Alumnae/Alumni Research Summary Highlights

Meaningful Interaction with Faculty 

Close relationships with a teaching-focused faculty are central to a high quality liberal arts experience.  These relationships typically extend well beyond the walls of the classroom or lab. 

Our seniors  report close and meaningful relationships with faculty. [CSB/SJU Senior Survey]

  • More than 80% identify a faculty member as a mentor or role model, and more than 90% describe their relationships with faculty here as good or excellent.
  • 6 in 10 indicate that they frequently talk with faculty outside of class.  Only 4 in 10 seniors at private liberal arts colleges nationally said they frequently had out-of-class conversations with faculty. 

Our graduates of the last quarter century overwhelmingly describe exceptional faculty relationships and experiences that helped them grow and develop.  [CSB/SJU Reunion Alumnae/i Survey]

  • Nearly all (98%) said that faculty were available to them outside of class to talk about course content and assignments. 
  • Nearly 8 in 10 said that faculty were available for discussions about career development.
  • Nearly 9 in 10 said that faculty and staff at CSB and SJU recognized and appreciated their talents and helped to develop those talents.
  • More than three-quarters cited significant contributions to their writing (87%), speaking (76%), critical thinking (90%), and independent learning (83%) skills.  In addition, more than 80% said their experiences here contributed significantly to the development of their intellectual and social self-confidence.

Our alums who graduated five and ten years ago - describe close relationships with faculty inside and outside of the classroom that contributed to their personal and professional growth and development.   [Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium Alumni Survey]

  • 94% reported that they believed that faculty were genuinely interested in them as students. 
  • 83% reported that faculty were personally invested in their personal growth in areas outside of academics.
  • More than 8 in 10 said that their experiences at CSB and SJU contributed significantly to their critical thinking, writing, speaking, and problem solving skills.
  • Nearly 80% said that their non-classroom interactions with faculty positively influenced their personal and intellectual growth and their values.

Preparing Students for Life after College

CSB and SJU provide an integrated learning experience focused on the development of the whole person.  We prepare our students for work, leadership, and service to community and the common good.  

Our alumnae and alumni overwhelmingly affirm the quality and value of their experiences at CSB and SJU long after they have graduated.   [CSB/SJU Reunion Alumnae/I Survey]

  • More than 90% say that as students they developed an ability to distinguish unique perspectives others might not consider.
  • More than 90% say that CSB and SJU helped them to experience new ideas and combine them in unique and creative ways.
  • More than three-quarters say their CSB and SJU experiences contributed significantly to their understanding of themselves and their values (81%) and to the development of their moral and ethical principles (77%).
  • The vast majority identify contributing to community (82%) and helping others in need (88%) as very important or essential life objectives.
  • More than 90% described themselves as prepared for life after CSB and SJU (including first job, graduate school, and career advancement).  Nearly 90% said that their academic major prepared them well for their career or for graduate school.
  • More than 8 in 10 indicated that their experiences at CSB and SJU contributed to their understanding of themselves as women or men.

Our young alumnae and alumni report that their CSB and SJU experiences prepared them well for meaningful work and life experiences after college.  [Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium Alumni Survey]

  • Nearly 60% indicated that their undergraduate experiences at CSB and SJU prepared them well for the responsibilities of post-college life, including managing their finances, developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and creating a home. 
  • 8 in 10 said that their undergraduate experiences here prepared them well for interpersonal relationships and family living
  • More than 80% said that their CSB and SJU experiences contributed meaningfully to their ability to work effectively on a team, to facilitate the work of team members, and to foster constructive team climates.
  • 80% said that their CSB and SJU experiences contributed meaningfully to their ability to recognize ethical issues and examine those issues from different perspectives. 

Preparing Students for Life after College

Students and parents increasingly focus on post-college educational and employment outcomes as central to their college decision.  They expect a high quality collegiate experience that prepares them for meaningful work and career advancement. 

The current national economic environment notwithstanding, our most recent graduates report exceptional employment, graduate school and volunteer placement experiences immediately after graduating.  [CSB/SJU Recent Graduate Survey]

  • 71% of 2011 CSB and SJU graduates reported full-time employment within one year of graduation.  Their average income was approximately $35,800.  Nearly one-third (31%) reported incomes greater than $45,000.  Top employers of CSB and SJU graduates included Wells Fargo, United Health Group, Target, Northwestern Mutual, and Mayo Clinic.
  • 15% said they were continuing their education in graduate or professional school.  The largest number were pursuing their degrees at the University of Minnesota, though 2011 graduates also were enrolled at St. Louis University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University, and New York University (among many others).  The largest share of graduates continuing their education were pursuing either Master's degrees (40%) or professional degrees (21%, all of them in law or medicine).
  • 8% were engaged in a full-time volunteer position.  Top volunteer organizations reported by graduates included Benedictine Volunteer Corps (SJU), Benedictine Women Service Corps (CSB), AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps.  2011 CSB and SJU alumni volunteers worked in nine states and on five continents.
  • Only 1% reported that they remained unemployed and seeking work one year after graduation, far lower than both the national unemployment rate (which was 8.3% last May) and the unemployment rate for college graduates under age 25 (which was 7.4% last April).
  • 2011 graduates live in 36 states and 30 foreign countries.  Two-thirds were living in Minnesota.

In addition to simply finding work after college, most of our young graduates indicate that their work is meaningful and satisfying.  [Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium Alumni Survey]

  • More than three-quarters said that their FIRST JOB after graduation from college was related to their desired career (76%), was meaningful to them (80%), provided them with opportunities to learn and grow (89%), and paid well enough to support their desired lifestyle (76%). 
  • The overwhelming proportion of our graduates who completed their CSB or SJU degree in 2002 described their current work satisfying. 
    • 97% reported that they found their current job meaningful
    • 99% report that their current job as providing them with opportunities to learn and grow. 

Characteristics of Young Alumnae and Alumni

  • They work.  87% of young graduates (classes of 2002 and 2007) are employed full-time.  Just 1.9% described themselves as unemployed and seeking work.  The national unemployment rate for baccalaureate degree holders aged 25 and older was 4.5% in August 2012.  19% of our young graduates indicated that they were employed in multiple jobs.
  • A sizeable share have completed a graduate degree, are pursuing a graduate degree, or still hope to eventually earn an advanced degree.  Nearly one-third said they had earned a Master's degree, 11% a professional degree, and 2% a doctoral degree.  An additional 41% either are currently pursuing a Master's degree or expect to eventually earn one, 6% a professional degree, and 17% a doctoral degree.
  • A significant percentage contribute to community through volunteerism.  45% reported that they volunteer regularly (at least one hour every week).  Of those who do volunteer regularly, nearly 9 in 10 do so between 1 and 5 hours per week.
  • A very high percentage have begun to form families.  Two-thirds reported that they were married or living with a partner, a significantly higher family formation rate than among graduates of peer and aspirant liberal arts colleges.  Nearly one-third (30%) said that they had children, also a much higher percentage than among graduates of peer and aspirant liberal arts colleges nationally.

Alumnae and Alumni Satisfaction

  • More than 90% of alumnae and alumni over the last 25 years say they would choose CSB or SJU again if they could start college over.  Even through the lens of experience and time, 7 in 10 said they would pick the same academic major again.
  • Nearly all (96%) rated the quality of their undergraduate academic experience at CSB and SJU as good or excellent. 
  • Our alumnae and alumni are important spokespeople for CSB and SJU.  90% say they do or would recommend CSB or SJU to prospective students.
Notes:
  • Data on graduates of the last 25 years was collected in the CSB/SJU Reunion Survey.  From 2007 to 2011, the Office of Institutional Planning and Research surveyed the five, ten, fifteen and twenty year reunion classes.  The complete database includes records from the classes of 1987 through 2006.
  • Data on five-year (2007) and ten-year (2002) alumnae and alumni was gathered in the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Alumni Survey in summer 2012.  The survey allows us to compare the characteristics and experiences of our graduates with graduates of other HEDS member institutions, nearly all of which are liberal arts colleges (and include our peer and aspirant institutions).  Our membership agreement with HEDS does not allow us to share comparative data in publications or online.
  • Data on 2011 CSB and SJU graduates was collected by the Career Services Office in their 2011 Recent Graduate Survey.  The Career Services Office surveys our graduates about their post-college plans over a period of one year, beginning with their spring graduation.  Over the course of the year, we will gather data from 95% to 98% our graduates, a response rate nearly twice as high as at other private colleges in Minnesota.