First Employment After Graduation

  • Degree
    90% Of Respondents Employed Or Continuing Education Within 12 Months
  • Employers
    Employed Among 1000+ Employers
  • Plane Circling Globe
    Employed Across 16 Countries

About Our Recent Kent State Graduates

The data on the following tabs are a snapshot from the responses of our Class of 2018 graduates (May, August, and December) within the first year after graduation.

Data collection is updated at both six and 12 months after each graduation ceremony.

Upon graduation, Kent State University graduates (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, associate and certificate) join our worldwide alumni family, which exceeds 268,000. 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 and Graduated Student Survey, which we have combined into one survey instrument. For details about the guiding principles and protocol for our surveys visit the NACE website, and the HLC website.

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.

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.

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.

Anyone can report information about a recent graduate using this form. If you are a recent graduate, report using your Handshake profile.

Feb 2020 Update
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Deru Landscape Architecture
DS Architecture
Hayes Design Group Architects
JRS Architects, Inc.
ms consultants, inc.
NELSON Worldwide
RDL Architects, Inc.
red architecture + planning
Sam Sherman Associates
Van Auken Akins Architects 


College of the Arts
Abercrombie & Fitch
American Eagle Outfitters
Dillard's Inc.
Kohl's Corporation
Macy's, Inc.
National Safety Apparel, Inc.
Ralph Lauren
Scout & Molly's Boutique


College of Arts and Sciences
Buehlers Fresh Foods
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Clinic
Farmers Insurance
Huntington National Bank
Hyland Software, Inc.
Kent State University
Oriana House, Inc.
Progressive Insurance
Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Grant Thornton
Progressive Insurance
Quicken Loans
Sherwin Williams
Tom James Company


College of Communication and Information
Cleveland Public Library
Kenan Advantage Group
Kent State University
Matco Tools
Quicken Loans
Safelite Group
Self Employed
University Hospitals
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


College of Education, Health and Human Services
Akron Public Schools
Ashland University
Autonomy of Scale
Bright Beginnings
Buckeye Local School District
Case Western Reserve University
Clarion University
Georgia State University
Indiana University
Kent State University


College of Nursing
Akron Children's Hospital
Aultman Hospital
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Mercy Medical Center
Summa Health System
The MetroHealth System
University Hospitals


College of Public Health
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
Ashtabula County Medical Center
Aultman Health Foundation
Carroll County General Health District
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland shoulder institute
CSL Plasma
CVS Health
Summa Health System


Use the table below to see locations where graduates are employed by major, state, and country.

Feb 2020 Update

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

  • 53.19% Continuing Education
  • 0.17% Volunteering
  • 0.41% Military
Feb 2020 Update

Feb 2020 Update