by Nicole Hackett, Student Public Relations Writer
Cedarville University’s class of 2019 was prepared for success, and the statistics prove it. Cedarville’s First Destination Survey results show that 98.5% of Cedarville’s 2019 graduates were employed or attending graduate school six months after commencement.
"We're really pleased with our career outcomes for the class of 2019,” said Jeff Reep, director of career services. “It's a real credit to very talented students, outstanding faculty and excellent academic programs."
The class of 2019 marks the third year that Cedarville’s destination rate has increased. Last year’s rate was 98.3%.
There were 722 graduates in the class of 2019. The First Destination Survey was completed and returned by 640, or 88.64% of the class. The national rate in 2018 was 64.8%.
Employers who hired members of the class of 2019 include Honda, Lockheed Martin, Walt Disney and Northrop Grumman. Alumni from the class of 2019 also entered graduate school at Duke University, John Hopkins University and Purdue University.
— Thomas Mach
“These results are significant because they represent the confidence and trust employers and graduate programs have in the graduates of Cedarville University,” said Dr. Thomas Mach, vice president for academics and chief academic officer. “Students invest in their education both with their time and their resources with the belief that they will gain the education and training needed to obtain a job in the field they wish to pursue. This data shows that Cedarville graduates are seeing the dividends of their investment.”
“More importantly, from a missional perspective, what this data represents is that Cedarville's well-prepared graduates will have the opportunity to use their vocation as a platform for gospel ministry,” Mach continued. “Cedarville's faculty invest in students for this very reason. These results suggest that the faculty are being good stewards of the students that come to Cedarville, and God is blessing their endeavors.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 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 high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.