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USciences Moves Up in College Scorecard Top 10 National Ranking for Average Grad Salary

By Jenna Pizzi

Recent grads earned an average of $95,800, the most of any institution in the tri-state area.

The earning power of USciences graduates continues to rise for average salary after graduation, with the University placing seventh nationally and keeping the top spot for local graduates, according to new 2016 College Scorecard data from the U.S. Department of Education.
No. 7 in nationThe 2016 College Scorecard, which was updated with new data in September 2016, shows that USciences grads earned a median annual income of $95,800 ten years after students enrolled. That is an increase of $10,000 a year over last year’s stats.
Among two- and four- year U.S. colleges and universities ranked, USciences moved up two spots to seventh nationally. In addition, graduates were the highest earners on average among those from institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and the third highest in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The College Scorecard database gives families access to the most complete and unbiased data regarding the costs and benefits of higher education institutions throughout the country. 
The data shows that, on average, USciences alumni earned more than graduates of such schools as Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This is a strong return on investment for an education which costs 14 percent less than other institutions producing the top 10 earning graduates in the Mid-Atlantic.  
No. 3 in mid AtlanticAs a unique school specializing in healthcare and science fields, USciences offers a wide-range of degrees in those fields. Students receive extensive hands-on experience and are able to conduct research as early as their first year, working with state-of-the-art equipment in more than 100 labs. Students also partake in internships, experiential education programming, interprofessional education, 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 who are proven everywhere they go. 
A credit to the quality of the 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 during their careers.
The statistics speak for themselves: 
    • USciences’ graduation rate is 10 to 15 points higher than the national average, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. 
    • Ninety-six 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 U.S. medical schools. 
    • USciences prepares students for health professions that rank among the 25 best healthcare jobs in the U.S. including dentist, pharmacist, physician, physical therapist, physician assistant, and occupational therapist.
No. 1 in PA, NJ, DEThe College Scorecard takes a unique approach to comparing colleges and universities across the nation. The data sources include annual surveys which all institutions are required to submit to the federal government. Users can sort schools by their students’ median earnings, the average annual cost, and graduation rates. The scorecards are meant to provide students, families, and their advisers with a truer picture on college cost and value.
Data on former students’ salaries were available for 3,659 institutions across the United States, including 277 in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and 559 institutions in the Mid-Atlantic Region, when eliminating those institutions for which salary information is not provided. 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. 

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