It seems like there are about as many college rankings these days as there are colleges.
But here’s a new one that might pique your interest: Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce compared expected versus actual earning potential for graduates across the country.
The report found that while former students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earn the most ($91,600) a decade after initially enrolling, former students of the University of Colorado-Denver earn the most above their expected earnings.
Median earnings for former students there were $73,800, some $26,200 more than their expected earnings.
So how did Hawaii universities rank?
The University of Hawaii at West Oahu had the strongest showing, coming in 107th of 1,400 colleges and universities ranked.
Former UH-West Oahu students were expected to earn $34,600 a decade after initially enrolling, but their median earnings were actually $42,300 -- about $7,700 more than what they were forecast to make.
Median earnings for former UH-Manoa students were the highest among Hawaii universities, at $44,300. But that’s only $300 more than the university’s expected earnings for graduates, which meant UH-Manoa was ranked 693rd on the list.
Chaminade University of Honolulu came at no. 781: Former students’ expected earnings were $37,700, about $400 less than their actual median earnings.
Hawaii Pacific University students’ expected earnings were $43,800, but their median earnings were about $400 less.
Brigham Young University of Hawaii former students’ expected earnings came in at $40,100, $700 less than their actual median earnings.
And UH-Hilo students fared the worst: Their expected earnings 10 years after graduation were $38,600. Actual median earnings: $34,500, or $4,100 less.
Georgetown calculated its expected versus actual earnings by looking at students’ majors.
The report's authors explained: “Colleges differ substantially in terms of the majors they offer to their students. Some colleges have high concentrations of high-earning majors like engineering and business, while others have high concentrations of low-earning majors like education and social work.”
To see the rankings by college and full report, click here.