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First Destination Survey results

Preparing Students for Success Confirmed by Survey

by Nicole Hackett, Student Public Relations Writer

First Destination Survey resultsCedarville University is preparing its graduates for success. According to the recent First Destination survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 98.3 percent of the class of 2018 are employed or attending graduate school. The 2017 national average was just 84.4 percent. 

According to the data, 72 percent of the graduates are employed; 26 percent are pursuing postgraduate degrees.

“The survey results confirm the tremendous efforts of our faculty and staff to prepare Cedarville students for lives of vocational distinction and godly service,” noted Dr. Thomas White, president of Cedarville University. “We are proud of their accomplishments and humbled by the opportunity we have to impact their lives.”

Over the past five graduating classes, the five-year average first destination rate for Cedarville is 97.4 percent of grads pursuing a master’s degree or employed six months after commencement.

Some of the employers for the class of 2018 included Honda, J.P. Morgan, Lockheed Martin, IBM, General Electric (GE), Samaritan's Purse, Boeing, Ernst & Young, Cleveland Clinic, Dayton Children’s Hospital and Premier Health.

“Employers regularly come back to Cedarville because our graduates are unique. Employers do not always understand the ‘why’ behind that uniqueness, but they see it in the lives of those graduates they hire,” explained Dr. Thomas Mach, vice president for academics and chief academic officer. “Cedarville graduates have integrity. They approach their work from an eternal perspective and that perspective is what makes all the difference.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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