From College News - Study by PayScale attempts to determine which College or University has highest starting salary; Harvey Mudd College comes 4th.
When one thinks of the elite Colleges and Universities in the United States, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, M.I.T., Dartmouth College, and Harvey Mudd College all come to mind.
Those first five are common, sure, but the Harvey Mudd College Engineering program is the surprise of a survey from PayScale, a site that collects data on salaries for different professions.
PayScale took their 1.2 million users to create a survey to determine which colleges’ graduates have the highest starting median salary and highest mid-career median salary. Harvey Mudd College landed in 4th place; Dartmouth College, meanwhile, had the highest mid-career salary for the second year in a row.
It’s important to note that the survey’s data is a bit skewed because the pool of respondents is not randomized. The data is limited to users who self-reported their income online.
PayScale only included respondents whose highest degree was a bachelors, which counts out lawyers, doctors and other jobs that require an advanced degree.
The top 5 for mid-career median salaries were:
1. Dartmouth (Ivy League) $129,000
2. MIT (Engineering) $126,000
3. Harvard University (Ivy League) $126,000
4. Harvey Mudd College (Engineering) $125,000
5. Stanford University (Engineering) $124,000
Top 5 Starting Median Salary:
1. Loma Linda University (Private) $71,400
2. MIT (Engineering) $71,100
3. Harvey Mudd College (Engineering) $71,000
4. California Institute of Technology (Engineering) $69,700
5. Stanford University (Engineering) $67,500
Before we get into the results let’s take a look at Harvey Mudd College, a surprising school in the top 5 on both lists.
Located in Claremont, CA., Harvey Mudd College describes itself as “one of the premier math, science and engineering colleges in the nation and offers nine math, science, and engineering-based majors.”
Additionally, Harvey Mudd says that education is “all grounded in a solid core curriculum that includes a healthy dose of humanities and social science courses” according to their Web site.
By Zack Teibloom