University Graduate Career Surveys

<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>

<p>Virginia public universities and community colleges:</p>

<p>WG02:</a> Wages of Graduates, List Programs By Institution</p>

<p>University of Texas</p>

<p>College of Natural Sciences</p>

<p>Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Etc. Majors</p>

<p>Salary</a> Survey</p>

<p>There is quite a bit of data as others have said. The data I prefer is subscription only which is unfortunate. If the information that is gathered from the National Association of Colleges & Employers could be integrated into the existing iPEDS that would be lovely. NACE has 2,000 college members so that is a pretty good representation. That said, I'm another one who agrees that you don't go to college to get a job...unless it's pre-pro program at a university...but it is interesting to see where kids are 5 years out. I always look at the alumni magazines for every college my kids were interested in to see where the early after college alums were reporting.</p>

<p>Brown University:</p>

<p>Class</a> of 2011 Immediate Postgraduate Plans | CareerLAB</p>

<p>Case Western Reserve University: A</a> Survey of Recent Graduates - CWRU Career Center</p>

<p>Rose Hulman Institute of Technology: Recruitment</a> & Employment Statistics</p>


<p>Both sources are inaccurate and extremely biased, unfortunately. The alumni magazine is only going to talk about their most successful students. And, the NACE report is clearly fixed, whether they are doing something on their own to make the numbers positive (so as to maintain their good relations with the educational institution establishment), simply accepting "cleaned up" university numbers as-is, or both.</p>

<p>During my very first year in college I paid a great deal of attention to the NACE reports and believed them myself, and continued to pay attention to them throughout my college career. However, I think it is pretty clear that the vast majority of college graduates are not going into 45k/year or better jobs, yet that is the average that the NACE consistently reports just about every year. The relatively small amount that get significantly higher salaries are not enough to make that "average" accurate. The New York Times conducted their own research a few years ago, and they found the median college graduate salary to be around 25k / year, and this was coming from an organization based in the most expensive metropolitan city in the nation.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, I relied heavily on the NACE's data for my college major, and one of their most "in-demand" majors turned out to be one of the least in-demand in the real world. A recent Yahoo article, which although not a trusted source of accuracy either, even directly contradicted previous NACE reports, listing certain majors that the NACE claims is "in-demand" as being majors that employers dislike most (as they prefer other majors for those fields).</p>



<p>Or was this due to the job market for that industry being at a high point when you were a freshman, and then going into an industry downturn by the time you graduated?</p>