Study Finds Life in College Affects Life after College

If your child or grandchild is approaching college, the findings of a Gallup-Purdue University study1 may be helpful.

The study found that the type of schools college graduates attended has little impact on their workplace engagement and current well-being. Instead, support and experiences in college had more of a relationship to long-term outcomes for the college graduates surveyed. These types of college experiences were linked to thriving and well-being after college:

  • Having a professor who cared about the student as a person, made them excited about learning, and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.
  • Having an internship or job in college where the student was able to apply what they were learning in the classroom, were actively involved in extracurricular activities and organizations, and worked on projects that took a semester or more to complete.

The study shows that the type of institution college graduates attended matters less than what they experienced there. Yet, just 3% of all the graduates studied had the types of experiences in college that Gallup finds strongly relate to great jobs and great lives afterward.