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Contents: Earnings | World Universities | Best U.S. Science Universities | Top 10 World High Schools | Nobel prizes


Education and Earnings


Source: "The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings" (Census Bureau 2002)

At "Do Elite Colleges Lead to Higher Salaries? Only for Some Professions" - WSJ Feb. 1, 2016 they say,
Diplomas from prestigious schools boost future earnings only in certain fields, while in other fields they simply don't make a difference.

Specifically, for business and other liberal-arts majors, the prestige of the school has a major impact on future earnings expectations. But for fields like science, technology, education and math, it largely doesn't matter whether students go to a prestigious, expensive school or a low-priced one—expected earnings turn out the same. So, families may be wasting money by chasing an expensive diploma in those fields.

For STEM-related (Science, Technology, Education and Math) majors, average earnings don't vary much among the college categories.

The starkest earnings differences are for business majors, where graduates from the selective institutions earn 12% more on average than midtier graduates and 18% more than graduates from less-selective colleges. Likewise, social-science majors from selective colleges earn 11% more than their midtier counterparts and 14% more than those from less-selective schools. For education majors, the differences are 6% and 9%, respectively. In humanities, graduates of selective schools earn 11% more than those from less-selective ones, although they don't earn more than those from midtier schools.
There are many possible explanations for the disparities. In business, more prestigious schools may offer better alumni networks and other connections with potential employers. In other fields of study, more prestigious schools may offer better peer connections, faculty, university resources and, at least in social science and the humanities, access to better graduate programs. "

Source: Best Universities and Colleges | Payscale.com



Top World Universities ranked: (Only the top schools in each country are listed.
There are many other US schools in the top 50 not shown here.)

Number in the top 100: USA - 54; UK - 11; Germany & Japan - 6; Canada, France & Sweden - 4
SeeAcademic Ranking of World Universities
(www.arwu.org)
- 2012
1 Harvard
2 UC Berleley
3 Stanford
4 MIT
5 Univ Cambridge, England
6 Cal Tech
7 Princeton
8 Columbia
9 Univ. Chicago
10 Univ Oxford, England
2007 ranking (I haven't updated the rest of yet.) 11 Yale Univ
12 Cornell Univ
13 UCLA
14 Univ California - San Diego
15 Univ Pennsylvania
16 Univ Washington - Seattle
17 Univ Wisconsin - Madison
18 Univ California - San Francisco
19 Johns Hopkins Univ
20 Tokyo Univ, Japan
21 Univ Michigan - Ann Arbor
22 Kyoto Univ, Japan
23 Imperial Coll London
23 Univ Toronto, Canada
25 Univ Coll London
26 Univ Illinois - Urbana Champaign
27 Swiss Fed Inst Tech -ETH Zurich
28 Washington Univ - St. Louis
29 Northwestern Univ
30 New York Univ
30 Rockefeller Univ
32 Duke Univ
36 Univ British Columbia, Canada
39 Univ Paris 06, France
42 Univ Utrecht, Netherlands
43 Univ California - Davis
46 Univ Copenhagen, Denmark
47 Rutgers
52 Univ Paris 11, France
53 Karolinska Inst Stockholm, Sweden
53 Univ Edinburgh, Scotland
53 Univ Munich, Germany
56 Tech Univ Munich, Germany
57 Australian Natl Univ
58 Univ Zurich, Switzerland
63 McGill Univ, Canada
64 Hebrew Univ Jerusalem, Israel
65 Univ Heidelberg, Germany
67 Osaka Univ, Japan
68 Purdue Univ
69 Univ Oslo, Norway
70 Brown Univ
71 Univ Leiden, Netherlands
73 Univ Helsinki, Fineland
76 Moscow State Univ, Russia
79 Univ Melbourne, Australia
95 Univ. of Virginia
Following are the top schools in countries not listed above.
102-150 Univ Sao Paulo, Brazil
102-150 Univ Pisa, Italy
102-150 Univ Milan, Italy
102-150 Univ Leuven, Belgum
102-150 Natl Univ Singapore, Singapore
102-150 Univ Glasgow, Scotland
102-150 Univ Libre Bruxelles, Belgum
151-202 Natl Taiwan Univ
151-202 Univ Buenos Aires, Argentina
151-202 Univ Nacl Autonoma, Mexico
151-202 Univ Barcelona, Spain
151-202 Univ Vienna, Austria
151-202 Seoul Natl Univ, Korea
151-202 Tsinghua Univ, China
203-304 Trinity Coll Dublin, Ireland
203-304 Univ Auckland, New Zealand
203-304 Charles Univ Prague, Czech
203-304 Univ Athens, Greece
203-304 Univ Hong Kong, China-hk
203-304 Eotvos Lorand University (University Of Budapest), Hungary
305-401 Indian Inst Sci, India
305-401 Indian Inst Tech - Kharagpur, India
305-401 Univ Of Cape Town, South Africa
402-508 Univ Istanbul, Turkey
509-1000 King Fahd University Of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
1,000+ American University In Cairo, Egypt
1,000+ University Of Tehran, Iran
1,000+ American University Of Beirut, Lebanon
1,000+ Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
1,000+ Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, Pakistan
Pakistani Univ Rankings
Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) World University Rankings 2006
1 Harvard University
2 University of Cambridge
3 University of Oxford
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4 Yale University
6 Stanford University
7 California Institute of Technology
8 University of California, Berkeley
9 Imperial College London
10 Princeton University

U.S.News Rankings 2009
1. Harvard University
2. Princeton University
3. Yale University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4. Stanford University
6. California Institute of Technology
6. University of Pennsylvania (tie)
8. Duke University
8. Columbia University
8. University of Chicago (tie)
The Washington Monthly College Guide 2005 (what are colleges doing for the country)
1. MIT
2. UCLA
3. UC Berkeley
4. Cornell
5. Stanford
6. Penn State
7. Texas A&M
8. UC San Diego
9. U. Pennsylvania
10. U. Michigan
11. Johns Hopkins
12. U. WIsconsin, Madison
13. U. Illinois, UC
14. U. Wasington
15. Yale
16. Harvard
17. UC Davis
18. Northwestern
19. USC
20. U. Chicago

See also:
Best US Colleges at the U.S. News & World Report
WeboMetric ranking of world universities
50% of the score was based on a Web Impact Factor, that combines the number of external inlinks and the number of pages of the website. They also measured research output and prestige.


  Best Science and Engineering Grad Schools
Best Graduate Schools - US News (2007/8 Ranks)
MIT Stan-
ford
Cal Cal
Tech
Har-
vard
Prin-
ceton
Cor-
nell
U.
Mich
Col-
umbia
Yale Univ.
Chic.
UI-
UC
Others in top 10
Biology 2 1 2 4 4 12 12 15 15 7 18 29 Johns Hopkins, Rockefeller U., Scripps Rsrch. Inst (CA), UC-SF, Washington U.
Chemistry 1 1 1 1 5 16 9 16 11 15 12 7 Scripps Rsrch. Inst (CA), U. Wisc., Northwestern,
Computer Sci 1 1 1 11 15 8 5 15 18 18   5 CMU, U. Wash, U. Texas, U. Wisc.
Earth Sci 2 2 4 1 9 11 15 5 5 11 15   Penn St., U. Ariz., U. Texas
Economics 1 3 3 17 3 3 17 11 11 7 1   Northwestern, U. Penn, UC-SD
Engineering 1 2 2 7 23 18 10 9 19 37   5 Georgia Inst. Of Tech., CMU, USC
Math 1 2 2 7 2 2 12 7 11 7 6 17 New York U.
Physics 1 1 4 3 4 4 7 13 11 13 8 8 UC-SB
Totals
Total #1or2's 8 7 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0  
Total top 11 8 8 8 7 6 5 4 4 5 4 3 4  
Other
Business 4 2 8   1   14 11 9 14 5 37 U. Penn, Northwestern, Dartmouth, NY Univ.
Med (Rsch)   7 * 5   1   15 10 10 8 15   see below
Cal - Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley
CMU - Carnegie Mellon U.
UI-UC - Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cal-Tech - California Institute of Technology
* Univ. of Calif. medical school is in San Franciscon (UC-SF)

Rankings change slightly over time. For example 10 years ago, 1997, MIT, Harvard, Cal and Stanford were tied for #1 in Biology and Cal was #1 in Chemistry with the other three tied for #2; In 2007 Stanford was #1 in Biology and they were all tied for #1 in chemistry.

Others (departments in top 11/15):
Univ. Wisconsin-3/7, Univ. Texas-4/6

Other:
Medical School (Research): 1. Harvard, 2. Johns Hopkins, 3. U. Penn, 4. Washington U. (St. Louis), 5. UC-SF, 6. U. Washington, 7. Stanford, 8. Duke, 8. Yale, 10. Baylor, Columbia, U. Michigan

Neuroscience/NeuroBiology: 1. Harvard, 2. Stanford, 3. Johns Hopkins, 4. MIT, 5. UC-SD, 6. UC-SF, 7. Yale, Rockefeller U., 9. Washington U. (St. Louis), 10. Columbia, Cal. Tech

World's Top Science Universities at Times World University Rankings
at SocialCapitalGateway.org
- 2004

1  	Cambridge University 
2 	Oxford University 
3 	Harvard University 
4 	University of California, Berkeley
5 	Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT)
6 	Stanford University
7 	Tokyo University
8 	Princeton University 
9 	California Institute of Technology
10 	Imperial College London 
 

NOBEL PRIZE SURVEY 2008 - institutions & universities

Quotes:
A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than an educated family. -- Harry S. Truman


Dental School Application
Top 10 High Schools in the world
1. American Embassy School (Delhi)
2. Eton College (UK)
3. Dulwich College Shanghai (China)
4. Geelong Grammar School (Australia)
5. The Hotchkiss School (USA)
6. International School of Geneva (Switzerland)
7. Phillips Exeter Academy (USA)
8. Tanglin Trust School (Singapore)
9. United World College of South East Asia (Singapore)
10. Westminster School (UK)
Source: Lifestyle Boutique
Other elite US private boarding schools: Phillips Andover (MA), St. Paul's School (NH), Deerfield Academy (MA), The Lawrenceville School (NJ), Choate Rosemary Hall (CT).
These schools all had SAT scores over 1900 and most had scores over 2000.
The Ten Schools Admission Organization (TSAO) is a group of distinguished college preparatory institutions that cooperate in their outreach to prospective students and their families. Among the strengths that the member schools share are high academic standards, rich institutional histories, and a commitment to educating the whole person.
See also: Boarding School Review

Sample of good California boarding schools:

Cate  Carpinteria, CA
Thacher  Ojai, CA
Think global school  San Francisco, CA
Oak Grove school Ojai, CA
Stevenson school Pebble Beach, CA 
Webb  Claremont, CA

The U.S. scores in math and science for 13 and 14 year-old students has been in the middle, behind Poland and Hungary, compared to other countries since the mid 60's.
See International Testing in Math & Science.

Links:
World education rankings: reading, math and science? | guardian.co.uk
See Rankings at U.S. News & World Report
  Best Colleges
  Best Grad Schools
Academic Ranking of World Universities | Shanghai Ranking
WeboMetric ranking of world universities
Academic Ranking of World Universities (www.arwu.org) - 2007
Times World University Rankings at SocialCapitalGateway.org
Education levels by state
Educational Attainment: 2000 at census.gov
Donations/Giving

last updated 1 Jun 2009