Welcome to the 2019 UCLA First Destination Survey (FDS) information page!

As you may already know, UCLA is dedicated to a student-centered program of assessment and will regularly ask you and your fellow students to provide feedback throughout your academic career here.  Your responses to campus surveys are a critical resource for us in our decisions about student programs and campus policies.  We encourage you to use these surveys as a way to get your voice heard and to help us improve the undergraduate experiences for your class and for future cohorts of UCLA students. 

Although there are several other efforts within the UCLA campus to ascertain the post-graduation plans of certain populations, this is the only effort focused on reporting the actual post-graduation status of all UCLA undergraduates, sent to all graduating students at the end of each quarter. We ask graduating students to share with us whether their career or graduate school plans are firmly in place, a work-in-progress, or still a mystery. Regardless, we ask them to just complete the survey as best they can so we know what exactly it is that Bruins are doing the day they graduate. 

 The responses we collect and present help future Bruins prepare for their career and post-graduation goals. The First Destination Survey (FDS) provides comprehensive and reliable data which can be used to accurately inform and shape career expectations of current undergraduates, new alumni, and prospective students. Equally important, the FDS facilitates UCLA compliance with the outcomes data requirements of the Higher Education Opportunities Act. It also provides accurate post-graduation outcomes information to the UCLA community at large (administrators, academic departments, etc.), parents, employer's and hiring organizations, and they help fulfill local, national, and international media requests. 

Participate for a Chance to Win!   

Twenty (20) lucky survey respondents will be randomly chosen to receive $25 Amazon gift card.

Participation in the study is not required in order to participate in the raffle.  To enter the drawings without completing the survey, you must send a self-addressed, stamped letter containing your full name, UID, email address, and name of survey you wish to enter to: Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO), University of California, Los Angeles, 1105 Murphy Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095.  This letter must be received by December 15th, 2019 to be entered in the final drawing.  Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received.  Email notifications will be sent to all winners instructing them on how prize will be transferred and who to contact if prize credit is not received.  Chances of winning are approximately 1 in 120.

Potential Benefits & Risks  

You have the opportunity to reflect on your prior academic experiences and your expectations for college as you complete the survey, which can enhance self-understanding. Results of your participation also will be directly beneficial to UCLA, and may benefit future generations of college students as well. There could be survey items that you are uncomfortable answering or to which you would simply prefer not to respond.  Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary, and you will be under no obligation whatsoever to answer any questions that you are not inclined to answer.  You may choose not to answer any specific questions you do not want to answer and still remain in the study. 


Please note that your responses will be used for research purposes only and will be strictly confidential. Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law.  

Who Can I Contact for More Information?

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please contact Dr. Kristen McKinney at:
Student Affairs Information & Research Office (SAIRO), UCLA, 1207 Murphy Hall, Los Angeles, CA  90095, (310) 206-8470 or at fds@saonet.ucla.edu

Rights of Research Subjects

You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty.  You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study.  If you wish to ask questions about your rights as a research participant or if you wish to voice any problems or concerns you may have about the study to someone other than the researchers, please call the Office of the Human Research Protection Program at (310) 825-7122 or write to Office of the Human Research Protection Program, UCLA, 10889 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 830, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1406.


Click here to take the First Destination Survey