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100 colleges whose grads go on to earn the most

  • #20. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    - Mid-career pay: $140,800
    - Early career pay: $77,700
    - Percent high meaning: 86%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 2%

    Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences focuses on pharmaceutical sciences and public health but also has respected microbiology and clinical laboratory sciences programs. The college boasts a median salary for its alumni of $122,600, one of the highest in the nation.

  • #19. Swarthmore College

    - Mid-career pay: $141,000
    - Early career pay: $67,700
    - Percent high meaning: 46%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 45%

    Swarthmore saw 77% of grads from its class of 2020 find jobs in finance and consulting, technology/engineering, or research. In addition, 75% of grads said they plan to enroll in graduate or professional school within five years. A majority of employed alumni remain on the East Coast.

  • #18. Yale University

    - Mid-career pay: $141,300
    - Early career pay: $72,700
    - Percent high meaning: 53%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 22%

    Full-time employed graduates (working in the U.S.) from Yale’s 2019 class had a starting salary of $68,472. Finance and consulting jobs accounted for almost 30% of jobs for recent Yale grads, with Yale itself being the top employer. More than half of those employed worked in large organizations with 500 or more employees.

  • #17. Dartmouth College

    - Mid-career pay: $141,400
    - Early career pay: $73,300
    - Percent high meaning: 45%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 35%

    Dartmouth’s 2019 class reported 22% of grads earning $90,000 or more. Finance and consulting are the top industries, accounting for 45% of jobs among the class. The top three employers for Dartmouth grads are Amazon, Dartmouth itself, and Goldman Sachs.

  • #16. Williams College

    - Mid-career pay: $142,300
    - Early career pay: $67,600
    - Percent high meaning: 46%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 32%

    Recent Williams grads include six Watson Fellows, two Rhodes Scholars, and 50 Fulbright Scholars. Biology and economics are the most popular majors, and 40% of recent grads said they received important career advice from Williams’ alumni network.

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  • #15. Colorado School of Mines

    - Mid-career pay: $142,800
    - Early career pay: $75,800
    - Percent high meaning: 60%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 93%

    The Colorado School of Mines provides assistance and tracking for up to two years after graduation for all students until they reach their first destinations. The average salary for grads in 2018-19 was over $69,000, and the school reported the sixth-best return on investment among U.S. public schools.

  • #14. University of Pennsylvania

    - Mid-career pay: $142,900
    - Early career pay: $73,700
    - Percent high meaning: 41%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 21%

    UPenn’s class of 2019 reported an average median salary of $77,500. Graduates found work in 37 countries, and 43% of all grads found jobs through UPenn’s career services office. Financial services was the top hiring industry, with Goldman Sachs employing 45 graduates from the 2019 class.

  • #13. SUNY Maritime College

    - Mid-career pay: $143,400
    - Early career pay: $74,500
    - Percent high meaning: 52%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 32%

    According to PayScale, SUNY Maritime has been one of the top four-year public colleges for graduates’ salary potential over the past five years. Students vie for jobs at companies like Carnival Cruise Line, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

  • #12. Stevens Institute of Technology

    - Mid-career pay: $144,300
    - Early career pay: $75,800
    - Percent high meaning: 48%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 79%

    Stevens’ School of Business placed 98% of 2018 graduates six months after commencement. On average, those grads earned $72,480. Overall, 96% of all 2019 Stevens students found placement and earned an average starting salary of $76,400.

  • #11. Colgate University

    - Mid-career pay: $144,800
    - Early career pay: $69,700
    - Percent high meaning: 40%
    - Percent STEM degrees: 26%

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and BlackRock are among the top employers of Colgate grads. Communications, consulting, and education are popular industries for recent Colgate alumni, while almost 20% attend graduate school. 60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney and journalist Bob Woodruff are notable Colgate alums.

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