First Destination Survey

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

Click the image below to access the First Destination Survey Tableau data visualization with summary results for campus, by school/college, by major, and by department.  Some highlights for 2018-19:
–74% 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.
–26% of graduates are planning to attend graduate school or other continuing education.
–67% of those planning to work had accepted a position or received an offer they were considering at the time of graduation.
–90% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that UW-Madison prepared them for the next step in their career path.
–82% reported completing at least one internship while at UW-Madison, and 23% did 3 or more internships.
–top 5 employers of graduates are UW-Madison, UW Health, Epic, Kohl’s, Oracle, and Deloitte.
–48% of those reporting employment were working in Wisconsin, and students reported employment in 41 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

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.