BETHANY, W.Va. — U.S. News and World Report recently named Bethany College to its top ten list of schools that produce alumni who attend graduate school within a year of graduation.
Nearly 40 percent of college grads opt to pursue an advanced degree within five years of finishing their undergraduate education, according to data reported by schools in a 2012 U.S. News and World Report survey.
According to U.S. News and World Report, on average, 27 percent of college grads actually enroll in a master’s program within one year of graduation. That average figure jumps to roughly 63 percent at the colleges with the highest percentage on the top ten list, of which Bethany College is listed.
“This list exemplifies the Bethany tradition – that is to say, we aim to instill in our students a sense of purpose and curiosity regarding their education,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, president of the college. “When they leave Bethany College, they’re excited about their life and the opportunities it holds and are eager to get right back into it. Graduate school offers limitless benefits and our students know that.”
According to a 2012 report by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, students with a master’s degree hold an average annual salary of $62,000 and an unemployment rate of three percent. That compares to $48,000 and five percent for those with only a bachelor’s degree.
“Bethany College produces students that are equally equipped to head into the job market or attend graduate school. We encourage higher education, which can lead to a higher quality of life, and we always try to push our students to their fullest capability. Being named to this list shows that it’s paying off,” said Dr. Darin Fields, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.