Preparing for College

Earning Power by Specific College

Have you ever wondered about the earning power that graduates from a certain college have in relation to those from other colleges? Believe it or not, there are statistics on that. PayScale.com, “the world’s largest online crowdsourced salary database,” releases an annual College Salary Report that tracks which colleges have the highest earning alumni year to year. That’s some very specialized data!

The report includes college rankings for associate, bachelor and graduate level degree programs at over 1,000 colleges and universities. They break down the rankings by state, school type and major pursued, and report on the earning potential of 142 majors at the associate level, 319 majors at the bachelor’s level, and 288 graduate-level degrees (master’s, PhD and MBAs).

I thought this information might be of some value to high school seniors (and their parents), since now that school has started, most college-bound students will soon be deeply involved in making decisions about their college process, if they haven’t already started the ball rolling.

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