Graduate Success

Ever wonder what happens once an IWU student receives their diploma?  Take a look at our first-destination survey results of the Class of 2019 to see where IWU graduates land, the employers they work for, graduate school success, and top areas of employment. If you have questions about time frame or methodology of the survey, please contact the Hart Career Center at (309) 556-3095. 

Illinois Wesleyan University Class of 2019 First Destination Survey Results

Based on a 87.2% knowledge rate* within 6 months of graduation & additional self-reported data. 

Where Are They Now?This is a graph of the percentage of the class of 2019 students employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation. 63.8% full time employment, 30.2% graduate/professional school, 3.4% undecided, 2.6% part time employment


Employed or continuing education 


 participated in at least one internship during their time at IWU


reported completion of multiple internships  


Top Areas of Employment

This is a graph of the percentage of the class of 2019 students employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation. 22% healthcare, 14.2% education, 9.4% accounting, 8.2% entertainment, 6.9% insurance, 5.6% technology





Average Full-Time Starting Salary
Range: $15,000 - 90,000

Select Employers

Advocate Healthcare
Alight Solutions
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Athletico Physical Therapy
Baltimore City Public Schools
Bayer Company
BMO Harris Bank
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
Chase Bank
Cleveland Clinic
Digitas North America
Georgia Theatre
IHT Wealth Management
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Legal Aid Online


John Deere
Lake Forest School District 67
Loyola University Medical Center
MoLo Solutions
Northwestern Medicine
Playhouse on the Square
Prevent Child Abuse America
Rush University Medical Center
State Farm
Technos College
The Jackson Laboratory
The Rev Theatre Company
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
We Are Royale
Wolfram Research


Top Graduate Degrees Pursued 

This is a graph of the distribution of the different graduate degrees class of 2019 iwu graduates pursued. 50% masters, 22.6% medical, 12.3 PhD/EdD, 8.5% law

Select Graduate Schools

Boston University
California Institute of the Arts
Cornell University
Emory University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Loyola University Chicago
Queen's University Belfast
Rutgers University School of Engineering
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
St. John's University School of Law
Tufts University


Tulane University
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Glasgow
University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Iowa
University of Oxford
University of Sussex
University of Texas at Austin
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Washington University in St. Louis


*The knowledge rate defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates' post-graduation career activities (Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers).  

This survey is conducted according to guidelines from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the professional association for university career services and employers.