As students and families grow more concerned about the ROI of a college degree, a number of publications have responded with rankings and data analysis related to career outcomes. The latest entry comes from the Princeton Review, which recently released its fourth annual list of the colleges with the best career placement, as part of a broader ranking of "colleges that pay you back."
To identify the colleges with the best career placement, Princeton Review researchers considered student ratings of career services at their institutions and data from PayScale estimating the starting and mid-career salaries of alumni at each institution.
According to the Princeton Review, the colleges with the best career placement are:
- Harvey Mudd College
- California Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- State University of New York—Maritime College
- Babson College
- Princeton University
- Dartmouth College
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Williams College
- Harvard College
- University of Pennsylvania
- Yale University
- Duke University
Harvey Mudd's place at the top of the list might not be surprising. In recent years, the college has made several efforts to expand access to STEM careers for women and minority students.
In an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education last November, President Margaret Klawe explained the steps they've taken, including revamping the curriculum, building communities, and improving transparency about career paths. For example, Harvey Mudd helps female students connect with mentors working in STEM fields and attend conferences for professional women in STEM (Princeton Review methodology, accessed 2/21; Princeton Review ranking, accessed 2/21).
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