SCHOOLS RANKED BY SALARY IMPACT
Here, three of the top 20 schools are public institutions, including No. 7 Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Still, the Ivies and big brand powerhouses still dominate. Think Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton. University of Pennsylvania comes out on top with a salary score of 99.1.
The salary impact rating looks at the impact the school has on its graduates’ salaries in relation to the cost of attending. While the schools at the top generally have high price tags, the salaries their graduates earn 10 years later make up for the high cost. As one example, a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania earns an average starting salary of $100,665 three months after graduation, and up to $111,902 with bonuses, according to Poets&Quants most recent undergraduate business school ranking.
Below, you can see the 20 schools with the highest salary impact from WSJ’s ranking. More detail and the full list can be found here.
|1||University of Pennsylvania||PA||99.1|
|4||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||MA||98.2|
|7||Missouri University of Science & Technology||MO||96.9|
|8||Claremont McKenna College||CA||96.7|
|12||Michigan Technological University||MI||95|
|13||Brigham Young University||UT||94.6|
|15||New Jersey Institute of Technology||NJ||94|
|16||Illinois Institute of Technology||IL||94|
|20||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||NY||92.5|
STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND SOCIAL MOBILITY
The WSJ/College Pulse Student Experience ranking looks at the schools where students enjoy waking up to go to class.
Student perceptions were measured by an independent survey of verified college students and recent graduates. In this category, public schools have the edge claiming 13 of the top 20 spots.
Dalton State College in Georgia has the best score in this category at 75.6. It also scored a 77 in community and social life and 81 in diversity. The average net price of attendance is $5,240 with a value added to graduate salaries of $14,230.
See the top 20 schools for student experience in the table below. For the full list and more school detail, click here.
|1||Dalton State College||GA||75.6|
|2||California Baptist University||CA||75.5|
|3||University of Houston – Downtown||TX||74.4|
|4||Savannah State University||GA||74.3|
|5||Alcorn State University||MS||73|
|6||Florida Institute of Technology||FL||72.8|
|7||Texas Woman’s University||TX||72.3|
|8||Oral Roberts University||OK||72.1|
|10||Florida International University||FL||71.7|
|11||University of La Verne||CA||71.7|
|12||California State University – San Marcos||CA||71.5|
|13||Southern New Hampshire University||NH||71.3|
|14||Clayton State University||GA||71.2|
|15||California State University – Fresno||CA||71.1|
|16||University of California – Los Angeles||CA||71|
|17||Prairie View A & M University||TX||70.9|
|18||California State University – Sacramento||CA||70.9|
|20||California State University – Northridge||CA||70.6|
For social mobility, WSJ looked at how much schools enhance students’ social mobility after graduation. Institutions with the highest proportion of students that come from lower-income families, high graduation rates, high salary impact for graduates, and lower costs do the best in this metric.
Again, public schools dominate here with 16 of the top 20 spots.
California State University – Los Angeles is the best school for social mobility at 99.6. It scored a perfect 100 in salary and a 99 in graduation rate. It has an average net price of $2,037 with a value added graduate salary of $26,419.
A table with the top 20 schools for social mobility is presented below. For the full list and more school detail, click here.
|1||California State University – Los Angele||CA||99.6|
|2||University of California – Merced||CA||99.6|
|4||Fresno Pacific University||CA||99.3|
|5||California State University – Northridge||CA||98.8|
|6||California State University – Fresno||CA||98.6|
|8||University of Illinois – Chicago||IL||97.1|
|9||Florida International University||FL||97.1|
|10||California State University – Sacramento||CA||97|
|11||California State Polytechnic University – Pomona||CA||96.9|
|12||University of La Verne||CA||96.2|
|14||California State University – Long Beach||CA||95.3|
|15||California State University – Monterey Bay||CA||94.6|
|16||Montclair State University||NJ||94.5|
|17||California State University – San Marcos||CA||94.2|
|18||New Jersey Institute of Technology||NJ||93|
|19||San Francisco State University||CA||92.3|
|20||The University of Texas at El Paso||TX||91.6|
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