Disappointing job placement
Just visited the RPI booth at a local college fair. We have RIT high on our list, but RPI is on the radar. RIT is a 5 year co-op program, where all students do at least 1 year of paid co-op and internship work. This often leads to permanent jobs with these firms, or at least builds a great resume. We asked the RPI rep about co-ops and internships. He said some students choose to apply for co-ops, which require a 3.0 gpa so many don't even qualify. He then said they are a little disappointed with their recent recruitment and latest job placement numbers due to the economy. Their latest figures show about 60% of last year's grads have jobs or grad school enrollment. He said when the 6-month figures come out, it should be around 70%. Just then a woman standing there mentioned her son who graduated RPI in May and still has no job.
I have to say I'm concerned about these numbers. I know the economy sucks everywhere, but this placement rate seems low for a reputed top school. Anyone care to comment?