The USD Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment (IRPA) administers the locally-developed Graduating Student Survey (GSS) to potential graduates every term (summer, fall, spring) of each academic year. Using lists of anticipated undergraduate and graduate degree completers provided by the USD registrar, the survey is administered from two months prior to graduation until four months following graduation. Overall, the survey’s primary goal is to gauge students’ professional and/or academic plans following degree completion.

The USD Graduate Outcomes Dashboard displays data gathered through the above surveying effort. Combining data from all survey administrations over the most recent academic year, the tool displays basic information related to several key indicators included in the survey. For each measure, data can be filtered by degree, major, and primary student location.

For more information about the Graduating Student Survey, see the university’s companion report.

Source: USD IRPA Graduating Student Survey data files


  • For any given survey administration, the GSS sample includes all anticipated degree completers from all academic levels. The survey typically generates an overall response rate of more than 50 percent.
  • By default, the data tool reports each student once per major; however, the tool can be adjusted (using the “Select a View” menu) to include each student only once (retaining each student’s first major only).
  • Because the survey administration opens two months prior to graduation, many students may complete the survey prior to finalizing their post-graduation plans.
  • All data reported in the tool are based on self-reported survey responses; data are not validated using any other source.
  • In this tool, wage summaries reflect data for those graduates accepting full-time employment only.