There are 40 four-year colleges to choose from in the Bluegrass State, and if we rank colleges by earning potential, the public University of Kentucky has a solid early career graduate salary. Graduates with more experience who make the highest median salaries often come from private Kentucky colleges: Centre College of Kentucky, Bellarmine University, and Thomas More College.
For students considering financial aid to attend college, Sullivan University, a business school, has the highest percentage of low-income students who qualify for Pell grants. For individualized attention, Transylvania University can brag about one of the lowest faculty to student ratios and smallest size, along with Bellarmine University. Western Kentucky University, home of the Hilltoppers, has a relatively high faculty to student ratio, which make sense given it's also one of the largest colleges. Its size is second only to the University of Kentucky, with over 20,000 undergraduates.
The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville have been basketball and football rivals for decades, but only PayScale can report on whether Cardinals or Wildcats earn more.
Kentucky's top employment industries include car manufacturing, biotechnology, sports and recreation and transportation/logistics.