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B&B: Executive Summary  A Descriptive Summary of 1999-2000 Bachelor's Degree Recipients 1 Year Later
Profile of 1999-2000 Bachelor's Degree Recipients
The Institutional Path to a Bachelor's Degree
Time to Degree
Postbaccalaureate Activities
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The table compendium of this report provides information about many other aspects of the lives of 1999–2000 graduates after college. Many graduates had families and independent households by spring of 2001. While about two-thirds (66 percent) had never been married, 30 percent were married as of 2001. In addition, 9 percent had one child, and another 10 percent had two or more children. Approximately one-quarter (24 percent) owned their own homes, and 16 percent were living with their parents. Most graduates (69 percent) resided in the same state where they had received a bachelor’s degree. While 57 percent lived less than 50 miles from the high schools they had attended, 15 percent lived 500 miles or more away.

A majority (87 percent) of 1999–2000 bachelor’s degree recipients were working in 2001: about three-quarters (77 percent) were working full time and another 11 percent were working part time. Five percent were unemployed. Among those who were employed, business and education were the most common occupations: one-quarter (25 percent) worked in business and management, while 18 percent were educators (including K–12 teachers and other instructors). Overall, graduates earned, on average, $33,100, with a median annual salary of $29,800. A majority (71 percent) of those who were employed considered their current job to be the start of their career. Twenty-two percent of graduates had an occupational license, and 11 percent had a professional certification.

Some 1999–2000 graduates carried debt burden from their undergraduate education. Sixty-two percent of graduates had borrowed to help pay for their undergraduate education. Among these, the average amount borrowed was $17,800, of which an average of $15,100 was still owed as of 2001.

About one-fifth (22 percent) of all bachelor’s degree recipients had enrolled in a graduate or advanced degree program since completing the bachelor’s degree. As of 2001, 14 percent were currently enrolled full time in some kind of degree or certificate program, including both undergraduate and graduate programs. Of those who had enrolled in graduate school, 74 percent were enrolled in a master’s degree program. One-half (50 percent) of 1999–2000 college graduates had not yet applied to graduate school but planned to attend in the future.

Beyond employment and enrollment, 1999–2000 bachelor’s degree recipients were also active members of their communities. Forty-three percent reported doing community service in the year since completing college, with 8 percent reporting tutoring or educational work with kids, and 11 percent reporting other volunteering with kids.

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