2019 College Track Social Mobility Report 2019 College Track Social Mobility Report (web) - Page 5

Students choose how to spend their time in college and maximize the campus experience. If we can isolate behaviors that yield better career outcomes, younger generations will benefit from this wisdom. Results from our third annual study reinforce findings from prior years with progressively more robust quantitative findings 4 Internships are the most important factor in finding employment, even after controlling for other college behaviors, academic characteristics, and student demographics. Having one internship in college increases a student’s odds of being employed by 45%; two or more internships by 50%. Graduating from a “Best Fit College” increases one’s chances of employment by 20%. We define a Best Fit College as one with high graduation rates, low debt post- graduation, and support services for first-generation and low-income students. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) majors are 20% more likely to be employed and earn more at their 1st job compared to any other major. “Second best” are social science majors: they are 30% more likely to be employed than those who major in all other non-STEM disciplines (eg liberal arts, psychology, business). A handful of in-college behaviors appear to impact finding a job upon graduation: having a well- defined college plan, being part of a club on campus (and having a leadership role in that club), and attending networking events all increase employment chances by 10 to 40%. Strong academic performance also correlates with better outcomes, including college and high school GPA. College Track Page 5