GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2013) — For a second time, Georgetown College is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the 10 schools with the highest percentages of alumni enrolling in graduate school within a year of graduation.
The magazine surveyed more than 1,800 colleges and universities for its 2012 survey of undergraduate programs. Data released this week shows Georgetown College, with 65 percent of graduates pursuing an advanced degree right away, in a fourth place tie with the University of Maryland–Baltimore County. In a 2010 survey, Georgetown College was in 10th place.
“I think our success comes from the commitment our faculty have to ensuring the success of our students,” said Rosemary Allen, PhD, Georgetown College provost and academic dean. “The personal relationships between students and faculty lead to detailed and effective letters of recommendation and thoughtful advising in support of applications to graduate and professional schools.”
Georgetown College is one of four U.S. News National Liberal Arts Colleges ranked among the top 10. No other Kentucky college or university is listed.
Students with a master’s have an average annual salary of $62,000 and an unemployment rate of only 3 percent, compared with $48,000 and 5 percent for those with a bachelor’s degree, according to a 2012 report by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, the magazine reported.
On average, U.S. News and World Report said, 27 percent of college grads enrolled in a master’s program within one year of graduation, according to alumni graduate school data reported by 377 ranked colleges and universities in the survey. But that average figure jumps to roughly 63 percent at the colleges with the highest percentage of graduates pursuing an advanced degree within one year, the institutions included in the magazine’s list.
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