Class of 2018 Post Graduation Outcomes

Elliot Chun, of Bedford N.H., receives his diploma while celebrating Bates 152nd Commencement on May 27, 2018.

Elliot Chun, of Bedford N.H., receives his diploma while celebrating Bates 152nd Commencement on May 27, 2018.

At Bates, enabling students to lead lives of meaningful work is at the heart of our liberal arts mission.
98%of 2018 graduates who responded to the survey report being settled
78% Employed
10% Graduate/Professional School
5% Fellowship
3% Internship
2% Other (includes volunteer, travel, further study)
2% Still seeking next opportunity

Our process: The Bates Center for Purposeful Work (formerly the Bates Career Development Center) surveyed the Class of 2018 at graduation and again in December 2018 to determine students’ postgraduation plans. In addition to this survey, data was collected through email, social media, and person-to-person communication, for a knowledge rate of 88%.

U.S. Locations
Many graduates choose to stay close to Bates—and many more find opportunities around the country and around the world.
state of Massachusetts round icon29%Massachusetts
state of New York round icon16%New York
state of Maine round icon10%Maine
state of California round icon4%California
Connecticut 3%
Washington D.C. 3%
Colorado 3%
New Hampshire 3%
Illinois 2%
Maryland 2%
Texas 2%
New Jersey 1%
Pennsylvania 1%
Vermont 1%
Alaska 1%
International Locations

Bates Graduates' International Location Map

Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uganda, Vietnam

Top Industries
Exposure to a range of ideas and disciplines at Bates lead 2018 graduates into a wide variety of industries and sectors.
round icon education21%Education
round icon healthcare17%Healthcare
round icon finance9%Finance / Banking
round icon technology7%Technology
Nonprofit 5%
Government 5%
Consulting 5%
Recreation/Parks/Sports 5%
Law 4%
Arts 3%
Real Estate 3%
Scientific R&D 2%
Social/Human Sciences 2%
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals 2%
Insurance 2%
Communications/Media 2%
Top Job Functions
round icon research17%Research
round icon education13%Education / Teaching
round icon sales10%Sales
round icon analyst8%Analyst
Operations 6%
Law/Government 5%
Financial 4%
Education/Administration/Other 4%
Healthcare 4%
Sports 4%
Social Service 3%
Consultant 2%
Natural Resource Protection 2%
Recent employers of Bates graduates include some of the top performing and most innovative organizations in the world.
+Partial list of employers

Abbe Museum
Anacostia Playhouse
Analysis Group*+
Artisan Healthcare Consulting*
Avid4 Adventure*
Bates College*+
Beacon Group*+
Bierman ABA*
Blair Academy*+
Boston Children’s Hospital*+
Boston Scholar Athletes
Braveheart Volunteers
Bridges Baltimore
Brigham & Women’s Hospital*
Brooke Charter Schools*+Casa Marianella
Center for Family Representation
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Coneco Engineers and Scientists
Connecticut College
Cumberland County Food Security Council
Cushman and Wakefield
Dana Farber Cancer Institute*
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
Education First*
Estée Lauder
Eze Software Group*
Fidelity Investments*+
Fox Glacier Guiding
Freedom Energy Logistics*
GEI Consultants
Geisel School of Medicine
Ginkgo Bioworks*
Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. (GLG)*
Goldman Sachs*+
Gorayeb & Associates, P.C.
Harlem Grown
Harvard Business School*
Heidrick & Struggles
Her Film Company
ICON plc
Industrial Economics Inc.
Intricate Bay Lodge
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program)*
King’s Academy
Legal Action of Wisconsin
Liberty Mutual*+
M&T Bank*+
Magellan Research Group*
McLean Hospital*
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center*+
Merrill Lynch*
MGM Resorts International
National Institutes of Health
NEON Program
NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board*
Omni Med*+
Pine Cobble School*
Providence Children’s Museum
Restorative Justice Program
Seyfarth Shaw LLP*
Sidley Austin LLP*+
Simon and Schuster
Spectrum Resource Group
The First 72++
Tree Street Youth*+
Teach for America*+
The Learning Project*
The Teakettle Experimental Forest
U.S. House of Representatives+
United States Navy
Weill Cornell Medicine*+
Yale University*


* Employers recruited on campus

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


Forty-one members of the Class of 2018 are continuing their studies in graduate school.
+Partial list of schools

Boston University,
Master of Actuarial Science

Brown University,
Master of Public Arts

Colorado State University,
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Columbia University,
Master of Social Work

Duke University School of Law,

Harvard Medical School,
Master of Bioethics

Ph.D. in Chemistry

Princeton University,
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Rochester Institute of Technology,
Master of Fine Arts

University of Maine, Orono,
Master of Aquaculture

University of Colorado,
Master of Aerospace Engineering

University of New England,
Master of Physician Assistant

University of Toronto,
Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Music

Yale Divinity School,
Master of Divinity

Yale School of Public Health,
Master of Public Health

Medical School
Bates supports students in finding the most valuable opportunities that provide the best individual fit at each step in their education.
84%of students and alumni who
worked with the Medical
Studies Committee were accepted
to medical school
100%accepted to
veterinary school

In 2018, Bates alumni matriculated at:

• Tufts University School of Medicine
• Albert Einstein College of Medicine
• Keck School of Medicine of USC
• University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
• Boston University School of Medicine
• University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
• St. George’s University School of Medicine
• UC San Diego School of Medicine
• University of Vermont College of Medicine

…and more.

Law School
100%of seniors applying from the Class of 2018 were accepted to law school *
of alumni who applied in 2017-2018 were accepted into law school*

In the 2017-18 admission cycle, alumni matriculated at the following law schools: Cornell, City University of New York, Georgetown, George Washington University, Harvard, New England Law Boston, University of California, Berkeley, University of Maine, University of Maryland, and more.

*Not all applicants worked with the prelaw advisor. Final data on the applicants from 2017–18 will be available from the Law School Admission Council later in 2019.


19 graduates will pursue fellowships in Austria, Jordan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Rwanda, Spain, Poland, Germany, and Laos.

Fellowships include:

  • 9 teaching
  • 2 combined research/teaching
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.
top ten icon circle

Fidelity Investments

Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard University



Liberty Mutual Insurance


Boston Children’s Hospital


JP Morgan Chase

Top fields on LinkedIn for Bates graduates
circle icon businessBusiness Development
circle icon educationEducation
circle icon communityCommunity and Social Services
circle icon operationsOperations
circle icon researchResearch
circle icon mediaMedia
circle icon healthcareHealthcare Services
circle icon salesSales
circle icon financeFinance
circle icon technologyInformation Technology
circle icon marketingMarketing
circle icon legalLegal

Bates LinkedIn

Bantu Mabaso ’18


Interned with
Phalala Youth Empowerment for Food Security,
in Manzini, Swaziland

“Bantu has been a motivated star player within our organization. Thank you to the Bates Purposeful Work Internship Program for making it possible for her to work with us. Our small organization as well as our beneficiaries have benefited greatly because of this opportunity.”

—Sanelisiwe Dlamini with Phalala Youth
Empowerment for Food Security

Caroline O'Reilly ’18


Interned with
Generation Teach,
in Boston, MA

“I had a wonderful experience with the Purposeful Work Internship Program because they gave me the opportunity for self reflection that helped me focus on what I wanted to gain from my internship. The check-in’s throughout the summer kept me focused on my learning goals and encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone.”


Jake Shapiro ’18


Interned with
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.,
in Brunswick, ME

“The Purposeful Work Internship program is a fantastic way for Bates students to get connected with a variety of employers who are doing truly incredible work. Through my internship with Coastal Enterprises, Inc. in Brunswick, ME, I was able to put the skills I learned in the classroom to work for an organization that makes a significant positive impact on business-owners and communities in rural Maine.”


Broad Impact of Purposeful Work


“The Purposeful Work Internship Program helped me grow on many levels. Professionally, I learned new skills that will be useful to me in a future career. Personally, I am able to reflect, identify goals, and have a clearer picture of what I hope to get out of a career. Socially, I have been able to develop a network of people who will help me succeed. The opportunities this internship has created for me are endless, and I am grateful for the experience I had this summer.”


“My internship not only helped me hone my skills, but gave me the out-of-classroom skills and confidence to succeed in whatever I decide to do. I now know the importance of finding purpose and meaning in every aspect of my life, which includes my job”


“I am thankful for the many ways that Purposeful Work has strengthened my business. It is particularly rewarding to assist recent graduates as they begin their careers.”