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Graduate employability: top universities in the United States ranked by employers 2022

US universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2022

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November 23 2022
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A total of 55 US universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2022, designed by the HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals which universities recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

The top 10 includes many of the usual suspects – York University, which is not always found at the top of university rankings.

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Tuition fees at US colleges vary widely, particularly for international students, so value for money arguably depends on both the cost of tuition and the likelihood that graduates will succeed in their future careers.

A number of state universities in the US, such as the University of California, Berkeley, which generally have lower tuition fees, do particularly well when evaluated by employers.

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Top three universities in the US for graduate employability

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have helped to develop some of the most innovative technologies of today, such as 3D printing and bionic prostheses.

Among MIT’s alumni are 89 Nobel laureates, 58 National Medal of Science winners and 48 MacArthur fellows.

2. California Institute of Technology

According to the Caltech website, a high percentage of graduates go straight into the workforce. Many of these students have been recruited on campus.

The Career Development Center at the university provides networking sessions and twice-annual careers fairs to assist students in finding a job. Some 150 recruiters from various fields are present at each fair.

3. Harvard University

Harvard is not only one of the most prestigious universities in the world, it is also the top choice for recruiters, for many reasons.

Students are taught by world-leading academics and can take advantage of events on campus outside the core curriculum, on topics ranging from Chilean film to the psychology of prosperity.

Alumni are supplied with a HarvardKey, which gives them access to an alumni directory to help them build a strong professional network.

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Top universities in the United States for graduate employability 2022

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2022 results

US Employability Rank 2022 Employability Rank 2022 Employability Rank 2021 University State
1 1 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
2 2 2 California Institute of Technology California
3 3 3 Harvard University Massachusetts
4 5 5 Stanford University California
5 9 10 Princeton University New Jersey
6 10 7 Yale University Connecticut
7 13 16 Columbia University New York
8 17 17 New York University New York
9 21 32 University of California, Berkeley California
10 22 36 Boston University Massachusetts
11 24 48 Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania
12 26 34 Duke University North Carolina
13 34 88 Arizona State University (Tempe) Arizona
14 38 14 Johns Hopkins University Maryland
15 46 63 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia
16 74 44 Dartmouth College New Hampshire
17 76 161 Florida Institute of Technology Florida
18 77 70 Cornell University New York
19 80 65 University of California, Los Angeles California
20 83 75 Brown University Rhode Island
21 90 33 The University of Chicago Illinois
22 100 95 Tufts University Massachusetts
23 110 64 Rice University Texas
24 115 115 Texas A&M University Texas
25 121 101 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
26 122 122 University of Texas at Austin Texas
27 130 185 Michigan State University Michigan
28 134 134 Northwestern University Illinois
29 143 140 Boston College Massachusetts
30 145 146 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Michigan
31 148 152 Northeastern University Massachusetts
32 150 113 Georgetown University Washington DC
33 166 149 University of Southern California California
34 167 - University of Florida Florida
35 171 223 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina
36 174 168 Purdue University West Lafayette Indiana
37 176 174 University of California, San Francisco California
38 177 169 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey New Jersey
39 181 194 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois
40 186 203 Babson College Massachusetts
41 188 193 University of California, San Diego California
42 189 - George Washington University Washington DC
43 193 221 Penn State (Main campus) Pennsylvania
44 194 195 Emory University Georgia
45 195 - University of Georgia Georgia
46 197 183 Case Western Reserve University Ohio
47 203 190 Vanderbilt University Tennessee
48 211 192 Brandeis University Massachusetts
49 213 234 Ohio State University (Main campus) Ohio
50 222 211 Stony Brook University New York
51 227 - University of Washington Washington
52 229 210 University of Notre Dame Indiana
53 230 224 University of Wisconsin -Madison Wisconsin
54 237 230 Brigham Young University Utah
55 241 240 University of Texas at Dallas Texas

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