The Best College In Each State For Getting A Job 2019

By Chris Kolmar - Jun. 10, 2019

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It’s that time of year again — when everyone takes the jump from college to the big leagues of the working world.

And while you’d hope that every college education nets you the opportunity to play for a team in the working world, the fact of the matter is that the college you went to has a big impact on your chances of getting a job. Some colleges offer majors and internships that help you fit right into a job after graduating, while others leave you in a jarring state of “what’s next”.

So with the unemployment rate sitting at record lows, we took a dive for the third year in a row into what colleges have the highest rates of employment, ten years post enrollment in each state. In other words, these are the colleges in each state that set you up best for the job market.

As always, our data comes from the College Scorecard who just updated their dataset for this year. You can see our lists of best colleges for employment in each state for 2017 and 2018 for reference points.

Below is a list of the top fifty, but first, here’s the best of the best:

  1. Connecticut – Quinnipiac University
  2. South Dakota – Augustana University
  3. Ohio – Ohio Northern University
  4. Pennsylvania – Lebanon Valley College
  5. Massachusetts – Western New England University
  6. Wisconsin – Marquette University
  7. Rhode Island – Providence College
  8. Minnesota – Saint Johns University
  9. New York – Siena College
  10. Nebraska – University of Nebraska Medical Center

Using the Department of Education College Scorecard data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement numbers, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students enrolled.

Then, we sorted every college in the country from highest employment levels to lowest that had data on employment counts ten years after graduating.

Finally, we selected the college with the highest rate of employment in each state. For the purposes of readability, the top schools’ ratings were then rounded to two decimal places.

Ok, that’s it! Now, onto the list.

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Chris Kolmar


Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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