Cal Poly’s Recent Graduates Report High Levels of Employment, Record Salaries

Graduate Status Report 2017Nearly 94 percent 2015-16 Cal Poly graduates are employed, in graduate school or otherwise purposely engaged — the highest number percentage ever reported, according to the university’s latest Graduate Status Report.

And nearly three-quarters of 2015-16 Cal Poly graduates have secured full-time employment, and at higher-then-ever wages, according to the survey.

Those facts and several others reported in the 2015-16 GSR point to significant improvements in employment and other post-graduation pursuits for new Cal Poly alumni.

The nearly 94 percent of respondents who reported positive post-graduation outcomes (i.e., full- or part-time employment, graduate school, or other intentional pursuits) is an increase of 3 percent from 2014-15.

The 73 percent who secured full-time employment is the largest percentage in the last decade and represents an 11 percent increase from figures reported in 2014-15. Also, 99 percent of those with jobs were employed within nine months of graduation, a 1 percent increase from last year. Ninety-six percent of students found jobs related to their major, a 2 percent increase. And the median starting salary for 2015-16 grads was $60,000, an increase of $4,000 from the previous year.

The GSR also reported that 35 percent of students secured their positive outcomes through Cal Poly’s Career Services, a 5 percent increase.

Bachelor’s degree holders from the Orfalea College of Business reported an average starting salary of $60,000, with 96 percent of respondents reporting a full-time job, a part-time job, or plans to attend graduate school.

“These latest figures further demonstrate that Cal Poly’s signature Learn by Doing method is a fast path to career success,” President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said. “We continue to invest in hands-on, experiential learning because, quite simply, it works – for students, for employers, and for the state of California and beyond.”

The figures reported are based on data collected from 2,465 graduates, representing 54 percent of the fall 2015 and spring 2016 graduating classes.

All six of Cal Poly colleges had substantial increases from last year. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; College of Science and Mathematics; and the College of Liberal Arts experienced the biggest impacts.

To view the 2015-16 GSR online, including breakdowns for individual colleges, go to: