New Miami graduates land where they planned

Commencement 2013

Students celebrate during May 2013 Commencement.

More than 91 percent of Miami University students who graduated August 2012-May 2013* were employed or in graduate school by fall 2013.

Miami was able to obtain 100 percent of alumni educational placement data and 56 percent of alumni career placement data through various sources, including calling more than 2,000 Oxford bachelor's degree-receiving graduates in order to achieve a collective picture of new alumni success.

Significant results acquired in fall 2013 include:
• 75.2 percent of alumni were currently employed or had received a job offer while 3.4 percent were not employed. The remaining 21.4 percent of alumni indicated at graduation that they did not plan to seek immediate employment. By fall, 18.6 percent had enrolled in graduate or professional schools. Some students are working and studying, so some numbers overlap.

• 52.1 percent of alumni were working full time in their field of study (69.3 percent of those employed) while 15.4 percent were working full time outside their field of study, figures that reflect the stated goals of students in a survey preceding graduation: 56.5 percent planned to work full time in their field of study, 18.1 percent planned to work full time outside their field of study.

• 19.3 percent of alumni had previously worked for their current employer, most commonly as an intern or co-op student.

The majority of employed alumni in the survey reported salaries between $30,000 – $59,999 in their first year:

• 10.9 percent earn from $30,000 - $39,999 per year,
• 19.6 percent earn from $40,000 - $49,999 per year, and
• 32.2 percent earn from $50,000 - $59,999 per year.  

Data from five sources were used: the National Student Clearinghouse, a career services phone survey, alumni LinkedIn profiles, Miami’s Banner data system and the graduation survey, which is done prior to commencement.

Other responses from seniors shortly before graduation showed:
• 97.4 percent of students agreed or strongly agreed that their classes were intellectually challenging;
• 95 percent of the students rated their entire educational experience at Miami as “Excellent” or “Good”;
• 79.2 percent agreed or strongly agreed that Miami prepared them to work with others from different cultures;
• 43.3 percent worked on an independent study project; and
• 61.1 percent held a leadership position or were involved in leadership workshops, programs or classes.

Other survey results are available at

* The majority of responses, 80 percent, come from May graduates.