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What is the First Destination Survey (FDS)?

The First Destination Survey captures information from graduating students regarding their plans upon completing their journey at West Chester University. This instrument asks graduates about their primary status which may include employment, continued education, military service, entrepreneurial ventures, volunteer service, or other unique post-graduation paths.  Additionally, it seeks information on salary, location, participated in experiential education activities and details on how students are defining their future. 

First Destination Survey Reports - Undergraduate

First Destination Survey Reports - Graduate

Graduates Seeking to Complete Survey

Collection efforts being approximately two weeks prior to each graduation (August, December, and May). Surveys are available at specific in-person graduate events but all graduates will receive the First Destination Survey via email to their WCU email address.

Please contact the Career Development Center at or 610-436-2501 in the event that you:

  • Do not believe you have received the email and it is at least one week after commencement
  • Wish to provide an alternative email address for the survey to be sent

FDS Data Request Form

If you are seeking additional First Destination Survey information that does not appear in the reports please complete the following Request Form.

Data Request Form

Should you have any questions about the First Destination Survey, please contact Kate Shellaway, Associate Director of the Twardowski Career Development Center at 610-436-2501 or

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