Employment After Graduation

  • Degree
    92% Of Respondents Employed Or Continuing Education Within 6 Months
  • Employers
    Employed Among 365+ Employers
  • Plane Circling Globe
    Employed Across 9 Countries

About Our Recent Kent State Graduates

Upon graduation, Kent State University graduates (bachelors, masters, doctorate, associates and certificates) join our worldwide alumni family, which exceeds 251,000. Our diverse alumni network helps to provide resources, connections and insights into industries and careers for our graduates. Kent State graduates go on to accept professional career opportunities in Ohio, across the United States and around the world. We learn about the endeavors of our graduates through our First Destination Survey (FDS) and Graduated Student Survey (GSS), which we have combined into one survey instrument.

First Destination Survey

In 2014, the National Association of Colleges and Employers launched a national survey focused on new college graduates. This portion of the survey, launched in May 2018 at Kent State as the First Destination Survey, collects data about what our graduates are doing postgraduation, including working full/part time; continuing education; volunteering; serving in the military; seeking employment or continuing education; and/or not seeking employment or continuing education.

Graduated Student Survey

Kent State's Graduated Student Survey was introduced in 2005 and provides feedback regarding the quality of recent graduates’ undergraduate and graduate education (knowledge and skills acquired, and curricular and co-curricular activities) and primary activities following graduation (e.g., employment, education and family). The Graduated Student Survey asks graduates to indicate their overall satisfaction with and perceptions of the university. 

Data Collection

Data collection is a collaborative effort of Career Exploration and Development; Accreditation, Assessment and Learning; Institutional Research; and the faculty and staff at Kent State who support the knowledge rate.

  • The data on the following tabs are responses from our May 2018 and August 2018 graduates at 6 months post-graduation.
  • Data collection is ongoing, updated at both the six- and 12-month postgraduation marker after each commencement.

Report information about a recent graduate using this form or report to your Handshake profile.

To learn more about guiding principles and protocol for our surveys visit the NACE website, and the HLC website.

College of Architecture and Environmental Design
1 DLR Group
2 Vocon
3 Van Auken Akins Architects LLC
4 Sam Sherman Associates
5 red architecture + planning
6 R.W. Larson Architects
7 ms consultants, inc.
8 HHSDR Architects and Engineers
9 Hayes Design Group Architects
10 Aldridge Electric


College of the Arts
1 Kohl's Corporation
2 National Safety Apparel, Inc.
3 Macy's, Inc.
4 Dillard's Inc.
5 Vincent Lighting Systems
6 Raymour & Flanigan
7 Ross Stores, Inc.
8 Self-Employed
9 STAGES St. Louis
10 State of Wisconsin


College of Arts and Sciences
2 Huntington National Bank
3 Hyland Software, Inc.
4 Kent State University
5 Union Hospital
6 Case Western Reserve University
7 Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
9 AML RightSource
10 American Red Cross
College of Business Administration
1 Fastenal
2 KeyBank
3 Quicken Loans
4 Progressive Insurance
5 Sherwin Williams
6 Tom James Company
7 Diebold Nixdorf
8 Qualtrics
9 Grant Thornton
10 FirstEnergy


College of Communication and Information
1 Aetna
2 Frederick County Government
3 EF English First
4 DuraTerrain
5 Covenant Eyes
6 Cordray/Sutton Committee
7 Convergys
8 Clade Design
9 Cincinnati Public Schools
10 Catholic Schools of Fairbanks


College of Education, Health and Human Services
1 Kent State University, Stark Campus
2 Signature Health Inc.
3 Hiram College
4 School
6 Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
7 Westfield Insurance
8 Clark County School District
9 Blue Sky Therapy
10 Ashland University


College of Nursing
1 Cleveland Clinic
2 University Hospitals
3 Summa Health System
4 Cleveland Clinic Akron General
5 Aultman Hospital
6 The MetroHealth System
7 University Hospital
8 Mercy Medical Center
9 Wheeling Hospital
10 University of Phayao


College of Public Health
1 Summa Health System
2 Carroll County General Health District
3 Case Western Reserve University
4 Cleveland Clinic
5 Excela Health
6 Exousia rehabilitation
7 Garfield School District
8 Licking County Health Department
9 Montgomery County Public Health District
10 The Centers for Families and Children


Geographic location of graduates reporting employment for the May and August 2018 term.

Beyond employment our graduates also commit to full-time experiences in the following three areas:

  • 60.36% Continuing Education
  • 0.25% Volunteering
  • 0.41% Military

Responses to the question “Would you recommend Kent State University to others considering college?”