A record 96 percent of Philadelphia University’s 2012 graduates are working in their disciplines or have been accepted to the graduate school of their choice, according to the latest survey of graduates by the University’s Career Services Center.
The percentage of ’12 graduates currently working or accepted to graduate school—a rate historically above 90 percent—is the highest percentage ever documented by PhilaU and was consistent across the University’s three colleges: The College of Architecture and the Built Environment rate was 95 percent; the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce was 96 percent; and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts was 97 percent.
“The 96 percent job placement/graduate school acceptance rate for the Class of 2012 is a testament to the fact that the Philadelphia University signature Nexus Learning approach is preparing students who have the relevant skills 21st-century employers value,” said Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., Philadelphia University president. “This is yet another external validation that our academic programs and approach to teaching and learning are helping PhilaU graduates develop successful and meaningful career paths.”
The job placement and graduate school rate reflects Philadelphia University’s vision of being the model for professional university education with an innovative Nexus Learning approach across all disciplines that is active, collaborative, connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts and sciences. Students also benefit from the University’s commitment to industry-sponsored projects. After an intense, week-long collaborative project with industrial design, business and sustainability students last fall, Vibhav Sanzgiri, global director of research and development for Unilever India, said, “These ideas are seriously amazing. … You have given us great ideas. It’s brilliant.”
PhilaU’s Career Services Center, which recently won the top Innovation Excellence Award for Student Engagement at a Small College by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, offers a wide range of services for students and employers, including sponsoring multiple career events annually, such as Design Expo, which this past April attracted more than 250 students and 60 design-related employers seeking full-time staff positions as well as interns, and the Career and Internship Fair held in February, which attracted 250 students and 45 employers.
“The employers we talk to always come away impressed and eager to hire our graduates,” PhilaU Career Services Associate Director Lisa Boyle said after the April event.