I have been surveying the portion of Centre College alumni who graduated between 40 and 15 years ago. I focus on them because I am interested in how the parents' education, occupation, and cultural interests shape the children's educational choices. I have heard from about a quarter of those I surveyed - nearly 1400 respondents.
The first interesting finding is of how many of the graduates went on to get further degrees after college.
About a third of each entering class wants to be doctors. Another quarter express an interest in law.
Among the alumni, about 6% end up doctors or dentists, with another couple of percent getting other medical degrees.
About 14% end up as lawyers - which has been Centre's largest single occupational category since the colege's beginning nearly 200 years ago.
The business degree emerges as the second largest category, with 9% holding the MBA and another couple of percent having other professional certifications.
Teachers make up another 5% or so.
More than a quarter of the Centre alumni earned a masters degree.
All together about two-thirds of the Centre alumni in the prime of their working years hold some kind of advanced degree.