Best Religious Schools by Salary Potential

Is a faith-based education the right path for you? Learn more about the religious schools with the highest-earning graduates.

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Santa Clara UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$77,700Mid-Career Pay:$157,200% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:28%
Rank:2School Name:Georgetown UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$73,800Mid-Career Pay:$156,000% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:3School Name:Duke UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$80,300Mid-Career Pay:$155,000% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:27%
Rank:4School Name:University of Notre DameSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$75,100Mid-Career Pay:$149,600% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:29%
Rank:5School Name:Lafayette CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$74,400Mid-Career Pay:$144,300% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:46%
Rank:6School Name:Manhattan CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$70,700Mid-Career Pay:$139,000% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:37%
Rank:7School Name:Villanova UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$72,700Mid-Career Pay:$135,600% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:8School Name:Fairfield UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$69,700Mid-Career Pay:$135,300% High Meaning:42%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:9School Name:Davidson CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,700Mid-Career Pay:$134,700% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:30%
Rank:10School Name:Loyola Marymount UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$64,700Mid-Career Pay:$133,800% High Meaning:43%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:11School Name:Emory UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$71,500Mid-Career Pay:$133,400% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:12School Name:Boston CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$71,300Mid-Career Pay:$132,000% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:13School Name:Brigham Young UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$67,200Mid-Career Pay:$131,700% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:29%
Rank:14School Name:Southern Methodist UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$68,600Mid-Career Pay:$131,600% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:15School Name:College of the Holy CrossSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$68,300Mid-Career Pay:$130,900% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:16School Name:Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaSchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,200Mid-Career Pay:$130,800% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:17School Name:The King's UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$63,700Mid-Career Pay:$130,000% High Meaning:43%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:18School Name:Seattle UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$67,900Mid-Career Pay:$129,000% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:19School Name:The University of the SouthSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Party School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,200Mid-Career Pay:$128,700% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:20School Name:Loyola University MarylandSchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,500Mid-Career Pay:$128,600% High Meaning:44%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:21School Name:Fordham UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,700Mid-Career Pay:$128,500% High Meaning:43%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:22School Name:Westmont CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,400Mid-Career Pay:$127,700% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:23School Name:University of San DiegoSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,800Mid-Career Pay:$126,500% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:24School Name:Saint Johns UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$64,300Mid-Career Pay:$124,000% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:25School Name:University of San FranciscoSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,700Mid-Career Pay:$123,900% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:11%

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It’s possible to attend a faith-based college and still be able to pay off your student loans after graduation. In fact, many of the most famous colleges in the United States have their roots in religious affiliations. In the College Salary Report, PayScale has ranked all religious colleges in the United States by their earning potential.

Santa Clara University is a religious school with highly paid alumni when we poll graduates with a bachelor’s degree and no higher education. This small California school often beats out big names like Duke, Georgetown and Brigham Young University, even though only a small percent of their degrees are in science, technology, engineering and math.

Other religious colleges and universities with high earning potentials are Notre Dame, Boston College, Brigham Young University and Loyola Marymount.

Going to a religious school doesn’t guarantee a meaningful career, but many alumni say their work is meaningful.

Basketball powerhouse Gonzaga University in Eastern Washington is the most highly recommended religious college on our list. About 90 percent of Zags recommend Gonzaga to others.