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First Destinations Reports

Whether it’s employment, graduate school, volunteerism or fellowships, Holy Cross prepares students exceptionally well for life after graduation. 

The story told by the media about liberal arts graduates being under- or unemployed is not the reality for the vast majority of Holy Cross graduates. Each year, Holy Cross conducts a survey of the graduating class. The results stand in sharp contrast to the national narrative. 

Class of 2019

The following data is the result of the collected responses from the class of 2019 regarding employment, volunteer, graduate/professional school, fellowship or other plans seven months after graduation. Outcomes were reported for 687 graduates for a knowledge rate of 87 percent.

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93% of respondents report being employed in a job or internship, in graduate school, engaged in service work, or on a fellowship.


Where Are They Now?



Source: Source: Outcomes After Holy Cross: The Report on the Class of 2019 (PDF)


72% of respondents reported full-time employment.

Starting Salary Profile*
Salary range $26,000 - $100,000
Mean salary $55,401
Median salary $55,000


Top 10 Industries



Industry Percent Average Salary
Financial Services 17% $70,202
Health Care 12% $39,382
Technology 12% $62,940
Government, Politics & Law 12% $41,716
Education 5% $44,265
Accounting 5% $61,395
Arts, Entertainment and Sports 3% N/A
Communications 3% $47,214
Insurance 3% $59,263
Not-for-Profit 3% $41,600

*Students pursuing gap-year opportunities are not included in the salary data set

Sample Employers

Financial Services
• Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Barclays
• BlackRock
• BNY Mellon Wealth Management
• Citi
• Fidelity Investments
• Goldman Sachs
• JP Morgan
• Lloyds Bank
• Morgan Stanley
• Partners Capital
• Putnam Investments
• Wellington Management

Health Care
• Brigham & Women’s Hospital
• The Cleveland Clinic
• Dana Farber Cancer Institute
• Maine Medical Center
• Massachusetts General Hospital
• McLean Hospital
• UMass Medical School

• AlphaSights
• Amazon
• Dell EMC
• Groupon
• HubSpot
• Mimecast
• Oracle NetSuite
• Toast
• Yelp

Government, Politics and Law
• Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
• Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
• Massachusetts House of Representatives
• Mintz Levin
• Ropes & Gray
• United States Department of Defense
• United States Air Force
• United States Army
• United States Marines
• United States Navy
• Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher

• Catholic Memorial High School
• College of the Holy Cross
• EF Education
• Harvard University
• St. John’s Prep
• Teach for America
• Worcester Public Schools

• Deloitte
• EY
• PwC

Arts, Entertainment and Sports
• CBS Interactive
• Chicago White Sox
• Game Show Network
• Huntington Theatre Company
• Jacob’s Pillow
• Los Angeles Philharmonic
• Sony Pictures Entertainment
• Wichita Thunder
• Worcester Railers

• America’s Test Kitchen
• Crown Media Family Networks
• Hearst Fashion Group
• Racepoint Global
• Time

• Gallagher
• Geico
• Liberty Mutual Group
• Marsh
• New York Life Insurance Company
• Principal Financial Company
• Unum

• American Antiquarian Society
• Care for the Homeless
• Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse
• Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

Graduate School

14% of respondents reported going to graduate school.


Volunteer Full Time

6% of respondents reported volunteering full time.

Top Four Programs Number of Graduates
Peace Corps 7
Jesuit Volunteer Corps 6
AmeriCorps Vista 3
JVC Northwest 3
Nativity School of Worcester 2


2% of respondents reported doing fellowships.

Top Fellowship Programs Number of Graduates
Fulbright Teaching Assistantship 4
College of the Holy Cross 2
SITE Lombardia 2


6% of respondents reported pursuing other opportunities.

Additional Outcomes Number of Graduates
Part-time employment 21
Internship 19
Seeking full-time employment or admission to graduate school 11
Graduate school part time 4
Other 4


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Preparing Students for Post-Graduate Success

Collaborating with the network of Holy Cross alumni, employers and campus partners, the Center for Career Development shares expertise and engages students throughout their undergraduate career to translate the liberal arts experience into meaningful vocation and a lifetime of professional achievement.