# Colleges with the highest earning alumni

Read more**Net cost**: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

**Earnings**: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

**Payback**: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

**Earnings plus**: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

**Rankings**: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earnings*plus *performance.

#### California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $61,487

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $43,464

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $49,668

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $46,420

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $52,536

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Stanford University

Stanford, California

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $47,119

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $47,089

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $50,066

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $41,455

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $37,726

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $42,612

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $51,044

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $25,263

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $32,090

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $35,486

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $37,035

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $44,139

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, New York

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $34,181

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $21,647

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $43,317

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.