The 10 college majors employers want this year


Congrats, grads: The proportion of employers planning to hire recent college graduates hit a decade-high this year.

Almost three-fourths of employers intend to hire college graduates this year, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. That's up from 67 percent in 2016 and marks the best outlook from employers since 2007.

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"Competition for soon-to-be college grads is escalating to a degree we haven't seen in the last 10 years," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder.

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Alabama: University of Alabama

Acceptance rate: 51.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 990-1250

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Arizona: Arizona Christian University

Acceptance rate: 56.7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 840-1090

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Arkansas: University of Arkansas

Acceptance rate: 62%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1010-1230

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California: California Institute of Technology

Acceptance rate: 8.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1500-1600

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Colorado: Colorado College

Acceptance rate: 17.9%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1240-1430

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Connecticut: Yale University

Acceptance rate: 6.3%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1410-1600

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District of Columbia: Georgetown University

Acceptance rate: 17.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1320-1520

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Florida: University of Miami

Acceptance rate: 38.2%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1220-1420

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Georgia: Emory University

Acceptance rate: 26.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1280-1460

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Hawaii: Brigham Young University at Hawaii

Acceptance rate: 34.9%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 970-1170

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Idaho: Northwest Nazarene University

Acceptance rate: 65.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 900-1180

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Illinois: University of Chicago

Acceptance rate: 8.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1435-1600

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Indiana: University of Notre Dame

Acceptance rate: 21.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1340-1520

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Iowa: Grinnell College

Acceptance rate: 28.0%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1290-1500

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Kansas: Sterling College-Kansas

Acceptance rate: 44.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 820-1040

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Kentucky: Berea College

Acceptance rate: 33.7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1020-1226

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Louisiana: Tulane University

Acceptance rate: 28%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1230-1410

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Maine: Bowdoin College

Acceptance rate: 14.9%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1340-1520

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Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

Acceptance rate: 16.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1360-1510

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Massachusetts: Harvard University

Acceptance rate: 6%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1410-1600

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Michigan: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Acceptance rate: 32.2%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1280-1480

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Minnesota: Carleton College

Acceptance rate: 22.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1320-1510

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Mississippi: Mississippi Valley State University

Acceptance rate: 16.3%

ACT 25th-75th percentile: 15-19

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Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

Acceptance rate: 17.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1420-1570

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Montana: Carroll College

Acceptance rate: 57.5%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 990-1250

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Nebraska: Union College

Acceptance rate: 52.1%

ACT 25th-75th percentile: 19-25

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New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

Acceptance rate: 11.5%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1360-1550

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New Jersey: Princeton University

Acceptance rate: 7.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1400-1600

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New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Acceptance rate: 36.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1120-1310

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New York: Columbia University

Acceptance rate: 7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1390-1570

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North Carolina: Duke University

Acceptance rate: 11.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1370-1550

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North Dakota: University of Jamestown

Acceptance rate: 64.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1066-1227

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Ohio: Kenyon College

Acceptance rate: 25.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1230-1420

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Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

Acceptance rate: 40.3%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1130-1410

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Oregon: Reed College

Acceptance rate: 38.7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1290-1480

Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

Acceptance rate: 10.4%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1360-1550

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Rhode Island: Brown University

Acceptance rate: 8.7%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1330-1550

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South Carolina: Clemson University

Acceptance rate: 51.5%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1150-1340

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South Carolina: Augustana College

Acceptance rate: 61.3%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1010-1230

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Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

Acceptance rate: 13.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1430-1580

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Texas: Rice University

Acceptance rate: 15.1%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1390-1550

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Utah: Brigham Young University

Acceptance rate: 47%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1150-1370

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Vermont: Middlebury College

Acceptance rate: 17.2%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1260-1470

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Virginia: Washington & Lee University

Acceptance rate: 19.5%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1320-1460

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Washington: Whitman College

Acceptance rate: 41%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1200-1430

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West Virginia: Concord University

Acceptance rate: 37.8%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 860-1060

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Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin

Acceptance rate: 56.9%

SAT 25th-75th percentile: 1180-1400

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Half of the employers surveyed expect to offer higher pay than last year, up from 37 percent in 2016, with almost two in five planning to offer a starting salary of $50,000 or more. Seven in 10 employers are open to negotiating salaries.

Forty-five percent of employers are recruiting college seniors, while almost a quarter are looking for candidates during graduate school. One in four employers who are not hiring college grads this year said they need more experienced workers.

Of those looking for college grads, recruits who studied business and technology are the most sought-after by employers this year. Here are the 10 majors that are most in demand:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Computer and Information Sciences
    • Engineering Technologies
    • Communications Technologies
    • Math and Statistics
    • Construction Trades
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
    • Science Technologies
    • Architecture and Planning

The national survey polled 2,380 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the private sector across industries and company sizes between February 16 and March 9 of this year.

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