Best Colleges For Sports Fans

Score a home run by going to a sports school and still earn a bachelors degree that pays. Find out which sports colleges produce the highest-earning graduates.

Read more

Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Engineering, Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$78,600$149,80065%58%

1United States Naval Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$78,600
Mid-Career Pay$149,800
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees58%
2Engineering, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$76,500$143,10057%51%

2Stanford University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$76,500
Mid-Career Pay$143,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees51%
3Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$72,600$142,60055%19%

3Harvard University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$72,600
Mid-Career Pay$142,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees19%
4Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$79,300$141,90063%39%

4United States Military Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$79,300
Mid-Career Pay$141,900
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees39%
5Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$72,700$141,30047%45%

5Princeton University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$72,700
Mid-Career Pay$141,300
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees45%
6Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$66,800$139,10044%29%

6Santa Clara University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$66,800
Mid-Career Pay$139,100
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees29%
7Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,900$137,50044%35%

7Dartmouth College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,900
Mid-Career Pay$137,500
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees35%
8Liberal Arts School, Party School, Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$65,000$137,30038%26%

8Colgate University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,000
Mid-Career Pay$137,300
% High Meaning38%
% STEM Degrees26%
8Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$74,000$137,30069%43%

8United States Air Force Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$74,000
Mid-Career Pay$137,300
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees43%
10Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$70,100$135,80042%21%

10University of Pennsylvania
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$70,100
Mid-Career Pay$135,800
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees21%
11Engineering, Party School, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$67,200$135,70045%52%

11Lehigh University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$67,200
Mid-Career Pay$135,700
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees52%
12Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,300$135,40054%20%

12Yale University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,300
Mid-Career Pay$135,400
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees20%
13Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$69,200$133,60049%43%

13Rice University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$69,200
Mid-Career Pay$133,600
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees43%
14Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,700$133,10050%26%

14Duke University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,700
Mid-Career Pay$133,100
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees26%
15Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$68,300$132,30049%36%

15University of California-Berkeley
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$68,300
Mid-Career Pay$132,300
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees36%
16Engineering, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$70,800$131,90048%80%

16Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$70,800
Mid-Career Pay$131,900
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees80%
17Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$65,400$131,60046%42%

17Brown University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,400
Mid-Career Pay$131,600
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees42%
18Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$64,700$131,50046%28%

18University of Notre Dame
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,700
Mid-Career Pay$131,500
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees28%
19Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,700$128,30043%14%

19Georgetown University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,700
Mid-Career Pay$128,300
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees14%
20Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$69,200$127,50044%30%

20Columbia University in the City of New York
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$69,200
Mid-Career Pay$127,500
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees30%
21Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,200$127,10045%43%

21Cornell University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,200
Mid-Career Pay$127,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees43%
22Liberal Arts School, Party School, Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$64,800$125,20040%40%

22Bucknell University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,800
Mid-Career Pay$125,200
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees40%
23Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$62,600$124,90046%40%

23Manhattan College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$62,600
Mid-Career Pay$124,900
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees40%
24Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$62,000$122,60047%23%

24University of Southern California
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$62,000
Mid-Career Pay$122,600
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees23%
25Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,700$121,80048%33%

25University of California-Irvine
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,700
Mid-Career Pay$121,800
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees33%
Find your worth

What are you worth?

Take our free salary survey to find out

Get your free report

College isn’t just about academics. Sure, studying is important, but there are other aspects of college life that draw students to particular universities. For many die-hard sports fans, a strong football or basketball team can be a major factor in college selection. The PayScale College Salary Report ranks the country’s top schools with Division 1 basketball or football programs by alumni salary so that you can find a college with high earning potential and a winning record.

Harvard is known for its world-class academics, but it’s also the home of some excellent athletes, like basketball star Jeremy Lin and NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald. The Harvard Crimson prove that athletic and academic excellence can coexist, and they top our list of the top schools for sports fans by salary potential.

The United States Naval Academy (USMA) at Annapolis faces off in the big Army-Navy game every year, they can at least gloat over the fact that the Navy crushes the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, where alumni earn a median mid-career salary of well over $100,000.

Other surprisingly high-earning schools famous for their jocks include the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Cal Bears, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

If you were to judge some of the most famous college sports rivalries by the highest-earning graduates, you would see Duke’s Blue Devils beat the University of North Carolina Tar Heels; the Texas A&M Aggies beat the University of Texas Longhorns; and the USC Trojans beat the UCLA Bruins.


Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of