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10 Best Universities in USA for Graduate Employability

The United States of America is a global leader when it comes to overseas education. Brimming with world class universities, it is every students dream to study in the USA. And to give you an idea of the quality of US universities, lets look at some numbers. The recently published QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018 featured 81 US universities in the global Top 500, including 19 in the top 50.

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To the thousands of students across the world preparing for the next university applications cycle, employability matters more than ever. Consider this as your personal guide to choosing your next university. Read on to discover 10 of the best US universities for graduate employability in 2018.

1. Stanford University:

The second best university in the world and 1st in terms of graduate employability, Stanford University ranks best for Partnerships with Employers indicator, as well as ranking second for Alumni Outcomes. Based in Silicon Valley, California, Stanford is a stones throw away from tech giants like Google, LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, YouTube, Nike, Netflix and Snapchat, to name a few. Not only that, the university also counts founders of the aforementioned companies like Sergei Brin, Larry Page, Peter Thiel, Elon Musk etc as its distinguished alumni. No wonder why its graduates are already flooded with offers from these companies even before they graduate.

2. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA):

Ranked 33rd globally and 2nd in terms of graduate employability, UCLA graduates are in the enviable position of being among the world’s most employable students fresh out of university. The university itself is consistently ranked amongst the Top 10 in the world across all departments. Not to mention it receives its strongest scores for Alumni Outcomes and Partnerships with Employers (ranked eighth in the world for both).

3. Harvard University:

 And we come to the grand daddy among them all, Harvard University. It is America’s oldest institution of higher education and ranks 3rd, both globally and for graduate employability. It receives an unbeatable first place score for Alumni Outcomes, reflecting the huge number of successful individuals who’ve studied at Harvard, such as Natalie Portman, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, Margaret Atwood and Matt Damon etc. Harvard’s presitge is further fuelled by the fact that it ranks undisputed first globally in two subject areas: Life Sciences and Medicine, Social Sciences and Management. The university also ranks among the top three universities in the world according in Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences.  

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

What can you write about the best university in the world, a title MIT has got almost used to. Being the best university in the world means it’s achieved the maximum score across all categories, including research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalization, innovation, specialist criteria and inclusiveness. Ranked 1st globally and 5th in terms of graduate employability, MIT is also the best university for subjects like architecture, linguistics, computer science and information systems, engineering and technology, chemistry, mathematics, economics and econometrics. I really wonder whether the students enrolled in MIT need a better pedigree to showcase it to prospective employers.

5. University of California, Berkeley (UCB):

Ranked 27th globally and 9th in graduate employability, UCB is also one of the world’s leading academic institutions and its graduates are as celebrated as the university itself. And why wouldn’t they be? UCB’s alumni include 33 Nobel Prize winners, 17 billionaires, and 11 Turing Award winners. Moreover the university’s Haas School of Business includes the Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program, which integrates entrepreneurial thinking into the student experience, assisting students in launching new ventures.

6. New York University (NYU): 

Ranked 52nd globally and 11th in terms of graduate employability, NYU is one of the best universities in the world, and its graduates are favoured by recruiters, as indicated by NYU’s excellent performance in the Graduate Employability Rankings 2017. Located in New York (one of the world’s leading financial centers), NYU also ranks ninth for Alumni Outcomes.

7. Columbia University:

 Another New York city based institution, Columbia University ranks 18th globally and 12th in terms of graduate employability. Founded in 1754, Columbia University is one of the world’s most important academic institutions in the world, with US Presidents  and other heads of state, 39 Nobel Prize winners, and other notable figures such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes and Leonard Cohen. Its Columbia University Center for Career Education aims to help students achieve their career goals through career fairs, counseling, workshops and more.

8. Princeton University:

 Ranked 13th both globally and in graduate employability, Princeton University is an institution with an impressive reputation and one of the oldest universities in the United States. It was founded in 1746 and counts two former US Presidents as alumni. Moreover it also achieves a top-50 score for Employer Reputation and Alumni Outcomes. The university’s Princeton University Entrepreneurial Hub serves as a start-up incubator space for encouraging the exchange of ideas.

9. Cornell University:

 Based in Ithaca, New York, Cornell ranks 14th globally and 18th in terms of graduate employability. Established in 1865, the private Ivy League university is particularly strong in a number of fields, such as veterinary science, agriculture and forestry, hospitality and leisure management, the biological sciences and English language and literature. Not only that, Cornell’s Career Services hosts over 400 career workshops and events on campus, and offers students’ advice on understanding their strengths, exploring their options and taking action for their next steps.

 10. Yale University:

Founded in 1701, Yale University ranks 16th globally and joint 18th(with Cornell University) for graduate employability. The private Ivy League university is based in New Haven, Connecticut and is world renowned for its law and legal studies, English language and literature, history, politics and arts and humanities departments. It also ranks sixth for Alumni Outcomes. Prominent Yale alumni include Meryl Streep, five US Presidents, Boeing founder William Boeing and Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver.

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