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Class of 2023 reports strong post-graduate outcomes

graduate with family
February 09, 2024
Meghan O'Toole

Lake Forest College's Class of 2023 have crossed the threshold from undergraduate studies to their chosen paths. Here's how they're making it in the world beyond our gates.

Last May, the Class of 2023, many of whom dealt with their first years of college being shaped by the pandemic, graduated prepared to find success. The Gorter Family Career Advancement Center (CAC) recently announced the results of their annual survey of graduates, which show strong outcomes for the Class of 2023 and express the value employers place on liberal arts skills in the workplace. 

Survey data showed that 96 percent of 2023 graduates are pursuing chosen opportunities, such as starting careers, graduate school, and more, within six months of graduation. Here is a breakdown of how our recent 2023 graduates are finding success after graduation:

  • 78.5 percent are employed
  • 14.6 percent are attending graduate school
  • 2.8 percent were seeking employment
  • 1.0 percent were applying to graduate school
  • 3.1 percent are pursuing other options such as traveling, focusing on family, etc.

pie chart illustrating graduate outcomes as listed above

80 percent of graduates’ outcomes have been reported, compared to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ recommendation of 65 percent.

 “The success of our Class of 2023 is a testament to the increasing value of our graduates’ liberal arts skills, particularly as technology and AI transform more areas of work,” Assistant Vice President for Career Advancement and Director for the Gorter Family Career Advancement Center Colleen Monks said. “As reflected in the reports from the World Economic Forum and the National Association of Colleges and Employers, skills like critical  thinking, communication, and creative thinking are in high-demand by employers and are critical to tackle the complexities in today’s professional world.”

oratile matome

Data science and French double major Oratile Matome ’23 secured a position as an Associate Quantitative Analyst at Morningstar Inc. in Chicago. She credits her success to the resources provided by the CAC.

“Starting as early as my freshman year, I actively engaged with the Career Advancement Center to gain insight into my post-graduation aspirations and enhance my college experience. This allowed me to foster a strong rapport with the career center advisors, Marie and Albert,” Matome said. “Their guidance assisted me in honing my career goals and devising strategies to secure internships and desired opportunities.” 

The success of each student contributes to the success of the College. The Wall Street Journal ranked Lake Forest College the best liberal-arts college in the Midwest in its most recent ranking released on December 18, 2023. According to the article, “Student outcomes—including measures of graduation rates, graduates’ salaries and how those salaries offset the cost of attaining an undergraduate degree at each school—account for 70 percent of the overall score.” 

“We are thrilled that our graduates continue to achieve successful outcomes across our Career Pathways and diverse industries,” Vice President for Career Advancement and Athletics Jackie Slaats said. “Our career outcomes, supported by great career preparation and our incredibly committed Forester Network, is something that sets us apart, and we are proud to be recognized for it in recent national rankings.” 

christian meyers

Lake Forest College’s efforts to provide students with valuable career-building opportunities bolster students’ confidence, networking abilities, and resumes, priming them for success after graduation.

Environmental studies major Christian Meyers ’23 is grateful for his varied academic experience for helping him find his passion: “My experience from my senior seminar course on preserving and restoring endangered species gave me an absolute passion to pursue a career related to environmental stewardship and research. If not for that class, I would not have been where I am today, doing the things I am doing with Green Iowa Americorps.”

Top employers for the Class of 2023:

  • AbbVie
  • Allstate
  • AmeriCorps and Peace Corps
  • Elbe Creative Partners
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Epic Systems
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hanes
  • Illinois Bone and Joint Institute
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Midwest Young Artists Conservatory
  • NFL Films
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • PetSmart
  • Tegus
  • W. W. Grainger

  Top graduate schools for the Class of 2023:

  • College of William And Mary
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago