Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2016

Learn what more than 11,000 U.S. college graduates have to say about the value of career services, mentorship and whether their alma mater was a good place for various minority groups to study.

Gallup has found that only one in 10 U.S. business leaders feel strongly that a college education equips graduates with the skills needed for the workforce. This report provides university leaders with a road map to better serve current and future students in their pursuit of great jobs and great lives.

Since 2014, Gallup has partnered with Purdue University to identify the critical undergraduate experiences that are related to positive outcomes for graduates.

In its third year, the Gallup-Purdue Index study focused on career services (whether graduates accessed them and found them helpful or not), sources of mentorship and internship opportunities while in college, and their beliefs about whether their campus was a good place for minority and LGBT students to study. The Gallup-Purdue Index results are based on a random sample of more than 11,000 college graduates with internet access, living in the U.S.


of graduates report that their career services office was very helpful.


of recent graduates with exposure to diversity in college believe their alma mater was a good place for minorities to study.

Graduates who visited the career services office and said their interactions were very helpful are


more likely to say their university prepared them well for life outside of college.

More incoming college freshmen than ever before believe that finding a better job is directly tied to enrolling in college, although less business leaders feel strongly that a college education properly equips them.

The Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2016 provides university leaders with important information about how they can continue to improve their policies and programs to give current and future students the experiences required to be successful outside of college.

Download this report to learn:

  • how often did college students visit their career services office
  • how helpful the career services office was to students
  • who mentored college graduates during their undergraduate experience
  • who helped these graduates obtain practical internships or jobs where they were able to apply what they were learning in the classroom
  • whether or not graduates believe their university was a good place to study for various minority groups, including racial and ethnic minorities and LGBT students

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