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GradReports Salary Score lists University of Dayton No. 1 in Ohio

There's more good news for University of Dayton graduates heading into the workplace. UD ranks No. 1 among Ohio schools in GradReports' latest salary ranking.

Engineering, business and teaching fields scored high for UD undergrads in the survey, as well as communication, design and applied arts, dietetics and clinical nutrition services, international/global studies, liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, management information systems and services, and mathematics. You can see UD's full list here.

The GradReports Salary Score is based on median alumni earnings in the year after graduation and provides an apples-to-apples comparison between graduates of the same programs at different schools, weighted by student enrollment. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard. To be considered for state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least eight bachelor's degree programs. Click here for the methodology.

"For example … a nursing program salary at one college is compared only to nursing program salaries at other colleges, not to computer science salaries or history salaries. Because of this, schools with more graduates in STEM fields, which tend to lead to higher salaries, won't automatically top our lists. Instead, the rankings reflect colleges whose program offerings outperform the same programs at other schools," GradReports wrote.

UD grads historically have performed well in salary surveys. PayScale's latest survey indicates graduates with a UD bachelor's degree earn an average yearly salary of $58,700 early in their careers and $108,400 midway through their careers.

In addition to good news on the salary front, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Flyers are successful when searching for the next step after graduation. Nine of every 10 recent University of Dayton grads responding to the career services office's most recent Flyer First Destination Survey report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation. It's a remarkable track record of success, with at least a 90% success rate for the last 10 years of the survey. The success extends to every academic area: for the 10th-straight year, all four undergraduate academic units achieved at least a 90% success rate. Of the graduates who selected employment as their destination, 95% reported they hold full-time jobs, and 96% of them are working in their chosen field or in a job that's a first step toward a position in their field.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, University of Dayton associate director of news and communication, at


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