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From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: November 7, 2012

Two years ago, The Wall Street Journal and Cambria Consulting conducted research to find the colleges that job recruiters favored most. In fact, they surveyed the nation’s top companies seeking their input for the best, brightest and most highly skilled students – the universities where students have shown the greatest potential for future success.   

Naturally, with parents and students investing tens of thousands of dollars for a college education, future employment opportunities should be considered before applying to any school. Clearly, this information would benefit both parents and students since the job market is so competitive right now. Undoubtedly, most parents would want their children to attend schools where their skills are coveted by Fortune 500 companies.

Surprisingly, the “Top 10” list is not made up of Ivy League caliber schools — there are a number of schools in the “Top Ten” list within the reach of many of our strong students. Admittedly, there are some colleges on the list that are ultra-competitive within the reach of our only our strongest students. Here is the list for your review:

Penn State
Texas A&M University
University of Illinois
Purdue University
Arizona State
University of Michigan
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Maryland
University of Florida
Carnegie Mellon University

At this time of year with our seniors preparing their college applications, knowledge is power in their hands.