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Post-Graduation Careers

Recent graduates as well as alumni pursuing advanced degrees and those well established in their careers have recently completed surveys that can help inform prospective students and their families about the value of an NYU Gallatin education. The post-graduation experience is unique for each student; you can hear directly from our alumni below on their thoughts on how they were prepared and set up for success.

A Times Higher Education survey on graduate employability in the US, ranked by employers, put NYU at No. 1. In addition to being named the top university by employers on student employability, the site praises the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development for its support of students at every step of their career development:

"The Center connects with employers to ensure that their needs are met by the right students. Even after graduation, alumni can meet with career coaches, attend workshops, and use the University’s job search service. Employers often work directly with university clubs to help prepare students to apply the same skills in the workplace."

A 2017 report by Professor David Stasavage considered NYU along with 1,048 other institutions of higher education that have annual cohorts in excess of 500 students. Stasavage calculated the percent whose earnings were in the top 1% of income distribution whose parents were in the bottom 5th income distribution. Here NYU ranked 7th nationally, meaning both employability and mobility for students from lower income backgrounds are very high at NYU.

Class of 2018 Gallatin Survey

Conducted by NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, the survey found that:

  • 96.9% of the Gallatin class of 2018 were working or in graduate school within six months of graduation
  • 35.5% secured employment before graduation
  • 45.5% secoured employment within three months of graduation
At Gallatin, my education was exciting, engaging, and fun. I was fortunate to be in a school that truly allowed me to pursue my passion.
--Robert Clinton BA '16, Marshall Scholar. Post Gallatin, Robert completed a Master of Science in Sustainable Urbanism and Master of Research in Interdisciplinary Urban Design from the Bartlett, University College London’s Faculty of the Built Environment

Gallatin survey

Comprehensive Gallatin Alumni Survey

A comprehensive Gallatin Alumni Survey was conducted with alumni around the world. Alumni were contacted and asked about their time at Gallatin and their current work. Participants included recent graduates as well as alumni in mid- to advanced-career levels.

  • 80% said their Gallatin concentration is connected to their current or past work.
  • Around half of BA graduates enroll in PhD, Master, or professional degree programs (such as law and medicine) including recent enrollment in Columbia University, Harvard University, London School of Economics, MIT, NYU, Stanford, and Yale.
  • 81% said a professor or adviser had a profound impact on their Gallatin experience. Hundreds of alumni took the time to write in these names.
  • 85% of respondents would recommend Gallatin to a potential student; 91% are satisfied or very satisfied with the education they received at Gallatin.
  • Many alumni find employment from internships that become full-time positions after graduation.
  • Industries alumni work in include media/entertainment, non-profits, the arts, marketing/PR, higher education, film/television, entrepreneurship, design, medical/sciences, urban planning, law, and fashion/retail.
  • Companies where Gallatin alumni work include Instagram, Google, Yelp, ACLU, PEN International, Teen Vogue, NPR, Christie's, HBO, Deloitte, Random House, Morgan Stanley, and Marc Jacobs. Alumni are founders of Etsy and many successful startups like MikMak and Small Girls PR, to name a few.

And, finally, from a BA '08 alum:

I wish people knew that Gallatin is a rare and special space within NYU. It’s intimate, with its own style and a family vibe. That is rare and precious within a huge university in an enormous city.

Read more about our alumni here and visit our admissions pages for the undergraduate program and the graduate program to learn about applying to NYU Gallatin. For current alumni, please send us your updates here.