Student Outcomes

Overview of Student Outcomes

While the University can have the most direct impact on students’ experiences and achievements while they are attending UMass Amherst, we are also interested in our graduates’ achievements later in life and how they view the contributions their UMass Amherst experiences made to their professional, personal, and civic lives. Through our surveys of alums we are able to better understand the particular benefits of a UMass Amherst education and pinpoint areas for additional improvement.

UMass Amherst uses the NACE First-Destination Survey (FDS) to assess student career engagement. The NACE FDS captures information regarding how new college graduates fare in their careers within six months of graduation. The annual initiative provides clear, concise, and consistent data on the outcomes associated with a college education on a national scale. Outcomes include: 

  1. Types of employment: full or part time, contract, freelance, and so forth
  2. Additional education, e.g., accepted to graduate or professional school
  3. Still seeking either employment or further education
  4. Starting salary for those employed full time.

Outcome Highlights for the Class of 2023

The Class of 2023 has thrived in their first 6 months after graduating, finding success across a wide variety of companies and industries. The data below* represents the results from the First Destination Survey for the Class of 2023. 

  • Undergraduate students who obtained a career outcome related to their field of study: 85%
  • Knowledge rate for the Class of 2023: 82%
    • Note that the average knowledge rate for other colleges in 2022 was 57%
  • Number of different states the Class of 2023 are working in post-graduation: 40
  • Number of different countries the class of 2023 are working in post-graduation: 23

*Unless otherwise indicated, data are presented based on reported student information

Detailed Undergraduate Degree Outcomes Report - Class of 2023

Outcome Summary - Class of 2023

  • Students earned their bachelor degree(s): 6,023
  • Knowledge Rate: 82%
  • Graduates who responded they were employed, in military service, volunteering, or continuing their education: 85%

Placement Distribution of Those Who Reported: 

  • Working: 62%
  • Continuing Education: 24%
  • Still Looking: 14%
  • Not Seeking: 1%

Employer Summary - Class of 2023

In 2023, 1,724 unique employers hired undergraduate degree recipients from all schools/colleges.

Top Hirers: 

  • Mass General Brigham
  • RTX (formerly Raytheon Technologies)
  • Beth Israel Lahey Health
  • Amazon
  • Dell Technologies
  • Fidelity Investments
  • The TJX Companies, Inc.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • EY LLP

Top Industries - Class of 2023

Rank Industry % N of Grads Employed
1 Healthcare   391
2 Internet & Software   230
3 Biotech & Life Sciences   94
4 Accounting   88
4 Defense   88
6 Construction   83
7 Investment / Portfolio Management   78
8 Insurance   61
9 Government - Local, State, and Federal   49
10 Manufacturing   48
10 Retail Stores   48



Previous Years' Outcome Summaries