Highly Selective Schools That Add Value (Only Counting Money Here, But It’s a Measurable Proxy For Education)

Brookings Institute compared median salaries of graduates with the expected median salaries of a like pool (for the same college) without having attended college.  Here are the results I took away for highly selected colleges, given in expected percentage increase.  I also give the median mid-career salaries from the study.

Note: Some schools didn’t have enough data to be ranked.

Extremely Important Note:

Be very careful using this data.

First, it was gleaned from on line sources such as PayScale and LinkedIn.  Why? Because many universities, though they claim to be non-profit, don’t release proprietary data.  (They apparently don’t think it would be fair to release results data – too confusing for the public, too complicated, they say.)

Second, schools change.  Thus, what was your parent’s education at one university may not even be close to your education at that same university.  It is probably worse, no fault of yours.

So, here are the results.

For all graduates

Cal Tech 55% $126,200
MIT 55% $131,700
Stanford University 53% $133,700
Harvey Mudd College 50% $137,800
Rose-Hulman 47% $115,700
Rice University 43% $119,300
UC – Berkeley 42% $119,100
Carnegie Mellon University 40% $117,000
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 39% $112,500
Georgia Institute of Technology 39% $112,600
Harvard University 38% $122,700
Williams College 38% $114,500
Duke University 38% $113,000
Yale University 38% $124,600
Princeton University 37% $119,000
Carleton College 37% $111,500
Cornell University 37% $114,500
Brown University 36% $117,400
University of Pennsylvania 33% $115,900
Tufts University 32% $119,700
University of Notre Dame 30% $110,400
Case Western Reserve University 30% $101,300
University of Chicago 29% $108,800
Vanderbilt University 28% $107,100
Columbia University 27% $103,300
Georgetown University 26% $111,800
Wesleyan University 26% $100,300
Johns Hopkins University 26% $103,900
University of Southern California 25% $100,600
Dartmouth College 25% $108,200
Pomona College 25% $106,600
Washington University – St Louis 22% $109,300
University of Michigan 20% $95,000
Emory University 19% $94,000
Grinnell College 15% $86,200
Hamilton College 12% $89,000
Northeastern University 11% $90,000
Wellesley College 7% $80,800
Swarthmore College
Bates College
Claremont McKenna College
Amherst College
Bowdoin College
Haverford College
Rockefeller University
Northwestern University $103,500
Franklin W Olin College of Eng.
Northwestern Polytechnic
Webb Institute

For graduates who go no higher than an undergraduate degree

Cal Tech 49% $126,200
MIT 45% $128,800
Rose – Hulman 44% $114,100
Carleton College 43% $117,700
Stanford University 41% $126,400
Harvey Mudd College 40% $133,800
Rice University 40% $119,900
Georgia Institute of Technology 34% $111,700
Tufts University 33% $123,600
Williams College 33% $110,700
University of California-Berkeley 33% $114,200
Brown University 32% $114,500
Carnegie Mellon University 32% $111,700
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 32% $110,100
Harvard University 32% $118,200
Cornell University 31% $111,100
Duke University 30% $108,000
Princeton University 29% $113,900
University of Notre Dame 27% $108,400
Yale University 27% $115,100
University of Pennsylvania 26% $112,200
Swarthmore College 25% $109,000
Case Western Reserve University 25% $99,400
Vanderbilt University 23% $103,400
Washington University in St Louis 20% $107,100
Dartmouth College 19% $104,700
Georgetown University 18% $108,200
Columbia University 18% $101,100
Johns Hopkins University 18% $98,900
University of Southern California 17% $98,000
University of Chicago 17% $102,000
Wesleyan University 17% $91,300
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 13% $91,400
Bates College 12% $91,500
Hamilton College 11% $87,200
Claremont McKenna College 10% $96,000
Emory University 9% $86,100
Pomona College 8% $92,000
Northeastern University 7% $88,600
Grinnell College 7% $78,500
Wellesley College 3% $77,700
Amherst College
Bowdoin College
Haverford College $115,000
Rockefeller University
Northwestern University $98,400
Franklin W Olin College of Eng.
Northwestern Polytechnic University
Webb Institute

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