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Talk about a return on a college investment. A new college scorecard by the U.S. Department of Education puts University of the Sciences graduates high on the list of top career earnings. The College Scorecard shows USciences grads earned the highest among Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware college graduates with a median annual income of $85,800 a decade after students enrolled. This database gives families the most complete set of publicly available data regarding the costs and benefits of a particular higher education institution.
As a unique school specializing in healthcare and science fields, USciences offers
a wide-range of degrees in those fields with extensive hands-on experience. Students at USciences are able
to conduct research as early as their first year, work with state-of-the-art equipment in more than 100
labs, as well as partake in internships, experiential education programming, and leadership
opportunities. The success of the University's practical approach to learning is evident
in every graduate who has walked its campus, and alumni are proven everywhere they go.
The results of a USciences education: Students have a proven track record of graduating on time, landing jobs in their fields, paying back their college loans, and earning top dollar in their careers. The statistics speak for themselves:
USciences’ graduation rate is 15 percent higher than the national average.
Ninety-five percent of USciences graduates are employed or accepted for an advanced degree within six months of graduation.
Ninety-four percent of well-qualified USciences students are accepted into medical school; that is 17 percent higher than the national average.
USciences also offers training for eight of the 15 best jobs in the U.S. including dentist, pharmacist, physician, physical therapist, physician assistant, market research analyst, marketing manager, and occupational therapist, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Just as impressive is the fact that USciences students are able to pay back what they borrow. The University’s current three-year default rate for fiscal year 2012 is 2.1 percent
compared with the national average of 11.8 percent and Pennsylvania average of 9.7
The College Scorecard database takes a different approach to comparing colleges and universities across the country. The data sources are annual surveys which all institutions are required to submit to the federal government. Users can sort schools by their students’ median earnings or by the average annual net price for progression and graduation rates.
Data on former students’ salaries were available for 2,099 four-year institutions across the United States, including 174 in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The data were based on federal tax records of students who had received a federal loan or grant, regardless of whether they graduated.
Founded in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, USciences has launched the careers of many innovative individuals in the field of healthcare, including the founders of six of the world’s pharmaceutical companies. In addition, other successful alumni have made, and continue to make, significant contributions in fields beyond pharmacy as USciences builds upon its life sciences legacy that began nearly two centuries ago.
Please note: The charts in this story represent all four-year U.S. colleges and universities included in the College Scorecard database.
NPR: The New College Scorecard: NPR Does Some Math (Sept. 21, 2015)
Philly Magazine: Colleges With Highest Salaries 10 Years Later (Sept. 15, 2015)