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Top Colleges and Universities for Getting Rich

Updated on December 4, 2012

Forbes.com and PayScale.com recently compiled a list of the top colleges in the United States for getting rich and the list is pretty interesting. The list is based on earnings of Alumni with 10 – 20 years of work experience instead of newly graduated students, which gives a great view of long term earnings. So if making money is your main focus when looking for a university you might want to consider some of these schools.

 

Number 1 - Dartmouth College

Experience - Median Salary

0 – 5 years $ 58,000

10 – 20 years $134,000

Top Earners $321,000

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League university located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth has an undergraduate liberal arts program and medical, engineering and business schools. Dartmouth is the smallest Ivy League School.

Motto in English: The voice of one crying in the wilderness

 

 

Number 2 - Princeton University

Experience - Median Salary

0 – 5 years $ 66,500

10 – 20 years $131,000

Top Earners $261,000

Princeton University is an Ivy League university located in Princeton, New Jersey.Princeton focuses mostly on undergraduate education and is a liberal arts university.

Motto in English: Under God's power she flourishes

 

 

Number 3 - Stanford University

Experience - Median Salary

0 – 5 years $ 70,400

10 – 20 years $129,000

Top Earners $257,000

Stanford University is a private research university located in Stanford, California and is divided into a number of different schools; Stanford Business School, Stanford Law School, Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford School of Engineering.

Motto in English: The wind of freedom blows

 

 

 

Number 4 - YaleUniversity

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  59,100

10 – 20 years  $126,000

Top Earners     $326,000

 

Yale Universityis a private university and member of the Ivy League located in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale is considered on of the leading and most prestigious universities in the world.

Motto in English: Light and truth

 

Number 4 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  72,200

10 – 20 years  $126,000

Top Earners     $326,000

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments.

Motto in English: Mind and Hand

 

Number 6 - Harvard University

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  63,400

10 – 20 years  $124,000

Top Earners     $ 288,000

 

Harvard Universityis a private university and a member of the Ivy League located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

Motto in English: Truth

 

Number 7 - University of Pennsylvania

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  60,900

10 – 20 years  $120,000

Top Earners     $282,000

University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League university and one of the Colonial Colleges located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Motto in English: Laws without morals are useless

 

Number 8 - University of Notre Dame

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  56,300

10 – 20 years  $116,000

Top Earners     $235,000

University of Notre Dame is a private Roman Catholic research university located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Notre Dame consists of five colleges and one professional school. 

Motto in English: Life, Sweetness, Hope

 

Number 9 - Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  62,400

10 – 20 years  $114,000

Top Earners  $190,000

Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn is the second oldest private institute of technology in the United States and is located in Brooklyn, New York.

Motto in English: The person and the works of humankind are functions of nature

 

Number 9 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  61,000

10 – 20 years  $114,000

Top Earners  $255,000

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private university located in Worchester, Massachusetts that is primarily an undergraduate focused university.  

Motto in English: Theory and Practice

 

Number 11 - University of Chicago

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  53,400

10 – 20 years  $113,000

Top Earners     $255,000

University of Chicago is a private university located in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, Illinois and founded by John D Rockefeller. 

Motto in English: Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched.

 

Number 12 - University of California Berkeley

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  59,900

10 – 20 years  $112,000

Top Earners     $201,000

University of California Berkeley is a public research university located in Berkeley, California and the oldest of the University of California’s campuses.

Motto in English: Let There Be Light

 

Number 13 - Carnegie MellonUniversity

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  61,800

10 – 20 years  $111,000

Top Earners     $209,000

Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was founded by Andrew Carnegie and has seven colleges and schools. 

Motto in English: My heart is in the work – Andrew Carnegie

 

Number 14 - Bucknell University

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  54,100

10 – 20 years  $110,000

Top Earners     $251,000

Bucknell Universityis a private university located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania along the West Branch Susquehanna River. Bucknell features programs in engineering, management, education and music as well as preparation for degrees in law and medicine.  

 

Number 14 - GeorgetownUniversity

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  55,000

10 – 20 years  $110,000

Top Earners     $248,000

Georgetown University is a Jesuit private university located in Georgetown, Washington D.C. Georgetown is divided into four undergraduate and graduate schools; international relations, government, law, medicine and business.

Motto in English: Both into One

 

Number 14 - Rice University

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  64,000

10 – 20 years  $110,000

Top Earners     $216,000

Rice Universityis a private research university located in Houston, Texas and is known for its applied science programs in nanotechnology, artificial heart research, structural chemical analysis and space science.

Motto in English: Letters, Science, Arts

 

Number 14 - Cornell University

Experience - Median Salary

0 – 5 years $ 60,300

10 – 20 years $110,000

Top Earners $210,000

Cornell University is a private Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York and two medical campuses in New York City and Education City, Qatar.

Motto in English: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study." -Ezra Cornell, 1865

 

Number 14 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  61,100

10 – 20 years  $110,000

Top Earners     $182,000

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private research university in Troy, New York, is the oldest technological university and is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Motto in English: Knowledge and Thoroughness

Number 19 - Brown University

Experience - Median Salary

0 – 5 years $ 56,200

10 – 20 years $109,000

Top Earners $228,000

Brown University is a private Ivy League university located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Motto in English: In God we hope

 

 

 

Number 20 - Colgate University

Experience  - Median Salary

0 – 5 years       $  52,800

10 – 20 years  $108,000

Top Earners     $265,000

Colgate Universityis a private liberal arts college located in Hamilton, New York.Colgate’s top three most common majors are biology, economics and political science.

Motto in English: For God and Truth

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    • cmoneyspinner1tf profile image

      Treathyl FOX 

      12 months ago from Austin, Texas

      Does Bucknell not have a motto?

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you jbern and Congrats!!!

    • Jbern117 profile image

      Jbern117 

      7 years ago from Dunmore, PA

      Great Hub! Happy to see RPI there, going this there myself this fall!

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      8 years ago from West Coast

      Scheng1 - Thank you for your comments although I do not necessarily agree with you. Ivy League is not for everyone and that is why there are other choices given.

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      scheng1 

      8 years ago

      It's still worth to go to Ivy League unversities, despite the stiff competition of entry and the expensive school fees

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      Twin XL 

      9 years ago

      What a great hub... time to pick up some college apps! lol

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you very much!!

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      hiyata 

      9 years ago

      It is great hub, thanks you.

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