Interior Design and Pre-Architecture Program Retention and Outcomes

By the Numbers
  • 31% of graduates in the Class of 2020 are employed within six months in interior design or a related profession.
  • 23% of students who graduated in the Class of 2020 were accepted to graduate school
  • 94% first-year retention rate (Class of 2022)
  • 64% four-year graduation rate (Class of 2020)
  • 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 2017 14 10 (71%)
    Fall 2018 16 15 (94%)
    Fall 2019 19 14 (74%)


    Graduation Rates
    Cohort Students Graduated in 4 years
    Fall 2014 7 5 (71%)
    Fall 2015 7 4 (57%)
    Fall 2016 14 9 (64%)


    Program Outcomes
      2017 2018 2019 2020
    Attending Graduate School 16.67% 0.00% No Data 23.08%
    Working Full-Time in Field of Study 66.67% 77.78% No Data 30.77%

    — Data collected one year from graduation.

    — Data collected 6 months from graduation.


    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 six-months out, 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.