Tuition and student debt levels are soaring. So which schools provide the best return on your investment? These five topped Payscale's list.
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."