Alumni Success: Salary, Placement & Happiness

We track success of our alumni based on autonomy: we hope our graduates are doing what they want to do, and have gained the skills, attitude, and network to attain their dreams. More specifically, we track employment, salary, and happiness for our alumni.


AC4D has graduated 47 total alumni, and we have a 93% response rate (n=44) for our annual alumni success survey. Note that some alumni elected not to reveal their salary information, so the numbers below do not total to 44.

93% of our alumni respondents are professionally employed in design related careers (41 alumni)

34 of our alumni respondents are working in salaried (as compared to hourly or contract-based) positions; of these salaried alumni:

  • The mean salary is $99,195.64
  • The median salary is $96,000.00
  • The standard deviation is $24,637.99


86% of our alumni respondents are "happy in their current role" (38 alumni)

Alumni responded to the question "How much did your experience at AC4D contribute to your professional success or happiness, on a scale of 1-7, where 7 is the highest" as follows:

  • The mean response is 6.02 out of 7
  • The median response is 6.0 out of 7
  • The standard deviation is 1.04

The qualitative feedback from our alumni indicate that they are challenged, fulfilled, and empowered; students said:

  • "My post-AC4D experience has been more rewarding professionally than I could have imagined for myself. When I arrived at AC4D just two years ago, my goal was to gain both the mindset and skills needed to eventually move fluidly between strategy and tangible creation. From the time I became a student to the time I graduated and post-AC4D, my roles professionally have largely been self-directed and influenced by solving the problems I feel are most meaningful to me. Being an AC4D grad has allowed me to create more choices for myself both in the work that I can do and the people I am able to work with."
  • "Going into AC4D, I didn't know where I would land professionally. I did know one thing: I wanted to believe in the work I was doing. A year out of AC4D, I work in a place where the stakes are high and it is understood by the whole team that the work we do matters. I believe in the work I do, and I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by a talented group of designers who take the time and care to share their knowledge, and experience as design professionals."
  • "I get to invest long-term focus on a big, wicked problem, so I know that over time my work is actually moving the needle towards social impact. In my role I have a voice in both product and company strategy and can apply what I learned at AC4D to building a design-driven organization. "


Our alumni have the following titles:

  • Associate Design Researcher
  • Associate
  • Associate, User Experience Designer
  • CEO & Founder
  • Design Director
  • Design Fellow
  • Design Strategist
  • Designer
  • Director of Product
  • Experience Director
  • Experience Strategist
  • Interaction Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Research Lead, Client Implementations
  • Senior Designer & Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Senior Interaction Designer
  • Senior UX Researcher
  • Senior Designer
  • Sr. Experience Designer - IXD IV
  • Sr. Interaction Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • User Researcher
  • UX Designer
  • UX Lead
  • Visual Design Consultant
  • VP Data + Product
  • VP of Product