In total, 35 US universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2017, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals which universities recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.
The top 10 includes many of the usual suspects – Harvard University, California Institute of Technology and Stanford University – but also Boston University, which is not always found right at the top of university rankings.
Tuition fees at American colleges vary widely, particularly for international students, so value for money arguably depends both on tuition fees and how likely graduates are to be successful in their future career.
A number of state universities in the US, such as University of California, Berkeley, which generally have lower tuition fees, do particularly well when evaluated by employers.
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According to the Caltech website, 60 per cent of the class of 2017 have gone directly into the workforce. Many of these students have been recruited on campus.
The Career Development Center at the university provides networking sessions and career fairs twice a year to help students to find a job. Approximately 150 recruiters from various fields, exhibit at this fair each time.
Harvard University is not only one of the most prestigious universities in the world, it is also a top choice for recruiters, for many reasons.
Students are taught by world-leading academics and can take advantage of events on campus outside the core curriculum, on topics ranging from Chilean film to the psychology of prosperity.
Alumni are supplied with a HarvardKey, which gives them access to an alumni directory so that they can build a strong professional network through fellow alumni.
Students at Columbia University are able to take advantage of the university's strong alumni network in order to find a job.
The university provides clubs and events to encourage networking, a job board and skills building sessions.
There is a dedicated career's centre within each of the schools of the university.