Olivet Alumni Again Exceed National Average for 2020 Career Outcomes

ONU’s Class of 2020 is enjoying success in work, service and further education.

May 17, 2021 Academics

Career outcomes for Olivet Nazarene University’s Class of 2020 – undergraduates receiving traditional bachelor’s degrees – are again exceeding the national average of career outcomes reported by other universities and colleges. Based on information for 97% of Olivet graduates in the annual First Destination Survey, 94.4% of Olivet graduates were employed (full-time or part-time), serving in the military or missions, or in graduate school within six months of crossing the stage. 

Colleges and universities around the country use the First Destination Survey, outlined and maintained by the National Association for Colleges and Employers, to assess and track where graduates land within six months post-graduation. Following the trend of the past few years, Olivet’s rate has remained consistently high, even amidst the challenges of a pandemic.

Several of the University’s most popular majors — mathematics and computer science, exercise and sport science, and music — report 100% career outcomes rates. 

Also reporting high outcomes were the Department of Education with 98.5% career outcomes rate; Department of Nursing with 98.4%; Department of Social Work & Criminal Justice with 97.8%; McGraw School of Business with 97%; Walker School of Engineering with 94.3%; Department of Family & Consumer Sciences with 92%; Department of Communication with 91.7%; and the Department of Art and Digital Media with 91.3%.

In spite of the challenging circumstances facing them, the class of 2021 has also demonstrated a strong start to their post-graduation plans. Dr. Ryan Himes, professor of biological sciences reported on behalf of the department that 9 members of the class of 2021 were accepted in medical school. Dr. Anne Figus, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Science, shared the great news of Brock Milliman, a recent interior design graduate, being accepted into the prestigious University of Illinois’ master of architecture program. Dr. Nancy Bonilla, chair of the Department of Modern Languages, additionally announced that 100% of Spanish and Spanish education graduates passed the Oral Proficiency Interview, an external organization which validates an individual’s advanced proficiency in a foreign language.

All of these accomplishments demonstrate the value of an Olivet education as it directly relates to career preparation for graduates.

“These outcomes underscore the quality and determination of Olivet graduates as they begin the next chapter of their lives, especially considering these students entered the job market a couple of months into the pandemic, in an unpredictable and unprecedented time,” says Poppy Miller ’09/’21 M.O.L., director of the Office of Career Services. “Olivet’s mission to prepare students for lives of service to God and to humanity continues to be carried out year after year as our graduates enter into a vast scope of work, education, and service.”

To learn more about Olivet’s areas of study and career preparation, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

Published 5/17/2021

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