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The Gold Commitment: Outcomes

Elisa Villanueva Beard '98

CEO Teach For America 

“DePauw was the catalyst that unleashed my leadership and passion for working toward educational equity and excellence for every child in our country.”

Jeff Harmening '89

CEO and Chairman of the board, General Mills

"DePauw changed my life.  Combining a great liberal arts education with unparalleled experiential learning prepared me to think and lead."

Top 10 Employers of DePauw Graduates


Employers know that a liberal arts degree from DePauw means something important. It means our graduates can be trusted in new settings with difficult tasks. That they can work collaboratively with teams and clients from all backgrounds. And that their results will always go far beyond expectations. That's why some of America's most influential businesses and organizations look to our graduates, year after year:

  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Salesforce
  • West Monroe Partners
  • Indiana University Health
  • Roche
  • Teach For America
  • IBM
  • Northern Trust Corporation
  • AT&T
  • Procter & Gamble

Employer Perception Survey

We were curious about what employers observe about DePauw graduates, and so we had a survey conducted by Hanover Research.

Employers reported that DePauw graduates or students are somewhat or much better than a typical undergraduate student across a wide range of technical and relational skills:

writing, project management, research, communication, professionalism, critical thinking and problem solving, and teamwork.

Washington Post

"No student should be prevented from majoring in an area they love based on a false idea of what they need to succeed. Broad learning skills are the key to long-term, satisfying, productive careers. What helps you thrive in a changing world isn’t rocket science. It may just well be social science, and, yes, even the humanities and the arts that contribute to making you not just workforce ready but world ready."

The Future of Jobs

The Future of Jobs report, published in December 2016, finds that "Overall, social skills—such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others—will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control."