Top Sober Schools

Not into the party school thing? Check out the top sober undergraduate schools with the highest-paid graduates.

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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%
2Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$79,300$141,90063%39%

2United States Military Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$79,300
Mid-Career Pay$141,900
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees39%
3Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$74,000$137,30069%43%

3United States Air Force Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$74,000
Mid-Career Pay$137,300
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees43%
4Engineering, Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$65,900$128,30046%56%

4Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,900
Mid-Career Pay$128,300
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees56%
5Engineering, Sober School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$66,400$110,90071%69%

5United States Coast Guard Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$66,400
Mid-Career Pay$110,900
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees69%
6Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,400$109,20059%25%

6Brigham Young University-Provo
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,400
Mid-Career Pay$109,200
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees25%
7Business, Sober School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,100$107,60036%8%

7CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,100
Mid-Career Pay$107,600
% High Meaning36%
% STEM Degrees8%
8Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,900$101,80050%16%

8Baylor University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,900
Mid-Career Pay$101,800
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees16%
9Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,500$101,30055%12%

9Wheaton College (Illinois)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,500
Mid-Career Pay$101,300
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees12%
10Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,600$98,30053%29%

10Grove City College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,600
Mid-Career Pay$98,300
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees29%
11Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,800$96,00050%17%

11Gordon College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$96,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees17%
12Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,800$93,40056%2%

12Simmons College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,800
Mid-Career Pay$93,400
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees2%
13Sober School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,900$91,30052%8%

13CUNY Hunter College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,900
Mid-Career Pay$91,300
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees8%
14Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,000$91,20056%23%

14Calvin College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,000
Mid-Career Pay$91,200
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees23%
15Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,000$88,400N/A0%

15Thomas Aquinas College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,000
Mid-Career Pay$88,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
16Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,400$87,10045%21%

16Berry College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,400
Mid-Career Pay$87,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees21%
17Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,500$85,60051%7%

17Mills College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,500
Mid-Career Pay$85,600
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees7%
18Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,700$82,70054%26%

18Agnes Scott College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$82,700
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees26%
19Liberal Arts School, Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,900$74,800N/A0%

19College of the Atlantic
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$74,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
20Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$38,600$68,30054%8%

20College of the Ozarks
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,600
Mid-Career Pay$68,300
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees8%
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College is often associated with raging parties and experimentation with drugs and alcohol, but students who attend the schools on this list say that college is a sober matter. Using The Princeton Review’s guide to define sober schools, PayScale’s College Salary Report ranked schools where students study more than they party. The Princeton Review bases their rankings off a survey of students, and defines sober schools as colleges where students say that on-campus parties are not very common, and that alcohol and drugs and relatively rare.

Military schools are the sober schools with the highest-earning graduates. The United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and the United States Naval Academy (USMA) at Annapolis come in high for both early career salaries and mid-career salaries for grads who go into civilian careers.

Many of the other schools on our list of top-earning sober schools are religious schools. Wheaton College in Illinois, Pepperdine in California, Grove City College in New York and BYU’s Idaho Campus all make the list as well.

Public city colleges in New York show up on this list as well. Schools like CUNY City College, CUNY Brooklyn College and CUNY Queens College are made up mostly of commuter students. Having the majority of students not live on campus doesn’t encourage a big party scene or a heavy Greek population.


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