Liberal Arts Majors Bolster Offer Rate for 2014 Graduates

The full-time job offer rate for graduating seniors who applied for a job has improved for the Class of 2014, according to results of a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s 2014 Student Survey found that, overall, the percentage of seniors who applied for a job and received at least one offer increased from 45.9 percent in 2013 to 47.9 percent in 2014. Surprisingly, the improvement appears to be totally located among students majoring in some of the weakest academic areas emerging from the recession, the liberal arts and sciences and education.

The majors showing the greatest level of improvement in offer rates are visual and performing arts (15.4 percentage points better than for the Class of 2013), education (11.5), communications (9.5), environmental science (7.5), and mathematics (6.8). This is likely attributable to improvement in the national education market, where graduates from most of these disciplines are traditionally employed.

About the Student Survey: NACE collected data for the 2014 Student Survey from February 15 to April 30, 2014. A total of 43,864 students responded from 696 NACE member institutions throughout the United States. Of these responses, 10,210 came from bachelor's degree seniors who indicated that they would be getting their degrees by August 2014. This story is based on the responses from this group of seniors. NACE will release the 2014 Student Survey report in the fall.

About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media at