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Alumni Surveys

We're Listening and Responding

The University of St. Thomas is dedicated to centering relationships and connection with our alumni, which means listening to questions, incorporating ideas and partnering with alumni for a lifetime of success.

Did You Know?

Surveys consistently tell us that career success is supported by and enhanced by relationships afforded by the Tommie Network. Active advocates build the Tommie Network!

From All Alumni

Alumni Survey Insights

One method of seeking feedback is our annual alumni survey (11 questions), which was conducted from Oct. 12-Nov. 6, 2023. More than 1,800 degreed alumni from all schools and colleges participated in the survey, and class years of respondents ranged from 1950 to 2023.

Recommend St. Thomas

80% of survey respondents agreed that they are likely to recommend St. Thomas (answered a 7 or higher on a 0 to 10 point scale)

Engagement Avenues

Alumni are most interested in engaging in three ways:
  • Supporting the university by recommending St. Thomas, promoting the brand and attending athletic events
  • Supporting current students by giving career support
  • Supporting their own career aspirations through professional networking


St. Thomas alumni feel most connected to St. Thomas through their major or school/college, followed by their connection to friends, faculty and staff

71% of alumni feel somewhat informed, very informed or extremely informed about what’s happening at St. Thomas

Survey results are used to evaluate offerings to ensure they are responsive to how alumni prefer to engage. We will conduct follow-up qualitative and quantitative research on what it means to recommend/promote St. Thomas and what engagement might look like.
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Alumni Survey Insights Take Aways

How can alumni engage meaningfully with St. Thomas right now?

Recommend St. Thomas: Your influence matters! Transform a student's life by referring someone you know

Stay Connected: Stay engaged with St. Thomas by following our news, sharing your stories and participating in St. Thomas events.

Join St. Thomas Connect for mentoring and networking: By joining St. Thomas Connect, you'll provide valuable insights for students but also have the opportunity to network with your peers and participate in volunteer opportunities.

From graduates in the past year

First Destination Survey Insights

Tommies employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation
Had internship while at St. Thomas
Of those continuing their education, percentage going to graduate school for health services or medicine
From alumni who graduated 5 and 10 years ago

National Alumni Career Mobility Survey Insights

Exceeded peer and national ratings for being prepared to begin a career upon graduation
Satisfied with their current career
Exceeded peer and national ratings for understanding career opportunties while a student

More About Our Surveys

Alumni Survey Results

This annual survey helps inform the future direction of our work, including the programming and services we offer. As a St. Thomas alum, you are important to us, and we appreciate learning what matters most to you as a Tommie alum, what peaks your interests, how you want to engage, and what kind of news feels the most relevant.

First Destination Survey

After commencement ceremonies, we invite our graduates to share about their post-graduation plans. St. Thomas partners with the Career Leadership Collective to administer the First Destination Survey. Responses help us shape our services and resources so we can better prepare and support student and graduate career success from first jobs through retirement.


National Alumni Career Mobility Survey

This is an annual, national survey for U.S. colleges and universities on alumni career mobility at the post-graduation five- and 10-year mark. NACM seeks feedback about educational satisfaction, career pathways, career satisfaction, economic mobility and community engagement. St. Thomas uses this feedback to improve experiences for current and future Tommies.



If you have any questions about our surveys, please contanct the Alumni Engagement team at alumni@st.thomas.edu.