The Top 11 Most Loved Schools

If you were given the opportunity to attend your alma mater again, would you do it? Hop into our DeLorean and see which grads love their schools so much they'd risk the Freshman 15 all over again.

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado Scool of Mines made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
 
100%
Alumni Recommended
$106,000
Median Mid-Career Pay

Located in Golden, Colorado, this small research and engineering college tops the list of most loved schools. In fact, 100 percent of the CSM alum who took the PayScale survey would do it all over again. And since grads earn a median salary of $106,000, what's not to love?

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

University of Alabama, Tsucaloosa made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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96%
Alumni Recommended
$76,500
Median Mid-Career Pay

Ninety six percent of Alabama grads tell us they would make the same school choice again, given the chance. Roll tide, 'Bama fans! Now you have something to lord over Auburn at the next Iron Bowl.

Famous Grad: Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia
"I just get up every day and do what seems like the most interesting, fun thing to do."

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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96%
Alumni Recommended
$94,300
Median Mid-Career Pay

Howdy, Aggies! Texas A&M University tied for second place, with 96 percent of former students bleeding maroon to anyone who will listen. There are few two-percenters among you, as evidenced by the average mid-career salary of $94,300. That's good bull, Ags. Gig 'em!

Famous Grad: Lyle Lovett
"It's important to be successful enough to be able to keep doing what you love."

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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96%
Alumni Recommended
$97,700
Median Mid-Career Pay

Vandy makes our list with 96 percent of graduates who took our survey telling us how much they loved being part of this small, private research institution. Graduates might also look forward to an average mid-career salary of over $95,000. Who ya with? V-U!

Famous Grad: Roseanne Cash, musician
"Every person's every action has an effect."

Gonzaga University

96%
Alumni Recommended
$84,300
Median Mid-Career Pay

Bulldogs everywhere can cheer, since Gonzaga also tied for second place on our list. Ninety-six percent of graduates who responded to the PayScale survey said that they would make the same choice again in a heartbeat. That's something to be proud of, Zags.

Famous Grad: Sherman Alexie, writer
"All I owe the world is my art."

Stanford University

Stanford University made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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96%
Alumni Recommended
$119,000
Median Mid-Career Pay

Stanford is one of the most well-known universities in the country, so it comes as no surprise former Stanford students love their alma mater. Ninety-six percent of alum who took the survey said they would go back and attend their university all over again. That's some high Cardinal praise.

Famous Grad: Jennifer Connelly, actress
"You have no power over me!"

Purdue University

Purdue University made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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93%
Alumni Recommended
$89,100
Median Mid-Career Pay

Boilermakers everywhere rejoice! According to our survey, 93 percent of Purdue grads have mad love for their old stomping grounds. Bonus: the average mid-career salary for Purdue graduates is nearly $90,000.

Famous Grad: Orville Redenbacher
"I had popcorn all over the place, so I decided I might as well be in the processing business."

University of Southern California (USC)

University of Southern California (USC) made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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93%
Alumni Recommended
$99,600
Median Mid-Career Pay

Fight on, Trojans! You made our list because 93 percent of USC alum and PayScale survey respondents are still feeling the love for their alma mater. Take that, Notre Dame.

Famous Grad: George Lucas
"Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is."

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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93%
Alumni Recommended
$94,200
Median Mid-Career Pay

Talk about your Tech Triumph! Virginia Tech grads have a Hokie-sized place in their heart for this polytechnic school. Graduates might look forward to careers with salaries averaging around $94,000, another triumph in and of itself.

Famous Grad: Hoda Kotb, news anchor
"If we all helped one person, wouldn't the world be an unbelievable place?"

Clemson University

Clemson University made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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93%
Alumni Recommended
$89,700
Median Mid-Career Pay

Put those tiger paws up, Clemson students! Your beloved school made our list, with 93 percent of you saying you'd go back and do it all over again. Clemson graduates earn an average mid-career salary of $89,700, which would buy quite a few two-dollar bills. Listen to that tiger's roar echo!

Famous Grad: William "Refrigerator" Perry
"The rivalry is huge between South Carolina and Clemson. It's major bragging rights; one of the most intense things I've been a part of."

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley made PayScale's list of most loved colleges
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93%
Alumni Recommended
$111,000
Median Mid-Career Pay

More than just your bears are golden, Berkeley. Your graduates are pretty shiny as well, with median mid-career salaries of over $110,000. Blue and gold pride holds steady, positioning UC Berkeley on our list of most-loved schools.

Famous Grad: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
"Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked."

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