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The Best 4-Year College In Every State

Fun Fact: There are over two thousand four-year colleges and universities in the United States. To suggest that a prospective college student has a lot of options when it comes to picking the college of his or her dreams is a massive understatement, which is why if you are said prospective student, doing plenty of research on the best four-year colleges is crucially important. The institution where you decide to attend college will not only be the place you’re going to live for the next four years, but also the place where you’re going to spend a lot of money over the next four years. With that in mind, it makes sense to attend a school that will set you up for financial success.
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In PayScale’s latest 2017 College Salary Report, we’ve calculated the best four-year college — ranked by the median mid-career salary of their graduates — in every state so you can take the guesswork out of your college search.

Alabama

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Best 4 Year College: Auburn University
Mid-Career Salary: $99,500
City: Auburn

Alaska

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Best 4 Year College: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Mid-Career Salary: $97,000
City: Fairbanks

Arizona

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Best 4 Year College: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Mid-Career Salary: $113,200
City: Prescott

Arkansas

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Best 4 Year College: Hendrix College
Mid-Career Salary: $94,000
City: Conway

California

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Best 4 Year College: Harvey Mudd College
Mid-Career Salary: $155,800
City: Claremont

Colorado

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Best 4 Year College: United States Air Force Academy
Mid-Career Salary: $138,300
City: USAF Academy

Connecticut

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Best 4 Year College: Yale University
Mid-Career Salary: $132,100
City: New Haven

Delaware

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Best 4 Year College: University of Delaware
Mid-Career Salary: $102,700
City: Newark

Florida

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Best 4 Year College: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Mid-Career Salary: $101,100
City: Daytona Beach

Georgia

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Best 4 Year College: Georgia Institute of Technology
Mid-Career Salary: $128,700
City: Atlanta

Hawaii

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Best 4 Year College: Hawaii Pacific University
Mid-Career Salary: $88,800
City: Honolulu

Idaho

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Best 4 Year College: University of Idaho
Mid-Career Salary: $91,700
City: Moscow

Illinois

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Best 4 Year College: University of Chicago
Mid-Career Salary: $117,000
City: Chicago

Indiana

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Best 4 Year College: University of Notre Dame
Mid-Career Salary: $127,099
City: Notre Dame

Iowa

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Best 4 Year College: Drake University
Mid-Career Salary: $97,800
City: Des Moines

Kansas

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Best 4 Year College: University of Kansas
Mid-Career Salary: $95,200
City: Lawrence

Kentucky

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Best 4 Year College: University of Kentucky
Mid-Career Salary: $91,700
City: Lexington

Louisiana

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Best 4 Year College: Tulane University
Mid-Career Salary: $108,700
City: New Orleans

Maine

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Best 4 Year College: Bates College
Mid-Career Salary: $125,000
City: Lewiston

Maryland

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Best 4 Year College: United States Naval Academy
Mid-Career Salary: $143,800
City: Annapolis

Massachusetts

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Best 4 Year College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mid-Career Salary: $147,000
City: Cambridge

Michigan

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Best 4 Year College: Kettering University
Mid-Career Salary: $117,000
City: Flint

Minnesota

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Best 4 Year College: Carleton College
Mid-Career Salary: $113,800
City: Northfield

Mississippi

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Best 4 Year College: Mississippi State University
Mid-Career Salary: $98,100
City: Starkville

Missouri

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Best 4 Year College: Washington University in St. Louis
Mid-Career Salary: $113,400
City: St. Louis

Montana

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Best 4 Year College: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Mid-Career Salary: $102,600
City: Butte

Nebraska

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Best 4 Year College: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Mid-Career Salary: $91,500
City: Lincoln

Nevada

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Best 4 Year College: University of Nevada – Reno
Mid-Career Salary: $90,700
City: Reno

New Hampshire

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Best 4 Year College: Dartmouth College
Mid-Career Salary: $140,300
City: Hanover

New Jersey

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Best 4 Year College: Princeton University
Mid-Career Salary: $147,800
City: Princeton

New Mexico

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Best 4 Year College: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Mid-Career Salary: $116,200
City: Socorro

New York

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Best 4 Year College: SUNY Maritime College
Mid-Career Salary:
City: Bronx

North Carolina

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Best 4 Year College: Duke University
Mid-Career Salary: $134,400
City: Durham

North Dakota

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Best 4 Year College: North Dakota State University
Mid-Career Salary: $93,100
City: Fargo

Ohio

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Best 4 Year College: Case Western Reserve University
Mid-Career Salary: $111,100
City: Cleveland

Oklahoma

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Best 4 Year College: University of Tulsa
Mid-Career Salary: $99,700
City: Tulsa

Oregon

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Best 4 Year College: Reed College
Mid-Career Salary: $103,900
City: Portland

Pennsylvania

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Best 4 Year College: University of Pennsylvania
Mid-Career Salary: $134,800
City: Philadelphia

Rhode Island

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Best 4 Year College: Brown University
Mid-Career Salary: $132,000
City: Providence

South Carolina

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Best 4 Year College: Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Mid-Career Salary: $108,200
City: Charleston

South Dakota

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Best 4 Year College: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Mid-Career Salary: $109,900
City: Rapid City

Tennessee

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Best 4 Year College: Vanderbilt University
Mid-Career Salary: $116,000
City: Nashville

Texas

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Best 4 Year College: Rice University
Mid-Career Salary: $130,200
City: Houston

Utah

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Best 4 Year College: Brigham Young University
Mid-Career Salary: $106,600
City: Provo

Vermont

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Best 4 Year College: Middlebury College
Mid-Career Salary: $113,200
City: Middlebury

Virginia

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Best 4 Year College: Washington and Lee University
Mid-Career Salary: $131,700
City: Lexington

Washington

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Best 4 Year College: University of Washington
Mid-Career Salary: $108,800
City: Seattle

West Virginia

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Best 4 Year College: West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Mid-Career Salary: $100,600
City: Beckley

Wisconsin

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Best 4 Year College: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mid-Career Salary: $106,900
City: Milwaukee

Wyoming

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Best 4 Year College: University of Wyoming
Mid-Career Salary: $92,000
City: Laramie

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