This story originally appeared on Zippia.
While college is a time of personal and professional growth, for many students it is an expensive investment in their future.
Students attend college with the expectation of securing gainful employment. However, not all schools are equal in job placement success.
Some colleges are vastly more supportive of their students’ post-graduation concerns than others. In particular, small colleges — with smaller class sizes and a stronger sense of community — do an excellent job at setting students up for success.
To help bring attention to exceptional small schools, we at Zippia put together a list of the top small schools for getting a job.
Using information found on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we searched for the college in each state with an enrollment level between 1,000 to 5,000.
From there, we cross-referenced the small colleges with data from College Scorecard to find the highest listed job placement ratings, looking at employment levels 10 years after students have graduated.
Then, we selected the institution with the highest job placement rate in each state. For the purposes of readability, we rounded each school’s placement to the nearest decimal point.
These small colleges are the best for job placement. Did a school in your state make the list?