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  • 30 party schools whose grads go on to earn the most money
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    30 party schools whose grads go on to earn the most money

    While most parents would like to think their child’s time in college is reduced to hitting the books, attending networking events, and taking classes that challenge and expand their perspectives on the world, many students see university not only as an opportunity for academic growth, but also a chance to develop social and emotional maturity.

    Certain institutions of higher learning are famous for their vibrant social environments, to the point they have become known colloquially as “party schools.” While these universities may get a bad rep, especially with the older generation, there can be many benefits to attending such an institution. Not only do students report having created lasting friendships, important social skills, and essential time management techniques, but they also go on to have successful careers for the most part, and the data supports it.

    Using Niche’s 2018 Top Party Schools in America, Stacker analyzed the 30 top party schools where graduates go on to earn the most money. Niche takes a handful of factors into account when comparing party schools: A student survey on their school’s party scene (70%); the proximity and availability of bars (10%); athletics (7.5%); Greek life (7.5%); and access to restaurants (5%). We narrowed Niche’s list to the top 100 party schools and ranked the top 30 institutions with the highest-median income six years after graduation.

    Read on to see where America’s future leaders build the foundation for a fulfilling career, while also having fun.

    RELATED: College majors that go on to earn the most money 

  • #30. University of California - Santa Barbara
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    #30. University of California - Santa Barbara

    Location: Santa Barbara, California
    Median income six years after graduation: $52,500 per year
    Party school rank: 37
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 90%

  • #29. University of Florida
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    #29. University of Florida

    Location: Gainesville, Florida
    Median income six years after graduation: $53,100 per year
    Party school rank: 17
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 92%

  • #28. University of Denver
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    #28. University of Denver

    Location: Denver, Colorado 
    Median income six years after graduation: $53,800 per year
    Party school rank: 75
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 91%

  • #27. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    #27. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    Median income six years after graduation: $54,100 per year
    Party school rank: 44
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #26. University of Wisconsin
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    #26. University of Wisconsin

    Location: Madison, Wisconsin 
    Median income six years after graduation: $54,200 per year
    Party school rank: 13
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 95%

  • #25. University of Washington
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    #25. University of Washington

    Location: Seattle, Washington
    Median income six years after graduation: $54,800 per year
    Party school rank: 84
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 90%

  • #24. University of Texas - Austin
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    #24. University of Texas - Austin

    Location: Austin, Texas
    Median income six years after graduation: $54,900 per year
    Party school rank: 7
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #23. University of Delaware
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    #23. University of Delaware

    Location: Newark, Delaware
    Median income six years after graduation: $55,100 per year
    Party school rank: 35
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 96%

  • #22. Texas A&M University
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    #22. Texas A&M University

    Location: College Station, Texas
    Median income six years after graduation: $55,500 per year
    Party school rank: 80
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 95%

  • #21. Tulane University
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    #21. Tulane University

    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    Median income six years after graduation: $56,200 per year
    Party school rank: 1
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 91%

  • #20. Rutgers University – New Brunswick
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    #20. Rutgers University – New Brunswick

    Location: Piscataway, New Jersey
    Median income six years after graduation: $56,400 per year
    Party school rank: 46
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 91%

  • #19. Southern Methodist University
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    #19. Southern Methodist University

    Location: Dallas, Texas
    Median income six years after graduation: $57,300 per year
    Party school rank: 14
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #18. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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    #18. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Location: Champaign, Illinois
    Median income six years after graduation: $57,600 per year
    Party school rank: 10
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 94%

  • #17. University of Miami
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    #17. University of Miami

    Location: Coral Gables, Florida
    Median income six years after graduation: $57,800 per year
    Party school rank: 19
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 91%

  • #16. Syracuse University
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    #16. Syracuse University

    Location: Syracuse, New York
    Median income six years after graduation: $58,400 per year
    Party school rank: 27
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 94%

  • #15. University of California - Los Angeles
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    #15. University of California - Los Angeles

    Location: Los Angeles, California
    Median income six years after graduation: $58,700 per year
    Party school rank: 61
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 88%

  • #14. New York University
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    #14. New York University

    Location: New York, New York
    Median income six years after graduation: $59,600 per year
    Party school rank: 47
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 91%

  • #13. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
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    #13. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Median income six years after graduation: $60,100 per year
    Party school rank: 22
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #12. Virginia Tech
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    #12. Virginia Tech

    Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
    Median income six years after graduation: $60,500 per year
    Party school rank: 92
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 96%

  • #11. Providence College
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    #11. Providence College

    Location: Providence, Rhode Island
    Median income six years after graduation: $60,700 per year
    Party school rank: 51
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 96%

  • #10. University of Virginia
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    #10. University of Virginia

    Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
    Median income six years after graduation: $60,700 per year
    Party school rank: 25
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #9. Colgate University
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    #9. Colgate University

    Location: Hamilton, NY
    Median income six years after graduation: $61,300 per year
    Party school rank: 90
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #8. University of Maryland - College Park
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    #8. University of Maryland - College Park

    Location: College Park, Maryland
    Median income six years after graduation: $61,700 per year
    Party school rank: 41
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #7. Vanderbilt University
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    #7. Vanderbilt University

    Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    Median income six years after graduation: $64,500 per year
    Party school rank: 30
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #6. George Washington University
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    #6. George Washington University

    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Median income six years after graduation: $67,100 per year
    Party school rank: 52
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 91%

  • #5. University of Southern California
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    #5. University of Southern California

    Location: Los Angeles, California
    Median income six years after graduation: $70,400 per year
    Party school rank: 34
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 93%

  • #4. Lehigh University
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    #4. Lehigh University

    Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    Median income six years after graduation: $77,200 per year
    Party school rank: 39
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 96%

  • #3. University of Pennsylvania
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    #3. University of Pennsylvania

    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Median income six years after graduation: $82,400 per year
    Party school rank: 28
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 91%

  • #2. Stevens Institute of Technology
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    #2. Stevens Institute of Technology

    Location: Hoboken, New Jersey
    Median income six years after graduation: $87,300 per year
    Party school rank: 66
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 94%

  • #1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    #1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Median income six years after graduation: $94,200 per year
    Party school rank: 98
    Percentage of students employed two years after graduation: 92%

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