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Alumni Survey

Each academic year NIU surveys alumni who graduated in the previous academic years. The alumni survey seeks information about:

  • NIU experience
  • Post graduate education
  • Current employment status

Three-year trends for employment, additional education, and satisfaction are reported below. Note: Each year represents the academic year of graduation. For example, "2016" includes alumni that graduated in December 2015, May 2016, and/or August 2016.

View the comprehensive baccalaureate alumni survey reports for academic year 2015 or academic year 2016.

Current Employment

  2014
(n=1082)
2015
(n=1021)
2016
(n=422)
Full-Time 70% 70% 69%
Part-Time 11% 11% 9%
Seeking 10% 11% 12%
Not Seeking 9% 8% 10%

Time to First Job

  2014
(n=565)
2015
(n=485)
2016
(n=186)
Less Than 6 Months 70% 70% 65%
Greater Than 6 Months, Less Than 1 Year 16% 18% 19%
More Than 1 Year 13% 12% 16%
 

Pursuing or Completed an Additional Degree

  2014
(n=1085)
2015
(n=1023)
2016
(n=424)
Pursuing or Completed an Additional Degree 29% 31% 29%

Satisfaction with NIU Degree

  2014
(n=1083)
2015
(n=983)
2016
(n=366)
Strongly positive 28% 30% 30%
Positive 54% 51% 45%
Somewhat positive 9% 11% 17%
Somewhat negative 3% 4% 3%
Negative 4% 2% 3%
Strongly negative 2% 2% 2%

Satisfaction with Time to NIU Degree

  2014
(n=1082)
2015
(n=984)
2016
(n=361)
Strongly Positive 32% 31% 30%
Positive 51% 51% 47%
Somewhat Positive 8% 7% 12%
Somewhat Negative 4% 5% 6%
Negative 4% 3% 4%
Strongly Negative 2% 3% 2%

Preparedness for Current Job

  2014
(n=872)
2015
(n=793)
2016
(n=287)
Very prepared 22% 24% 18%
Prepared 40% 38% 35%
Slightly prepared 15% 18% 23%
Slightly unprepared 7% 7% 11%
Unprepared 10% 8% 6%
Very unprepared 6% 5% 7%

View the comprehensive graduate alumni survey report for academic year 2015 or academic year 2016.

Current Employment

  2014
(n=519)
2015
(n=616)
2016
(n=248)
Full-Time 82% 84% 87%
Part-Time 8% 7% 3%
Seeking 6% 4% 5%
Not Seeking 4% 4% 5%
 

Time to First Job

  2014
(n=179)
2015
(n=254)
2016
(n=96)
Less Than 6 Months 70% 73% 71%
Greater than 6 Months, Less than 1 Year 19% 17% 18%
More Than 1 Year 11% 11% 11%

Pursing or Completed an Additional Degree

  2014
(n=520)
2015
(n=617)
2016
(n=250)
Pursing or Completed an Additional Degree 10% 10% 13%

Satisfaction with NIU Degree

  2014
(n=519)
2015
(n=582)
2016
(n=220)
Strongly positive 37% 41% 39%
Positive 52% 46% 50%
Somewhat positive 7% 8% 6%
Somewhat negative 2% 1% 1%
Negative 2% 1% 1%
Strongly negative 1% 2% 1

Satisfaction with Time to NIU Degree

  2014
(n=518)
2015
(n=582)
2016
(n=220)
Strongly positive 39% 42% 36%
Positive 50% 44% 50%
Somewhat positive 6% 7% 8%
Somewhat negative 2% 2% 3%
Negative 1% 3% 3%
Strongly negative 2% 3% 0%

Preparedness for Current Job

  2014
(n=465)
2015
(n=530)
2016
(n=201)
Very prepared 34% 35% 28%
Prepared 45% 44% 46%
Slightly prepared 12% 12% 15%
Slightly unprepared 2% 2% 4%
Unprepared 3% 3% 4%
Very unprepared 3% 4% 2%

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