MACON/ATLANTA – Mercer University’s latest Graduate Career Outcomes Report indicates that 96% of graduates surveyed from the Class of 2020 reported a positive career outcome, including employment, continuing education, or volunteer or military service.

The Class of 2020 consists of those who graduated during summer 2019, fall 2019 or spring 2020. A total of 1,914 of 2,233 eligible graduates (86%) responded to the survey administered by the University’s Center for Career and Professional Development.

Among graduates with positive career outcomes, 78% reported employment, 17% reported continuing education and 1% reported volunteer or military service.

Two of the University’s schools and colleges – music and nursing – had perfect 100% career outcomes rates for the Class of 2020. Eight other schools and colleges reported career outcomes rates between 93-98%, while the remaining two schools – law and medicine – are not included in the survey.

Mercer’s Graduate Career Outcomes Survey consists of questions developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), along with a set of Mercer-specific questions. The questions collect detailed information about graduates’ career plans, career field experience engagement, resource utilization and career decision-making process.

The annual survey is launched two to four weeks before graduation, and data collection continues until six months after graduation.