FARGO, N.D. • North Dakota State University has released its 2020 Career Outcomes Report, which, captures information regarding how new college graduates fare in their careers within six months of graduation.

The bottom line: graduates are persistent and highly sought by employers.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the report provides concise and consistent data on the outcomes associated with a college education on a national scale. The report contains information arranged by major on employment rates, continuing education enrollment rates, starting salaries and other data.

“This is a very exciting time at NDSU, perhaps even the most important time in our history,” NDSU President Dean Bresciani said in a statement announcing the new report. “Never before has the state of North Dakota more needed the graduates who are being educated at NDSU. We are excited to be stepping up and delivering just what North Dakota needs.”

The report highlighted that 40% of survey respondents claimed North Dakota as their home state, with 78% of those undergraduates choosing to stay in-state to begin their career.

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Other highlights of the report include a success rate of 95% for graduate students and 88% for undergraduates. Of the undergraduate student responses, 80% are employed and 8% are continuing their education. NDSU was the top choice for students deciding to further their degree.

NDSU said the top employers include Sanford Health, Doosan Bobcat, Fargo Public Schools, Aldevron, Essentia Health, John Deere, Bell Bank, Collins Aerospace, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Applied Engineering Inc, Eide Bailly LLP, Open Systems International Inc and United Health Groups. The median salary is $42,150 and the median bonus is $5,000.

"We’ve got a long-standing reputation for producing high quality, work ready, day-one graduates. That is something we are really proud of,” said Michael Kessler, dean of NDSU’s College of Engineering. “We have a rigorous curriculum with world-class faculty who are experts in their fields. We are also working to develop skills in leadership and innovation.

“It is my belief that by teaching our students to be creative problem solvers who have the skills to motivate and inspire, that they’ll benefit not only them but also the state and the region.”