This week, the Office of Institutional Research presented the results of its annual surveys of graduating seniors and recent alumni, defined as August 2006 to May 2007 grads.
Among the highlights of seniors who graduated December 2007 and May 2008:
- More than 65 percent of graduating seniors (or 1,015) responded to the survey, an all-time record. That was up from 54 percent the 2006-07 survey. Among recent alumni, 351 of 1,408 replied (or 25 percent) replied to the emailed survey.
- 87.3 percent said they were satisfied with TCU, up 2.1 percent from the year before. 72.1 percent said the would definitely recommend TCU to a friend or relative, up from 70.5 percent.
- 72 percent graduated in four years, up 5.1 percent.
Among the highlights of recent alums who graduated between August 2006 and May 2007:
- 93.2 percent would recommend a TCU education to a relative or close friend, down from 95 percent a year ago.
- 86.3 percent said their TCU experience was "worth it," with down from 89.8 percent who said that a year ago. Four percent answered "No," up from 1.5 percent the year before.
- Nearly 30 percent studied abroad.
- 76.6 percent reported graduating GPAs of 3.0 or higher.
- Almost 80 percent worked while at TCU, with 60 percent working 11 hours per week or more.
- About two-thirds are currently employed full time. Just over 20 percent are in graduate or professional school. About 4 percent were still searching for a job.
- A year out of school, about 62 percent were making between $30,000 and $50,000.
- 25.6 percent said they would choose a different major today, up from 20.3 percent a year ago.