Class of 2015 Postgraduation Outcomes

Bates’ 148th Commencement ceremony itself takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 25, on the Historic Quad, Campus Avenue and College Street (or Merrill Gym in case of rain).

At Bates, enabling students to lead lives of meaningful work is at the heart of our liberal arts mission.
99%of 2015 graduates who responded to the survey report being settled

(79%) Employed
(12%) Graduate/Professional School
(5%) Fellowship
(3%) Internship
(1%) Still seeking employment, volunteer, travel, or further study

Our process: The Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) surveyed the Class of 2015 at graduation and again in December 2015 to determine the students’ postgraduation plans. Ninety percent of the class participated in the survey. Data was collected through email, social media, and a pen-and-paper survey administered when seniors collected their caps and gowns just prior to graduation.

U.S. Locations
Many graduates choose to stay close to Bates—and many more find opportunities around the country, and around the world.
12%New York
Connecticut 3%
Illinois 2%
New Hampshire 2%
New Jersey 1%
Washington D.C. 1%
Pennsylvania 1%
Rhode Island 1%
Washington 1%
Maryland 1%
Texas 1%
Vermont 1%
Colorado 1%
International Locations

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Top Industries
Exposure to a range of ideas and disciplines at Bates leads students into a wide variety of industries and sectors.
Healthcare 7%
Consulting 4%
Law 4%
Sports and Recreation 3%
Arts 3%
Real Estate 3%
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals 2%
Environment/Natural Resources 2%
Agriculture 1%
Communications/Media 1%
Government 1%
Top Job Functions
Nonprofit 6%
Financial 5%
Law/Government 5%
Operations 5%
Arts 4%
Education/Administration/Other 3%
Marketing/PR/Advertising 3%
Sports 3%
Consultant 2%
Recent employers of Bates graduates include some of the top performing and most innovative organizations in the world.
+Partial list of employers

American Civil Liberties Union



Analysis Group*+

Audubon Society

Bain and Company

Bank of New York Mellon


Beacon Group+



Bit9+Carbon Black

Boston Biomedical, Inc.

Boston Children’s Hospital+

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Properties

Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine

Brandeis University

Brigham and Women’s Hospital+

Broad Institute

Brooklyn Academy of Music+

Cambridge Associates

Cantor Commercial Real Estate


City Year

Colony Realty Partners

Columbia University

Connecticut College

Cornerstone Research*

Credit Suisse*+

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Delta Air Lines

Diversified Communications+

Edward Little High School

EF Education First*+


Farallon Capital Management, LLC

Freedom Energy Logistics*

Fidelity Investments



Fund for the Public Interest*

Goldman Sachs


Grassroot Soccer

Green Mountain Farm-to-School

Green Sands Equity

Harvard Medical School

Houston Rockets

HubSpot, Inc.


IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.*+

I’Lam: Arab Center for Media Freedom Development

and Research+

Innovations for Poverty Action

JET Program+

Joslin Diabetes Center

JP Morgan

Kents Hill School

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc.

Launch Academy

Liberty Mutual

Loomis Chaffee School

Lost Nation Theater

Maine Media Workshops

Maine Mineral and Gem Museum

Match Education

Maui Ocean Center

Mayo Clinic

Merrill Lynch

Miami Marlins

Moody’s Investors Service

New York Life

Ocean Spray*


Outloud Artistry

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Peace Corps


Portland Global Advisors+

Portland Housing Authority



Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Roland Berger*

Ropes & Gray LLP

Rue La La

Saha Global*


Seyfarth Shaw LLP*

Shields and Company, Inc.

Silicon Valley Bank

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott


Star Island Corporation

State Street Corporation+


Teach For America*

The Hyde School

The Kitchen Theatre Company

The Lockwood Group

The Public Theatre

TJX Companies+

Tree Street Youth*

Triumvirate Environmental+

United States Senate

University of California, Berkeley

United Nations Foundation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service+

U.S. Forest Service



White Mountain Research Center

* Employers recruited on campus

+ Employers participated in other BCDC programs (road shows, job shadows, internships)


Fifty-one members of the Class of 2015 are continuing their studies in graduate school.
+View partial list

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD

University of Chicago Law School, Juris Doctor

University of Southern California, MFA in Film and Television Production

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MS in Journalism

Lesley University, Masters in Education

University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD

Northeastern University, MSA/MBA in Accounting

University of Washington, PhD in Biochemistry

Duke University, PhD in Medical Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Glasgow School of Art, MA in Communications Design

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM

Cornell University, PhD in Chemical Biology

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MS in Biostatistics

University of Virginia, PhD in Chemistry

New York University, MFA in Film

London School of Economics and Political Science, MS in Economic History

Medical School
Bates supports students in finding the most valuable opportunities that provide the best individual fit at each step in their education.
90%of students and alumni who worked with the Medical Studies Committee were accepted
accepted to
medical school
accepted to
dental school
accepted to
veterinary school

In 2015, Bates alumni matriculated at Harvard Medical School, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, UCSF School of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinarian Medicine at Tufts University, and more.

Law School
of seniors applying from the Class of 2014 were accepted to law school*
of alumni who applied in 2013-14 were accepted to law school*

Bates graduates currently attend Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, University of Chicago, and New York University Law School, among others.

* Final data on the applicants from 2014-15 will be available from the Law School Admission Council later in 2016.


21 graduates will pursue fellowships in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Fellowships include:

  • Fulbright Fellowships
    1 research; 14 teaching
  • Kathryn W. Davis Foundation
    Project For Peace Fellowship
  • Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship
  • Princeton in Asia
Top 10 companies on LinkedIn for Bates graduates
Our graduates find success in many fields and industries, supported always by the education and experience they received at Bates.

Fidelity Investments

Liberty Mutual Insurance


State Street

Harvard University


L.L. Bean


Boston University

Morgan Stanley

Top fields on linkedin for Bates graduates
Media and Communication
Healthcare Services
Program and Project Management

Bates LinkedIn

Michelle Pham ’15

“I appreciate all of Bates’ support with my job search, Bobcat Ventures, and other aspects of my personal and professional life.”

Michelle Pham ’15
Works for Google, San Francisco, Calif.
Associate Account Strategist

Kelsey Mehegan ’15 (Left)

“I had no idea what working at a consumer packaged goods company even meant before coming to Ocean Spray, let alone thought about it as a potential career. The skills you learn—including Excel, research, communication, meeting deadlines, simple office etiquette—are invaluable and applicable to every career.”

Kelsey Mehegan ’15 (Left)
Interned with Ocean Spray, Middleborough, Mass.
International Marketing Intern

Zach Polich ’15

“The internship not only lived up to my expectations but also exceeded them. I was given responsibilities and tasks that would normally be completed by analysts. I wasn’t given back office work, but rather was started on live deals that were directly relevant to the firms tasks.”

Zach Polich ’15
Interned with TM Capital Corp., Boston, Mass.
Investment Banking Summer Analyst

“Being in a situation where you are expected to participate in meetings, give formal presentations, and hold yourself to a high standard is an extremely valuable learning experience for any college student.”

Caleb Buck ’15

“[This internship] made the idea of working after graduation a lot more real and accessible.”

Jeyna Diallo ’15

“[I liked] feeling a connection to Bates, [and] helping someone think about their future career, and how their studies may apply to the work world.”

Kaj Engberg ’91