Graduate employability: top universities in the United States ranked by employers

The best universities in the United States for graduate employability have been chosen by local recruiters.
November 16 2016

New York University

New York University
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Almost 100 universities in the United States have been chosen by employers as the best in the country for preparing graduates for jobs, as revealed by the Global University Employability Survey 2016.

The top 10 includes many of the usual suspects – Harvard, Princeton, CalTech and Stanford – but also the University of Florida and Arizona State University, which are 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.


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A number of state universities in the US, which generally have lower tuition fees, do particularly well when evaluated by employers.

The survey has been running for six years as a collaboration between Human Resources consultancy Emerging and employment research group Trendence. It is published exclusively by Times Higher Education.


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The top three universities in the US for graduate employability: 

New York University

NYU’s Wasserman Center supports students at the university on every step of their career development.

The center connects with employers to ensure that their needs are met by the right students. Even after graduation, alumni can meet with career coaches, attend workshops and use the university’s job search service.

Employers often work directly with university clubs to help prepare students to apply the same skills in the workplace.

Harvard University

Harvard 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.

Princeton University

Princeton is the fourth oldest university in the US, and is well renowned for the quality of its research. It is also, it seems, a big hit with companies looking for graduates.

The institution, which is based in New Jersey, has an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of just 5:1, meaning students have plenty of guidance during their time at the college. 

Princeton prides itself on its financial aid programme, which it says ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.


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Top universities in the United States for graduate employability

Country Rank

University

1

New York University

2

Harvard University

3

Princeton University

4

California Institute of Technology

5

Stanford University

6

Boston University

7

Yale University

8

University of Florida

9

Arizona State University

10

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

=11

Columbia University

=11

Johns Hopkins University

=11

University of California, Los Angeles

14

Duke University

15

Pennsylvania State University

=16

North Carolina State University

=16

Texas A&M University

18

University of Notre Dame

=19

Boston College

=19

University of Virginia

=21

Brown University

=21

Ohio State University

=21

Purdue University

24

University of Massachusetts

25

University of California, Berkeley

=26

University of California, San Francisco

=26

University of Kansas

=26

University of Miami: School of Business Administration

=29

Brigham Young University

=29

Northwestern University

=29

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

=32

Carnegie Mellon University

=32

Cornell University

=32

Florida Institute of Technology

=32

Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey

=32

University of Pennsylvania

=37

Indiana University

=37

The University of Texas at Dallas

=37

University of Washington

=40

George Washington University

=40

Northeastern University

=40

Southern Methodist University

=43

Georgetown University

=43

University of Chicago

=43

University of Texas, Austin

=46

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

=46

Rice University

=46

Stony Brook University - The State University of New York

=46

University of Arizona

=46

University of Southern California

=51

University of Maryland

=51

University of North Carolina

=51

University of South Carolina

=54

Case Western Reserve University

=54

Colorado School of Mines

=54

Emory University

=54

Michigan State University

=54

University of California, San Diego

=59

Dartmouth College

=59

University of Colorado Boulder

=59

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

=62

Brandeis University

=62

Indiana University Bloomington

=62

University of Iowa

=62

University of Minnesota

=66

Babson College

=66

University of California, Davis

=66

University of California, Irvine

=66

University of Delaware

=66

University of Pittsburgh

=66

University of Rochester

=66

Washington University in St Louis

=73

Cox School of Business – SMU

=73

Georgia Institute of Technology

=73

University of California, Santa Barbara

=73

University of Wisconsin, Madison

=73

Vanderbilt University

=78

University of California, Riverside

=78

University of California, Santa Cruz

=80

Fordham University

=80

Iowa State University

=80

University at Buffalo

=80

University of Utah

84

Tufts University

=85

Gettysburg College

=85

Thunderbird School of Global Management

=85

Tulane University: Freeman School of Business

=85

University of Cincinnati

=85

Wake Forest University

90

University of Wyoming

91

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