Originally published July 23, 2013


AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) has identified the Wisconsin colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment and Milwaukee School of Engineering tops the list. Graduates from these institutions enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over a 31-year span. In compiling this list, ACO considered fully-accredited, four-year degree-granting public and private institutions, as well as their ROI according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report.

In June, ACO compiled a list of private universities offering a Million Dollar ROI. Alumni from these universities out-earn non-degree holders by at least one million dollars during their careers. Institutions on the list make up the top one percent of U.S. colleges as measured by return on investment (ROI). MSOE is the only university from Wisconsin on the list, and one of only five from the Midwest.

“There is great demand in our nation for STEM professionals,” said Dr. Hermann Viets, president of MSOE. “Employers value the education students receive at MSOE and that is reflected in our extremely high placement rates as well as high starting salaries. Our engineers, nurses and business students are ready to hit the ground running not only when they graduate, but also in their internships.”

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th  anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.