2018 College Track Social Mobility Report 2018 Social Mobility Report - Page 5

Students make various choices on how to spend their time in college. If we can isolate the patterns that lead to better career outcomes, younger generations could benefit from these learnings. We added to last year’s list of hypotheses (internships, GPA & hours worked) to include mentorship from faculty, type of college and career sector. We also took a look at the relationship between citizenship status (being a “​Dreamer”​) and career outcomes. Key Findings The main drivers for better career outcomes are: 4Internships is the strongest predictor; 4In second place is the tangled relationship between choice of major, choice of sector and GPA. In any major a higher GPA correlates with higher earnings, and while STEM majors earn higher salaries at their first job in sectors such as technology and finance, it appears that those in other sectors experience greater career growth and earnings catch up over time. 4College Track encourages students to attend “Best Fit” colleges: institutions that have a high graduation rate, strong support services for low- income and first generation students and enough financial aid so that students can graduate with less than $30,000 in loans. In this year’s analysis we found that graduates from these colleges were more likely to get a job within six months. 4This year, we also found that having a faculty mentor boosts a student’s chance of getting a job within six months of graduation. 4Dreamers face harder educational and economic barriers than other first-generation graduates. College Track Dreamers’ career choices reflect this: 70% have chosen to work in immigration law or education, likely the fruit of their own frustrations with the existing system. While those with DACA earn the same wages as US citizens, those without earn considerably less. Thus the looming threat of this program’s repeal is of great concern to us. College Track Page 5