Best College In Each State for Getting A Job In 2020

By Amanda Postma
Jul. 6, 2020
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College can be a scary thing for some people.

You may be worried about not getting accepted into the college of your dreams. Or maybe you’re concerned that you’re choosing the wrong college.

Some worry about leaving their families behind. Others worry they chose a college too close to their family. There can be a lot of factors that go into picking a college that is right for you.

We’re here to tell you that the most important reason to go to college is to find a great job. And while you may know that in the back of your mind, you may not know what are the best colleges to get a job after graduation.

That’s where we step in.

The Best Colleges for Getting a Job

  1. Quinnipiac University – Connecticut
  2. Augustana University – South Dakota
  3. Ohio Northern University – Ohio
  4. Stonehill College – Massachusetts
  5. Lebanon Valley College – Pennsylvania
  6. Marquette University – Wisconsin
  7. Illinois Wesleyan University – Illinois
  8. Providence College – Rhode Island
  9. Saint Anselm College – New Hampshire
  10. Saint Johns University – Minnesota

Even if you’ve never heard of these colleges before, it’s definitely worth looking into each of them to see which one fits your career aspirations best. And if you’d like a longer list of colleges to look into, be sure to keep reading to find our complete list.

How We Determined This Data

Using the Department of Education College Scorecard data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement numbers ten years after graduation.
We then sorted every college in the country from the highest employment levels to the lowest. Any college that did not have this data or suppressed it was excluded from the running. We opted to focus on the best colleges to graduate with your bachelor’s degree. To do this we only looked at colleges that predominantly offer four-year degrees, excluding some excellent two-year colleges.
We then selected the college with the highest rate of employment in each state, rounding to the second decimal point for readability.

1. Quinnipiac University

State: Connecticut
City: Hamden
Placement Rate: 96.10%

For the second year in a row, Quinnipiac University has topped our list as the best college for getting a job. The private university has the highest job placement rate at 96.1%. With those kinds of odds, you’re liable to join the Bobcats on your road to employment. The school’s motto? Bobcat Strong. And with that kind of rate, we couldn’t agree more.

2. Augustana University

State: South Dakota
City: Sioux Falls
Placement Rate: 96.05%

The Vikings at Augustana University come in at No. 2 on the list. If Quinnipiac doesn’t work out, this really isn’t a bad backup to have. The schools’ job placement rate is so close to being No. 1, there’s practically no difference between the two schools. If you choose Augustana, you may fall under the schools’ 96.05% for job placement. That’s a pretty solid percentage.

3. Ohio Northern University

State: Ohio
City: Ada
Placement Rate: 95.86%

If you like playing UNO, you may like this school. Ohio Northern University, ONU (literally UNO spelled backward), tops the list at No. 3 with a job placement rate of 95.86%. Not only do you have a great chance of finding a job after graduation, but with the school’s top-notch financial aid program you also won’t find yourself in too much debt. Say hello to not being in debt for most of your life with ONU.

4. Stonehill College

State: Massachusetts
City: Easton
Placement Rate: 95.83%

The private Roman Catholic, liberal arts college of Easton, Massachusetts, makes the top 10 list with a job placement rate of 95.83%. Only .03% behind third place, Stonehill College is a great home for your future. The school boasts a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 100 programs in the liberal arts, sciences and business.

5. Lebanon Valley College

State: Pennsylvania
City: Annville
Placement Rate: 95.63%

Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, is next on our list. With a 95.63% job placement rate, it’s easy to see why so many students end up there. The college sets students up to achieve more and go further, and by the looks of that rate, the college definitely takes that very seriously.

6. Marquette University

Source: Wikimedia

State: Wisconsin
City: Milwaukee
Placement Rate: 95.55%

Settled in at No. 6, Marquette University inspired students to “Be the Difference.” It’s that motto that drives the schools’ 95.55% job placement rate. The college promises that upon graduation you will be ready to change the world.

7. Illinois Wesleyan University

State: Illinois
City: Bloomington
Placement Rate: 95.45%

Curiosity killed the cat. Unless you’re a student at Illinois Wesleyan University, in which case your curiosity is not only welcomed but also embraced. Maybe that’s the reason the school has such a successful job placement rate. At 95.45% you’re sure to find a job upon graduation.

8. Providence College

State: Rhode Island
City: Providence
Placement Rate:95.28%

Providence College fills the No. 8 spot on the list of best colleges to getting a job. Students who attend here have a 95.28% chance of finding a job after graduation. That’s a pretty solid chance.

9. Saint Anselm College

State: New Hampshire
City: Manchester
Placement Rate:95.21%

Coming in at No. 9 is Saint Anselm College. The school is known for its delicious homemade food that every student enjoys, but did you also know that it has a really high job placement rate? At 95.21%, it shouldn’t take you too long to find a job after graduation.

10. Saint Johns University

Source:St. Johns

State: Wikimedia Commons
City: Collegeville
Placement Rate: 95.16%

The 150-year-old traditions at Saint Johns University are all super important to students and faculty alike. But perhaps the most important thing to the school is the 95.16% job placement rate that it boasts.

Whether it’s a dry campus you’re looking for or one that has the best parties, one thing is for sure: Your chances of finding a job right after graduation just got so much better. The higher the chance of finding a job upon graduation, the lower the chance you have to move back in with your parents.

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Amanda Postma

Amanda Postma is a writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog with a focus on creating entertaining content to help you through your job search. She received her BA from the University Of Missouri-Columbia.

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