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Old 08-01-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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The group Payscale.com has ranked the nation's universities by the salaries earned by their graduates with a bachelor's degree after 15 years in the job force. I'm not sure why not all of Tennessee's private universities are included, but all of the state's public universities are included. Anyway, here's how Tennessee's universities are ranked:

School (city) ... Median salary after 15 years

1. Vanderbilt (Nashville) ... $100,000
2. Rhodes (Memphis) ... $87,200
3. Christian Brothers (Memphis) ... $85,700
4. Tennessee Tech* (Cookeville) ... $76,400
5. University of Tennessee* (Knoxville) ... $74,500
6. Lipscomb (Nashville) ... $71,100
7. Memphis* ... $68,900
8. University of Tennessee* (Chattanooga) ... $67,200
9. Tennessee State* (Nashville) ... $64,100
10. Middle Tennessee State* (Murfreesboro) ... $63,300
11. Belmont (Nashville) ... $61,300
12. King College (Bristol) ... $61,300
13. Trevecca Nazarene (Nashville) ... $59,500
14. Union (Jackson) ... $59,500
15. Austin Peay* (Clarksville) ... $59,200
16. East Tennessee State* (Johnson City) ... $57,700
17. Carson Newman (Jefferson City) ... $56,000
18. Lee (Cleveland) ... $55,800
19. University of Tennessee* (Martin) ... $52,700
20. Tusculum (Greeneville) ... $51,700
21. Bethel (McKenzie) ... $45,700

*denotes a public university

By the way, Vanderbilt ranked 3rd in the South, behind only Duke ($113,000) and Georgia Tech ($102,000), and ahead of such other prestigious universities as Georgetown, George Washington, Wake Forest, SMU, Johns Hopkins, Rice, Tulane, and others.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Wow. I'm a bit surprised by UTK's showing. I think it's fantastic and I have no reason to doubt the list but I'm stunned that a public university -- one that my child will probably attend -- has such potential. Great news for all of Tennessee, too. Vanderbilt's rank does not surprise.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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I'm admittedly a ding-dong when it comes to statistics, but it seems like there would be so many factors at play here.

Wouldn't this have to take into account the variety of majors, the number of kids who finish, the number who go on to various post-secondary degrees, etc.

I mean, what should someone get out of a ranking like this?

TN Tech is no surprise since it's an engineering school, and most disciplines in that field are high-earning.

Christian Brothers and Rhodes surprise me. I guess they've grown a lot since I left Memphis.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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Wow. I'm a bit surprised by UTK's showing. I think it's fantastic and I have no reason to doubt the list but I'm stunned that a public university -- one that my child will probably attend -- has such potential. Great news for all of Tennessee, too. Vanderbilt's rank does not surprise.
UTK doesn't surprise me. As the state flagship it is the most selective of the state schools so the kids entering UTK would be competitive at other top tier schools.

Rhodes doesn't surprise me either. It is a well-regarded liberal arts school with a national reputation. Lots of Rhodes grad go onto professional schools (med, law, etc). I have never heard of Christian Brothers. I'm surprised Sewanee isn't on the list.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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I'm admittedly a ding-dong when it comes to statistics, but it seems like there would be so many factors at play here.

Wouldn't this have to take into account the variety of majors, the number of kids who finish, the number who go on to various post-secondary degrees, etc.

I mean, what should someone get out of a ranking like this?

TN Tech is no surprise since it's an engineering school, and most disciplines in that field are high-earning.

Christian Brothers and Rhodes surprise me. I guess they've grown a lot since I left Memphis.
Tech does have an outstanding engineering school in spite of the fact that UTK still gets the lion's share of funding, which I think is an abomination. At any rate, the engineering college at Tech isn't Tech's largest school, but it still churns out tons of engineers who do great things. Even though Tech is very much a regional school instead of a national school, our region has a big need for good engineers. Oak Ridge, TVA, AEDC in Tullahoma, and Huntsville are full of engineers from Tennessee Tech.

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UTK doesn't surprise me. As the state flagship it is the most selective of the state schools so the kids entering UTK would be competitive at other top tier schools.

Rhodes doesn't surprise me either. It is a well-regarded liberal arts school with a national reputation. Lots of Rhodes grad go onto professional schools (med, law, etc). I have never heard of Christian Brothers. I'm surprised Sewanee isn't on the list.
I'm surprised, too, that Sewanee isn't on the list. There are other small, liberal arts universities in Tennessee that aren't on the list, either, such as LMU in Harrogate and the Seventh Day Adventist university in Collegedale outside of Chattanooga.

To me, the biggest surprise is to see lowly Tennessee State, whose students have the lowest ACT scores among Tennessee's public universities but make more money than graduates of MTSU, ETSU, and even Belmont.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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Hmmm. So I have a bachelor's degree from a liberal arts school not listed and a master's from #7. I'm halfway done with a Ph.D. from #1. Do I get to add all of those together to see my earning potential?
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:08 AM
 
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Tech does have an outstanding engineering school in spite of the fact that UTK still gets the lion's share of funding, which I think is an abomination. At any rate, the engineering college at Tech isn't Tech's largest school, but it still churns out tons of engineers who do great things. Even though Tech is very much a regional school instead of a national school, our region has a big need for good engineers. Oak Ridge, TVA, AEDC in Tullahoma, and Huntsville are full of engineers from Tennessee Tech.



I'm surprised, too, that Sewanee isn't on the list. There are other small, liberal arts universities in Tennessee that aren't on the list, either, such as LMU in Harrogate and the Seventh Day Adventist university in Collegedale outside of Chattanooga.

To me, the biggest surprise is to see lowly Tennessee State, whose students have the lowest ACT scores among Tennessee's public universities but make more money than graduates of MTSU, ETSU, and even Belmont.
A lot of big companies recruit at historically black colleges. I know in my industry, Howard is considered a 3rd tier law school by US News yet Howard students are heavily recruited by the big national law firms that pay 6 figures. Firms that wouldn't recruit from schools ranked near Howard, will recruit from Howard.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:13 PM
 
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To me, the biggest surprise is to see lowly Tennessee State, whose students have the lowest ACT scores among Tennessee's public universities but make more money than graduates of MTSU, ETSU, and even Belmont.

A small part of it may be where the graduates end up after school. I would guess that most of TSU's grads are going to stay in a major urban area where wages are higher whereas a lot of students at places like UTM and ETSU have many grads that return to Tennessee's most rural counties where wages are low.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Christian Bros. is small but apparently they have a pretty decent engineering program. DS looked into CBU, TTU and UTK. I wonder if he'd kick himself just a little bit if I showed him this list, he went with the UTK program over the other two.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:27 PM
 
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Another thing about CBU is that it aggressively recruits mid-career working professionals who need degrees to advance. Many of its graduates are already earning decent money while working on their degrees.
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