Student survey shows employment as key factor to keeping grads in South Bend

A survey of South Bend's local colleges and universities shows a very low number of students intending to stay in the area after they graduate.

Recently 35-hundred students were questioned about their feelings toward the city of South Bend.

Scores were poor to mediocre.

According to the survey, students from St Joseph County's eight universities and colleges were asked questions about their future in South Bend after graduating.

On a scale of 1 to 7 students gave a 2.53 to the question of “would they consider living in South Bend following graduation.”

The number one reason for or against staying was employment.

“I think if you are willing to go out and put forth the effort of looking you will find something,” says Ivy Tech graduate Samantha Welsch.

“I think this gives us a great baseline and moves us forward,” says South Bend Common Council member Gavin Ferlic. “We can use the data and provide better dining options and make South Bend a better place after graduation.”

The survey also asked students how well they "feel they know South Bend" and if they “feel South Bend is a positive place to receive an education." Both questions received an average score of about four.

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