Top Ten Colleges in MONEY’s Paycheck League

on July 11, 2017

MONEY magazine recently published its 2017 college rankings, which show graduates’ financial success. Those ranking highest joined MONEY’s Paycheck League, a collection of colleges that provide the best value in the United States.

 

The study used early career earnings, graduation rate and affordability, among other factors, as criteria to determine the best value colleges.

 

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 best value colleges, according to MONEY:

 

1. Princeton University

  • Average salary within five years: $67,600
  • Graduation Rate: 97 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 7 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 59 percent
    • Percent of need met: 100 percent
  • Average student debt: $6,245

2. Baruch College

  • Average salary within five years: $51,600
  • Graduation Rate: 70 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 32 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 51 percent
    • Percent of need met: 18 percent
  • Average student debt: $8,500

3. University of Michigan

  • Average salary within five years: $61,200
  • Graduation Rate: 90 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 26 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 32 percent
    • Percent of need met: 86 percent
  • Average student debt: $19,500

4. University of California at Berkeley

  • Average salary within five years: $61,100
  • Graduation Rate: 92 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 17 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 48 percent
    • Percent of need met: 81 percent
  • Average student debt: $13,597

5 (tie). University of California, Los Angeles

  • Average salary within five years: $53,300
  • Graduation Rate: 91 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 17 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 52 percent
    • Percent of need met: 82 percent
  • Average student debt: $15,000

5 (tie). Stanford University

  • Average salary within five years: $70,300
  • Graduation Rate: 94 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 5 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 49 percent
    • Percent of need met: 100 percent
  • Average student debt: $12,000

7. University of California at Irvine

  • Average salary within five years: $52,000
  • Graduation Rate: 88 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 39 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 62 percent
    • Percent of need met: 81 percent
  • Average student debt: $15,000

8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Average salary within five years: $77,000
  • Graduation Rate: 92 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 8 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 55 percent
    • Percent of need met: 100 percent
  • Average student debt: $14,000

9. University of California, Davis

  • Average salary within five years: $53,000
  • Graduation Rate: 85 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 38 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 60 percent
    • Percent of need met: 78 percent
  • Average student debt: $12,999

10. Harvard University

  • Average salary within five years: $65,000
  • Graduation Rate: 98 percent
  • Acceptance Rate: 6 percent
  • Percent of students who get need-based grants: 56 percent
    • Percent of need met: 100 percent
  • Average student debt: $7,536

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