There are as many reasons for choosing a college as there are students. Social life, convenience, location, cost, academic programs and scholarships all play a role. But with so many careers requiring specialized education, especially in technical fields, it’s important for students to ponder life after graduation.
Personal-finance site WalletHub recently examined more than 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. across 33 key measures. The site then ranked the schools by overall appeal as well as in such categories as cost and financing, campus safety and student selectivity.
An especially interesting ranking listed the schools according to how they rank for graduates’ career outcomes. The career-outcome ranking is based on numerous factors, including:
- The ratio of starting salary for graduates to the cost of their education
- The share of graduates offered full-time employment within six months
- Graduates’ earnings
- Graduates’ debt levels and ability to repay what they owe.
To no one’s surprise, schools with a technical bent as well as prestigious universities with well-respected names filled much of the list. Here’s a look at the top schools according to WalletHub’s career-outcomes ranking.