Life After Purchase 2020

Careers and Education

An 86% majority of the 2020 graduates were found to be employed, enrolled in graduate or professional school, or both at the time of the annual survey (it is important to note that the survey data collection was close to completion by March 2021, which was during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the overall alumni knowledge rate decreased to 30%.) In this unprecedented and uncertain job market, our findings will show that Purchase College graduate employment and graduate school enrollment outcome still remained highly positive with only a slight decrease in employment or graduate school enrollment, at the time of the survey.

Outcome Knowledge by School

  • 34% Arts
  • 49% Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 17% Liberal Studies & Continuing Education

Additional Outcomes

  • 17% enrolled in graduate or professional school
  • 75% are employed full or part-time including self-employment, performance, or artistic freelancing
  • 77% participated in experiential learning and 51% participated in at least one internship
  • 54% are working in a field directly or somewhat related to their academic study

Career Preparation

  • 88% rate the quality of the Career Center as excellent, very helpful, or somewhat helpful
  • 71% reported that their academic program prepared them for their careers and 76% of them also used the Career Development Center

Fields where graduates found employment

Fields Percentage
Arts and Entertainment 18%
Business 22%
Education 15%
Healthcare and Health Services 13%
Human and Social Services 5%
Media Arts & Communication 8%
Public Services and Law 6%
Science, Technology, and Environment 9%

Graduate fields of study

Fields Percentage
Arts Performance/Production 20%
Communications & Media 3%
Education 9%
Health Services 14%
Law & Legal Services 6%
Library Science 3%
Psychology/Counseling 23%
Science & Technology 11%
Social Work 3%
Visual Arts 6%
Other 3%