Ask any 17 and 18 year old their top goal related to school . . . and most will tell you they want to get in the best college possible based on their academic record.
Fast forward 4 years later and those same student will tell you they want to get the best job placement possible.
What a difference 4 years makes . . . especially when you look at the top rated schools by job recruiters. The WSJ did a survey a few years ago of the top 25 undergraduate colleges rated by job recruiters.
An amazing thing happens when you compare this list with the top rated schools in the country. Take a look for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.
Top 25 Rated Colleges for Job Placement by Recruiters
1. Pennsylvania State University
2. Texas A&M University
3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4. Purdue University
5. Arizona State University
6. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
7. Georgia Institute of Technology
8. University of Maryland, College Park
9. University of Florida
10. Carnegie Mellon University
11. Brigham Young University
12. Ohio State University
13. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
14. Cornell University
15. University of California – Berkeley
16. University of Wisconsin, Madison
17. University of California, Los Angeles
18. Texas Tech
19. North Carolina State University, Raleigh
20. University of Virginia
21. Rutgers University, New Brunswick
22. University of Notre Dame
23. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
24. University of Southern California
25. Washington State University
How about that! To start with, there is only 1 Ivy League school on the list. There are also more public schools on the list than private colleges.
Like most money matters in life, it’s good to try and forecast your return on investment before you write any checks. This is especially true with college today given the size of tuition checks.
At the end of the day, the college checks are merely an investment in the future checks you receive 4 years later . . . and recruiters are telling you where they look for the names on those checks.