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98% of the Class of 2015 Employed, in School, Volunteering

April 14, 2016

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Saint Anselm College alumna Meagan DiDonato '15Members of Saint Anselm College's class of 2015 can be found working for the FBI, volunteering in Cambodia, and earning a law degree, an MBA, and a master's degree in social work. Because within six months of graduating, 98% of the class of 2015 were continuing their education, working full-time, and volunteering around the globe.

In fact, Saint Anselm ranks 23rd among liberal arts colleges in the country for the best return on investment (ROI) according to Payscale, which ranks more than 900 colleges and universities based on total cost and alumni earnings. Payscale is an online salary, benefits and compensation information company that measures the value of college.

So where are they now? Meagan DiDonato, a former psychology major (pictured here), is managing research on aging through a grant at Davidson College and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Soon, however, she'll start a new adventure as a research oncology specialist in regulatory affairs overseeing pediatric cancer trials at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, N.C. She says a big part of her preparation for regulatory affairs was completing the thesis process as a psychology major.

"Working in the psychology department, specifically the Cognition and Virtual Reality Lab, allowed me to develop extensive problem solving skills that have been invaluable in my career so far," says DiDonato.

Careers and Employment
Post-graduate activities find our youngest class of alumni working, serving, and continuing their education in fields from medicine to marketing and finance to research and counseling.

Of the 263 companies that hired recent Saint Anselm graduates, 33 hired more than one 2015 graduate. Top employers include Massachusetts General Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, EMC, and State Street Corporation.

Over 80% of working 2015 graduates say their job has long term potential.

And 100% of the chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, fine arts, forensic science, history, international relations, philosophy, physics, Spanish, classical archaeology, and theology graduates were employed or pursuing a graduate degree within six months of graduation.

The nursing class of 2015 for first time attempts had a Nursing Certification Licensing Exam (NCLEX) pass rate of 96.55%. The national average was 84.51% and the New Hampshire average was 87%. Students begin taking nursing classes during their freshmen year with Intro to Professional Nursing. Each course prepares them to take the NCLEX, which is the RN state licensing exam.

Continuing Education
Many graduates in the class of 2015 are also continuing their educations at institutions including The University of Notre Dame, Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), Providence College, College of William and Mary, Seton Hall University, Norwich University, and the University of Missouri.

The psychology, biology, and politics departments had the most graduates pursuing advanced degrees.

A Sampling of 2015 Graduates
Olivia Babine, an international relations major, teaches English to K-5 in South Korea.

Benjamin Berube, a biochemistry major, is earning his Ph.D. at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Kathryn DiCenso, a communication major, is an event planner at Ropes & Gray, LLP in Boston, Mass.

Stephanie Kearsley, a psychology major, is a case manager at Harbor Homes and is earning her master's in social work.

Dao Le, a finance and philosophy major, is an investment banking analyst at BDA Partners.

Shane Matthews, an accounting major, earned his master of science in accounting at Northeastern University and works for Bigelow & Co.

David McKillop, a politics major, is a government relations advisor at Rath, Young, and Pignatelli.

Alysha Sage, a business major is a business analyst at EMC; while Kaitlyn Stazinski, a biology major, is a sales associate there; and Michael Jones, a business and finance major, is a associate financial analyst with the foreign exchange at EMC.

Ryan Sanford, an English major, is a junior copywriter at International Justice Mission in Washington, D.C.

Peter Schirripa, a history major, teaches at a middle school in Lexington, Mass.

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