We recently published our list of the 50 best colleges in America.
The list ranks colleges by median starting salary, average SAT score, and a survey that asked more than 1, 000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their students for success after graduation. Read our full methodology here.
We reranked the schools by pay here to find the top US schools whose graduates earn the highest starting salaries.
Interestingly, two of the top three schools on this list are elite military institutions. And being that technical degrees often earn college grads higher starting salaries than degrees in the humanities or social sciences, schools heavy on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programming tended to rank more favorably here.
50. Clemson University
Median starting salary: $51, 400
The 2016 Princeton Review ranked Clemson’s career services program No. 1 in the country. The career center also runs a Cooperative Education Program, in which students can alternate semesters of academic work with “paid, career-related, engaged-learning experience, ” according to the Clemson website. The 2015 Princeton Review also ranks the school No. 1 for the best alumni network.
49. Penn State
Median starting salary: $51, 500
Pennsylvania’s only land-grant university, Penn State has an extensive alumni network of more than 645, 000 Nittany Lions around the world. The school’s alumni association connects everyone through an advanced online network that enables alumni to make professional connections, hire fellow Penn Staters, and more.
47 (TIE). University of Connecticut
Median starting salary: $51, 700
UConn has a built-out career services office, with resources both on campus and online. The online portal features a number of internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities with companies like Pepperidge Farm, JetBlue, Unilever, and UBS, as well as a number of resources to help students apply and place there.