Published on June 14, 2017 by William Nunnelley  
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Six months after graduation from undergraduate programs at Samford University, a high percentage of December 2016 graduates are working to make a difference in the world. A total of 98 percent of the graduates surveyed are either employed, or are continuing their education in internships or postgraduate school.

Samford’s Career Development Center surveyed the university’s 100 December bachelor’s degree graduates and received First Destination data from 94. Of the graduates responding, 79 percent were employed and 19 percent were continuing their education. The other 2 percent were seeking employment.

“This December 2016 outcomes data is a fantastic testament to the quality of a Samford education,” said Heather Averett, director of employee relations for the Career Development Center. “I’m continually encouraged by the continued success of our graduates.”

Averett noted that the center began collecting the data in 2011 and continually has very high placement rates.

“We are very pleased to share our graduates’ stories and connect with our most recent alumni to remind them that Samford remains committed to their success in years to come,” said Nancy Biggio, associate provost for administration.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.