Best universities for landing a job


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QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts and career advice specialists, have announced the world’s 500 leading universities for the nurturing of graduate employability.

The third edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings indicates that Stanford is the global number one, placing ahead of both the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Harvard University. However, Harvard outranks its world-leading rival in QS’s individual Alumni Outcomes metric, which identifies which universities produce the most successful alumni.

Key Findings

The United States is home to five of the top 10: Stanford, UCLA, and Harvard are joined by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (5th) and the University of California, Berkeley (9th);

All five of the US’s top-10 universities are based in either California or Boston, Massachusetts;

Eight of the world’s top ten universities for the Alumni Outcomes metric are from the US – a dominance disrupted only by the Universities of Cambridge (6th) and Oxford (8th);

Stanford’s number-one position is also obtained by virtue of its uniquely strong nexus of research partnerships: it scores 100/100 for QS’s Partnerships with Employers indicator;

The University of Chicago is the US university with the highest adjusted Graduate Employment Rate, scoring 93.9/100 for this indicator;

Arizona State University has the highest active employer presence on campus, measured using QS’s Employer-Student Connections metric.

Methodology

QS use five metrics to calculate this ranking. These metrics are:

  • Employer Reputation
  • Alumni Outcomes
  • Partnerships with Employers
  • Employer-Student Connections
  • Graduate Employment Rate

Table 1: QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018 (Top 10)

2018 Rank; 2018 QSWUR; Institution; Country

1; 2; Stanford University; United States

2; 33; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); United States

3; 3; Harvard University; United States

4; 50; The University of Sydney; Australia

5; 1; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); United States

6; 5; University of Cambridge; United Kingdom

7; 41; The University of Melbourne; Australia

8; 6; University of Oxford; United Kingdom

9; 27; University of California, Berkeley (UCB); United States

10; 25; Tsinghua University; China

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “Better comparative data about how universities are preparing their students for the 21st-century economy is required. This ranking is designed to improve the conversation we are having about this important component of a university’s mission, and allow students to make informed global comparisons.”

Sowter continued: “Reputation is insufficient as an explanation of Stanford’s success. All five of the US’s top-10 universities enjoy near-unparalleled reputation among employers. Stanford is differentiated from its equally illustrious peers by the extent to which it forges relationships with desirable graduate employers, and the opportunities it creates for students to interact with those employers. However, all five top-10 institutions also benefit from their position at the heart of highly powerful economic ecosystems.”

Table 2: QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018: US Overview

The data in column 2 refers to that institution’s position in the overall QS World University Rankings, published annually in June.

2018 Rank; 2018 QSWUR; Institution

1; 2; Stanford University

2; 33; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

3; 3; Harvard University

5; 1; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

9; 27; University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

11; 52; New York University (NYU)

12; 18; Columbia University

13; 13; Princeton University

18; 16; Yale University

18; 14; Cornell University

21; 9; University of Chicago

22; 19; University of Pennsylvania

25; 21; University of Michigan

32; 28; Northwestern University

34; 21; Duke University

43; 70; Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

43; 53; Brown University

47; 105; Purdue University

51; 81; Boston University

52; 67; University of Texas at Austin

55; 47; Carnegie Mellon University

57; 55; University of Wisconsin-Madison

59; 132; University of Southern California

64; 61; University of Washington

64; 17; Johns Hopkins University

72; 80; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

73; 4; California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

81; 209; Arizona State University

87; 93; Pennsylvania State University

98; 173; University of Virginia

99; 100; Washington University in St. Louis

101-110; 227; Georgetown University

101-110; 86; Ohio State University

101-110; 69; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

111-120; 38; University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

121-130; 263; North Carolina State University

121-130; 501-550; Drexel University

121-130; 178; University of Florida

131-140; 149; Michigan State University

141-150; 207; University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)

141-150; 163; University of Minnesota

141-150; 195; Texas A&M University

151-160; 129; University of Maryland, College Park

161-170; 169; Dartmouth College

161-170; 118; University of California, Davis (UCD)

171-180; 243; Tufts University

171-180; 230; University of Arizona

171-180; 182; University of Colorado at Boulder

171-180; 304; Indiana University Bloomington

191-200; 421-430; University of Delaware

191-200; 89; Rice University

201-250; 471-480; American University

201-250; 501-550; Lehigh University

201-250; 213; Case Western Reserve University

201-250; 346; Northeastern University

201-250; 212; Vanderbilt University

201-250; 142; University of Pittsburgh

201-250; 352; George Washington University

201-250; 216; University of Notre Dame

201-250; 249; University of Massachusetts, Amherst

201-250; 367; Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech)

251-300; 252; University of Miami

251-300; 164; University of California, Irvine (UCI)

251-300; 481-490; Colorado State University

301-500; 651-700; Stevens Institute of Technology

301-500; 751-800; University of Tulsa

301-500; 701-750; University of Denver

301-500; 339; Boston College

301-500; 551-600; College of William & Mary

301-500; 751-800; Brigham Young University

301-500; 364; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

301-500; 501-550; City University of New York

301-500; 431-440; Florida State University

301-500; 451-460; University of Tennessee

301-500; 134; University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

301-500; 283; Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

301-500; 651-700; University of Alabama

301-500; N/A; Baylor College of Medicine

301-500; 421-430; The University of Georgia

301-500; 323; University of California, Riverside (UCR)

301-500; 421-430; University of Texas Dallas

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