The 10 Best Colleges for Career Success After Graduation

7. Providence College (Providence, RI)

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Providence College (PC) is ranked by US News as the #1 best regional university in the north. Given that an impressive 95%+ of graduating students find employment, this ranking makes sense.

One word frequently used to describe the educational experience at Providence College is innovation. To that end, the school has recently been awarded the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, an accolade given to their Global Studies Program for its innovative work on internationalization.

At the heart of the PC experience is giving back to the community. Historically, Providence College was the first school to offer a degree in Community Service Studies. More recently, due to its excellence in service, PC was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an award given to a select few schools for demonstrating a measurable impact in their community.

Providence College is on the rise and has expanded tremendously in the past decade. In 2018, PC erected a new facility intended for the study of natural science known as the Science Complex. Also in 2018 was the opening of the Ruane Friar Development Center, a $30m facility complete with an innovation lab as well as a sports medicine center.  

Employment Rate: 95.28%


6. Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)

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With a 95%+ employment rate after college, Marquette is not only the school for sports stars like Dwyane Wade and Doc Rivers. Indeed, the school is home to a community like no other in the country. 

The Ashoka Institute, a leading organization dedicated to social entrepreneurship, dubbed Marquette a “Changemaker Campus,” a prestigious designation awarded to less than 1% of all higher education institutions nationwide. 

What makes Marquette a Changemaker? In 2017, they instituted the 707 Hub, an initiative designed to encourage collaboration between students and faculty through social and entrepreneurial innovation. Aligned with the school’s jesuit mission, the 707 Hub naturally prepares students for a life in leadership and service according to Ashoka

Marquette is one of the top schools nationwide, ranking in the top 100 National Universities in US News’ 2020 list.

Employment Rate: 95.55%


5. Western New England University (Springfield, MA)

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Western New England has the highest employment rate of all schools in Massachusetts, an academic powerhouse of a state home to dozens of universities including Harvard and MIT.

One reason their employment rate is over 95% is simple; they teach practical, experiential classes providing the skills and framework essential for career success in the real world. Western New England has dedicated schools for the study of business, engineering, law, and medicine.

The core of the Western New England experience is the caliber of people – both the students and the faculty. Students who rate the school consistently say the professors truly care about the outcomes for their students.

46,000 people call themselves alumni of Western New England. 

Employment Rate: 95.56%


4. Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA)

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Lebanon Valley College is a hidden gem college in Pennsylvania with approximately 1,700 students, giving this unique institution the environment of a classic liberal arts experience.

For a small school, Lebanon Valley College offers numerous opportunities for their students. Study abroad experiences are at the heart of Lebanon Valley, with programs available in Argentina, China, New Zealand, and Spain, as well as several other countries.

Throughout the last 2 years, Lebanon Valley has witnessed a significant surge in growth. Newly constructed facilities include the Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, a $20m complex dedicated to exercise science as well as physical therapy. 

So why does this school have such a high employment rate? Lebanon Valley is dedicated to seeing their students succeed in and out of college. The Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success, which launched in 2018, helps students find employment in the real world after their studies.

Employment Rate: 95.63%

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