One of the most important things to college freshmen, if not the most important, is that the college they have chosen to attend will ultimately help them find a job.
In a 2015 study by
Not all schools are equal in this, and some colleges are vastly more supportive of their students’ post-graduation concerns than others. To help showcase some of these stand-out universities, in addition to the map at the top of this article, we at Zippia have put together a list of the top schools by state in terms of college placement ratings.
Both the map and list were created using information found on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database or the CollegeScoreCard data.
Below is a list of the top fifty, but first, here’s the best of the best:
Using IPEDS, 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.
Then, we looked at the ratings themselves and ranked each state’s top school according to their rating. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last three decimal places, and we included the city each state’s top college was located in.
Ok, that’s it! Now, onto the list.
No college can guarantee you a job, but regardless, many still stake entire reputations on their alumni’s employment rates.
Because of the importance of applications and placement rates to incoming freshmen getting into school, it can often be tough to tell who to trust with these numbers. While some institutions go to great length to ensure their numbers are as accurate as possible, not all are as diligent — or (let’s just say it) as honest.
As this Hechinger Report article by Jon Marcus details, many universities are either misleading or outright lying about their placement rates, and there’s not always a ton of oversight when it comes to ensuring the rates they report to prospective students reflect the reality.
Simply put, some schools are fudging their numbers. And certain organizations who used to audit this information, like the Graduate Management Admissions Council, are now taking job placement information directly from the schools themselves, breaking down some of the transparency that once existed in the system.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of groups around who remain the impartial watchdogs they were intended to be (for now, at any rate).
One of these is the IES, or the Institute of Education Sciences, a bipartisan government organization dedicated to finding scientific data related to education. They try to keep this information as impartial as possible so that it can be used across the aisle as a solid base on which to build effective educational policies, and they keep this information in the IPEDS database mentioned at the beginning of the article.
|Birmingham Southern College||35|
|University Of Alaska Fairbanks||50|
|Universal Technical Institute Of Arizona Inc||44|
|Santa Clara University||34|
|Colorado School Of Mines||29|
|University Of Delaware||23|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach||31|
|University Of Hawaii At Manoa||47|
|University Of Idaho||45|
|Illinois Wesleyan University||10|
|Rose-Hulman Institute Of Technology||16|
|Kansas State University||39|
|Xavier University Of Louisiana||36|
|Saint John’s University||2|
|University Of Mississippi||41|
|Northwest Missouri State University||30|
|University Of Nevada-Las Vegas||48|
|Keene State College||18|
|The College Of New Jersey||28|
|University Of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus||46|
|Wake Forest University||25|
|University Of Mary||8|
|University Of Dayton||13|
|Oklahoma City University||42|
|Linfield College-Mcminnville Campus||32|
|Citadel Military College Of South Carolina||22|
|Dakota State University||21|
|Saint Michael’s College||6|
|Virginia Military Institute||1|
|University Of Puget Sound||33|
|Wheeling Jesuit University||37|
|University Of Wisconsin-Platteville||14|