Which Missouri colleges have grads who earn the best starting salary?


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ST. LOUIS– Thousands of students are preparing to head away for college in the fall and the cost of attending a four-year school is growing. That has many students and potential students wondering which colleges will provide them with the best starting salary.

Financial technology company SmartAsset ranked the schools where students earned the best average starting salaries post graduation.

In Missouri, the Missouri University of Science and Technology topped the list with an average starting salary of $69,200.

The rankings are part of SmartAsset’s overarching study on colleges that provide students the best overall value. The study considers starting salary, scholarships, tuition, living costs, and retention rate.

RankSchoolCityAvg. Scholarships and GrantsAvg. Starting SalaryCollege Tuition*Student Living CostsStudent Retention Rate
1Missouri University of Science and TechnologyRolla, MO$8,686$69,200$9,440$13,00082%
2Washington University in St LouisSaint Louis, MO$42,706$66,100$53,399$20,96297%
3Saint Louis UniversitySaint Louis, MO$26,386$55,000$43,884$17,13491%
4Rockhurst UniversityKansas City, MO$27,808$54,800$37,590$15,44183%
5University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbia, MO$10,421$53,300$9,972$16,79488%
6University of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas City, MO$7,560$52,300$8,178$15,93876%
7William Jewell CollegeLiberty, MO$25,097$51,500$34,400$14,59878%
8University of Missouri-St LouisSaint Louis, MO$7,528$50,700$9,792$15,10277%
9Park UniversityParkville, MO$5,951$49,400$11,572$12,92766%
10Truman State UniversityKirksville, MO$8,286$48,600$7,749$13,58084%
   *Where applicable, used in-state tuition (residents of the same state as a college, qualify for lower in-state tuition)
Data courtesy SmartAsset

SmartAsset says when it comes to methodology, salary, tuition, and living costs received 25% weight, scholarships and retention rate were given 12.5%.

The schools were then ranked in accordance by their score with the number one school receiving a score of 100 and each additional school’s index value representing how closely they compare.

You can see the entire report on SmartAsset’s website here.

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