Seton Hall University was named among the top 12 percent of colleges in America for the mid-career salary of its alumni, $103,800.
The research and ranking was compiled by PayScale Inc., "the world's leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software." For the ranking, PayScale Inc. sampled data from more than 3.5 million full-time, degree-holding employees. The sample included 1,736 schools for people with only a bachelor's degree.
"It doesn't surprise me that Seton Hall placed in the top 12 percent of all colleges in the nation for alumni pay," said Christopher Lucas, a finance and marketing major in the in the University's Stillman School of Business, "The Career Center is an extraordinary resource beginning as early as freshman year, when students can begin to meet and consult with counselors for internships, job fairs and curricular guidance to match their career goals."
Seton Hall has been named a "Top 5 College for Internships" by the International Business Times.
The PayScale College Salary Report, which is published each year, uses the standard measurement for mid-career salary, defined as 10-plus years after graduation.
Seton Hall's ranking is especially impressive as only 8% of the graduates were from STEM fields which typically command higher salaries. Other New Jersey schools which ranked higher than SHU, such as Stevens, NJIT and Princeton, have much higher proportions of STEM students – 78, 75 and 49 percent respectively.
"This ranking is another example in a long list of accolades that shows that Seton Hall truly excels in helping students to find their place in the world," said Vice President for Enrollment Management Alyssa McCloud. "We prepare them for careers for which they are suited and, as evidenced by this latest ranking, where they truly flourish."
This PayScale ranking is one of many this year that place Seton Hall among the best colleges in the nation. Seton Hall was again recognized as one of the "Top Colleges in America" by The Princeton Review; a "Best College for your Money" by Money magazine; a "College of Distinction" and a Forbes "Top College in America."
In the Forbes ranking for 2019, which looked at alumni salary and four additional criteria — student satisfaction, debt, on-time graduation rate and academic success — Seton Hall ranked higher than the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
"The secret is out," said McCloud. "Employers have long known what the rest of the nation has discovered: Seton Hall is a top-tier national university that consistently delivers extraordinary outcomes for its students."
Founded in 1856, Seton Hall has broken its own record for applicants each year for five straight years and currently has its largest freshman class ever, with the highest average SAT and ACT scores in Seton Hall history.
While sustaining academic excellence in its incoming class, Seton Hall also has held its commitment to diversity in all forms and its identity as a university of opportunity: 25 percent of all incoming students are Pell eligible; 45 percent identify as students of color; and 36 percent of all students come from out of state. In addition, 25 percent are the first generation of their families to attend college.