Published on December 11, 2017 by William Nunnelley  
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Samford University’s May 2017 graduates are working to make a difference in the world. Six months after graduation, a total of 97 percent of those with undergraduate degrees are either employed  or continuing their education in internships or graduate programs.

Samford’s Career Development Center surveyed the university’s 649 May graduates of undergraduate programs and received First Destination data from 95 percent of them. Of the graduates responding, 51 percent are employed, 42 percent are continuing their education and four percent are engaged in post-graduation internships. The other three percent are seeking employment.

"This most recent data demonstrate what we know to be true: the education and experiences provided by and through Samford prepare our graduates to quickly and successfully enter the workforce, thereby allowing our alumni to positively impact the multiple communities and organizations where they now serve," said Dora Ditchfield, director of the Career Development Center.

Ditchfield noted that the center began collecting the data in 2011 and has continually had very high placement rates for Samford graduates.

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.