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Public colleges where graduates earn over $55K right out of school

  • Public colleges where graduates earn over $55K right out of school

    Despite an improving economy, finding a well-paying job after getting a college degree remains a challenge. The recession decimated the economy in the late 2000s, which led to thousands of companies outsourcing or automating the entry-level jobs that once served to help recent grads start climbing the career ladder. Older, unemployed professionals applied for many of these so-called entry-level positions, resulting in stiff competition within the job pool. Many entry-level positions now require three years experience or more working in-field. Some have turned to unpaid internships to get the experience needed to land their dream job, but many argue that forcing people to work without pay exploits their labor.

    Luckily, not all college grads face this struggle. Plenty of state-funded public colleges feature high job placement rates—at a fraction of the cost of private institutions. Stacker used data from the Payscale Salary Survey to determine which public colleges had alumni that earned the most right after they received their diplomas. Payscale surveyed millions of graduates to determine their median salary in the first five years after graduation. Only graduates from four-year bachelor’s degree programs are included in these numbers. University location, undergraduate enrollment size and median salary 10 years after graduation are included to give more context about each school and their long-term impact.

    From state flagships to military academies, schools of every size on every coast are setting up their graduates to succeed. Click through to see if you recognize any on the list.

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  • #50. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,100
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $107,600
    Undergraduate enrollment: 15,210
    Location: New York, NY

  • #49. George Mason University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $106,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: 23,817
    Location: Fairfax, VA

  • #48. The College of New Jersey

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $101,000
    Undergraduate enrollment: 6,787
    Location: Ewing, NJ

  • #47. University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $98,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 774
    Location: Oklahoma City, OK

  • #46. University of California-Santa Barbara

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $121,500
    Undergraduate enrollment: 21,574
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA

  • #45. Prairie View A&M University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $94,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 7,417
    Location: Prairie View, TX

  • #44. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $103,100
    Undergraduate enrollment: 41,359
    Location: University Park, PA

  • #43. University of Massachusetts-Lowell

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,400
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $107,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 13,637
    Location: Lowell, MA

  • #42. Medical University of South Carolina

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,600
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $86,000
    Undergraduate enrollment: 305
    Location: Charleston, SC

  • #41. University of Connecticut

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,700
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $102,700
    Undergraduate enrollment: 19,324
    Location: Storrs, CT

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