The 10 Universities That Increase Career Earnings the Most

Stanford University students listen while classmates make a presentation in March 2014. Stephen Lam/Reuters

In a new report titled "Beyond College Rankings," Brookings Fellow Jonathan Rothwell explores the "value-added" of two- and four-year colleges in the United States.

Unlike many previous measures of college performance, Rothwell's "value-added" measure accounts for the difference in the expected economic success of alumni and the actual outcomes of graduates.

Rothwell measures the expected success of alumni from each school based on factors like academic performance, student body demographics and the types of courses offered at each school. He then compares these measures against the actual performance of graduates from each school based on mid-career earnings levels, the value of job skills and ability to repay student loans.

Within the report, or by following the link below, you will find an interactive that allows you to sort nearly 7,000 U.S. colleges based on these measures of alumni performance.

Here are the top 10 four-year colleges, based on the "value added" of alumni mid-career earnings levels:

1.California Institute of Technology49%$77,129$126,200
2.Colgate University46%$79,774$126,600
3.Massachusetts Institute of Technology45%$82,439$128,800
4.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology44%$73,628$114,100
5.Carleton College43%$76,236$117,700
6.Washington and Lee University42%$81,281$124,300
7.SUNY Maritime College42%$79,637$121,700
8.Clarkson University42%$72,583$110,700
9.Manhattan College42%$72,701$110,800
10.Stanford University41%$83,864$126,400

Source: Brookings analysis

*Actual Mid-Career Earnings are from

Access the interactive for details on the calculation and to see how other schools perform.

Download the full report here.

This article first appeared on the Brookings Institution site.