Survey: Just 9% of graduates find alumni networks helpful

Just 9% of graduates say their undergraduate alumni networks have been helpful or very helpful in their career so far, according to the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey of more than 5,100 respondents. More than two-thirds (69%) said their networks were neither helpful nor unhelpful, while 22% said they had been unhelpful or very unhelpful.The survey found slight differences between graduates of higher- and lower-ranked schools. Of those who attended colleges within the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking, 16% said they found their alumni networks helpful, compared to 10% of those who attended institutions ranked from 51 to 100 and 8% from those ranked outside the top 100.Stephanie Marken, executive director of education research at Gallup and the paper's co-author, said the survey aimed to investigate elite institutions' claims that their alumni networks would land students a job after graduation. Yet the report found differences among students' satisfaction with their networks to be "relatively minor and unlikely to offset the significant differences in tuition costs."

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