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Despite pandemic, Loyola’s Class of 2020 lands jobs

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Each year Loyola’s career services team reports on the first destination after graduation for the previous year’s graduating class. This year, 96.1% of the Class of 2020 are employed, enrolled in graduate school, and/or engaged in post-graduate or military service. The full-time annual salary of the graduates averaged $57,915.

“From our faculty’s expert instruction and mentorship to the many student development, co-curricular, and career services offerings available, the Loyola community ensured our senior class had the skills, vision, resources, and resilience to overcome the unimaginable challenges of graduating in 2020,” said Jim Dickinson, Ph.D., assistant vice president for career services. “I’m particularly grateful to our career services team for placing individual calls to each graduating senior in May of last year, where we offered continuing support and also collected some outcomes information to bolster our knowledge rate.”

For more than a decade, roughly 95% of Loyola graduates have reported that by the time of this survey they are employed, attending graduate school, serving in the military or engaged in a post-college service program such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or Teach for America. The career services team received survey responses and gathered research from sites like LinkedIn to obtain information on 698 of 917 graduates for a 76.1% knowledge rate (compared to 73.6% in 2019). 

“Strong outcomes like these, in the middle of a pandemic no less, not only demonstrate the resiliency of our students, but are also testament to the strong, consistent, and tangible value of a Loyola education,” said Eric Nichols, vice president for enrollment management.

Loyola utilizes the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) methodology, the national standard, for collecting and reporting results.

Popular employers from the Class of 2020 data collection included Morgan Stanley, Northrop Grumman Corporation, T. Rowe Price, PwC, and Amazon, among many others. For more information on the data collection, visit the career services website.