Many students are back on college campuses now with big hopes for good grades with their eventual graduation leading to jobs paying a great salary.
The latter is never a sure thing. However, a recent study by SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company ranked the schools where students raked in the best average starting salaries. The information is particularly important now with the cost of college constantly rising and student debt of more than $1.1 trillion being the fastest-growing debt category, larger than credit card or auto loan debt.
Missouri University of Science and Technology-Rolla ranked No. 1 in the Show-Me State with an average starting salary of $61,900. That compared well with $9,350 in college tuition and average scholarships and grants of $7,379.
Washington University in St. Louis was No. 2 with an average starting salary of $51,900 with college tuition of $43,705 and average scholarships and grants of $25,449.
No. 3 was Rockhurst University in Kansas City with an average starting salary of $49,000 with tuition of $29,840 and average scholarships and grants of $26,425.
Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. was No. 4, William Jewell College in Liberty was No. 5, Avila University in Kansas City was No. 6, St. Louis University was No. 7, the University of Missouri-Columbia was No. 8, Maryville University of St. Louis was No. 9 and the University of Missouri-Kansas City was No. 10.
In Kansas, the No. 1 pick was Kansas State University in Manhattan with an average starting salary of $45,200. That compared with $8,047 in college tuition and average scholarships and grants of $4,978.
Wichita State University was No. 2; Baker University in Baldwin City, No. 3; Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, No. 4; Washburn Univeristy, No. 5; the University of Kansas-Lawrence, No. 6; Friends University in Wichita, No. 7; Southwestern College in Winfield, No. 8; Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, No. 9; and Emporia State University in Emporia, No. 10.
For the United States, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., ranked No. 1 with a starting salary of $77,100.