There is a lot of uncertainty for students leaving college, and a lot of it stems from the job search.
A new study showed which schools are meeting its students’ salary expectations, and which aren’t.
A report released by The Economist analyzed 1,275 schools and found that graduates of the University of Saint Joseph may be in for a pleasant surprise.
The median income for graduates of the school is nearly $50,000, which is $9,800 more than undergraduates expected.
“With student loans, having to pay it all back, on top of an apartment, bills, and everything else, it's a big expense,” said freshman Alicia McWeeney, who is studying nursing now but said one of the biggest unknowns is what awaits her on the other side of graduation.
“It makes me feel a lot better about graduating and getting a job, knowing I'll be making a salary that I can sustain myself and a family, way down the road...but I feel a lot better,” McWeeney said.
Only five Connecticut schools exceeded student expectations for earnings, including the University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, and Eastern Connecticut State University, while Wesleyan University, the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University and Yale University fell short of expectations.
In fact, Yale ranked last of the Connecticut schools, and was 1,270th in the country.
Upon graduation, the average Yale grad makes $66,000, still better than most Connecticut schools but nearly $10,000 off the lofty mark they were expecting.
For McWeeney and other students, the report reinforces their reasons for attending the University of Saint Joseph.
“We know that St. Joseph's is a little gem that's tucked away, so it's great to hear that,” said grad student Emily Macewen.
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