Top Private Universities By Salary Potential

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There are plenty of reasons to choose a large private 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.

Methodology
Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 2 years of experience; mid-career have 15 years. See full methodology for more.

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Top Private Universities By Salary Potential - Full List
Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Princeton University $56,900 $130,000
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) $69,600 $123,000
Harvard University $54,100 $116,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) $69,700 $115,000
Dartmouth College $51,600 $114,000
Duke University $54,400 $113,000
Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) $61,000 $113,000
Stanford University $58,200 $112,000
Lehigh University $57,200 $112,000
University of Notre Dame $52,900 $107,000
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) $59,500 $107,000
Stevens Institute of Technology $59,400 $106,000
Yale University $50,700 $105,000
Columbia University $52,800 $105,000
Brown University $50,200 $104,000
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) $61,200 $104,000
University of Pennsylvania $57,300 $103,000
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) $60,000 $103,000
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA $50,100 $103,000
Cornell University $55,800 $101,000
Case Western Reserve University $52,600 $101,000
Vanderbilt University $51,300 $100,000
Clarkson University $57,900 $100,000
Wake Forest University $46,000 $98,800
University of Southern California (USC) $50,200 $97,800
Rice University $51,100 $97,400
Boston College $49,400 $97,100
Georgetown University $50,300 $96,900
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) $52,000 $96,000
Tufts University $48,600 $95,600
Drexel University $51,500 $94,400
St. John's University, New York $43,800 $93,800
Johns Hopkins University $54,000 $93,400
University Of Chicago $46,900 $92,700
George Washington University (GWU) $48,500 $92,700
Fordham University $45,100 $90,300
Hofstra University $45,800 $90,000
Boston University $46,000 $88,900
Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) $53,700 $88,700
New York University (NYU) $47,700 $88,500
Northwestern University $49,900 $88,300
American University, Washington D.C. $40,800 $88,000
Washington University In St. Louis $51,200 $87,700
Pace University $48,800 $87,700
Samford University $37,600 $87,200
University of San Francisco (USF) $49,500 $87,100
Brigham Young University (BYU) $47,400 $86,800
Adelphi University $43,400 $86,400
Pacific University $50,500 $85,500
University of Rochester $44,200 $85,400
Southern Methodist University (SMU) $45,400 $85,200
Marquette University $46,200 $85,200
Syracuse University $45,800 $85,100
University of San Diego (USD) $44,500 $85,100
University of Dayton $45,900 $85,000
Long Island University $45,100 $84,900
University of Tulsa $47,500 $84,800
Northeastern University $49,800 $84,700
Tulane University $45,000 $83,700
Pepperdine University $44,600 $83,200
Baylor University $43,100 $83,200
Brandeis University $45,800 $83,200
Emory University $45,400 $83,000
Catholic University of America $44,300 $82,000
DePaul University $43,500 $81,400
Clark University $39,000 $80,900
Seton Hall University $47,800 $80,300
University of Hartford $44,400 $79,600
University of Denver $41,900 $78,900
Widener University $51,400 $78,700
University of Miami (UM) $46,400 $78,700
Texas Christian University (TCU) $44,900 $78,300
Howard University $43,700 $78,300
Biola University $40,000 $78,300
University of La Verne $39,600 $78,200
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota $43,400 $77,500
Loyola University of Chicago $42,700 $76,800
Nova Southeastern University $45,300 $75,700
Saint Louis University (SLU) $45,800 $75,500
University of Bridgeport (UB) $38,000 $74,400
Duquesne University $42,800 $73,100
Capella University $44,500 $68,300
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota $42,800 $67,400
Azusa Pacific University $39,200 $65,300
Barry University $40,700 $64,600
George Fox University $42,800 $63,600
Oral Roberts University (ORU) $34,500 $62,000
Andrews University $36,700 $61,800
Immaculata University $42,400 $61,800
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) $37,700 $60,200
Trevecca Nazarene University $37,800 $59,500
Wilmington University, Delaware $35,300 $59,000
Spalding University $42,100 $55,000
Methodology
This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees who are full-time employees in the United States. These results may not represent all attendees of these colleges. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable, but does not include equity (stock) compensation. See full methodology for more.
 
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