Top Colleges - Salary Potential By School Type

We've divided up our long list of almost 1000 schools into smaller groups so you can find your favorites faster. Whether you plan to major in electrical engineering, international relations or Margarita Mondays, you can pick a list and quickly predict how your pocketbook will fair long after you've stopped sitting in the student section.
Top Schools by Type
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Want to see all college graduate salaries and compare earnings for engineering grads versus graphic design majors? See the full list of all the schools we reviewed, organized by school type and ranked by starting and mid-career salary.
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Best Engineering Colleges
Best Engineering Colleges
Hey, all you math-minded problem solvers out there, you've likely already picked out some engineering schools you're interested in. But, if you can't decide between them, why not factor in how much your tuition dollars will earn you after graduation? Review our list of the best engineering schools ranked by graduate salary potential.
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Best Ivy League Schools
Best Ivy League Schools
If you're applying to only a short list of Ivy League schools, how will you decide between all of the beautiful, brick-covered campuses and top notch reputations? We suggest you look at post-graduation earnings as part of the equation. Even among the top Ivy League schools, some will help you more with making a living after graduation. Before you choose which one you'll attend, use our list of the best Ivy League schools by salary potential.
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Top Liberal Arts Colleges
Top Liberal Arts Colleges
From poetry to politics, a liberal arts education broadens your mind and prepares you for a variety of careers. Would you like your career to also be high-paying? Use our list of top liberal arts colleges by salary potential, as reported by PayScale users.
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Top Party Colleges
Top Party Colleges
If you're more concerned about your Friday night plans than a challenging class load, you probably have your eye on the top party colleges. While most lists of "Top 10 Party Colleges" pay attention to the beer and good times, our list of 20 schools tells you if you can keep the party going after graduation. See our list of top party colleges and what their graduates earn.
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Top Private Universities
Top Private Research Universities
There are plenty of reasons to choose a large private research university. Maybe you want to attend your parent's alma mater, you like smaller class sizes or the curriculum supports your particular religious beliefs. Whatever your reason, it's smart to compare the salary you could earn from each of your favorites once you graduate. See PayScale's list of top private universities by salary potential.
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Top State Universities
Top State Universities
The best state universities offer a great education with lower tuition costs and, if you can stay at home, savings on room and board. Which local school is your most cost-effective choice? Check out our list of top state universities by salary potential to help you decide. Salary numbers are reported by actual graduates from each school.
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