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GradReports has compared the salaries of over 4.6 million college graduates to determine Salary Scores for over 2,281 schools and 885 degrees. See how colleges stack up.
We ranked the best colleges for a bachelor’s degree based on overall bachelor’s Salary Scores from a pool of over 900 eligible colleges. Each college’s Salary Score is based on a comparison of alumni salaries across the same program at each school and weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni earnings in the first year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. View our methodology.
|Rank||School||Annual Tuition||Salary Score|
|#3||New Haven (CT)||$55,500||98.90|
|#7||Santa Clara (CA)||$53,634||98.23|
|#10||San Rafael (CA)||$46,940||97.21|
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