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Top 5 Liberal Arts Schools by Salary Potential

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Want a well-rounded education, but high earning potential when you graduate? You don't have to sacrifice a solid foundation in the liberal arts for practical concerns. Although STEM graduates routinely top the list of high-salaried grads, many of the schools on this year's College Salary Report offer plenty of options for humanities, arts, and communications majors.

Want a well-rounded education, but high earning potential when you graduate? You don’t have to sacrifice a solid foundation in the liberal arts for practical concerns. Although STEM graduates routinely top the list of high-salaried grads, many of the schools on this year’s College Salary Report offer plenty of options for humanities, arts, and communications majors.

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A quick note about definitions, here: PayScale characterizes colleges and universities as “liberal arts schools” if they require all of their students to take liberal arts courses in order to qualify for their degree. That’s why you’ll see some schools — such as Harvey Mudd College — with a high percentage of STEM grads. Most liberal arts schools, however, award less than 20 percent of their degrees to STEM majors.

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The full list of top liberal arts schools by salary potential is available here.

1. Harvey Mudd College

Early Career Salary: $75,600

Mid-Career Salary: $133,800

High Meaning: 55 percent

STEM Degrees: 86 percent

2. United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis

Early Career Salary: $80,700

Mid-Career Salary: $130,000

High Meaning: 59 percent

STEM Degrees: 54 percent

3. Colgate University

Early Career Salary: $54,000

Mid-Career Salary: $126,600

High Meaning: 53 percent

STEM Degrees: 15 percent

4. Washington and Less University

Early Career Salary: $50,700

Mid-Career Salary: $124,300

High Meaning: 48 percent

STEM Degrees: 17 percent

5. United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point

Early Career Salary: $75,100

Mid-Career Salary: $123,900

High Meaning: 57 percent

STEM Degrees: 39 percent

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