Key Findings

  • UT Austin alumni are statistically more likely than national comparison group graduates to be thriving in each well-being element. 
  • Key drivers of well-being are 1) being involved in extracurricular activities, and 2) having a professor who cared about them as a person.



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Breakdown of Well-Being Elements

Of the five elements, UT Austin alumni are the most likely to be thriving in purpose well-being, or having the opportunity to do something that they enjoy every day.

Well Being Breakdown

Alumni are Significantly More Likely to Thrive in Multiple Elements of Well-Being

Thirty percent of UT Austin alumni are thriving in at least four well-being elements compared with 23% of national comparison graduates. 

Percent Thriving

*Denotes an outcome that is statistically different from the corresponding UT Austin outcome at the 95% confidence level. 

Drivers of Well-Being

Two undergraduate experiences, in particular, strongly relate to the likelihood of alumni thriving in more well-being elements: 1) being extremely involved in extracurricular activities and 2) having had a professor who cared about them as a person.

Boosting Long-Term and Proximal Meaningful Life Outcomes


Full Report

The report includes the exact wording of the questions and a full description of the survey methodology including the interviewing method, sample size, definition of the survey population, and size of sampling error.

Well-being elements:

Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.

Social: Having strong and supportive relationships and love in your life.

Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.

Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.

Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.