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A&M No. 8 On ‘Best Colleges For Big Paychecks’ List

Scot Walker '90 July 14, 2017 8:55 AM updated: July 14, 2017 10:56 AM

By Keith Randall and Sam Peshek, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

Students who earn a degree from Texas A&M University can expect high earnings early in their careers and a nearly $600,000 return on investment in their education, according to the Best Colleges For Your Money 2017 rankings published by Money Magazine.

The study found that Texas A&M graduates have a 20-year return on investment of $569,000, ranking No. 8 nationally on the Best Colleges For Big Paychecks list, and earn $55,000 soon after they enter the job market, ranking No. 14 nationally. Texas A&M also ranked No. 20 on the “Best Public Schools” list and No. 34 out of more than 700 schools overall.

On the Best Public Colleges list, the No.1 spot went to CUNY-Bernard Baruch College followed by No. 2 University of Michigan. On the Best Colleges of the South list, Texas A&M ranked No. 9 behind No. 1 University of Virginia, No. 2 Rice University and No. 8 the University of Texas. At No. 34 on the overall list, Texas A&M trailed only No. 15 Vanderbilt and No. 18 Florida in the Southeastern Conference.

To compile its list, Money Magazine used data from the U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s and to measure quality of education, affordability and alumni success.

About Texas A&M, the magazine points out, “With some 48,000 undergraduates, Texas A&M is the largest school in Money’s top 50.  It’s also one of the most affordable for in-state students. Almost a quarter of students come from low-income families and Texas A&M accepts 67 percent of applicants.”

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