Study: UD graduates get and keep jobs better than at other Ohio schools

More University of Dayton students are employed 10 years after graduation than any other school in Ohio, a new study has found.

A decade removed from the classroom, almost 95 percent of UD graduates have jobs earning a median salary of $58,500, according to study conducted by the career website Zippia. 

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UD ranked 13th among the top schools in each state, according to the results derived from the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics data. 

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Nearly half of UD’s graduates find employment within Ohio. The remainder are employed in at least 42 other states and abroad, according the university. 

In a 2015 study by The Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA , slightly more than 60 percent of incoming college freshmen say getting a good job after graduation is “very important.” That number had climbed seven percentage points in two years. 

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Salary potential is also good for UD graduates. 

In January, the website PayScale reported that graduates with bachelor's degrees from UD earn an average $52,700 a year early in their careers and $90,200 mid-way through their careers. 

A UD-conducted survey in January of recent graduates found that 96 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation. 

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"These reports affirm the value of a University of Dayton education, which provides our students the resources, hands-on work experiences and research opportunities that set them up for this success," said Jason Eckert, director of career services. "This also is a testament to our students' hard work and achievement that result in good jobs after graduation.” 

Below is a list of the top 15: 

Virginia Military Institute — Virginia 

Saint John’s University — Minnesota 

Assumption College — Massachusetts 

Hastings College — Nebraska 

Wartburg College — Iowa 

Saint Michael’s College — Vermont 

Rhodes College — Tennessee 

University of Mary — North Dakota 

Susquehanna University — Pennsylvania 

Illinois Wesleyan University — Illinois 

Kettering University — Michigan 

Fairfield University — Connecticut 

University of Dayton — Ohio 

University of Wisconsin-Platteville — Wisconsin 

Southwestern University — Texas

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