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99% of the Class of 2016 Employed, in School, Volunteering

May 12, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communcations and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Nancy Nguyen of the class of 2016Members of the Saint Anselm College class of 2016 can be found working for Microsoft, volunteering in Honduras, or earning a law degree, an MBA, or a doctorate in chemistry. Within six months of graduating, 99% of the class of 2016 were continuing their education, working full-time, and volunteering around the globe.

Saint Anselm ranks 33rd 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? Chemistry major Nancy Nguyen (pictured here) is completing her master's through the University of Notre Dame's Engineering, Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Excellence Master's (ESTEEM) Program while also working part time as a nuclear chemist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nguyen wanted to take her passion for chemistry into the community, so the ESTEEM Program was a perfect fit. There, she worked with Serim Research to develop a food safety and sanitation product to ensure quality standards in the food manufacturing process. As her one-year master's program is completing, Nguyen has accepted a full-time position as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C.

Social work major Colin Kiley is the program coordinator at Boston Scholar Athletes at the Community Academy of Science and Health High School in Dorchester, Mass. In his role, Kiley works to reduce the opportunity gap for inner-city students. In addition to coaching intramural sports teams, Kiley hosts study halls for sports teams, holds conferences for progress and report cards, and works with teachers to provide student-athletes with the resources they need to succeed in high school and after graduation.

Finally, history major Liliana Kane is managing Brown Brothers Harriman's historical archives as the firm's enterprise services senior specialist. "With the firm's bicentennial (in 2018) quickly approaching, my knowledge of the firm's past will prove helpful to any department looking for historical information," says Kane in a post on the history department's blog. "I still have a lot of researching ahead of me, but with the skills I learned at Saint Anselm—how to actively read, critically think, and look at the bigger picture—I have no doubt that I will succeed in this role."

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, 21 hired more than one 2016 graduate. Top employers include Brigham and Women's Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Boston Children's Hospital, and Catholic Medical Center.

Seventy-four percent of working 2016 graduates completed at least one internship prior to graduation. And 100% percent of the accounting, applied physics, biochemistry, chemistry, classical archaeology, Classics, communication, economics, environmental science, finance, fine arts, French, German studies, integrated studies, international business, mathematics, peace & justice studies, psychology, sociology, and Spanish graduates were employed or pursuing a graduate degree within six months of graduation.

The nursing class of 2016 had a 100% pass rate on the Nursing Certification Licensing Exam (NCLEX). The national average was 84.56%, and the New Hampshire average was 90.31%. 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 2016 are also continuing their educations at institutions including Dartmouth College, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame, Tufts University, Rutgers University, University of Glasgow, University of Southern Mississippi, Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Florida State University.

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

A Sampling of 2016 Graduates:

Abdelaziz "Zizo" Alsharawy, an economics major, is earning his Ph.D. in economics at Virginia Tech.

Jeffrey Boyle, a business major, is a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Laura Canole, a business major, is an assistant brand manager at Hasbro.

Briana Capistran, a forensic science major, is earning her Ph.D. in chemistry and master's in forensic science at Michigan State University.

Taylor Coons, a communication major, is an assistant media planner at Hill Holiday.

Enda Dunbar, a forensic science major, is a lab technician at PepsiCo.

Smriti Hoda, a biochemistry major, is a research assistant and is earning a graduate degree at the University of Georgia.

Kerrianne Marino, an applied physics, is earning her master's in engineering at Tufts.

Long Nguyen, a computer science major, is a software engineer at Microsoft.

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