Interior Design and Pre-Architecture Program Retention and Outcomes

By the Numbers
  • 89% of graduates in the Class of 2016 are employed in interior design or a related profession.
  • 10% of students who graduated in the Class of 2016 were accepted to graduate school
  • 86% first-year retention rate (Class of 2018)
  • 67% four-year graduation rate (Class of 2016)
  • Graduates are highly sought after by recruiters from top interior design firms in the region, including ESPN, Atelier 10, and Peter Newman Architects
  • Graduates also decide to continue their education in master’s degree programs at institutions such as the University of Buffalo, Northeastern University, University of Oregon, and Florida International University.
  • It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 15 credits per semester four years to complete the bachelor’s degree program.

    Program Retention Rates
    Incoming Class Students Retained 2nd Year
    Fall 2014 7 6 (86%)
    Fall 2015 6 5 (83%)
    Fall 2016 14 11 (79%)


    Graduation Rates
    Cohort Students Graduated in 4 years
    Fall 2011 13 6 (46%)
    Fall 2012 12 8 (67%)
    Fall 2013 7 4 (57%)


    Program Outcomes
      2013 2014 2015 2016
    Attending Graduate School 12.5% 12.5% 0% 10%
    Working Full-Time in Field of Study 85.7% 85.7% 66.7% 88.9%

    In accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers Standards and Protocols for First Destination Surveys, the University of New Haven’s Career Development Center uses a three-phase methodology to ascertain the employment and advanced education outcomes of each graduating class. The annual outcomes project is administered each summer to graduating classes at the one-year out and six-years out timeframes.

    The three-part methodology included:

    • Online survey created by the University’s Career Development Center and its Office of Academic Assessment is sent to the last known email addresses of graduates
    • Phone call from the University’s Career Development Center to any targeted graduate who did not complete the online survey to either verbally administer the survey or to direct graduates to the online survey
    • Online research conducted by the University’s Career Development Center to locate employment and advanced education outcomes of targeted graduates using free, publicly accessible sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google.