Notre Dame College Graduates Surpass 95 Percent Career Placement Rate for 2018

More than 95 percent of Notre Dame College students report full-time employment, graduate school attendance or military or long-term volunteer service within a year and a half of earning their College degrees. The First Destination Survey of the 2017 graduating class represents data self-reported by the students and information collected from personal follow-up and relationships developed with students prior to and after graduation, email and phone inquiries and responses, social media research, Internet searches and feedback from employers.

Almost 88 percent who earned degrees at Notre Dame in 2017 were employed within 16 months following graduation, with another 7.6 percent admitted to graduate school or engaged in military or long-term volunteer service. This employment rate for new Notre Dame graduates is equal to outcomes for the College Class of 2016 and once again is about 30 percent higher than the national average.

According to the National Association of College Employers (NACE), nearly 64 percent of bachelor’s degree students across the country who graduated in 2017 were employed as of October 2018.

The Notre Dame career placement rate for this year also is better than a national employment rate for students with college degrees. The National Center for Education Statistics indicates 86 percent of young adults 25 to 34 years old with college degrees were employed in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.

Only 4.5 percent of Notre Dame graduates in 2018, compared to 5 percent in College data collected last year, are still seeking employment 16 months following their commencement. Nationally, more than 15 percent of graduates are still seeking jobs, according to NACE.

Career Trajectories

In addition to more than 60 new Notre Dame alumni employed as nurses, teachers and administrators at national and regional health care and education institutions, others in the Notre Dame Class of 2017 are working in careers that range from IT analyst and network engineer to fiscal consultant and controller, even legislative aid and professional baseball player. Many have earned positions in marketing and sales. Some are coaches and Ameri-Corps members. Several are starting criminal justice and law careers.

The College graduated more than 300 students last year with degrees in academic divisions encompassing arts and humanities, business, education, math and science and nursing.

Top employers for the Class of 2017 are the renowned Cleveland Clinic and several notable public, private and charter elementary, middle and high schools.

Health Care

In addition to the Cleveland Clinic, where a total of 28 new Notre Dame nursing, science and business alumni from the College’s 2017 graduates are now employed, another eight new Notre Dame alumni are working with University Hospitals, and four are employed with MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

In the mission and tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame who minister to the marginalized in society, College graduates from this most recent cohort also are working in health care settings that specialize in serving children, veterans and the elderly across Ohio and in states from Pennsylvania to Washington, according to data from the career placement survey.


Notre Dame’s education majors from the Class of 2017 are employed throughout Ohio schools, like those in Shaker Heights and Canton city districts, and in national higher education institutions, such as Wake Forest University in North Carolina and Alfred State University in New York.

Indicative of the College’s emphasis on assisting the traditionally underserved in society, these newest education graduates also are employed at institutions for students with learning differences, like the Monarch Center for Autism in University Heights, Ohio, and are serving in urban school districts traditionally considered under academic emergency, including a total of seven working in Cleveland Metropolitan and East Cleveland schools.

Career placement data in 2018 also shows several students have started teaching careers in Catholic schools throughout Northeast Ohio, like St. Jude in Elyria, St. James in Lakewood and St. Mary’s in Chardon, among others.

January 2019

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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