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94% of recent grads have jobs or are in graduate school

Six months after graduation, 94% of the Class of 2013 either had a job or volunteer opportunity, were enrolled in graduate school, or were traveling.

A survey of 2013 graduates shows they secured jobs at a range of companies, including AbbVie, Chicago Zoological Society, Leo Burnett, and Trustmark. Others attended a variety of graduate schools, including Columbia University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

Colin Willis ’13 credits internships with helping him get into the PhD program in industrial/organizational psychology at Colorado State University.

“I’m really grateful for the different opportunities that Lake Forest College gave me,” he said. “I’ve been able to use almost everything that I’ve learned so far to get where I am. My resume stood out because of the different experiences and jobs I had while at Lake Forest.”

The College’s Career Advancement Center (CAC) keeps tabs on graduates like Willis through its Post-Graduate Survey and helps prepare current students for life after graduation. In fact, the CAC connected with 50 percent of the entire student-body during the fall semester, according to Lisa Hinkley, associate vice president for career & professional development.

“Through a combination of new and expanded activities—like the biggest Speed Networking event in College history, as well as an astounding number of individual advising contacts, we are very pleased with the number of students we were able to reach this semester,” Hinkley said.

First-year students at Lake Forest interact more with faculty than first-year students at bigger colleges and universities, creating a supportive environment, according to the 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

The recent NSSE data puts Lake Forest in the top 10 percent of the 650 participating colleges and universities in effective teaching practices, student-faculty interaction, and supportive campus environment.

Forty-four percent of first-year Lake Forest students surveyed said they’ve already talked one-on-one with a faculty member about career-related topics, according to the 2014 NSSE data. The data also shows 43 percent of first-years discussed their academic performance with a professor and 75 percent received feedback from professors on assignments.

Those responses support survey findings that first-year students at Lake Forest find the College to be a “supportive environment” with “quality interactions,” according to the 2014 NSSE data.

Survey data on 2014 graduates is currently being gathered. Class of 2014 graduates can go here to connect to the survey.