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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.

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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%

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