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Student Success at Time of Graduation

While comparative data for schools like SMU is often hard to come by, SMU conducts a university-wide survey at the time of graduation for all graduating students except Dedman School of Law school graduates, who are surveyed separately 10 months later in compliance with American Bar Association standards. Results of the graduation surveys are shown below.

Undergraduate Degree Recipients

Primary status at time of graduation AY 2014-2015 AY 2015-2016
  # % # %
Employed or Pursuing Graduate Studies Total 777 73% 901 68%
     Employed 496 46% 612 46%
     Pursuing Graduate Studies 281 26% 289 22%
Seeking Employment or Other 292 27% 429 32%
No Response 0 0% 1 0%
Total Survey Respondents 1,069   1,331  

In 2015-2016, the median salary of students employed full time at graduation, who reported their salary was $55,000.

Graduate Degree (Non-law) Recipients

Primary status at time of graduation AY 2014-2015 AY 2015-2016
  # % # %
Employed or Pursuing Graduate Studies Total 271 62% 954 69%
     Employed 228 52% 833 60%
     Pursuing Graduate Studies 43 10% 121 9%
Seeking Employment or Other 168 38% 430 31%
No Response 0 0% 2 0%
Total Survey Respondents 440   1,386  

In 2015-2016, the median salary of students employed full time at graduation, who reported their salary was $61,393.*
*Does not include Law School graduates

Law School Graduates

Dedman Law school graduates are surveyed 10 months after graduation. The results of the survey are shown below.

  Academic Year
  2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
  # % # % # %
Number of Graduates 247   254   239  
Total Employed 224 91% 236 93% 217 91%
     Law Firm 144 58% 146 57% 143 60%
     Business and Other Industry 58 23% 60 24% 41 17%
     Other 22 9% 30 12% 33 14%
Average Salary $99,635 $99,901 $95,049