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Colleges With Highest Salaries After Graduation – Forbes

Colleges With Highest Salaries After Graduation – Forbes

College is an investment, so which schools make sure you get a return? With college costs and student-debt levels reaching an all-time high, it’s important–we’d argue necessary–to think about which schools produce the highest earning alumni. For some this is a practical matter, with big earnings as a path to quickly pay off any student loans. For others, it is a matter of life ambition to move up the financial and social ladder. FORBES researched and rounded up a list of the top 25 colleges where graduating students go on to earn the highest mid-career salaries, meaning they have worked for at least 10 years.
These rankings were formed from a custom-blended earnings salary based on research from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and the new U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard. Read about the full methodology here.
Top-tier, private institutions heavily centered around engineering and technology placed at the top of the list: MIT (No. 1) and Harvey Mudd College (No. 2) boast graduates that earn $110,200 and $106,200, respectively. Stanford University and Harvard University, arguably the top two schools that boast huge name-recognition, take the No. 3 and 4 spots. And although something like reputation is subjective, we see time and time again that it still matters. In 2014, FORBES covered the list of the world’s most reputable universities and described reputation as the currency of higher education.
Of course, it can be said that your major or the focus of your studies is more important than what school you attend when aiming for the most money after graduation: the list shows that 13 of the top 25 schools awarded engineering degrees above any other degree. Industries related to STEM not only offer higher starting salaries than other disciplines, but it’s where the jobs are, due in part to advances in tech as well as businesses competing to create the next big thing. In fact, of the seven schools that reported mid-career earnings over $100,000, the majority were schools that specialize in academic disciplines of STEM.
However, liberal arts school Washington and Lee University rounds out the top 5, with mid-career earnings of $100,950. Aside from Harvey Mudd College, it is the only liberal arts school to report earnings high enough to make it in the Top 10. Many companies prize people who study disciplines outside of STEM: a feature story that ran in our magazine last summer argues that, while engineers still command the biggest salaries, the need for talent has shifted to nontechnical jobs, or “social alchemists” who connect with people and bridge the gap between the engineers and everyone else who doesn’t think in code.
Of the remaining top 10 are Stevens Institute of Technology ($100,750), Caltech ($100,100), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ($95,900), Georgetown University ($95,750), and Tufts University ($95,700).
It’s interesting to note that of the eight Ivy Leagues, three are absent from this list: Brown University, Columbia University, and Dartmouth College. Known for their extreme selectivity in admissions, academic excellence, and large financial endowments, it comes as a surprise that not every Ivy League college produces alumni who go on to earn top salaries.



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