WPU Announces 96 Percent Employment/Further Education for 2015 Graduates

July 11, 2016
WPU Announces 96 Percent Employment/Further Education for 2015 Graduates

William Peace University is proud to report that 96 percent of its 2015 graduates have either gained employment or continued their education, whether it be attending graduate, medical, or law school. Data is based on a University questionnaire answered by 78 percent of 2015 graduates, collected 12 months following graduation.

Of the surveyed graduates, employers listed included Cisco Systems, Fidelity Investments, Magnus Health, the McClatchy Company, Northwestern Mutual, Wake County Public Schools, and even the Atlanta Braves. Among the post undergraduate institutions listed were Elon University, Liberty University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

“Over half of graduates reported their internship experience was most influential in getting their first job offer,” said Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. “We also saw a 15 percent increase in starting salaries and 93 percent were employed or in further education within six months of graduation, which is 11 percent higher than the national average (National Association of Colleges and Employers, June 2016).”

“We also saw a 15 percent increase in starting salaries and 93 percent were employed or in further education within six months of graduation…”

“We are incredibly proud of the young men and women who graduate each year from William Peace University. We are exceptionally proud of their ability to obtain employment or seek further educational opportunities so quickly following graduation,” said Dr. Kristin Cohen, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “We know that there are still a large number of recent graduates from colleges and universities around the nation that are still struggling to find their first career – that William Peace graduates are among those who are employed earlier in their search process is a strong indicator of the power of a liberal arts education partnered with professional experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.”

All WPU students are required to complete an academic internship along with learning other professional development courses which require a mock interview, etiquette dinner and attending networking events. In fact, WPU is rated No. 1 in the country among schools that produce the largest percentage of interns.

Since it first began collecting employment/further education data in 2000, the University has achieved at least a 90 percent placement rate every year.

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