Majority of class of 2015 college graduates working or in grad school

Steve Thackston/GSU

Steve Thackston/GSU

First Destinations - Class of 2015 vs. Class of 2014

Status; Percent Class of 2015, Percent Class of 2014

Employed, full time 58.4%, 55.4%

Employed, part time 6.0%, 6.6%

Graduate/professional school/ continuing education 17.7%, 16.4%

Still seeking employment 11.0%, 13.9%

Still seeking education 3.2%, 3.6%

Not seeking 1.9%, 2.2%

Source: Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers. All data are for bachelor’s degree graduates and represent initial post-graduation outcomes as of December 30, 2015.

There’s good news on the jobs front for recent college graduates.

A national survey of grads in the class of 2015 found that the majority of them — 82 percent — were either employed or in graduate school six months after graduation. The data is from the Class of 2015 First-Destination Survey released Wednesday by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

The 2015 survey includes data from 279 colleges and universities, representing almost half a million graduates, and includes information on graduates’ status as of December 30, 2015.

Of those graduates, 58.4 percent of bachelor’s degree graduates were employed full time. Computer science graduates fared best, with 76 percent of that group working full time.

Almost 18 percent of 2015 grads had been accepted into graduate or professional school and 6 percent were working part time. The outcomes for this group of students outpaced 2014 graduates, according to the study.

This is NACE’s second year conducting the national survey of college graduate outcomes. The College of Coastal Georgia, Spelman College, along with Emory, Georgia State and Kennesaw State Universities provided data on their bachelor’s degree program graduates for the 2015 NACE survey.