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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.
Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.
Compared to a lot of other states, Missouri has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.
All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in MO, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Missouri.
The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Missouri:
If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Missouri has to offer.
Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.
We limited the analysis to the 45 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Missouri that offer at least a bachelors degree.
Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.
The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Culver-Stockton College, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Missouri.’
|2||Truman State University||94.3%|
|3||Saint Louis University||93.65%|
|4||University of Missouri-Columbia||93.31%|
|5||William Jewell College||92.54%|
|6||Northwest Missouri State University||92.37%|
|7||Missouri University of Science and Technology||91.99%|
|8||Missouri Valley College||91.97%|
|10||Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing||91.63%|
|11||Ranken Technical College||91.59%|
|12||Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies||91.47%|
|13||Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences||91.47%|
|14||Washington University in St Louis||91.45%|
|16||Maryville University of Saint Louis||91.2%|
|18||Missouri State University-Springfield||90.48%|
|21||William Woods University||89.68%|
|22||University of Central Missouri||89.5%|
|23||Missouri Western State University||89.48%|
|24||Southeast Missouri State University||88.96%|
|25||University of Missouri-St Louis||88.76%|
|26||Missouri Baptist University||88.66%|
|27||University of Missouri-Kansas City||88.52%|
|30||College of the Ozarks||87.88%|
|37||Southwest Baptist University||85.64%|
|38||Kansas City Art Institute||84.77%|
|39||Missouri Southern State University||84.54%|
|40||Ozark Christian College||84.4%|
|41||Harris-Stowe State University||83.54%|
|43||Central Christian College of the Bible||82.42%|
|44||Baptist Bible College||81.34%|
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