In total, 56 US universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018, 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 New York University, which is not always found right at the top of university rankings.
Tuition fees at US 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. Harvard University
Harvard University is not only one of the most prestigious universities in the world, it is also the 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 to help them build a strong professional network.
2. 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 twice-annual careers fairs to assist students in finding a job. Approximately 150 recruiters from various fields are present at each fair.
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have helped to develop some of the most innovative technologies of today, such as 3D printing and bionic prostheses.
Among MIT’s alumni are 89 Nobel Laureates, 58 National Medal of Science Winners and 48 MacArthur Fellows.
Top universities in the United States for graduate employability 2018
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|US Rank 2018||Graduate Employability Rank 2018||Graduate Employability Rank 2017||University||State||City|
|2||2||1||California Institute of Technology||California||Pasadena|
|3||3||4||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Massachusetts||Cambridge|
|5||7||11||Princeton University||New Jersey||Princeton|
|6||8||10||Yale University||Connecticut||New Haven|
|7||14||3||Columbia University||New York||New York City|
|8||15||43||New York University||New York||New York City|
|9||21||28||Johns Hopkins University||Maryland||Baltimore|
|10||22||20||University of California, Berkeley||California||Berkeley|
|11||27||33||Dartmouth College||New Hampshire||Hanover|
|12||40||37||Duke University||North Carolina||Durham|
|14||42||52||University of Chicago||Illinois||Chicago|
|15||47||42||Brown University||Rhode Island||Providence|
|16||54||39||Brigham Young University-Provo||Utah||Provo|
|17||57||107||Ohio State University||Ohio||Columbus|
|18||61||53||Carnegie Mellon University||Pennsylvania||Pittsburgh|
|19||62||40||University of California, Los Angeles||California||Los Angeles|
|20||65||51||Cornell University||New York||Ithaca|
|23||93||117||Georgia Institute of Technology||Georgia||Atlanta|
|24||94||95||Georgetown University||Washington DC|
|25||106||93||University of Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Philadelphia|
|26||109||115||University of Texas at Austin||Texas||Austin|
|28||118||110||Texas A&M University||Texas||College Station|
|29||125||132||Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey||New Jersey||New Brunswick|
|30||126||114||Purdue University||Indiana||West Lafayette|
|31||135||86||University of Southern California||California||Los Angeles|
|32||136||NR||George Washington University||Washington DC|
|33||145||NR||University of Boston, Massachusetts||Massachusetts||Boston|
|=35||150-200||NR||Arizona State University||Arizona||Tempe|
|=35||150-200||56||University of California, San Francisco||California||San Diego|
|=35||150-200||NR||Case Western Reserve University||Ohio||Cleveland|
|=35||150-200||NR||Florida Institute of Technology||Florida||Melbourne|
|=35||150-200||NR||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Illinois||Champaign|
|=35||150-200||128||University of Michigan||Michigan||Ann Arbor|
|=35||150-200||NR||Pennsylvania State University||Pennsylvania||State College|
|=35||150-200||86||University of Southern California||California||Los Angeles|
|=35||150-200||NR||Stony Brook University||New York||Stony Brook|
|=46||200-250||NR||University of California, Santa Barbara||California||Santa Barbara|
|=46||200-250||81||Michigan State University||Michigan||East Lansing|
|=46||200-250||NR||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||North Carolina||Chapel Hill|
|=46||200-250||NR||University of Notre Dame||Indiana||Notre Dame|
|=46||200-250||NR||University of Virginia||Virginia||Charlottesville|
|=46||200-250||NR||Washington University in St Louis||Missouri||St Louis|
|=46||200-250||NR||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Wisconsin||Madison|