Top 25 Most Underrated Colleges In the U.S.

In order to determine which schools were underrated (and overrated), two main factors were utilized: Reputation and Salary. Business Insider plotted U.S. News’ ranking of the best colleges against PayScale’s mid-career salary rank. By their estimation, schools with a poor reputation but a high mid-career salary would be underrated, and schools with a great reputation and low mid-career salary would be overrated.

You can view more on their methodology below the school rankings.

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Top 25 Most Underrated Colleges in America (Business Insider)

#25 Widener University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #378

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #319

Mid-career Salary: $78,200

#24 Northern Illinois University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #378

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #314

Mid-career Salary: $78,300

#23 University of San Francisco

U.S. News’ Ranking: #212

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #82

Mid-career Salary: 92,400

#22 Michigan Technological University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #240

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #120

Mid-career Salary: No Data

#21 University of the Pacific

U.S. News’ Ranking: #212

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #72

Mid-career Salary: $94,900

#20 Hampden-Sydney College

U.S. News’ Ranking: #216

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #77

Mid-career Salary: $93,400

#19 Catholic University of America

U.S. News’ ranking #240

PayScale’s mid-career salary rank: #110

Mid-career Salary: No Data

#18 Adelphi University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #310

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #195

Mid-career Salary: $83,500

#17 Oregon State University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #278

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #148

Mid-career Salary: No Data

#16 George Mason University

U.S. News’ ranking: #278

PayScale’s mid-career salary rank: #134

#15University ofHouston

U.S.News’Ranking: #368

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #257

Mid-career Salary: $80, 600

#14 Illinois Institute of Technology

U.S. News’ Ranking: #226

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #57

Mid-career Salary: $98,200

#13 University of Colorado–​Denver

U.S. News’ Ranking: #378

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #266

#12 Hofstra University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #278

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #103

Mid-career Salary: $90,000

#11 Louisiana Tech University

U.S. News’ ranking: #398

PayScale’s mid-career salary rank: #279

Mid-career Salary: $79,800

#10 Missouri University of Science & Technology

U.S. News’ Ranking: #250

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #70

Mid-career Salary: $95,100

#9 San Diego State University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #330

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #180

Mid-career Salary: $84,700

#8 Clarkson University

U.S. News’ ranking: #230

PayScale’s mid-career salary rank: #34

Mid-career Salary: $102,00

#7 University of Maryland–​Baltimore County

U.S. News’ Ranking: #320

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #148

#6 Texas Tech University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #330

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #146

Mid-career Salary: $86,700

#5 Pace University

U.S. News’ ranking: #348

PayScale’s mid-career salary rank: #160

Mid-career Salary: $85,600

#4 Florida Institute of Technology

U.S. News’ Ranking: #320

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #119

Mid-career Salary: $88,600

#3 New Jersey Institute of Technology

U.S. News’ Ranking: #278

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #46

Mid-career Salary: $101,000

#2 Polytechnic Institute of New York University

U.S. News’ Ranking: #278

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #8

Mid-career Salary: $117,000

#1 University of Massachusetts–​Lowell

U.S. News’ Ranking: #680

PayScale’s mid-career Salary Ranking: #82

Mid-career Salary: $92,000

Read the full methodology here.