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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 2018

The following data is the result of the collected responses from the class of 2018 regarding employment, volunteer, graduate/professional school, fellowship or other plans seven months after graduation. Outcomes were reported for 625 graduates for a knowledge rate of 85 percent.

commencement scene


97% of respondents reported being employed in a job or internship, in graduate school, engaged in service work, or on a fellowship.


Where Are They Now?




72% of respondents reported full-time employment.

Starting Salary Profile*
Salary range $24,000 - $95,000
Mean salary $51,600
Median salary $50,000


Top 10 Industries



Industry Percent Average Salary
Health Care 17% $35,086
Financial Services 16% $66,785
Technology 8% $55,500
Education 8% $40,876
Government, Politics & Law 7% $41,526
Accounting 7% $62,477
Insurance 4% $60,693
Communications 3% $42,000
Marketing & Advertising 3% $49,000
Staffing and Recruiting 3% $46,714

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

Sample Employers

Health Care
• Boston Children’s Hospital
• Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
• Dana Farber Cancer Institute
• Massachusetts General Hospital
• Mayo Clinic
• Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
• Mount Sinai
• Scribe America
• UMass Medical School

Financial Services
• Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Barclays
• Citi
• Deutsche Bank
• Fidelity Investments
• JP Morgan
• Morgan Stanley
• Partners Capital Investment Group
• State Street Corporation
• Wintrust Bank

• Amazon
• Carbon Black, Inc.
• Dell EMC
• HubSpot
• MathWorks
• Meditech
• Oracle NetSuite
• Shyft Analytics

• College of the Holy Cross
• Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School
• Kent School
• Kipp Morial Middle School
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Natick High School
• Peking University
• Teach for America

Government, Politics & Law
• Bob Casey for Senate
• Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
• Ropes & Gray
• United States Army
• United States Navy

• Deloitte
• EY
• PwC

• Amica
• Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
• Liberty Mutual Group
• The Travelers Companies

• America’s Test Kitchen
• CBS News
• Havas Media Group
• Hunter Public Relations
• Meredith Corporation
• NBCUniversal Media

Marketing and Advertising
• Horizon Media
• Ogilvy & Mather
• Tremor Video

Staffing and Recruiting
• Execu|Search Group
• Heidrick & Struggles
• Insight Global
• PharmaLogics Recruiting
• Signature Consultants

Graduate School

14% of respondents reported going to graduate school.


Volunteer Full Time

7% of respondents reported volunteering full time.

Top Four Programs Number of Graduates
City Year 5
Jesuit Volunteer Corps 4
Peace Corps 4
AmeriCorps 3
Nativity School of Worcester 3


2% of respondents reported doing fellowships.

Top Fellowship Programs Number of Graduates
Fulbright Teaching Assistantship 5
Meddeas 3


6% of respondents reported pursuing other opportunities.

Additional Outcomes Number of Graduates
Internship 15
Travel 13
Part-time employment 2
Seeking full-time employment 1
Not seeking 1


job fair

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.