August is a whirlwind of activity (and maybe anxiety) for parents with college-age kids. College is when many young adults live separately from their families for the first time, sometimes in entirely different towns and states. As a result, it’s not unusual for parents and students to pick colleges based on campus safety in addition to things like housing options and tuition costs.
The dream of many college graduates—to earn a good-enough starting salary to pay off student loans without being rendered homeless or forced into starvation—comes easier or harder depending on where they graduate.
With that in mind, which American colleges offer the worst possible opportunity for a earning a decent entry-level salary, and which offer the best?