Class of 2017 Post Graduation Outcomes

Class of 2017 Graduates Cheer!

From left to right: 2017 graduates Yinya “Grace” Huang, Ariscell Tavarez, Annakay Wright, Jeremy Glover, and Melody Altschuler.

At Bates, enabling students to lead lives of meaningful work is at the heart of our liberal arts mission.
99.5%of 2017 graduates who responded to the survey report being settled

Career Chart

76% Employed
10% Graduate/Professional School
5% Fellowship
5% Internship
3% Other (includes volunteer, travel, further study)
.5% Still seeking employment

Our process: The Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) surveyed the Class of 2017 at graduation and again in December 2017 to determine the students’ postgraduation plans. Eighty-nine percent of the class participated in the survey. Data were 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.
16%New York
Connecticut 3%
Washington D.C. 3%
Illinois 2%
New Hampshire 2%
Pennsylvania 2%
Montana 1%
Vermont 1%
Colorado 1%
Florida 1%
Maryland 1%
Minnesota 1%
Rhode Island 1%
International Locations

Bates Graduates' International Location Map

Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Honduras, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uruguay.

Top Industries
Exposure to a range of ideas and disciplines at Bates leads students into a wide variety of industries and sectors.
Sports & Recreation 6%
Consulting 5%
Communications/Media 4%
Nonprofit 4%
Environmental/Natural Resources 3%
Law 3%
Advertising 2%
Food & Beverage 2%
Marketing 2%
Scientific R&D 2%
Social/Human Services 2%
Travel & Tourism 2%
Entrepreneurial/Start-Ups 2%
Insurance 2%
Top Job Functions
Research 8%
Marketing/PR/Advertising 6%
Healthcare 4%
Sports 4%
Consultant 3%
Education/Administration/Other 3%
Financial 3%
Advocacy/Political 2%
Law/Government 2%
Recent employers of Bates graduates include some of the top performing and most innovative organizations in the world.
+Partial list of employers

Acadian Seaplants
Akamai Technologies +
Amigo Skate
Analysis Group *+
Arden Theatre Company
Arnold Worldwide
Artisan Healthcare Consulting *
Bain & Company +
Balkan Heritage Field School
Barclays *+
Bates College *+
Beacon Group *
Black Duck Software *+
Boston Cannons
Boston Children’s Hospital +
Boys and Girls Club of America
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Camp Kieve
Carbon Black, Inc.
Center for Anti-Violence
Center for Creative Land
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Chubb Limited
City Year +
Clean Harbors
Colliers International
Crowdstrike *
Dartmouth College
Dermatology Associates of Concord
Eaton Vance +
Emergency Medical Associates
Endpoint Outcomes
Epic *
Ernst & Young
Food Tank: The Think Tank for Food
Foresight Factory
Freedom Energy Logistics *
Fusemachines *+
GDS Associates
General Mills
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Grevenbroich Elephants
Hearst Magazines Digital Media
Heidrick & Struggles
High Mountain Institute
High Trails Outdoor
Education Center
Hubspot *+
JET Program USA
Joslin Diabetes Center
Kantar Consulting +
Kualoa Ranch
Laserfiche *+
Marine Biological Laboratory
Massachusetts General Hospital +
McLagan +
McLean Hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center +
Morningstar +
New Visions Wilderness Therapy
Ogunquit Playhouse
Overland *+
Pawtucket Red Sox
Peace Corps
Rinck Advertising +
Schuler Scholar Program
Seyfarth Shaw +
Silicon Valley Bank *+
Success Academy *
The Times of Israel
Tree Street Youth *+
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services +
U.S. Forestry Service
Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center of Hawaii
Viacom International
Media Networks
Wayfair *+
Yale School of Medicine


* Employers recruited on campus

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


Forty members of the Class of 2017 are continuing their studies in graduate school.
+Partial list of schools

Boston University,
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology

Center for Cartoon Studies,

Columbia Law School,

Columbia University,
Ph.D. in Physics

Dartmouth College,
Ph.D. in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences

Drexel University,
MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling

Harvard Divinity School,
Masters in Theological Studies

Lesley University,

Northeastern University,
Ph.D. in Physical Therapy

Oregon State University,
Ph.D. in Math

Princeton University,
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Stanford University,
Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Texas A&M University,
Ph.D. in Geophysics

Tufts University,
MA in Art Education

University of Chicago,

University of Kentucky,
MA in Art Education

University of Minnesota,
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

University of Minnesota,
Ph.D. in Feminist Studies

Medical School
Bates supports students in finding the most valuable opportunities that provide the best individual fit at each step in their education.
91.7% of students and alumni who worked with the Medical Studies Committee were accepted to medical school
accepted to
dental school
accepted to
veterinary school

In 2017, Bates alumni matriculated at Harvard Medical School, Brown University Alpert Medical School, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and more.

Law School
80% of Bates of seniors applying from the Class of 2017 were accepted to law schoolof seniors applying from the Class of 2017 were accepted to law school *
of alumni who applied in 2016-17 were accepted to law school *

In 2017, alumni matriculated at the following law schools: Boston College, Georgetown, New York University, Quinnipiac, Tulane, Wake Forest, and more.

* Not all applicants worked with the prelaw advisor. Final data on the applicants from 2016–17 will be available from the Law School Admission Council later in 2018.


23 graduates will pursue fellowships in Germany, Spain, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Austria, Thailand, Uruguay, China, Brazil, Senegal, and Malaysia.

Fellowships include:

  • Fulbright Fellowships
    17 teaching
  • Sara S. Sparrow Fellowship
    in Clinical Neuroscience at Yale university
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

Massachusetts General Hospital

Liberty Mutual Insurance



L.L. Bean

Boston Children’s Hospital

Analysis Group



Top fields on LinkedIn for Bates graduates
Business Development
Community and Social Services
Healthcare Services
Media and Communication
Arts and Design
Information Technology

Bates LinkedIn

Angie ’Donnell ’17

“My internship associated with the Purposeful Work Internship Program offered a supportive environment where I could feel comfortable failing, growing, and asking for help to succeed. I learned about myself and my career goals while I contributed to my organization in a meaningful way. This program offered an opportunity to learn extensively about the type of work I am interested in pursuing.”

Interned with
Aurora Community Connection,
in Denver, Colorado


“My internship at Institutional Investor was a fantastic experience. I learned about the inner workings of general finance and financial markets, and the professional contacts I made allowed me to greatly expand my network in Hong Kong, as well as in London and New York.”

Interned with
Institutional Investor,
Hong Kong

Fan Dong ’17

“Through my Purposeful Work internship, I gained a much deeper understanding of myself, including my weaknesses, strengths, personality, and passion. After very careful consideration, I applied to statistics masters programs, and I got accepted to Yale, Columbia, Duke, and UC Berkeley.”

Interned with
Looking Glass Investments,
Brunswick, Maine


“PW gave me the opportunity to do something I never even considered as a career path. I explored a new path in a completely new city, and it would not have been possible without the personal, professional, and financial assistance of Purposeful Work.”


“What I love about the PW program is what I love about Bates: the people. My supervisor (a Bates alumna), and everyone at the Bates Career Development Center went out of their way to assist me and maximize my experience.”


“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.”