Bachelor Degree Recipients’ Post-Degree Educational Attainment

This analysis is based on information from 30,314 students that received bachelor degrees from the University of Alabama between Spring 2014 and Spring 2018. Utilizing the 'Student Tracker' service of the National Student Clearinghouse, it was discovered that at least 12,931 students (42.7%) continued their education after earning their bachelors degree from the University. A large number of these degree recipients, 4,133 or 32.0%, continued their education at the University of Alabama. The current list of institutions these students attended to continue their education is available online.

Of the 12,931 students that continued their education, 7,709 or 59.6% (25.4% of the 30,314 original degree recipients) received a second degree or certificate by Spring 2021. Also, 281 received a third award, and 4 received a fourth award. Medical degrees and especially doctoral degrees are understated in this analysis, since medical degrees usually require four years of study and doctoral degrees require six or more years. Therefore, students progressing in these areas have not had sufficient time to complete their advanced degrees for this study.

The following is a breakdown of the types of second awards received by the 7,709 students.

Award Type Frequency Percent
Certificate 211 2.7
Associate 136 1.8
Bachelor 348 4.5
Educ. Specialist 5 0.1
Master 5.797 75.2
Doctorate 79 1.0
Prof (Medical) 288 3.7
Prof (Other) 188 2.4
Prof (Law) 657 8.5
Total 7,709 100.0

The 7,709 students received their second award from 623 different institutions. The majority of the awards, 6,143 (79.7%) came from public institutions while 1,566 (20.3%) came from private institutions. Slightly less than half of the second awards, 2,876 (37.3%), came from the University of Alabama. The current list of institutions is available online.