Graduate employability: top universities in the United States ranked by employers 2021

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A total of 54 US universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2021, designed by 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 – Harvard University, the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University – but also New York University, which is not always found at the top of university rankings.

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 2021

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

US Graduate Employability Rank 2021 Employability Rank 2021 Employability Rank 2020 University State 
1 1 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
2 2 1 California Institute of Technology California
3 3 3 Harvard University Massachusetts
4 5 7 Stanford University California
5 7 10 Yale University Connecticut
6 10 14 Princeton University New Jersey
7 14 19 Johns Hopkins University Maryland
8 16 16 Columbia University New York
9 17 11 New York University New York
10 32 33 University of California, Berkeley California
11 33 42 The University of Chicago Illinois
12 34 47 Duke University North Carolina
13 36 60 Boston University Massachusetts
14 44 51 Dartmouth College New Hampshire
15 48 64 Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania
16 63 62 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia
17 64 67 Rice University Texas
18 65 65 University of California, Los Angeles California
19 70 72 Cornell University New York
20 75 75 Brown University Rhode Island
21 88 145 Arizona State University (Tempe) Arizona
22 95 94 Tufts University Massachusetts
23 101 101 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
24 113 117 Georgetown University Washington DC
25 115 135 Texas A&M University Texas
26 122 124 University of Texas at Austin Texas
27 134 134 Northwestern University Illinois
28 140 179 Boston College Massachusetts
29 146 212 University of Michigan Michigan
30 149 151 University of Southern California California
31 152 148 Northeastern University Massachusetts
32 161 163 Florida Institute of Technology Florida
33 168 168 University West Lafayette>Purdue University Indiana
34 169 167 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey New Jersey
35 173 172 University of Massachusetts Massachusetts
36 174 180 University of California, San Francisco California
37 183 193 Case Western Reserve University Ohio
38 185 220 Michigan State University Michigan
39 190 189 Vanderbilt University Tennessee
40 192 194 Brandeis University Massachusetts
41 193 205 University of California, San Diego California
42 194 202 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois
43 195 208 Emory University Georgia
44 203 206 Babson College Massachusetts
45 210 213 University of Notre Dame Indiana
46 211 235 Stony Brook University New York
47 212 214 Washington University in St Louis Missouri
48 221 219 Penn State (Main campus) Pennsylvania
49 223 238 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina
50 224 (-) University of Wisconsin -Madison Wisconsin
51 230 (-) Brigham Young University Utah
52 234 241 Ohio State University (Main campus) Ohio
53 234 231 University of Virginia (Main campus) Virginia
54 240 (-) University of Texas at Dallas Texas 

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2021

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US universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2021

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