Class of 2017 Postgraduation Outcomes
At Bates, enabling students to lead lives of meaningful work is at the heart of our liberal arts mission.
|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.
Many graduates choose to stay close to Bates—and many more find opportunities around the country and around the world.
Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Honduras, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uruguay.
Exposure to a range of ideas and disciplines at Bates leads students into a wide variety of industries and sectors.
|Sports & Recreation||6%|
|Food & Beverage||2%|
|Travel & Tourism||2%|
Top Job Functions
Recent employers of Bates graduates include some of the top performing and most innovative organizations in the world.
Akamai Technologies +
Analysis Group *+
Arden Theatre Company
Artisan Healthcare Consulting *
Bain & Company +
Balkan Heritage Field School
Bates College *+
Beacon Group *
Black Duck Software *+
Boston Children’s Hospital +
Boys and Girls Club of America
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Carbon Black, Inc.
Center for Anti-Violence
Center for Creative Land
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
City Year +
Dermatology Associates of Concord
Eaton Vance +
Emergency Medical Associates
Ernst & Young
Food Tank: The Think Tank for Food
Freedom Energy Logistics *
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Heidrick & Struggles
High Mountain Institute
High Trails Outdoor
JET Program USA
Joslin Diabetes Center
Kantar Consulting +
Marine Biological Laboratory
Massachusetts General Hospital +
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center +
New Visions Wilderness Therapy
Pawtucket Red Sox
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
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.
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology
Center for Cartoon Studies,
Columbia Law School,
Ph.D. in Physics
Ph.D. in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences
MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling
Harvard Divinity School,
Masters in Theological Studies
Ph.D. in Physical Therapy
Oregon State University,
Ph.D. in Math
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Texas A&M University,
Ph.D. in Geophysics
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
Bates supports students in finding the most valuable opportunities that provide the best individual fit at each step in their education.
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.
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.
- Fulbright Fellowships
- 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.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Boston Children’s Hospital
Top fields on LinkedIn for Bates graduates
“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.”
—ANGIE O’DONNELL ’17
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.”
—NICO BARDIN ’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.”
—FAN DONG ’17
Looking Glass Investments,
“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.”
—DECLAN CHU ’17
“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.”
—THANG VU ’17
“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.”
— NATE WALTON ’08