A Wall Street Journal survey of corporate recruiters released Monday about Top 25 Colleges and Schools picked by Job Recruiter Ranking.
The newspaper surveyed 842 top recruiting executives to find the schools that best prepare students to land satisfying, well-paying jobs that also have growth potential. Responses from 479 recruiters were received. As a group, the survey participants hired more than 43,000 new graduates in the past year.
1. Pennsylvania State University – Penn State, with its main campus located in University Park, Pa., has undergraduates enrolled in more than 160 different majors. It has 20 undergraduate campuses, 10 of which offer University-owned housing. The school is 54% male and 46% female, representing 50 states and 131 countries. The average student/faculty ratio is 17:1.
2. Texas A&M University – This Texas school’s main campus is in College Station, about 100 miles northwest of Houston and 100 miles northeast of Austin. The school has 10 individual colleges and boasts more than 800 student organizations ranging from athletics and recreation to professional and commun
3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, centrally located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis, has more than 150 majors and 1,000 student organizations. Students come from all 50 states and 118 countries. The school is 54% male and 46% female.
4. Purdue University – More than half of this Indiana university’s students are from the state (62%) with 38% coming from elsewhere. Its West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates along with 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations.
5. Arizona State University – Arizona State University’s four campuses are within the metro Phoenix area. The West campus is known for professional and liberal arts, its Polytechnic campus focuses on technology and innovation, the downtown Phoenix campus hosts the school’s professional programs like journalism and public administration, and its Tempe campus is home to the university’s research-based programs.
6. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – This Michigan school’s campus is in Ann Arbor offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs and several thousand undergraduate research opportunities. There are more than 150 first-year seminars, with no more than 15-18 students each. The university boasts the most living alumni in the world: more than 400,000.
7. Georgia Institute of Technology – Georgia Institute of Technology has nine schools and two outreach campuses — one in Savannah and the other in Metz, France. The student body is 64% male. More than 60% of the university’s students come from Georgia, with roughly 30% coming from out-of-state; another 10% are international students.
8. University of Maryland, College Park – This Maryland school’s campus, stretching 1,250 acres, is about 10 miles from Washington D.C. It enrolls 67% in-state students; the student body is made up of 47% women. There are 13 colleges and schools within the university, which offers 127 undergraduate majors.
9. University of Florida – University of Florida, located in Gainesville, is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. Its freshman retention rate hits 94%, with almost all students attending from in-state (97%). There are 60% women in the student body. Alumni, topping 330,000, live in all 50 states and 135 countries.
10. Carnegie Mellon University – Carnegie Mellon, located in Pittsburgh, Penn., sits on 143 acres in its urban campus. The university boasts a student/faculty ratio of 10:1. It consists of seven schools and colleges with just 17% of students coming from in-state. The school’s motto “My heart is in the work,” comes straight from Andrew Carnegie.
11. Brigham Young University – This Utah school’s campus is situated in Provo, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. The most popular majors are exercise science, management and psychology. Students come from 110 countries and are almost evenly split between male and female. Almost one-quarter of students are married.
12. Ohio State University – Ohio State, located in Columbus, was founded in 1870 as a land-grant university. It’s the second-largest university campus in the United States, offering 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors and about 12,000 courses. Almost 80% of first-year classes have fewer than 40 students. The campus stretches across 1,700 acres and 457 buildings.
13. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – This school offers nine colleges and 65 bachelor’s degree programs. The main campus, located in Blacksburg, includes more than 125 buildings and 2,600 acres, which includes an airport. There’s an average of 16 students to every faculty member.
14. Cornell University – This Ivy League school is located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, about 225 miles to New York City. There are more than 500 student organizations, with attendees coming from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Undergraduates pursue studies in more than 80 academic programs in the university’s seven undergraduate colleges. Check out more about IVY League University Ranking.
15. University of California – Berkeley – This Northern California school’s Berkeley campus is just 15 miles from San Francisco. Almost three-quarters of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. There are 14 colleges and schools with 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units.
16. University of Wisconsin, Madison – This Wisconsin school’s campus in Madison sits on almost 1,000 acres. The university also has an arboretum and experimental farms. About 65% of students are Wisconsin residents, 24% out-of-state and 11% come from Minnesota; the school offers discounted tuition to Minnesotans.
17. University of California, Los Angeles – This California school is situated in Westwood Village in Los Angeles, about five miles from the Pacific Ocean. There are 174 buildings on 419 acres. It has 12 professional schools with 118 undergraduate degree programs. There are more than 4,000 teaching faculty.
18. Texas Tech – Texas Tech is located in Lubbock in the South Plains of West Texas. It boasts students from every county in Texas — about 95% of students are in-state. The school offers 150 undergraduate degree programs within 11 academic colleges. The school, founded in 1923, is in the Big 12 conference.
19 (tie). North Carolina State University, Raleigh – North Carolina State, an NCAA Division I university, has 10 undergraduate colleges serving students from all North Carolina counties. The majority of students — 91% — comes from in-state, and just more than half –56% — are male.
19 (tie). University of Virginia – Thomas Jefferson founded this school, located in Charlottesville, in 1819. It offers more than 60 majors in six undergraduate schools. Almost three-quarters are Virginian, with 54% women and 46% men. The university offers more than 480 public service and outreach programs.
21. Rutgers University, New Brunswick – This New Jersey school’s main campus is in New Brunswick, about 35 miles from New York City. There are 27 schools and colleges offering more than 100 major undergraduate programs. Almost all — 96% — students are in-state, with 45% of the student body comprised of women.
22. University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, founded in 1842, is an independent, national Catholic university adjacent to South Bend, Ind. and 90 miles east of Chicago. It stretches across 1,250 acres containing two lakes with 138 buildings in its four colleges and six major research institutes. The school also offers more than 40 centers and special programs. Just 7% of students come from Indiana.
23. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – This main campus of The Massachusetts Institue of Technology is located in Cambridge, extending 168 acres, some of which are across the Charles River Basin. The school accepted 10.7% of applicants in 2009, with just 10% in-state.
24. University of Southern California – This California school’s campus is in University Park, the heart of Los Angeles’ downtown arts and education corridor. A little more than half of the students are Californians, and the school enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university. Out of almost 36,000 applicants, 24% were admitted. The student body is made up of 53% women.
25. (tie) Washington State University – Four campuses with 12 colleges make up this Washington school, which is across the state — or about 300 miles — east of Seattle. There are four campuses with 12 colleges offering more than 200 fields of study and more than 100 majors. The student/faculty ratio is 15:1.
25. (tie) University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – UNC-Chapel Hill Set in the town of Chapel Hill, this flagship state university has a diverse student body and offers 77 majors for undergraduates. Nearly 80% of the school’s freshman are typically in the top 10% of their high school class.
More colleges and universities rankings can be found here!
Read the latest Top 25 Colleges / Schools Ranking by Job Recruiter – Wall Street Journal at USCollegeRanking.org