Job Placement Information for HEA/HEOA Program
Summary of First Destination Plans, Class of 2020
(includes graduates from August 2019, December 2019 and May 2020)
Roanoke College gathers information on employment and graduate/professional school attendance via a combination of tools. Based on information provided by students during their Senior Exit Interviews, as well as on research from LinkedIn, follow-up emails with individuals, information provided by faculty, and a direct telephone campaign that ended in early September 2020, the following is a summary of First Destination data for the Class of 2020.
Categories are based on firm commitments*** made by the graduates.
Please note: Most of this group graduated in May 2020. Results are clearly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
First Destination Data
Total Number of graduates 428
No Information 91 (21.3% of total number)
Base Number 337* (78.7% of total number)
(number for whom we have data)
Percentages below use 337 as the 100% basis.
Employed (only) 177 (52.5%)
120 work FT, 19 work PT, and 38 did not specify FT or PT.
Grad School (only) 57 (16.9%)
Employed and in grad school 6 (1.8%)
3 work FT, 2 work PT, and 1 did not specify FT or PT.
Total number employed or in grad school: 240 (71.2%)
Other** 18 (5.3%)
No Firm Commitment 79 (23.4%)
*Break-downs and percentages are based on the base number and do not include those on whom we have no information at all.
**Other includes such activities as returning to Roanoke College to complete additional studies (majors, minors, teacher licensure), pursuing Fulbright and other fellowship opportunities, completing internships before finding employment or while waiting to start graduate school, and traveling.
***Firm commitments is defined as an opportunity which a student/graduate has already accepted and committed to, not a plan or hope of something to happen.
Initial Salary Ranges
Salary Ranges were reported by 92 of the 123 with full-time jobs, as follows, with a median salary of $37,500.
$0-14,999 6 (6.5%)
$15,000-19,999 5 (5.4%)
$20,000-24,999 2 (2.2%)
$25,000-29,999 9 (9.8%)
$30,000-34,999 16 (17.4%)
$35,000-39,999 15 (16.3%)
$40,000-49,999 17 (18.5%)
$50,000-74,999 19 (20.7%)
$75,000-99,999 3 (3.3%
Salary Ranges were reported by 13 of the 21 with part-time jobs, as follows, with a median salary of less than $15,000.
$0-14,999 9 (69.2%)
$15,000-19,999 2 (15.4%)
$20,000-24,999 0 (0.0%)
$25,000-29,999 0 (0.0%)
$30,000-34,999 0 (0.0%)
$35,000-39,999 1 (7.7%)
$40,000-49,999 1 (7.7%)
$50,000-74,999 0 (0.0%)
Not all graduates with jobs report FT/PT status and not all graduates report salary ranges.
Sampling of Employers+:
Blue Eagle Credit Union
Ernst & Young, LLP
Mutual of Omaha
Rehabilitative Services and Vocational Placement, Inc.
Roanoke City Schools
U.S. Marine Corps
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Sampling of Graduate/Professional Schools+:
Austin Peay State University
George Mason University
George Washington University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Virginia
+ The sample list of employers and graduate schools includes those organizations listed most frequently by graduates. Over 160 different employers and over 50 different graduate schools were reported by this group of graduates.
For additional information on employment of graduates, please contact the Career Services Office (540-375-2303).