The Demand for MIT Graduates

By Daniel Hastings, Steven Lerman, Melanie Parker; Published in: MIT Faculty Newsletter, Jan/Feb 2010

MIT GraduationMIT’s Class of 2009 graduated during one of the worst job markets in recent history. Recent college graduates across the nation struggled in this economic climate, as evidenced by the fact that only 20% of 2009 college graduates had full-time employment (compared to 51% for the same period in 2007), rising to 60% within six months of graduation (National Association of Colleges and Employers). Companies recruiting on-campus fell by 40% or more, even at MIT.

Despite this bleak backdrop, the MIT Class of 2009 bucked the trends by faring better than the national average in nearly all employment measures. Informal discussions among our peer institutions indicate that our graduates also fared far better than their peers at other Ivy+ schools.

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