Newest undergrads give thumbs-up

Students receiving bachelor’s degrees last May left Vanderbilt overwhelmingly satisfied with their university experience, results of an annual survey indicate. The survey found that 2012 graduates reported high levels of satisfaction with their overall experience, with residential life, and with career services offered by the university.

Outgoing seniors reported overall satisfaction with Vanderbilt at a rate of 95.1 percent, while 83.6 percent said they would probably or definitely attend Vanderbilt again. Participation in senior class giving increased from 32 percent to 48 percent—a promising trend for the Class of 2013’s participation goal of 1,000 students, or roughly two-thirds of the senior class.

Satisfaction with career services reached an all-time high of 70.2 percent, up 4.5 percent over 2011 levels. A new category of satisfaction with residential life was added in 2012; results indicated that 80 percent of survey respondents were generally or very satisfied with their experience.

The survey was conducted by the Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group.