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Class of 2017 Report

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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 2017 

The following data is the result of the collected responses from the class of 2017 regarding employment, volunteer, graduate/professional school, fellowship or other plans seven months after graduation. Outcomes were reported for 532 graduates for a knowledge rate of 82 percent. 

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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.

Where Are They Now?



Source: Outcomes After Holy Cross: The Report on the Class of 2017 (PDF)


67% of respondents reported full-time employment.

Starting Salary Profile
Salary range $24,672-$91,000
Mean salary $51,210
Median salary $48,000



Top 10 Industries



Industry Percent Average Salary
Financial Services 19% $61,900
Health Care 16% $37,197
Government, Politics & Law 9% $43,444
Technology 8% $61,951
Education 7% $41,313
Accounting 5% $59,260
Arts, Entertainment & Sports 4% $35,000
Consulting 4% $62,750
Marketing & Advertising 4% $45,625
Not-for-Profit 4% $42,250

Sample Employers

Financial Services
• Eaton Vance
• Fidelity Investments
• Goldman Sachs
• John Hancock
• JP Morgan
• Morgan Stanley
• Willis Towers Watson

Health Care
• Boston Children's Hospital
• Dana Farber Cancer Institute
• Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
• Massachusetts General Hospital
• NYU School of Medicine
• Scribe America
• UMass Medical School

Government, Politics & Law
• Cetrulo LP
• Consulate General of Canada
• National Institutes of Health
• Ropes & Gray
• United States Attorney’s Office
• United States House of Representatives
• United States Navy
• United States Senate

• Acquia
• Amazon
• Dell EMC
• Kronos
• Mitre Corporation
• NetSuite
• Oracle
• Shyft Analytics

• Boston College
• Boston University
• Fessenden School
• Grace Academy
• Hopkinton High School
• Kipp Academy Boston
• New England Center for Children
• Shady Hill School

• Deloitte
• EY
• PwC

Arts, Entertainment & Sports
• Ballet Hispanico
• Columbus Crew SC
• Netflix
• New Jersey Devils
• Sony Music Entertainment
• AZC Cubs
• ESC Planegg Penguins

• Alpha Sights
• Deloitte
• EY
• Gartner
• Public Consulting Group

Marketing & Advertising
• EMI Strategic Marketing
• J Walter Thompson
• Orion Worldwide

• American Antiquarian Society
• Archdiocese of New York
• Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
• Out & Equal
• Partners in Health
• LUK Inc.

Graduate School

13% of respondents reported going to graduate school.


Volunteer Full Time

9% of respondents reported volunteering full time.

Top Four Programs Number of Graduates
City Year 11
Jesuit Volunteer Corps 5
JVC Northwest 4
Nativity School of Worcester 3


4% of respondents reported doing a fellowships.

Top Fellowship Programs Number of Graduates
Fulbright Teaching Assistantship 12
Teaching Assistant Program in France 3


8% of respondents reported pursuing other opportunities.

Additional Outcomes Number of Graduates
Internship 16
Part-time employment 6
Travel 5
Seeking full-time employment 5
Seeking enrollment in graduate school 4
Part-time graduate studies 1