Upstate Medical University ranks as one of the top institutions in the country for undergraduate career earnings, according to the College Scorecard, recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.
Students graduating from Upstate’s undergraduate programs earned the third highest income—$112,900—of any school in the country, according the database that ranks more than 3,500 schools.
The income data reflects the median salary of former students who received federal financial aid at 10 years after entering school. The national average income for undergraduates 10 years after entering school is $34,343.
College of Health Professions Dean Donald Simpson, PhD, is not surprised by the ranking. “I don’t think students will find a better return on their investment than pursuing a career in the allied health professions,” he said. “Bureau of Labor Statistics data supports continued demand for allied health professionals, and as our population ages and more people have access to care, this need will be exacerbated.”
Simpson noted that the graduation rate for his college’s bachelor’s degree programs is 95 percent with a 99 percent job placement rate.
The database based its findings on Upstate’s 284 undergraduate students.
The College Scorecard is an easy-to-use online database that lists a variety of information about the nation’s colleges and universities to help students choose a school. Information such as test scores, percentage of students receiving aid, and graduation rates are listed on the database for many schools.
Upstate offers numerous health professions programs, including 10 undergraduate degree programs: Cardiovascular Perfusion; Medical Imaging/Radiography; Medical Imaging/CT and MRI; Medical Imaging Ultrasound; Medical Biotechnology; Medical Technology; Radiation Therapy; Respiratory Therapy; an RN to BS degree in Nursing; and an accelerated BS to doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. It also grants MD, PhD, DPT, MS, and MPH degrees, as well as advanced certificates.
Upstate continues to be an attractive school for students in all areas of study, Simpson said. “Low in-state tuition, a dedicated faculty and a professional atmosphere from day one are just a few of the benefits experienced by Upstate students.”