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Location, prestige, academic reputation and tuition are major factors for students in the college selection process, but post-graduate salary is something rarely considered. Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities. But which undergraduate degrees are most valuable?Recently, released their report on the highest salary potential among the nation’s top colleges, and from this data,
Source: PayScale.com // College Rankings by US News and World Report

Location, prestige, academic reputation and tuition are major factors for students in the college selection process, but post-graduate salary is something rarely taken into consideration.

Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities. But which undergraduate degrees are most valuable?

Recently, PayScale.com released a report on the highest salary potential among the nation’s top colleges, and from this data, colleges can be ranked by the mid-career median salaries of its graduates.

So, which schools have highest paid graduates? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul Toscano
Posted 19 Aug 2009

15. Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Mid-Career Median Salary: $114,000Starting Median Salary: $62,700Location: Brooklyn, NY2008-2009 Tuition: $32,345College Rank: Unranked (Tier 3)*Acceptance Rate: 72.5%
Photo: NYU*This school is currently in an affiliation period with NYU (Rank 33, National), but is not fully consolidated. 

Mid-Career Median Salary: $114,000
Starting Median Salary: $62,700

Location: Brooklyn, NY
2008-2009 Tuition: $32,345
College Rank: Unranked (Tier 3)*
Acceptance Rate: 72.5% 

14. Calif. Institute of Technology

Mid-Career Median Salary: $115,000Starting Median Salary: $69,700Location: Pasadena, CA2008-2009 Tuition: $34,437 College Rank: 6 (National)Acceptance Rate: 16.9%
Photo: Kevin Stanchfield/Kevitivity

Mid-Career Median Salary: $115,000
Starting Median Salary: $69,700

Location: Pasadena, CA
2008-2009 Tuition: $34,437
College Rank: 6 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 16.9%

11. (Tie) Bucknell University

Mid-Career Median Salary: $116,000Starting Median Salary: $56,100Location: Lewisburg, PA2008-2009 Tuition: $39,652College Rank: 30 (Liberal Arts)Acceptance Rate: 29.9%
Photo: Bucknell.edu

Mid-Career Median Salary: $116,000
Starting Median Salary: $56,100

Location: Lewisburg, PA
2008-2009 Tuition: $39,652
College Rank: 30 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance Rate: 29.9%

11. (Tie) Duke University

Mid-Career Median Salary: $116,000Starting Median Salary: $56,800Location: Durham, NC2008-2009 Tuition: $37,525College Rank: 8 (National)Acceptance Rate: 23.0%
Photo: AP

Mid-Career Median Salary: $116,000
Starting Median Salary: $56,800

Location: Durham, NC
2008-2009 Tuition: $37,525
College Rank: 8 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 23.0%

11. (Tie) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mid-Career Median Salary: $116,000Starting Median Salary: $62,500Location: Troy, NY2008-2009 Tuition: $37,990College Rank: 41 (National)Acceptance Rate: 49.1%
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Mid-Career Median Salary: $116,000
Starting Median Salary: $62,500

Location: Troy, NY
2008-2009 Tuition: $37,990
College Rank: 41 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 49.1%

10. University of Pennsylvania

Mid-Career Median Salary: $118,000Starting Median Salary: $60,400Location: Philadelphia, PA2008-2009 Tuition: $37,526College Rank: 6 (National)Acceptance Rate: 16.0%
Photo: Gene Lee

Mid-Career Median Salary: $118,000
Starting Median Salary: $60,400

Location: Philadelphia, PA
2008-2009 Tuition: $37,526
College Rank: 6 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 16.0%

9. Yale University

Mid-Career Median Salary: $120,000Starting Median Salary: $56,000Location: New Haven, CT2008-2009 Tuition: $35,300College Rank: 3 (National)Acceptance Rate: 9.9%
Photo: AP

Mid-Career Median Salary: $120,000
Starting Median Salary: $56,000

Location: New Haven, CT
2008-2009 Tuition: $35,300
College Rank: 3 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 9.9%

8. University of Notre Dame

Mid-Career Median Salary: $121,000Starting Median Salary: $55,300Location: Notre Dame, IN2008-2009 Tuition: $36,847College Rank: 18 (National)Acceptance Rate: 24.5%
Photo: ND.edu

Mid-Career Median Salary: $121,000
Starting Median Salary: $55,300

Location: Notre Dame, IN
2008-2009 Tuition: $36,847
College Rank: 18 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 24.5%

7. Colgate University

Mid-Career Median Salary: $122,000Starting Median Salary: $51,900Location: Hamilton, NY2008-2009 Tuition: $39,545College Rank: 18 (Liberal Arts)Acceptance Rate: 25.6%
Photo: Colgate.edu

Mid-Career Median Salary: $122,000
Starting Median Salary: $51,900

Location: Hamilton, NY
2008-2009 Tuition: $39,545
College Rank: 18 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance Rate: 25.6%

5. (Tie) Princeton University

Mid-Career Median Salary: $124,000Starting Median Salary: $65,000Location: Princeton, NJ2008-2009 Tuition: $34,290College Rank: 2 (National)Acceptance Rate: 9.7%
Photo: Princeton.edu

Mid-Career Median Salary: $124,000
Starting Median Salary: $65,000

Location: Princeton, NJ
2008-2009 Tuition: $34,290
College Rank: 2 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 9.7%

5. (Tie) Stanford University

Mid-Career Median Salary: $124,000Starting Median Salary: $67,500Location: Stanford, CA2008-2009 Tuition: $36,030College Rank: 5 (National)Acceptance Rate: 10.3%
Photo: Stanford.edu

Mid-Career Median Salary: $124,000
Starting Median Salary: $67,500

Location: Stanford, CA
2008-2009 Tuition: $36,030
College Rank: 5 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 10.3%

4. Harvey Mudd College

Mid-Career Median Salary: $125,000Starting Median Salary: $71,000Location: Claremont, CA2008-2009 Tuition: $36,635College Rank: 14 (Liberal Arts)Acceptance Rate: 28.1%
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Mid-Career Median Salary: $125,000
Starting Median Salary: $71,000

Location: Claremont, CA
2008-2009 Tuition: $36,635
College Rank: 14 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance Rate: 28.1%

2. (Tie) Harvard University

Mid-Career Median Salary: $126,000Starting Median Salary: $60,000Location: Cambridge, MA2008-2009 Tuition: $36,173College Rank: 1 (National)Acceptance Rate: 9.2%
Photo: AP

Mid-Career Median Salary: $126,000
Starting Median Salary: $60,000

Location: Cambridge, MA
2008-2009 Tuition: $36,173
College Rank: 1 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 9.2%

2. (Tie) Mass. Institute of Technology

Mid-Career Median Salary: $126,000Starting Median Salary: $71,100Location: Cambridge, MA2008-2009 Tuition: $36,390College Rank: 4 (National)Acceptance Rate: 12.5%
Photo: Adolfo Plasencia

Mid-Career Median Salary: $126,000
Starting Median Salary: $71,100

Location: Cambridge, MA
2008-2009 Tuition: $36,390
College Rank: 4 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 12.5%

1. Dartmouth College

Mid-Career Median Salary: $129,000Starting Median Salary: $58,200Location: Hanover, NH2008-2009 Tuition: $36,915College Rank: 11 (National)Acceptance Rate: 15.3%
Photo: Dartmouth.edu

Mid-Career Median Salary: $129,000
Starting Median Salary: $58,200

Location: Hanover, NH
2008-2009 Tuition: $36,915
College Rank: 11 (National)
Acceptance Rate: 15.3%