2017 College Student Survey

2017 College Student Survey

While just over half (53 percent) of college students believe their course of study will lead to a good job, only about a third are confident they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market (34 percent) or the workplace (36 percent), a survey from the Strada Education Network and Gallup finds. Based on responses from more than thirty-two thousand students at forty-three four-year institutions, the 2017 College Student Survey (35 pages, PDF) found that individuals majoring in STEM disciplines were more likely to say their major would lead to a good job (62 percent) than those majoring in public service (58 percent), business (51 percent), or the liberal arts (40 percent); public service majors were the most confident about the desirability of their knowledge and skills; and liberal arts majors were the least confident in all three areas. The survey also found that 39 percent of respondents had never visited their school's career office or availed themselves of its online career services, and that African-American and Latino/a students, as well as first-generation college students, were more likely than their white or Asian-American peers to rate their school’s career services as helpful.

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