University of Wisconsin uses Equifax Credit Bureau data to evaluate Graduate activity

Kelly Meyerhofer:

The System took a new approach for this study, contracting with Equifax, which identified employment records of UW graduates and sent the confidential, anonymized data to the System’s Office of Policy Analysis and Research for analysis.

Among the findings:

  • Graduates earned a median annual salary of nearly $50,000 a year out of college, almost $59,000 three years out of school and about $66,500 five years after graduation, though salaries varied depending on field.

  • Nearly 90% of in-state students remained in Wisconsin five years after finishing college.

  • About 15% of out-of-state students still lived in the Badger State five years after earning their degree.

Related: Equifax data breech.