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US university rankings: what should you consider?

03 Jun 2020 - Lindsay Bennett

Each new academic year brings new US university ranking lists, from U.S. News to the Times Higher Education World Rankings to the many top-100 lists published in the media. With so many statistics about admission rates and enrollment yields, grade point averages and average test scores, looking at all the results can quickly feel overwhelming!

One of the most important things to look out for is a university’s education outcomes. How well does a university prepare its students for life after graduation? How well are students positioned for career satisfaction and success.

US university rankings: what to consider

Work experience and career services

Arizona State University is #3 in the world for employer-student connections according to QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020. ASU’s online careers hub, Handshake, is a fantastic resource for students looking to gain real work experience during their degree.

Thanks to the University’s impressive employer-student connections, you can use this platform to find internships and jobs with companies like UPS, AXA and Cognizant, to name just a few. This kind of work experience can produce real results, by connecting you with future employers and making you a more desirable candidate.

Julie Maxwell, Director of Business, AXA Advisors says:

“Handshake has been a great resource to introduce AXA Advisors to so many qualified career searching Sun Devils! It was a platform that connected students to our Externship on campus, along with full-time employment opportunities. We are proud to have hired so many Sun Devil superstars upon graduation through the use of Handshake.”

In addition, while it’s not a ranking, Optional Practical Training is a great way to get work experience in the USA, so it’s worth checking to see if the degree programs you’re interested in offer this opportunity.

Return on Investment (ROI)

Higher education is a big investment of time, money and effort, one that students and their parents hope will be worth its cost. Return on Investment (ROI) rankings, which look at how much alumni earn in salary compared to how much they spent on tuition costs, provide an excellent indication of how well a university prepares its students for success.

Pace University has an incredible location next to Wall Street, giving it close connections to important businesses and organizations: more than 600 employers hired Pace international students in 2018–19, and over 7,000 internships and similar experiences are completed by Pace students annually!

Pace students in a TV studio with a woman

These connections have helped students prepare for careers well ahead of graduation — and the results are impressive. The University has been ranked in the top 100 for employability (QS USA University Rankings 2020), and  is in the top 10% of US universities for future salary potential after a bachelor’s degree, according to the College Salary Report: Best universities for a bachelor’s degree by 2019–20).

Meanwhile, Simmons University has been ranked #35 ‘Best Value’ University in the USA (U.S. News & World Report 2020). This is calculated using the school’s academic quality as indicated by its 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2018-2019 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. So, if a program is highly ranked and has a lower cost, then you’re getting great value for money!

Find the best university for you

We’ve researched the important US university ranking lists and statistics to make it easier for you to learn more about these excellent universities. Check out the links below to find more rankings for our partner universities in the USA.

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