Students look at college as an investment. They attend school, gain valuable skills, complete learning experiences, and graduate. In an ideal world, a four-year university commitment would lead to a well-paying, full-time job placement, but this is not always the case. Many students struggle with basic skills, such as resume writing or interviewing, which raises issues finding employment. Career centers address these issues, while also introducing students to potential employers. For that reason, it's important to pick a university with a quality career center. Such centers should adequately prepare students for the workforce, while highlighting their strengths and improving their weaknesses.

Some of the best career centers build relationships with their students. They offer peer advising and run online databases and platforms for job searching and networking. Good career centers also help alumni with job placement and career counseling. The schools in our ranking stand out because they go above and beyond for their student body. Most boast high graduation rates, and many students secure employment within six months of graduation. Part of why these students find jobs easily is the counseling and preparation they received in school. Read on to learn more about which colleges have the best career centers.

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Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Located in Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson University prides itself on helping its learners reach their fullest potential through comprehensive career services. The Center for Career Services and Professional Development manages various programs, such as the international internship program and cooperative education experiences. Through the Michelin Career Center, Clemson counsels students and university employees by reviewing resumes and cover letters, hosting informational workshops, and offering career search advice. Learners can also take career assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which evaluates personality types and helps students make career choices based on their strengths. The center encourages students and employees to schedule an appointment, or walk in during the center’s drop-in hours. During the fall, the center hosts industry-specific career fairs for fields such as engineering and healthcare. It also hosts online seminars for graduate students that address issues like constructing your curriculum vitae or building your LinkedIn profile.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic promotes world exploration through its global projects program. This program enables students to travel abroad to work on business, engineering, and science projects at polytechnic research centers around the globe. Starting in 2022, the school pledges to give all first-year students a $5,000 scholarship toward studying abroad. The school’s career development center continues the tradition of success through its career coaching efforts. Each year, the school hosts career fairs in the fall and spring, complete with recruiters from major companies. These recruiters hold informational sessions about their organizations and schedule on-campus interviews with students. At these fairs, students can find more than 200 employers looking for interns and full-time employees. Likewise, employers also contact the career center to extend invitations to off-campus recruiting events.

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Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

For over 100 years, Southwestern University has educated Texas residents. Graduates go on to become award-winning authors and successful professionals. The university’s career services department relaunched as the Center for Career and Professional Development in 2018. The center added an internship and employment development adviser to its staff to help students find more paid internships and to build better partnerships between employers and the university. The center also plans to add a professional development academy and career treks, which would allow students to travel off-site to spend time at different companies. Current services include career assessment tools like the Strong Interest Inventory, which is an online personality test. Students also get access to the center’s resource library, which contains hundreds of job-related publications. The career center also promotes SU Pirate apprentice days, providing job shadowing experiences for students. Advisers also work with students to find internship and job opportunities, developing extensive search strategies and a four-year plan.

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Elon University

Elon, NC

With a student body of only 6,000 and a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Elon University emphasizes a feeling of closeness and community. Its student professional development center echoes these sentiments through its programs and initiatives. The center hosts events such as the Metlife global networking luncheon, which connects Metlife recruiters with Elon students. It also holds workshops such as the Multiple Mini Interview Workshop for health professionals, which helps healthcare majors improve their interviewing skills. Staff members from the career services team travel all over the country to form relationships with employers and promote Elon talent. For upperclassmen, the school organizes the graduate and professional fair, which gives away scholarships and GRE vouchers, and raffle vouchers for graduate school application fees. The center schedules programs through the year, and its website features a user-friendly event calendar.

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Emerson College

Boston, MA

This private college situated in the heart of Boston boasts Emmy-award winning alumni, among other esteemed graduates. Its career development center offers in-person and online resources for students and alumni. The center utilizes job search platforms Handshake and Careerbuzz, which connect students with employers and offer career advice. Students seeking in-person guidance can schedule appointments with career counselors. Students can make appointments using the Handshake platform, or call the center directly. Using competencies from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the career center offers seven career pathways for students to follow. Within each pathway, students develop core competencies like critical thinking, which should help them land internships and jobs. The center also keeps up with recent graduates using its First Destination survey. This survey highlights job satisfaction, employment rates, employers, locations, and average salaries. The center also extends career services to alumni, allowing them to speak with advisers in person, over the phone, or through Skype.

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Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Nestled in upstate New York, research university Clarkson University features campuses in Schenectady, New York. The university's career center, located on its main campus, boasts some impressive statistics. Approximately 80% of Clarkson University alumni found employment after graduation, earning an average salary of $59,154. The career center offers a host of services, including major-specific career coaching, to prepare students for the professional world. In major-specific career coaching, students pair with career advisers who have worked in their students' prospective field. Students can also interview alumni and find out more about their industry. In addition to coordinating students’ internship and co-op experiences, the center helps students search for jobs and negotiate benefits. It also lends its services to alumni who want to hire Clarkson graduates or who are looking for new job opportunities. The center also offers advisement based on alumni's work experience.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida strives to educate its student body and ready them for the professional world. Its career connections center has worked for 65 years to prepare the university's students to join the workforce. Since its founding, the center has helped thousands of students, and developed a variety of outreach services. One such service, the embedded liaison, connects students with career advisers who help their partner students build industry relationships. The center also assigns staff to work in the university's academic career communities, to guide learners toward the professional world. The University of Florida partners with major corporations to host career fairs and other on-campus recruiting events. The career showcase, the university’s largest career fair, takes place over a two-day period. The career center offers an informational session to teach students how to navigate the showcase.

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

The University of Iowa is another institution that emphasizes small class sizes. Renowned for its medical center and writers’ workshop, the university does its best to aid students in furthering their career opportunities. The Pomerantz Career Center for Leadership and Career Advancement appoints advisers based on each student’s career community. Career communities have their own advisers, who tailor resources to students' interests and prospective industries. The Career Peer Advising Program connects students with each other to seek out career advice. Peer advisers review cover letters, prepare students for job fairs and networking events, and help learners create their HireAHawk profiles. The university uses HireAHawk as its online recruiting system. Students can use this free system to upload their resumes and schedule on-campus interviews. The center also offers a resume rubric for approval, which works to guide students in writing their resumes. For students who want more one-on-one support, information interviews allow them to speak with a career professional in-person or on the phone to ask questions about the industry.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Since 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University has provided exceptional education to its international student body. The Hart Career Center created some resources specifically to lead international students to success. At the center, international students can find informational books on job hunting and citizenship. Learners can also peruse international alumni profiles to get advice on attending the university and finding a career. The center also extends its other career services to international students, and helps students research graduate schools and decide whether graduate school is the right path for them. The career center's "big interview" module provides career coaching by allowing students to practice interview questions and participate in mock interviews. Students can also venture into the CareerSpots Video Vault to watch informative job and internship placement content. Other signature programs include the career immersion excursion and the Freeman Asia internship program.

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The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

The University of Texas-Austin, part of the Texas state university system, stands out from the system's other campuses due to its career center offerings. The Austin campus commits to recruiting and business engagement for its students. Career center staffers strive to build relationships with employers who, in turn, hire UT students and graduates for internships and job openings. RecruitUT, the school’s online job search platform, bridges the gap between employers and job seekers. UT students and staffers build profiles to attract recruiters. UT's Office of Industry Engagement works to negotiate the university's research contracts and partnerships. The university fosters the entrepreneurial spirit among all of its Longhorns through programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation. For example, the student-led Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency works with the university to improve entrepreneurial opportunities for students. Moreover, each of UT's colleges runs its own career services team that works exclusively with its own student body.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Students often get lost in the shuffle at large universities, but Syracuse University does its best to understand and accommodate for this reality by providing a wide range of career services. For example, fall career week features events that cater to each student’s major and interests. During fall career week, the university holds a different, major-specific career fair each day, giving students time to visit recruiters and explore opportunities. To prepare for the fair, students can schedule sessions with a career counselor to discuss interview techniques and undergo a resume critique. The center also makes it easy for off-campus students to schedule appointments by offering counseling sessions through phone, email, and Skype. The university also offers career development services specifically for student veterans. The military skills translator, for example, aggregates resources to help veterans find civilian jobs that match their military skill sets and experiences. Using the school’s resources, veterans can find employers looking for veterans to fill positions.

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Babson College

Wellesley, MA

Babson College promotes entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, and career advancement through its programs and institutes. Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) holds programs and events, and connects women with career resources. With FedEx as a sponsor, CWEL empowers women through education and assistance to help them achieve their career goals. Aside from CWEL, the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship hosts competitions and facilitates mentorship through its programs. Babson's career services team manages two additional centers: the Hoffman Family Undergraduate Center for Career Development and the Graduate Center for Career Development. Both centers provide experiential learning services to students. The graduate center enlists the help of an employer advisory board to nurture relationships between Babson students and prospective employers. Babson students should also take advantage of career center initiatives like Babson Connect and Employer Treks, which work to introduce employers to Babson talent.

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University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS

The University of Southern Mississippi cultivates world-class talent through its program curricula and career center services, where staffers work to help students achieve their career aspirations. Students may request a presentation from a career services team member, in which the staffer outlines the center’s services and offers assistance to the student. The university also partakes in the College Diversity Network, which introduces employers looking for diverse candidates to diverse college students and graduates. Major companies like AT&T and HP have company profiles with the College Diversity Network. Large corporations also sponsor on-campus events, and actively recruit southern Mississippi students. Students in need of resume critiques can venture to the school’s library for weekly sessions. University alumni can also schedule career counseling sessions, mock interviews, and on-campus interviews in one of the center’s interview suites.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Named after successful industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Mellon University has grown into one of the nation’s top research universities. Its Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) honors this tradition with services tailored to each student’s needs. Open Monday through Friday, the center attracts students and employers looking for the right career fit. The career center also offers a job shadow program, called Take a Tartan to Work, lets undergraduate students visit working professionals at work to get a feel for their jobs and duties. The Tartan Talks program, on the other hand, comprises a series of informational interviews between students and alumni. In the series, alumni offer advice and counseling to university students. Learners can register for either of these experiences through the CPDC job shadowing platform. Career consultants also help students explore their job options, and the CMU career path guide offers some enlightening advice to job seekers.

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University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA

The career development center at UMass-Dartmouth employs career counselors to assist students in every aspect of their career search process. Staffers sit down with students to map out a plan for their college careers and beyond. Students can choose to start out with a personality assessment, through which the center uses TypeFocus to evaluate personality types. Prospective interns should research the internship database to find information from student interns regarding their respective company experiences. In the database, students can find sample interview questions and eligibility requirements, plus an entire collection of vault guides, or online resources. Dartmouth's online vault features guides on interview strategies and job searching. Students can access the vault and TypeFocus through the UMass student portal. Moreover, through the center’s experience program, students work off-site to utilize their skills and academic knowledge, while also earning academic credits.

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Texas A & M University

San Antonio, TX

With a home base in College Station, Texas A&M manages satellite campuses in Galveston and overseas in Qatar. A&M's career center supports students at all campuses with state-of-the-art career services. Visitors to the career center’s website can read its blog, which features advice from hiring managers and recruiters. The university's professional school advising team consists of current and former A&M students who have attended graduate or postgraduate programs in medicine, dentistry, law, and other disciplines. Furthermore, the school hosts workshops for professional students with speakers from other institutions, including Harvard. At these workshops, students learn how to fill out graduate school applications, interview with admissions offices, and write application essays. Current undergraduate students meet with career advisers, who help them with everything from writing their resumes to creating their HireAggies account. Students interested in job shadowing can also enroll in the AggiExternship Program.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Known as an Ivy League institution, Princeton University defines itself by the success of its students and alumni. The university's Office of Career Services seeks to mentor students as they progress through their college careers and prepare to join the workforce. The school holds multiple student events, including informational sessions regarding law schools. The office’s pre-law adviser coordinates a session in which Harvard and Columbia law school representatives meet with students and faculty members from Princeton. Other departments, such as the Office of Health Professions Advising (HPA), counsels students pursuing careers in healthcare. These learners meet with peer advisers, attend medical school and career informational sessions, and access the HPA library. For education majors, the teacher preparation program offers teaching fellowships and the opportunity to obtain state teaching licensure. Students interested in traveling abroad can enroll in the international internship program, which features hundreds of internship opportunities.

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Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Located in the nation’s capital, Georgetown University demonstrates genuine care for its students, including a commitment to meet 100% of students' financial needs by finding additional aid sources. Likewise, the university's career services team works to enhance each student’s life by preparing them to enter the workforce. Career development opportunities continue even after Georgetown students graduate, at which point the alumni career services network provides graduates with career guidance. Alumni can visit the HireAHoya job board to find career opportunities that may not appear on other job boards. They might also browse ExecThread, another online board with exclusive, executive-level position listings. In addition to job boards, Georgetown also holds webinars covering various topics of interest for working professionals.

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Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University is home to an award-winning career services department called CareerEdge, which helps undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni find internship and job placements. The center uses a career communities model to support enrolled students. This model breaks down communities by discipline and supplies each discipline with advisers, mentors, faculty members, and staff to form a learning community for Bentley students. The mentor marketplace acts as an extension of these communities, focusing on networking between current students and alumni. Bentley models its marketplace after LinkedIn -- the platform allows students to create and upload profiles to show their interests and industry preferences. Moreover, the university promotes experiential learning through micro-internships. In micro-internships, students complete short-term, paid projects for employers. Using an online platform, employers can post project opportunities, and students can apply for them. The system allows students to gain valuable work experience while building relationships with employers.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

As a top-ranked school, Michigan State University repeatedly proves that its facilities and services are some of the best in the country. Michigan State's career center provides top-notch support services to its students. The center's career exposure series gives students a broad overview of different career paths and industries, with events including information sessions, forums, mixers, and expos. At each event, students have the opportunity to mingle with recruiters, employers, alumni, and faculty members. Learners can register for the series through the Handshake platform. Corporate tours give students the chance to travel around the country, visiting major corporations. The center lets freshmen and sophomores register for corporate tours, which highlight industries like engineering and technology. For students who enjoy traveling, the Alternative Spartan Breaks program organizes international service trips.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

This Colorado-based private university boasts a student body with members from all around the globe. The University of Denver emphasizes international learning experiences, as evidenced by its high percentage of study abroad participants. Its career and professional development center serves the international student community with resources that allow them to explore various career and major options. The career center also makes a particular effort to help all student populations, including students with disabilities and LGBTQI learners. The Pioneer Connect platform represents just one of the school’s many online resources, connecting University of Denver students with alumni to foster professional relationships and encourage networking. Another resource, the Career Webinar Library, features video instruction on planning for graduate school and negotiating salaries. For all other services, students can schedule an appointment with a career adviser.

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University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA

This public research university acts as the flagship campus of the Commonwealth. It sustains an alumni network of 260,000, representing a wide variety of professions. The university's career services programs assists undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. Graduate and postgraduate students can also seek advice from the Office of Professional Development, which helps students secure grants and fellowships, and hosts a three-minute thesis competition. All students can log into the CareerConnect platform to find job listings and internship opportunities. Furthermore, the university helps students apply for co-op status. In co-op placements, students leave school for 3-9 months to work full time at a company. During this time, students do not pay tuition, but they must maintain enrollment status. Students seeking traditional internships should attend information sessions, where attendees discuss credited internships, which require faculty sponsors.

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College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Students looking for an intimate college feel in a well-structured environment should look no further than the College of William and Mary. The college's Cohen Career Center employs multiple staffers to help students with their career plans. One of these staff groups, called the Career Center Ambassadors, provides students with career preparedness training and academic counseling. Students can schedule sessions with career ambassadors to discuss their resumes, cover letters, and even LinkedIn profiles. Students can also schedule meetings with traditional career advisers, who lead programs such as the My Active Career Exploration experience. For six weeks, students receive mentoring from career center staffers. They meet for about an hour at a time to take self-assessments and learn about researching career options. At the end of the experience, students create a three-semester plan.

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University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

The rugged landscape of Eugene is home to the University of Oregon and its career center. The center takes a unique approach to traditional events, such as the Hire-A-Duck Part-Time career fair. This fair caters to students looking for part-time work -- a unique offering for career expos. Another such event, called the Diversity Career Symposium, assists students from underrepresented communities, such as minorities and students with disabilities, gain access to career development opportunities. The center also helps students fit interviews into their busy schedules through on-campus interview options. Using their Duck Connect platform, students can request an interview from a list of corporate sponsors and send their resumes to companies directly. The career centers assist alumni, as well. Alumni have access to all career center fairs and events, plus the UOAA Duck Career Network. Exclusive to UO, this network enables alumni to connect with each other to offer advice and speak about job opportunities.

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Tufts University

Boston, MA

Tufts University oversees four campuses: three in Massachusetts, and one in France. Large universities like Tufts often struggle to keep things centralized, but Tufts makes a concerted effort to do so. The university's career center offers an internship database, which features thousands of profiles that describe the day-to-day duties and overall culture at paid and non-paid internships. The center enlists advisers for various student majors, including engineering and liberal arts. The center also runs a LinkedIn group, which facilitates career coaching among students and alumni. The LinkedIn alumni tool shows users where alumni members work and when they graduated. On-campus, the career center encourages students to attend networking events, which include both current students and alumni. Events like the finance career forum attract alumni from major finance firms, who come to campus to motivate students.