MIT's distinguished alumni and professors include astronauts, Nobel Prize winners and Fortune 500 CEOs.
Grads with bachelor's degrees earn average entry-level salaries of $66,874, according to the school. But alumni don't just go into scientific fields. They're also recruited for consulting, investment banking and other lucrative opportunities, according to the Cambridge, Mass.-based school.
While future salaries shouldn't be the only factor a prospective student looks at, the rising cost of college makes them an important consideration, Bardaro said.
"In a lot of ways, the choice of where to attend school has become a financial choice," Bardaro said. "[Students] need to understand what potential return they can get from that decision."
Graduates from these colleges earn the highest salaries in the country, according to data from PayScale.com.
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