Life After Purchase 2022

For the 2022 graduating class, 92% of survey respondents were found to have positive career outcomes including employment and enrollment in graduate or professional school or both,  noted at the time of the annual survey. The survey is conducted approximately nine months-one year following commencement.

Total Employment by School or Conservatory

89% School of the Arts
84.41% School Liberal Arts and Sciences

Additional Outcomes

12.5% enrolled in graduate or professional school
86% are employed full-time or part-time including self-employment, performance, or artistic freelancing.
66.23% 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
  • 69.4% reported that their academic program prepared them for their careers and 79% of them also used the Career Development Center
  • Of the graduates employed full-time, 80% also used the Career Development Center. 33.5% of those employed, reported finding their first positions through resources or programs attributed to the Career Center.

Fields where graduates found employment

Fields Percentage
Arts and Entertainment/Visual Arts 22.13%
Business 23.5%
Education/Human Services 16.67%
Public Services and Law 16.94%
Media Arts & Communication 6.56%
Healthcare and Health Services 5.46%
Arts Administration/Management 6.83%
Science, Technology, and Environment 1.91%

Industries that hired Purchase graduates

Fields Percentage
Arts 23.08%


Education 18.27%



Healthcare/Health Services


Human/Social Services


Media Arts/Communications


Public Service/Law


Graduate fields of study

Fields Percentage
Psychology/Counseling 27%
Arts Performance/Arts Management 20%
Health Services 22%
Education 14.5%
Humanities 11%
Communications & Media 9.1%
Law & Legal Services 1.82%
Social Work 1.75%
Visual Arts 5.46%
Other 5.24%