In the latest report, Daemen is ranked No. 29 of 54 colleges in the Upstate New York region on the list, joining other prestigious private institutions such as Colgate University (No. 1), Cornell University (No. 6), Rochester Institute of Technology (No. 14), Skidmore College (No. 17), and Le Moyne College (No. 22).
“This new ranking reflects the value and high quality of a Daemen degree as one of the best colleges in the state and nationally,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are committed to preparing our students for professional success and offer them valuable experiences to gain the skills and talents that will enable them to excel in the workforce.”
Mid-career graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Daemen earn an average of $83,000, according to the report. It also revealed that 70 percent of the college’s alumni say their jobs have a positive impact on the world, placing Daemen among the top six in the state for graduates who say they have high job meaning.
To rank colleges by future earning potential, PayScale surveyed 2.3 million graduates of more than 2,700 colleges and universities. Respondents were asked to report their pay, major, highest degree earned, and associate or bachelor’s school name. PayScale substantially expanded the scope of this year’s report by increasing the number of schools included in past years by more than 1,000.
“Our report provides a good data point for students and families as they select a school and major. Increasingly, students want to understand the career and income opportunities associated with their college education,” said PayScale Vice President Lydia Frank. “While earning potential should not be the only consideration, it’s an important one, especially when considering the cost of each student’s education.”