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Class of 2015 achieves 97% employment, grad school

An impressive 97 percent of the Lake Forest College Class of 2015 was either employed or in graduate school six to nine months after graduation, according to data compiled by the College’s Career Advancement Center.

That total is in line with similarly high results of 98 and 94 percent, respectively, the previous two years. Data was collected from 84 percent of Class of 2015 graduates.

“Lake Forest College graduates are very successful,” said Lisa Hinkley, associate vice president for career and professional development. “Recent College investments, including a $2 million gift to fund career preparation efforts, allow us to continue enhancing the support we’re able to provide from Day One for students.”

“Preparing students for careers is part of our mission statement,” President Stephen Schutt said. “To achieve that goal for our students, we have more staff in our career center than any other small college I know of.”

Employers for the Class of 2015 represent the top in their industry, from Abbott Laboratories, to Northern Trust, Aon, CVS Caremark, Lookingglass Theater Company, Morgan Stanley, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Areas of employment for 2015 graduates include education and higher education (14 percent), accounting and financial services (11 percent), arts/entertainment/media (10 percent), nonprofit/social services (10 percent), administrative/technical/professional services (9 percent), and computers and technology (6 percent). 

Of the alumni continuing their education, 54 percent are pursuing a master’s degree, 19 percent are pursuing a PhD (two of these alumni are also pursing a master’s), while nearly 14 percent are working toward a degree in the health professions.  

Eighty-five percent of respondents completed at least one internship or career-related experience. Of that number, more than half (57 percent) completed two or more internships or career-related experiences during their undergraduate career. 

A recent study by the federal government suggests this approach is working. “Salaries are higher for Lake Forest graduates six years out of college than they are for graduates of other colleges like ours in the Midwest,” Schutt said.