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Which Ivy League University Has the Most In-Demand Graduates?

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Sabrina Collier

Updated Jun 07, 2019



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Graduates from the University of Pennsylvania are the most sought after in the Ivy League, according to a new report.

The report by Indeed.com revealed Penn graduates receive 30.6% more job call-backs than the average for Ivy League graduates. Yale University is a close second with 30.4% more call-backs from employers than the average.

10,000 Ivy League graduate resumes were analysed for the study, as well as job call-back data from between June 2016 and June 2017. Other successful Ivy League schools for graduate job call-backs were Columbia (20.8% more), Harvard (12.3%) and Cornell (0.54%).

The least successful Ivy League school is Princeton, whose graduates receive 48.3% fewer call-backs than average, followed by Brown (26.4% less) and Dartmouth (20.1% less). Dartmouth defended its graduate employability by pointing out the university’s “notably robust on-campus recruiting program” as well as its private employment platform “where last year more than 6,500 jobs and internships were offered to students by more than 1,800 unique employers”.

Of course, it’s important to note that call-backs do not necessarily mean jobs – and Harvard University actually beats Penn for its graduate employment rate.

To compare this report to the latest results of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Penn was ranked 23rd in the world overall in our ranking, receiving its strongest score for the Alumni Outcomes indicator, while the highest-ranked university overall was the non-Ivy League school Stanford

Penn also strong for graduate earnings

This good news for Penn students follows previous reports that the university is ranked first among the Ivy League schools for graduate earnings. Penn is known for having one of the world’s most prestigious communication schools (Annenberg School for Communication) and its Wharton School of Business is also one of the five best business schools in the world, so it’s likely both of these strengths are a factor in the university’s continued success with graduate employers.

However, while Penn is ranked first for graduate earnings among the Ivy League, non-Ivy League school Saint Louis College of Pharmacy was actually ranked first for graduate earnings among all US universities, with Penn eighth. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) also beat Penn for graduate earnings, with its graduates earning an average of $98,500 by the age of 34.  

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