A Smart Investment

At AU, the most important measure of our value is the success of our students. Year after year, our alumni produce a strong track record. For the undergraduate Class of 2016, six months after graduation:

  • 92 percent are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or applying to graduate school
  • 88 percent of those who are working hold jobs related to their degree
  • 14 percent are enrolled in or have applied to graduate school

Our graduate students also land jobs quickly. In 2016, 91 percent of master’s recipients were working within six months, nearly all in degree-related positions.

AU graduates are competitive in the marketplace. For our graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees and, within six months of graduation, are employed or employed and enrolled in graduate school:

  • 78 percent earn $35,000 or more
  • 67 percent earn $40,000 or more
  • 16 percent earn $60,000 or more

For our master’s students within six months of graduation:

  • 62 percent earn $50,000 or more
  • 38 percent earn $60,000 or more

We encourage you to consider AU salary data in conjunction with national surveys that provide reliable aggregate information and context for new college graduate earnings. The Association of American Colleges and Universities has published a report on earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates with various undergraduate majors. Their findings are available at aacu.org.

In addition, the National Association of Colleges and Employers publishes an annual Salary Survey. Highlights and the executive summary are available at naceweb.org. Because graduates of master's degree programs typically enter specific fields, with widely variable average salaries, meaningful national salary data covering all master's degrees are not available.

Our students thrive in diverse fields. Among undergrads, 55 percent work in private, for-profit companies, 28 percent in nonprofits, and 16 percent in government. Among master’s alumni, 33 percent work in private, for-profit companies, 34 percent in nonprofits, and 29 percent in U.S. and international government agencies.

AU’s internship and study abroad programs are among the strongest in the nation. These experiences give our students valuable professional connections and skills attractive to employers. Among graduates of the classes 2014-2016:

  • 91 percent participate in an internship
  • 53 percent have studied overseas

AU’s Career Center offers lifetime alumni support, enhanced by an alumni network with 34 chapters worldwide.