82% of Marquette class of 2023 report full-time employment, graduate school or other service position

May 10, 2024

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University reports that 82% of its 2022-23 bachelor’s degree recipients are employed full time or enrolled in graduate/professional school, part of a service program, or are active military, according to the annual Undergraduate First-Destination Survey conducted by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.

Graduates reported 56% full-time employment by the survey date, which is near the survey’s 10-year average. Among those who are employed full time, 96% report their job is related to their career goals or an entry level position on the way to those goals. It is the fifth straight year in which at least 95% of respondents reported being on track for their career goals.

Twenty-four percent of graduates were enrolled in school full time, while 1% of reporting graduates entered post-graduate service, such as Jesuit Volunteer Corps. or Teach for America, and an additional 1% are active military.

After five years, Marquette boasts a 97% rate of graduates being engaged in full-time work and activities or not seeking employment. That figure rose to 100% after 10 years, including 92% who were employed full time, according to the 2021 Undergraduate Alumni Survey, which polls alumni one, five and 10 years after graduation.

“Marquette students are hard-working and receive a top-notch education, which is reflected in their excellent first-destination outcomes,” said Courtney Hanson, director of Marquette’s Career Services Center. “It is notable that 96% of our full-time employed 2023 graduates reported securing positions related to their career goals. Graduates starting their careers on an intentional path is one of the reasons why Marquette is among the best in the nation on 10-year employment rates.”

Among the 78% of full-time employed respondents who reported salary information, the median starting salary was $65,000, a 6.7% increase from the year before and an over 20% jump since the 2019 survey. Graduates settling in Wisconsin continued a six-year upward trend, with 55% of respondents reporting from within the state, while 24% are in Illinois.

83% of master’s, Ph.D. and certificate graduates report full-time employment

According to the Graduate First Destination Survey, 83% of master’s, Ph.D. and certificate graduates report full-time employment, with 91.5% of respondents “fully engaged” through employment, school, military or other service programs. Additionally, 98% of those employed full time report their job is related to their career goals.

At the college level, the College of Health Sciences saw 96% and the College of Business Administration 97% of its graduates reporting full-time employment, while the College of Education reported 84%.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or kevin.m.conway@marquette.edu