Study Shows That An Ivy League Degree Won't Make You Rich

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A new study reveals that bachelor's-only graduates from New York public school SUNY Maritime College have a higher median mid-career income than other institutions. At $134,000, SUNY Maritime College topped the previous winner, California-based private school Harvey Mudd College, by $1,000. The study was conducted by salary database PayScale, based on the salary data from alumni at 1,519 different schools.

“As with many of the schools that end up at the top of our list in terms of earning potential, SUNY Maritime offers a strong engineering program," Katie Bardaro, vice president of Data Analytics at PayScale, explained in the report. "College graduates who major in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — are in demand in today’s labor market, and this increased demand drives up wages.”

SUNY Maritime College isn't the only underdog currently reigning supreme. According to the same study, graduates of Emory University’s School of Law earn the highest median mid-career salary overall, raking in a whopping $201,000 per year. While still a private school, Emory, located in Atlanta, surpassed more prestigious law schools, like UCLA, Georgetown, and Harvard.

While the PayScale report is great news for all non-Ivy Leaguers, it's less celebratory for women. "Male students are the majority at top-ranked schools," the site reads. "Only 45% of all students from schools ranked in the top 50 master’s schools are women, whereas 57% of students from schools ranked below the top 50 are women."

For more details, check out the full report here.
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