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Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2014

What are the factors that determine long-term success for college students? Receive unprecedented insights from more than 30,000 U.S. graduates regarding what creates a successful future.

The college that students attend doesn't determine their success in life. Rather, the different experiences that students have during their time at college -- any college -- is what make a difference in their level of success.

These integral experiences include having a professor that genuinely cares about them as a person, lights a fire in them about learning and is their biggest cheerleader in pursuing their dreams. By having a caring, encouraging professor, their odds of being engaged at work more than double, as do their odds of thriving in their well-being.

Positive relationships and life experiences at college truly make a difference in students' lives -- and those kinds of crucial experiences are far too few. Gallup calls upon higher education institutions, students, parents, businesses, nonprofits and government to make this a national imperative for change.


of college graduates are engaged at work.


of graduates strongly agree they were supported by professors who cared, made them excited about learning and encouraged their dreams.


of graduates strongly agree they had a meaningful internship or job, worked on a long-term project and were actively involved in extracurricular activities.

If employed graduates feel their college prepared them well for life outside of it, the odds that they are engaged at work increase nearly three times.

The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report provides education leaders, students and parents with exclusive insights from 30,000 college graduates about what it takes to have a great job and a great life.

Download this report to learn:

  • how workplace engagement varies among college graduates
  • how different factors affect a graduate's well-being
  • insights into graduates' purpose, social, financial, community and physical well-being
  • why alumni are attached to their alma mater and to what extent
  • how student loan amounts affect graduates' well-being
  • insights into the aspirations of college students
  • the close association between workplace engagement and well-being

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