First Destination Survey Results

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An annual summary of campus-wide First Destination Survey responses, summarized by major, school/college, and tuition residency.

Report URL
Data Cookbook URL (requires authorization)
Data Domain(s)
Student Record
Access Restrictions
Publicly Available
Data Source Information
Data View Information
Update Schedule
Annually, typically in October
Responsible Office
Academic Planning and Institutional Research
Important Notes

The First Destination Survey is administered at the time of graduation to undergraduate students who have applied to graduate. Bachelor's degree recipients have up to six months after graduation to respond to the survey, and results are limited to those who earned a degree. All responses to the survey are voluntary. A copy of the survey questions is available at

The survey complies with National Association of Colleges and Employers standards for First Destination Surveys and meets accountability requirements set by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents and the State of Wisconsin.

Results are tabulated based on the number of respondents, not the overall number of graduates. For employment-related results or continuing-education related results, results are limited to those students who indicated they planned to do the corresponding activity after graduation.

Responses may differ from school/college reporting where career services offices individually follow up with their students after completion of the First Destination Survey.

This publicly available visualization redacts the number of students in any response category where less than five students have selected that activity. For small programs or programs with low response rates, contact Sara Lazenby ( for more information on available data.


Name Functional Definition Data Domains
School/College of Student

The student's primary school/college. Some students have a second major or pursue a certificate in another school/college.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
School/College of Major

Indicates the school/college that has ownership of the major.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Tuition Residency

The residency status of a student for tuition purposes. Some non-resident students from Minnesota ("Minnesota Compact" students) pay tuition based on a legal agreement between the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Academic Year

An academic year consists of sequential summer, fall, spring terms. For example, the 2011-12 academic years includes summer 2011, fall 2011, and spring 2012.

Academic Planning