Average SAT score: 2130 Median starting salary: $58,200 The Ithaca, New York-based school offers 80 fields of study and an active career-services office, which connects students with alumni for mentoring, networking, jobs, and internships. The Ivy ranked at No. 11 on our main list.
Average SAT score: 2035 Median starting salary: $59,500 Students can choose between 170 departments and programs across 12 colleges, and even at a big school 73% of undergraduate classes seat 30 students or fewer.
Average SAT score: 2065 Median starting salary: $56,800 Michigan students received more Fulbright grants than anywhere else in the country but Harvard last year.
Average SAT score: 2080 Median starting salary: $61,700 Considered the smartest public college in America, Georgia Tech is known for its top-rated engineering, industrial design, and architecture programs.
Average SAT score: 1913 Median starting salary: $80,700 As a military school, the Annapolis, Maryland-based Naval Academy rigorously prepares students for a career in the Navy, with a focus on military education, professional training, character development, and physical fitness.
Average SAT score: 2025 Median starting salary: $54,100 US News named UVA — which is located in Charlottesville — the No. 2 public school and the No. 6 undergraduate business program in the country.
Average SAT score: 1880 Median starting salary: $75,100 Getting into the Military Academy at West Point, located in the eponymous New York town, is no small feat: The Academy accepts only about 9% of applicants. Photo Credit: Eddie Mandhry
Average SAT score: 1900 Median starting salary: $52,200 Ranked No. 17 for top public universities in the country by US News and Money magazine, UT has nearly half a billion alumni all toting Longhorn pride, including award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey
Average SAT score: 2030 Median starting salary: $55,000 Located about 140 miles south of Chicago, the University of Illinois is home to one of the largest public-university library collections in the world