-800 students each year, so the stories you’re reading are more common than you might think!

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