Career Placement Statistics Demonstrate Graduate Success
June 3, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Illinois Wesleyan University far surpasses most other institutions
in preparing graduates for their careers, according to an annual graduate survey from
the Hart Career Center and a job placement analysis by Zippia.
Based on 86.7% of recent graduates who responded to the Hart Career Center survey, 96.6% are either employed or in higher education programs within six months of graduating
from Illinois Wesleyan. Additionally, the University’s high career placement rate
landed Illinois Wesleyan at the top of Zippia’s list of “Best Colleges For Jobs in Illinois.”
The list from Zippia, a career advice website, used public data from Integrated Postsecondary
Education Data System (IPEDS) and the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard
to analyze job placement ratings of four-year institutions in Illinois, with a focus
on employment levels 10 years after graduation.
Not only do Illinois Wesleyan alumni find jobs quickly, they find jobs that reward
them for their knowledge and skills. The average full-time starting salary for 2018
graduates was $47,486, taking into consideration graduates in healthcare, education,
technology, and other growing sectors. Another recent Zippia survey ranked IWU No.
1 in Illinois among “Small Colleges with the Highest Earning Graduates by State.”
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies critical thinking/problem
solving, oral/written communication skills, teamwork/collaboration, information technology
application, leadership, professionalism/work ethic, and career management as core
competencies for career readiness, and Hart Career Center Director Warren Kistner
’83 says an Illinois Wesleyan education instills students with these very skills.
“I believe it is a combination of factors that lead to our students' success,” Kistner
explained. “Strong academics, a diverse array of extracurricular activities, practical
experience in their field of interest, and many other experiences prepare students
to contribute to the success of an organization and/or excel in graduate/professional
Furthermore, WalletHub named Illinois Wesleyan 22nd in the nation in its annual Best Colleges Ranking, and it’s not the only college advice website which has acknowledged the success
of the University and its graduates. To read more about what others have to say about
Illinois Wesleyan, visit IWU’s Best Value Rankings page.