The University of Arizona

Gallup: UA Graduates Thrive in Well-Being, Career and Job Markets

University of Arizona alumni live happier, healthier, and more successful lives, according to Gallup’s recent partner study with the UA.

Findings reveal Wildcats receive an exceptional student experience. In comparison to their peers, UA students report higher rates of mentorship, extracurricular involvement, and career readiness.

Wildcats are also more likely than their peers to have a job waiting for them after graduation. In addition, 3 out of 4 alumni report they were well prepared for their first job. 

Much of this success can be attributed to the resources and innovative model of career readiness provided by the UA, which prepares students for post-undergraduate life, graduate school, and career success.

For example, the UA’s 100% Engagement Initiative, launched in 2015, has already made a positive impact in the lives of UA students and graduates. Data from Assessment and Research show engaged students are more likely to be employed, accepted to graduate school, and earn approximately $7,500 more in starting salaries than their peers. Companies and employers are also reaping the rewards, benefiting from a more talented pipeline. In 2017, 9 out of 10 employers rated UA candidates as having the skills and abilities to be effective on the job.

UA graduates also live better lives, according to Gallup. In comparison to their peers, UA alumni are more likely to report they’re thriving in purpose, social, financial, community, and physical well-being, ultimately leading to more post-college success, degree satisfaction, work enjoyment, return on investment, and attachment to the UA.

To learn more about the UA’s partner study with Gallup and to download full survey results, visit