First Destination Survey

UW-Madison uses a First Destination Survey to learn about future plans of our bachelor’s degree recipients.

Click here or on the image below to access the First Destination Survey Tableau visualization with summary results for campus, by school/college, by major, and by department. Some highlights for 2019-20

–71% of our grads plan to work, serve in the military, or participate in a volunteer/service program (such as Teach for America or the Peace Corps) after graduation.
–28% of graduates are planning to attend graduate school or other continuing education.
–66% of those planning to work had accepted a position or received an offer they were considering at the time of graduation.
–87% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that UW-Madison prepared them for the next step in their career path.
–67% reported completing at least one internship while at UW-Madison, 51% report volunteering during their time at UW-Madison, 79% report working while at UW-Madison, and 99% did at least one of these activities.
–top 5 employers of graduates are UW-Madison, UW Health, Epic, Kohl’s, and the State of Wisconsin
— The most common jobs titles of graduates are Software Engineer, Registered Nurse, Analyst, Actuarial Analyst, Software Developer, and Financial Analyst.
–43% of those reporting employment were working in Wisconsin, and students reported employment in 35 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, 43 states/territories, and 25 countries.

screenshot of the visualization showing data from the First Destination Survey

The First Destination Survey meets guidelines of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and allows for standardized reporting around what bachelor’s degree recipients plan immediately after graduation. A copy of the questionnaire is available here.

For more detailed information contact Sara Lazenby.

Post-Graduation Plans Questionnaire and Learning Outcome Assessment Reports

For information on prior Post-Graduation-Plans reporting, collected from 2008-2016, visit Post Graduation Plans.