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University of Virginia
Four-Year Bachelor's Degree (2015-16)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Post-Completion Wages of Graduates

The table to the right provides the degree award history of each the last five years, disaggregated by state residency. This breakout may may help explain why a relatively low percentage of program completers may appear to be working in Virginia.

The table below shows the wage data for the select program and places it in the context of all FTWE wages at the same degree level of this institution. Likewise, it presents the wage data for the sum of all matching programs at this level across Virginia, and then finally the same data for all graduates at this level in the Commonwealth for the same period.

Program Graduates by Domicile
Five Year Summary2,0088172,825
Distribution by Gender and Race/Ethnicity within Five-year Totals, 2011-12 to 2015-16

YearForeign/ InternationalAfrican Am. or Black (NH)Am. Indian/ Native Am. (NH)Asian/ Pacific Islander (NH)HispanicWhite, Caucasian Am. (NH)Multi-Race (NH)Unknown/ Unreported (NH)Total
2011-12 to 2015-1616816724102,8251231,6462002,825

Post-Completion Wages of Graduates
Years Post CompletionTotal Grads/ FTWE WagesFT Wages (%)MedianAverage75th Percentile
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, Four-Year Bachelor's Degree
University of Virginia    (2,024 graduates)154627%$39,175$43,024$61,933
All graduates at this degree level, Four-Year Bachelor's Degree
University of Virginia    (18,960 graduates)15,41729%$42,105$44,197$61,484
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, Four-Year Bachelor's Degree
Grand Total, All Reporting Institutions    (6,242 graduates)12,32437%$37,284$38,067$45,707
All graduates at this degree level, Four-Year Bachelor's Degree
Grand Total, All Reporting Institutions    (256,526 graduates)198,58238%$34,143$36,973$49,174
Notes: Data on the five consecutive years of graduates ending in 2015-16.
All wage and enrollment data are limited to those graduates working in Virginia, and/or attending school in Virginia or in schools covered by the National Student Clearinghouse, see notes below.

Declining percentages of graduates with reported wages may represent mobility and changes in types of employment more than any other factor, such as unemployment.

Student Debt of Graduates
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Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (n)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
Note: Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity is not available.
Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation, Including Parent-PLUS and Grad-PLUS
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (n)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile

PLUS Loans (Parent & Grad)
Total Loans (Student & PLUS)

Limits on the Display of Data

The most important limit to understand is that these short-term measures of outcomes are not meaningful for evaluating the effectiveness of institutions or programs. These are not measures of employment rates, nor they comparable to the so-called Gainful Employment metrics produced by the US Department of Education. These measure are meant to inform readers of the outcomes of graduates in the near-term following degree completion and represent individual behavior and local economies more than any other factor.

In order to protect confidentiality and to accommodate both the many small programs in the Commonwealth and the limits of the available data, these reports will display program-level data only under the following conditions:

1. Single-year data will not be reported at the level of institution, degree, and program, only rolling five-year aggregates. For example, graduates of 2005-06 will be reported with those of 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, and 2001-02.

2. The number of wage-reported graduates must be equal to or greater than 15 with full-time wage equivalent (FTWE) reported wages.

3. At least 30% of the cohort of graduates must have been matched and reported with full-time wage equivalent (FTWE) reported wages, or 20% with a minimum of 200 graduates.

4. The current definition of FTWE is three quarters of wages must be reported for each year.

5. Wages and earnings are not adjusted for inflation.

The wage data included in these reports represent only the following individuals:
1. Graduates successfully matched to the Unemployment Insurance Wage records collected by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
2. Graduates employed in Virginia by an entity that reports to the VEC. This excludes federal employees, including those within the Department of Defense.

What employers are subject to the Unemployment Tax and must be registered and file with the Virginia Employment Commission? They must have met one of the following criteria:

  • One or more employees (ten employees if your operation is agricultural) for some portion of a day during any 20 different weeks in a calendar year
  • A $1,500 or more total gross quarterly payroll ($20,000 if your business is agricultural; $1,000 if domestic labor)
  • Acquired a business subject to this tax
  • Been subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax
  • A governmental operation or political subdivision
  • A nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and had four or more employees for some portion of a day during any 20 different weeks in a calendar year

These criteria mean that individuals working as consultants, independent contractors (including many psychologists, counselors, barbers, cosmetologists, IT workers, and P-14 wage employees of the Commonwealth) may be excluded, as are a list of others that may be found here.


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