University Graduate Career Surveys

<p>University of Dayton: University</a> of Dayton - (statistics)</p>

<p>University of Alabama (engineering and business): Student</a> Affairs | Career Center</p>

<p>Notre Dame: Career</a> and Internship Data // Career Center // University of Notre Dame</p>

<p>UCLA: UCLA</a> Career Center</p>

<p>Colorado School of Mines: Salary</a> Survey and Annual Report</p>

<p>CMU's career survey is now here: Post-Graduation</a> Survey: Salaries & Destinations-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University</p>

<p>Bucknell: Post</a> Graduation Report || Bucknell University</p>

<p>University of Delaware: UD</a> Career Plans Survey: Class of 2010</p>

<p>Kansas State:
Occupation</a> and Salary Information</p>

<p>Buffalo (SUNY): Graduating</a> Senior Survey</p>

<p>RPI: Publication</a> Name:</p>

<p>Pomona College: Where</a> Do Grads Go? - Pomona College</p>

<p>Colorado State University
The</a> Colorado State University Career Center | Students | Major and Career Exploration</p>

<p>North Carolina State University: [url=<a href=""&gt;]Spring&lt;/a> 2011 Graduating Seniors' Future Plans Survey<a href="survey%20taken%20from%20two%20weeks%20before%20to%20two%20to%20six%20weeks%20after%20graduation">/url</a></p>

<p>Northwestern: Survey</a> Data: University Career Services - Northwestern University</p>

<p>Can someone explain to me why top schools have such outrageously high starting salaries when compared to everyone else? </p>

<p>For example, Stanford Computer Science graduates expect to earn around $83,000, while at my school, Virginia Tech, Computer Science graduates can expect to earn around $65,000. Why is there such a huge difference? Virginia Tech still has one of best engineering programs in the nation.</p>

<p>Is the difference because so many Stanford students go on to work for top consulting and top finance firms?</p>

<p>Pretty much. Stanford's also a neighbor to many tech companies that will aggressively compete for talented students. Not to mention I imagine a lot more of Stanford's graduates wind up in high cost of living areas versus other schools.</p>

<p>Go look at more traditional engineering majors and you probably won't see that huge of a difference.</p>

<p>cornell: <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>CloudyCloud, it's because they're Stanford. The calibre of a bright Stanford student is light years ahead of a bright Virginia Tech student. At Stanford and other top Ivy Leagues, you're literally recruiting from the cream of the crop, so of course you're going to pay more to lure better talent.</p>

<p>It doesn't hurt that Stanford is in the Silicon Valley, which is a hot spot for CS majors and jobs.</p>

<p>notaznguy, that's a little bit of an absurd statement.</p>

<p>What career surveys do not tell you is a normalized average, so you have no good way of comparing if the average of one school is skewed due to its location. $85,000 in San Francisco goes about as far as $52,000 in Richmond, VA, so actually the $65k base your friend from VT is making probably gives him higher spending power than someone making 20k more in California. According to's salary calculator, someone earning $85k in San Francisco would be likely to earn around $70k for the same job by the same employer in Richmond. I'm guessing that a higher percentage of Stanford CS grads work in Silicon Valley at big tech companies, since it's very easy to recruit so close, and a higher percentage of VT grads go to smaller regional companies.</p>

<p>James Madison University: JMU</a> - Survey Data and Career</a> and Academic Planning - James Madison University</p>