When you think of educational institutions that lead to impressive post-graduate work, well-known universities and Ivy League schools are usually what come to mind.
However, sometimes smaller is better.
From bachelor’s degrees that lead to paychecks rivaling director-level salaries, to schools with the best return on investment, here are some of the highest-ranked smaller schools that offer the promise of talent excellence.
From the Alumni Front Lines
According to alumni data, here are the top four schools producing high-level talent which, in turn, has earned graduates high-paying jobs:
- Harvey Mudd College turns out impressive engineering and liberal arts students. Graduates earn average annual salaries of $103,000.
- Samuel Merritt University has healthcare graduates that are in high demand. Graduates earn average annual salaries of $96,000, and most are typically recruited directly from the school.
- United States Naval Academy has the fourth highest ranked engineering school and is the number one ranked public school in the country. Graduates earn average annual salaries of $112,000.
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is known for its research and engineering. Students have an impressive 3 to 1 faculty to student ratio. Graduates earn average annual salaries of $108,000.
While larger firms recruit from prestigious universities, there are many smaller schools with well-equipped graduates who are ready to work. These smaller schools will undoubtedly have less competition amongst recruiting companies.
- Babson College (private business school)
- New Jersey Institute of Technology (state school for engineering and research)
- New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (state school for engineering)
- Pomona College (private liberal arts school)
- University of the Pacific (private research school)
Best Return on Educational Investment
The majority of small schools listed in alumni data are private, which corresponds to higher tuition and possibly higher student debt. Increasing concernes over post-college debt has prompted research organization BestColleges to compile its list of the best schools for return on investment.
These public schools will arm students with not only a solid education, but also the ability to start careers with reduced debt stress.
- SUNY Maritime College (marine engineering)
- Colorado School of Mines (engineering)
- Georgia Tech (engineering)
- Massachusetts Maritime Academy (marine engineering and environmental protection)
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (electrical, mining and project engineering)
Companies looking to recruit directly from universities should not discount smaller area schools to find a high supply of talent. Whether private or public, there are quite a few smaller and more specialized schools prepping students for robust careers.