First Destinations Reports

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

Class of 2020

The following data is the result of the collected responses from the class of 2020 regarding employment, volunteer, graduate/professional school, fellowship or other plans seven months after graduation. Outcomes were reported for 587 graduates for a knowledge rate of 83 percent.

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that was declared in March 2020, two months before they graduated, members of the Class of 2020 are achieving at high levels of success. 94% 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: Outcomes After Holy Cross: The Report on the Class of 2020 (PDF)


67% of respondents reported full-time employment.

Starting Salary Profile*
Salary range $30,000 - $100,000
Mean salary $56,633
Median salary $57,000


Top 10 Industries



Industry Percent Average Salary
Health Care 15% $42,375
Financial Services 14% $66,292
Technology 11% $63,086
Government, Politics & Law 10% $48,666
Education 9% $41,334
Accounting 7% $62,050
Insurance 4% $63,510
Not-for-Profit 3% $41,308
Consoluting 3% $66,000
Human Services 3% $47,000

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

Sample Employers

Health Care
• Boston Children’s Hospital
• Brigham & Women’s Hospital
• Dana Farber Cancer Institute
• Fenway Health
• LabCorp
• Lifespan
• Maine Medical Center
• Massachusetts General Hospital
• New York Presbyterian Hospital
• Newton Wellesley Primary Care
• St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
• UMass Medical School

Financial Services
• Barclays
• BlackRock
• Citigroup
• Fidelity Investments
• Goldman Sachs
• Lloyds Bank
• MassMutual
• Morgan Stanley
• Morningstar
• S&P Global Ratings
• State Street Corporation

• Amazon Web Services
• Dell EMC
• Epic Systems
• Leostream
• Microsoft Corp
• Oracle NetSuite
• Pegasystems

Government, Politics and Law
• Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick
• City of Boston
• Cravath, Swaine & Moore
• Latham & Watkins
• Massachusetts Attorney General
• United States Department of Defense
• United States Department of the Treasury
• United States Air Force
• United States Marine Corps
• United States Navy

• Christo Rey New York High School
• College of the Holy Cross
• EF Education
• Natick High School
• New England Center for Children
• St. Mark’s School
• Success Academy
• Teach for America

• Deloitte
• EY
• PwC

• Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
• Hanover Insurance Group
• Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
• Marsh
• Zurich North America

• Ascentria Care Alliance
• Boys & Girls Club
• Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance
• Community Legal Aid
• Partners in Health

• Aon
• Heidrick & Struggles
• Mercer

Human Services
• Boston Senior Home Care
• LifeBridge Community Services
• Spectrum Health Systems
• Youth Villages

Continuing Education

17% of respondents reported continuing their education.


Volunteer Full Time

6% of respondents reported volunteering full time.

Top Four Programs Number of Graduates
Jesuit Volunteer Corps 12
City Year 9
AmeriCorps 4
Nativity School of Worcester 3


1% of respondents reported doing fellowships.

Top Fellowship Programs Number of Graduates
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) 2
Meddeas (Multilingual Education Development & Support) 2


8% of respondents reported pursuing other opportunities.

Additional Outcomes Number of Graduates
Internship 19
Part-time employment 18
Travel or seeking full-time employment or admission to graduate school 5


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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.