The 25 US Colleges Whose Graduates Earn the Most Money

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One of the biggest measurements of success after college is how much graduates earn.

New data from College Scorecard, a website created by the US Department of Education that compares colleges and universities in a number of categories, reveals the median salary earned by graduates 10 years after attending their alma maters.

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It's important to note that College Scorecard analyzed earnings data of students who received federal financial aid. We narrowed the list of schools down further to only include those with graduation rates of 85% or higher to ensure we were looking at degree-earning graduates.

Perennial favorites like MIT, Harvard, and Stanford top the list. Perhaps more surprising, schools like Massachusetts-based Babson College (No. 3) and liberal-arts school Lafayette College (No. 18) also rank highly. Meanwhile, the high-paying fields of business and engineering are among the most popular courses of study at these schools.

25. Boston College


Median salary 10 years after attending: $67,000
Median federal student loan debt: $19,000
Most popular major: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (20%)



24) Dartmouth College

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Median salary 10 years after attending: $67,100
Median federal student loan debt: $11,625
Most popular major: Social Sciences (35%)


23. Santa Clara University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $67,700
Median federal student loan debt: $20,500
Most popular major: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (31%)



22. Tufts University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $67,800
Median federal student loan debt: $18,125
Most popular major: Social Sciences (32%)



21. Bucknell University

Median salary 10 years after attending: $68,800
Median federal student loan debt: $27,000
Most popular major: Social Sciences (22%)



20. Johns Hopkins University

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Median salary 10 years after attending: $69,200
Median federal student loan debt: $18,500
Most popular major: Health Professions and Related Programs (20%)



19) University of Notre Dame

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Median salary 10 years after attending: $69,400
Median federal student loan debt: $21,000
Most popular major: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (29%)



18) Lafayette College


Median salary 10 years after attending: $69,800
Median federal student loan debt: $24,338
Most popular major: Social Sciences (31%)



17) Cornell University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $70,900
Median federal student loan debt: $12,000
Most popular major: Engineering (17%)



16) Carnegie Mellon University

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Median salary 10 years after attending:
$72,000
Median federal student loan debt: $25,000
Most popular major: Engineering (25%)



15) Columbia University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $72,900
Median federal student loan debt: $19,435
Most popular major: Social Sciences (24%)



14) Villanova University

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Median salary 10 years after attending: $73,700
Median federal student loan debt: $27,000
Most popular major: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (22%)



13) California Institute of Technology


Median salary 10 years after attending: $74,000
Median federal student loan debt: $18,349
Most popular major: Engineering (43%)



12) Bentley University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $74,900
Median federal student loan debt: $27,000
Most popular major: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (94%)



11) Princeton University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $75,100
Median federal student loan debt: $6,810
Most popular major: Social Sciences (26%)



10) Duke University

Median salary 10 years after attending: $76,700
Median federal student loan debt: $6,500
Most popular major: Social Sciences (18%)



9) Lehigh University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $76,800
Median federal student loan debt: $24,750
Most popular major: Engineering (30%)




8) Washington and Lee University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $77,600
Median federal student loan debt: $19,500
Most popular major: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (22%)



7) University of Pennsylvania

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Median salary 10 years after attending: $78,200
Median federal student loan debt: $21,500
Most popular major: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (22%)




6) Harvey Mudd College


Median salary 10 years after attending: $78,600
Median federal student loan debt: $25,696
Most popular major: Engineering (41%)



5) Stanford University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $80,900
Median federal student loan debt: $12,224
Most popular major: Social Sciences (17%)



4) Georgetown University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $83,300
Median federal student loan debt: $17,500
Most popular major: Social Sciences (35%)




3) Babson College


Median salary 10 years after attending: $85,500

Median federal student loan debt: $27,000

Most popular major: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (100%)


2) Harvard University


Median salary 10 years after attending: $87,200
Median federal student loan debt: $6,000
Most popular major: Social Sciences (36%)


1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Median salary 10 years after attending: $91,600
Median federal student loan debt: $13,645
Most popular major: Engineering (44%)

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