Marcia Harris, director of University Career Services, predicts that 7 or 8 percent of last year's seniors will still be seeking jobs six months after their graduation -- double the figures from recent years.
But she said the sluggish economy should not cause seniors to panic -- as long as they start looking for jobs now and don't aim too high.
"I strongly encourage students to be as flexible as possible in where they consider working and by not limiting themselves to a certain city or state," Harris said.
Students also should be flexible when investigating possible companies because the most well-known ones might not fare well in the recently lackluster economy, Harris said.
"I encourage them not to focus just on the big employers and brand-name employers," she said. "It may be the small employers with potential for growth that are the healthiest."
While Harris said this year's senior class is facing a more difficult job market, employers are still coming to campus with jobs in hand -- albeit less of them with less to offer.
Harris said employers who would previously set up more than 100 interviews with students are now scheduling a third of that amount.
And many employers are finding they simply can't offer the jobs they thought they could a few months ago. "Fifteen to 20 employers that booked interview dates in the summer have canceled those dates," Harris said. "We probably have 50 employers scheduled for the fall. In the past, it's been more like 75 to 80."
But economics Professor Michael Salemi said the discouraging statistics shouldn't set off any panic alarms.