The Center for Life Beyond Reed

First Destination Survey

The First Destination Survey captures responses from recent graduates about their primary activity within the first six months of graduation. The survey is administered by the Center for Life Beyond Reed through Handshake, and we follow the guidelines for conducting the survey as set by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

All figures have been rounded to the nearest percent.

Overview

Year
Total Graduates
Knowledge Rate
Career Outcomes Percentage
2021 328 76% 83%
2020 309 74% 81%
2019 344 71% 92%
2018 286 69% 84%
Total Graduates: Each graduation year includes fall graduates with spring graduates, along with late graduates from the previous year
Knowledge Rate: This combines direct responses with knowledge gained from secondary sources (LinkedIn, etc.)
Career Outcomes Percentage: This combines the percent working, continuing education, volunteering, and military.

Outcome Breakdown

Reed College Results

Year
Working
Continuing Education
Volunteering
Still Looking
Not Seeking
Military
2021 59% 23% 1% 16% 1% 0%
2020 63% 17% 1% 17% 2% 0%
2019 74% 14% 4% 7% 2% 0%
2018 67% 16% 2% 15% 1% 0%

NACE National Bachelor Degree Results

This table shows results from all bachelor degree granting colleges in the US who report survey data to NACE. Data for private liberal arts colleges only was not used here due to it not being broken out separately for all years.

Year
Working
Continuing Education
Volunteering
Still Looking
Not Seeking
Military
2021 * * * * * *
2020 59% 21% 1% 18% 1% 1%
2019 65% 19% 1% 14% 2% 1%
2018 64% 19% 1% 14% 2% 1%
*2021 NACE outcomes will become available in fall 2022.