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

US universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2017

November 16 2017
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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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Top three universities in the US for graduate employability

1. California Institute of Technology

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. 

2. Harvard University

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.

3. Columbia University

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.  

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Top universities in the United States for graduate employability 2017

Global Employability Rank 2017  US Rank 2017  University
1 1 California Institute of Technology
2 2 Harvard University
3 3 Columbia University
4 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6 5 Boston University
7 6 Stanford University
10 7 Yale University
11 8 Princeton University
20 9 University of California, Berkeley
28 10 Johns Hopkins University
33 11 Dartmouth College
37 12 Duke University
39 13 Brigham  Young University
40 14 University of California, Los Angeles
42 15 Brown University
43 16 New York University
51 17 Cornell University
52 18 University of Chicago
53 19 Carnegie Mellon University
56 20 University of California, San Francisco
79 21 University of California, San Diego
81 22 Michigan State University
86 23 University of Southern California
93 24 University of Pennsylvania
95 25 Georgetown University
97 26 Rice University
99 27 University of Washington
106 28 Northwestern University
107 29 Ohio State University
110 30 Texas A&M University
114 31 Purdue University
115 32 University of Texas at Austin
117 33 Georgia Institute of Technology
128 34 University of Michigan
132 35 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2017

Reader's comments (1)

It's very important for students to understand that it's not only your university's / college's national ranking - or even global ranking that counts - but your prospective employer's opinions of said institutions' graduates. Of course, you can't control this, but it's important to research what employers will expect from yourself and your classmates as opposed to those from other universities. There is definitely a similar theme in the UK, especially with the top 5-10 universities and the types of students that attend. Find out more: - The GRB Team

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