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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All Alumni
RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:United States Naval AcademySchool Type:Engineering, Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$80,100Mid-Career Pay:$152,800% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:58%
Rank:2School Name:United States Military AcademySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$80,200Mid-Career Pay:$144,000% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:39%
Rank:3School Name:United States Air Force AcademySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$76,300Mid-Career Pay:$138,100% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:43%
Rank:4School Name:Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtSchool Type:Engineering, Private School, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$68,500Mid-Career Pay:$126,200% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:56%
Rank:5School Name:United States Coast Guard AcademySchool Type:Engineering, Sober School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$67,300Mid-Career Pay:$118,100% High Meaning:68%% STEM Degrees:69%
Rank:6School Name:Brigham Young University-ProvoSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$59,200Mid-Career Pay:$108,000% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:7School Name:CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeSchool Type:Business, Sober School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$58,800Mid-Career Pay:$107,100% High Meaning:37%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:8School Name:Baylor UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$55,500Mid-Career Pay:$101,400% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:9School Name:Wheaton College (Illinois)School Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,700Mid-Career Pay:$99,700% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:10School Name:Grove City CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,400Mid-Career Pay:$98,400% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:29%
Rank:11School Name:CUNY Hunter CollegeSchool Type:Sober School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,000Mid-Career Pay:$94,500% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:12School Name:Simmons CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,400Mid-Career Pay:$94,300% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:13School Name:Thomas Aquinas CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,700Mid-Career Pay:$93,300% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:14School Name:Gordon CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,000Mid-Career Pay:$91,300% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:15School Name:Mills CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,000Mid-Career Pay:$91,200% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:16School Name:Calvin CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,200Mid-Career Pay:$91,100% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:17School Name:Berry CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,900Mid-Career Pay:$84,900% High Meaning:44%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:18School Name:Agnes Scott CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,000Mid-Career Pay:$83,600% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:26%
Rank:19School Name:College of the OzarksSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolEarly Career Pay:$39,200Mid-Career Pay:$71,100% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:8%

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College Student

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.