The Top 10 “Hidden Gem” Colleges With the Highest-Paid Alumni

5. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN)

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A private college based in rural Indiana, Rose-Hulman specializes in engineering, science, and math.

One of the most significant STEM institutions in the country, 99% of the faculty members at STEM hold a PhD degree. The education here is taught by many of the brightest, most innovative faculty in the nation.

Although not ranked in the top universities or liberal arts colleges in the country, Rose-Hulman is routinely ranked at the top of engineering-specialty schools that award only a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

Few schools assist their students in gaining internships as excellently as Rose-Hulman. Established in 1999, Rose-Hulman Ventures, a program with over $50m in funding, helps students gain internships and jobs with startups and major companies, providing both students and alumni with valuable job experience.

Very selective, Rose-Hulman admits about 12% of applicants.

MEDIAN CAREER PAY: $135,800.00


4. Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO)

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Among the most prestigious undergraduate engineering programs nationwide, the median career pay of this school’s alumni rivals that of MIT, CalTech, and Georgia Tech.

The school’s most famously known for its mineral/mining engineering. QS World Rankings has placed their mineral engineering program #1 worldwide between 2016 – 2019.

However, the school has many other programs of study. In fact, in 2018 Mines started the world’s very first graduate program in space resources. This program awards both Master’s and PhD degrees.

As the school is a public program, students based in Colorado get a significant tuition discount for attending. An impressive 88% find meaningful work within two years of graduation.

MEDIAN CAREER PAY: $139,600


3. Webb Institute (Glen Cove, NY)

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One of the most unique schools in the entire country, Webb’s entire student body is less than 110 total students. Yes, you read that number right – less than 110! Students of the school are known as Webbies.

Even crazier is that the school has a total of 10 teachers. Have you ever heard of a school with only 10 teachers?

The biggest draw to the Webb Institute is that it is entirely tuition-free. Due to zero tuition, Webb is very selective, accepting less than 23% for the class of 2023.

Students study only two subjects at Webb Institute – naval architecture and marine engineering. Because of this, the majority of high schoolers accepted displayed passion for water in their applications and resumes for Webb.

According to the Princeton Review, 100% of students find work upon graduation.

Located on Long Island, Webb is just 25 miles from New York City.

MEDIAN CAREER PAY: $141,800

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