Sunday, January 17, 2010

Payscale Top Colleges by Mid-Career Salary MIT Beats Harvard (and so does WPI)

Complete list:

MIT beats Harvard. But so does Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which is a LOT easier to get into. Santa Clara University does well compared to Corell. Stevens Institute also does relatively well. Local favorite University of Washington is way, way down compared to Santa Clara or WPI.

And here is the ranked spreadsheet:
College - Starting - Mid Career

1 Dartmouth College Ivy League $58,200 $129,000
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineering $71,100 $126,000
3 Harvard University Ivy League $60,000 $126,000
4 Harvey Mudd College Engineering $71,000 $125,000
5 Stanford University Engineering $67,500 $124,000
6 Princeton University Ivy League $65,000 $124,000
7 Colgate University Liberal Arts $51,900 $122,000
8 University of Notre Dame Private $55,300 $121,000
9 Yale University Ivy League $56,000 $120,000
10 University of Pennsylvania Ivy League $60,400 $118,000
11 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineering $62,500 $116,000
12 Duke University Private $56,800 $116,000
13 Bucknell University Engineering $56,100 $116,000
14 Bucknell University Liberal Arts $56,100 $116,000
15 California Institute of Technology (CIT) Engineering $69,700 $115,000

Top 25 colleges ranked by starting salary
1 Loma Linda University Private $71,400 $88,500
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineering $71,100 $126,000
3 Harvey Mudd College Engineering $71,000 $125,000
4 California Institute of Technology (CIT) Engineering $69,700 $115,000
5 Stanford University Engineering $67,500 $124,000
6 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Engineering $65,300 $113,000
7 Princeton University Ivy League $65,000 $124,000
8 Polytechnic Institute of New York University Engineering $62,700 $114,000
9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineering $62,500 $116,000
10 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Engineering $61,100 $110,000
11 Cooper Union Engineering $61,100 $102,000
12 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) Engineering $61,100 $98,800
13 University of Pennsylvania Ivy League $60,400 $118,000
14 Harvard University Ivy League $60,000 $126,000
15 Colorado School of Mines Engineering $60,000 $109,000
16 Colorado School of Mines State Schools $60,000 $109,000
17 Stevens Institute of Technology Engineering $59,400 $101,000
18 Georgia Institute of Technology Engineering $58,900 $105,000
19 Georgia Institute of Technology State Schools $58,900 $105,000
20 Claremont McKenna College Liberal Arts $58,300 $102,000
21 Dartmouth College Ivy League $58,200 $129,000
22 Santa Clara University Private $58,000 $111,000
23 Cornell University Engineering $58,000 $106,000
24 Cornell University Ivy League $58,000 $106,000
25 Rice University Private $57,900 $105,000

And some other colleges we looked at:
40 Villanova $56,700
45 Yale University Ivy League $56,000 $120,000
62 San Jose State University (SJSU) State Schools $53,400 $96,300
68 Brown University Ivy League $52,300 $107,000
80 University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) State Schools $51,600 $97,000
128 Boston University Private $48,800 $91,100
132 University of Washington (UW) State Schools $48,600 $85,000
145 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell State Schools $47,900 $90,000
433 Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) Engineering $41,600 $72,900
502 Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Private $40,000 $77,900
631 College of the Ozarks Liberal Arts $31,900 $54,900

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Good and bad news financial aid 2010

8 Happy—and 3 Scary—Trends in Financial Aid in 2010

By Kim Clark

Posted January 12, 2010

College will cost more in 2010. That, unfortunately, will very likely be the reality for most college students this year.

But the news isn't all bad. Financial aid experts asked to predict what 2010 would bring to their campuses and students also highlighted eight happy trends that should encourage those worried about paying for college:

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* 1. It will be easier to apply for financial aid. The federal government has eliminated some of the most frustrating and redundant questions from the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the standard application used by thousands of colleges.

* 2. It will be easier for applicants and their parents to figure out how much a prospective college will cost, and how much aid they'll receive, before applying. Colleges have until late 2011 to install new Web-based calculators that are supposed to give applicants early estimates of their true costs. But many colleges, including Purdue, MIT, and Princeton, have already launched their net price calculators. And several companies, including (free) and (charges fees of $49 and up to those from families with incomes above $40,000 a year), offer a chance to compare several schools' likely costs.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Coolest Video Game Degree Ever from University of Denver

From Cappex recruiting message:

Playing video games is one thing, but making video games is a career. The University of Denver is one of a handful of schools offering a degree in Animation and Game Development. This program is primarily focused on the creation of electronic games. You’ll cover topics including interactive graphics/animation programming, fundamental computer science, game design, studio art, electronic art, narrative storytelling and critical game studies.
DU sits in a residential setting close to downtown Denver. There are six major ski resorts within an hour and a half of DU, and the Light Rail to downtown is free with a student pass. If you like to travel even more, 70 percent of our students study abroad at some point in their college career. Students who maintain a 3.0 GPA, pay no additional cost to study abroad beyond the cost of attending DU. Travel and other related fees are paid by the University. And for those who like to stay close to home, the University of Denver has invested $500 million into new buildings on campus. Students at DU enjoy an average class size of 20 students, and many take advantage of our Dual-Degree programs, where you can earn both your bachelor and master's degrees in five years.
The University of Denver is the perfect balance between a small liberal arts college with manyh of the benefits of a large research-based institution. We invite you to learn more about DU.