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    bill gatesThere are two types of billionaires: those who inherited their wealth, and those who built it from nothing.

    Our friends at Wealth-X, a firm that does research and net worth valuations on ultra-high net worth individuals, focused on the latter to compile a list of the wealthiest self-made billionaires in the world.

    From tech mogul Bill Gates to Alibaba founder Jack Ma, here's who made the list. 

    25. Len Blavatnik

    Estimated net worth: $20.1 billion

    Though he's known as one of Britain's richest residents, Blavatnik is a native of Ukraine. He earned degrees at Moscow State University, Columbia, and Harvard Business School before founding Access Industries in 1986 and investing in aluminum and chemical companies. In recent years he began investing in tech, with stakes in Spotify and Beats. Blavatnik also owns Warner Music, which he bought in 2011 for $3.3 billion.

    Source: Wealth-X



    24. Li Ka-Shing

    Estimated net worth: $20.1 billion

    Ka-Shing is one of the richest men in Asia, but his power far exceeds his wealth. He's known for investing in new, blossoming tech startups and was an early Facebook backer. Recently, the company he chairs, Hutchison Whampoa, bought the UK's second-largest mobile operator, O2. Last year he invested $23 million in plant-based egg-replacement company Hampton Creek through his firm Horizon Ventures.

    Source: Wealth-X 



    23. Patrick Drahi

    Estimated net worth: $21 billion

    The third-richest person in France, Drahi founded Altice, a multinational cable and telecommunications holding company, in 2002. Altice operates throughout France, Belgium, Israel, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic, and garnered international attention for its $1.8 billion IPO in January 2014. Drahi is coming to the US soon, too — he's taking over American cable company Suddenlink.

    Source: Wealth-X



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    Michael Bloomberg

    If you want to be an executive, billionaire, or US president, it's a good idea to go to Harvard Business School.

    Harvard offered the world's first master's in business administration program, and the Harvard MBA has since been a hallmark of the elite, with George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and Michael Bloomberg all earning the degree.

    We sifted through HBS's sterling history to find the most powerful, prominent, and financially successful grads who came out of Cambridge.

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    Sheryl Sandberg is largely credited with making Facebook profitable. The 1995 HBS alum initiated a global conversation about women and work with her bestselling book "Lean In."

    Source: Forbes



    Stephen R. Covey, class of 1957, became tremendously influential after publishing his bestselling book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."

    Source:Amazon



    After earning his MBA in 1942, Philip Caldwell took over as the first non-Ford to run Ford Motor Company, where he led one of the biggest turnarounds in American business history.

    Source: Bloomberg



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    Michelle Obama

    Princeton University is one of the smartest and most historic colleges in the country. 

    Princeton has produced numerous politicians — many of whom graduated from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The school has also produced its fair share of highly successful entrepreneurs, journalists, actors, and CEOs. 

    From First Lady Michelle Obama to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, here are the most successful Princeton alumni of all time.

    SEE ALSO: The 31 most successful Harvard Business School graduates of all time

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    Michelle Obama, First Lady of the US, was the first in her family to attend college. She struggled to adjust to college life as a freshman, but quickly caught on and graduated in 1985 after writing her senior thesis on "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community."

    Source: NJ.com



    Malcolm Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes magazine, inherited control of the publication in 1957 after his father, its founder, passed away. While at Princeton, Forbes, class of 1941, majored in political science and was awarded the Class of 1901 Medal "as the member of the class who contributed the most to Princeton as an undergraduate."

    Sources: The New York Times, Motorcycle Museum



    Author F. Scott Fitzgerald has sent many protagonists to Princeton, which he called the "pleasantest country club in America." Fitzgerald himself dropped out of Princeton in 1917 to join the Army, but while in school he dedicated himself to various creative writing and journalistic pursuits rather than his coursework.

    Sources: Slate, Biography.com



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    michelle mone blue dress

    British lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone, 43, is the poster child for entrepreneurship and inspirational women in business.

    So much so, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday named Mone as the country's entrepreneurship tsar, which means she will help people get people back into work in areas of high unemployment.

    They probably couldn't have picked a better person. Her life may look glamorous now, but it hasn't been plain sailing.

    The Scottish founder of the British brand Ultimo, launched in 1996, grew up in an impoverished part of Glasgow, left school at 15 with no qualifications, and got pregnant at 18.

    Troubles followed Mone into her later life. She was mugged and assaulted outside her office, her husband left her on Christmas Day 2011, and her messy divorce cost her nearly half her wealth.

    Mone has charted her journey from jobless teen to creating one of the world's most iconic lingerie brands in her new book, "My Fight to the Top." The entrepreneur now has an estimated net worth of £20 million ($30 million).

    Here is her story, sourced from her book, her interview with Business Insider, as well as official pictures from her website, and several social media accounts.

    Michelle Georgina Mone (née Allan) was born on October 8, 1971, in the East End of Glasgow.



    Mone was bullied at school because she was "terrible" academically, according to her new book, "Michelle Mone: My Fight to The Top."



    Mone left school at age 15 with no qualifications. She became a model to help out her parents financially after her father was left in a wheelchair after a rare degenerative spinal disorder, which left him unable to work.



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    Prince (singer)

    Great music can be found all across the country. And every state has a famous band that hails from it.

    To determine the most famous band from every state, we looked at reputation, record sales, and awards, considering each band within their own era.

    We used the term "band" loosely here, including any musical act consisting of more than one person. We focused mostly on the state where each band originally formed, but also considered where their music was popularized, as well as artists' hometowns.

    Check out which band is making your state proud.

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    ALABAMA: Alabama

    One of the most successful bands of all-time, Alabama has sold over 73 million records and has seven multiplatinum albums and two Grammys. The band sold more records during the '80s than any other bandNot only is their success impressive by any measure, but they also managed to make country music popular in the mainstream.



    ALASKA: Portugal. The Man

    Portugal. The Man released their debut album, "Waiter: You Vultures!" in 2006 and booked their first headlining tour the next year. The rock band released three more albums — including breakout record "The Satanic Satanist"— before signing with Atlantic Records in 2009. Danger Mouse, known for working with artists like Beck and The Black Keys, produced Portugal. The Man's most recent album, "Evil Friends."



    ARIZONA: Alice Cooper

    The first of the many shock-rock bands of the '70s, Alice Cooper kept fans entranced with their gender-bending outfits and dark, on-stage theatrics — concert-goers could expect performances to include stunts like Cooper's faux beheading via guillotine. But it's the music that kept fans coming back for more, and their riff-heavy brand of hard rock produced a string of hits including "School's Out" and "Be My Lover." Alice Cooper was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.



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    Stanford engineering

    Sunshine, beaches, perfect weather — and engineering?

    In a recent survey we conducted for our ranking of the best computer science and engineering schools, over 400 Business Insider readers rated dozens of computer science and engineering programs around the country. Even more, the No. 2 and No. 3 spots are both held by schools in California.

    We recently released our list of the 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America. We surveyed over 400 Business Insider readers to find the best schools, and cross-referenced the results with the average SAT scores of the students at each school from College Board.

    Here's the list of schools on the west coast with the best undergraduate programs for computer science and engineering.

     

     

    SEE THE LIST: The 50 best computer science and engineering schools in America

    SEE ALSO: These college majors lead to the highest starting salaries

    13. DigiPen Institute of Technology

    Redmond, Washington

    With degree programs ranging from game design to digital art and animation, DigiPen turns students into experts on all things computers and programming. DigiPen's Washington location also puts the school close to several top gaming and technology companies, including Nintendo Software Technology, Microsoft, Valve, and Boeing.



    12. Santa Clara University

    Santa Clara, California

    The undergraduate program at Santa Clara's School of Engineering is ranked No. 10 in the country by US News. SCU's Silicon Valley location makes it the second-best location for STEM grads to be after college based on job availability and salary.



    11. University of California at Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, California

    Many UC Santa Barbara students join professional engineering organizations such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association of Computing Machinery, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Students can graduate with a bachelor's in four years, or a dual bachelor's-master's in five.



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    Ingvar Kamprad

    Swedish business magnate Ingvar Kamprad has been at the helm of IKEA, one of the world's largest furniture stores and most beloved brands, for more than 70 years.

    With a net worth of $48.1 billion, he's now one of the world's richest self-made billionaires.

    Kamprad remains boldly innovative, inherently simplistic, and incredibly wealthy.

    From humble beginnings selling holiday tchotchkes to his neighbors as a child, here's how Kamprad started a privately held $11.8 billion furniture revolution and became a billionaire.

     

    SEE ALSO: The 25 richest self-made billionaires

    SEE ALSO: Ikea's Strategy For Becoming The World's Most Successful Retailer

    Kamprad was born in the south of Sweden in 1926 and by the age of 5 began selling matches for profit. At 10, he rode his bike around the neighborhood to sell Christmas decorations, fish, and pencils.

    Source: Business Insider, Sweden.se



    In his teens, Kamprad became involved in a Nazi youth movement by the influence of his German grandmother, who was "a great admirer of Hitler." He later described that time as "the greatest mistake of my life" and even penned a letter to his employees asking their forgiveness.

    Source: Telegraph, Fortune



    When Kamprad was 17, his dad gave him a cash reward for making good grades in school despite his dyslexia. He used the money to found IKEA in 1943. Kamprad didn't introduce furniture until five years in; he'd started by selling small household items, like picture frames.

    Source: Business Insider



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    Massachusetts institute of technology mit campus

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is back on top of our list of the best colleges in America after it lost last year to Stanford University.

    For our seventh annual list of the 50 best colleges in America, we surveyed over 1,000 Business Insider readers, asking them to choose the colleges they think best prepare students for success after graduation.

    This year, we also incorporated some other data into our ranking: The results of the survey accounted for 50% of the final ranking, but we also took into account average SAT scores of the students at each of the schools as reported by College Board (25%), and the median starting salaries among the schools' graduates as reported by PayScale (25%).

    Over 90% of our survey takers had started or completed a bachelor's degree; this year, the pool of respondents skewed younger than in the past: Almost 29% said they had been in the workforce for less than a year, and another 26.3% reported being in the workforce for one to three years.

    Chart from BI best colleges survey 2015

    Like last year, the majority (35.2%) of survey respondents reported working in the finance industry, but another 15.1% are currently in school. The remaining 49.8% of those surveyed are spread out over a number of other fields, including technology, media, consulting, and healthcare.

    Chart from BI best colleges survey 2015

    Business was again the popular choice for the major that will help college students be most successful after graduation, but this year the margin was a lot wider: 40.2%, versus 23.8% for engineering and 14.5% for liberal arts. Computer science received a surprisingly small 14.3% of the vote, versus 16.3% last year.

    Chart from BI best colleges survey 2015

    One area that didn't change at all is what our survey takers think is the most valuable asset college provides. Academics won out in this category with 37.8% of respondents ranking the category with the highest choice of "1"; network followed with 19.4%, and finally brand value/reputation (16.7%).

    Chart from BI best colleges survey 2015

    SEE THE FULL LIST: The 50 best colleges in America

    OR CHECK OUT THE ONE-PAGE GRAPHIC: The top 25 colleges in America

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    When it comes to assessing the value of a college, the most important factor to consider is how much that school helps students succeed in life.

    For our seventh annual ranking of the best colleges in America, we asked over 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their students for success after graduation.

    We then combined those results with each school's average SAT score from the college-data website College Board and the median starting salary from the employer-information website PayScale to come up with the final ranking. You can read the full methodology here.

    This year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology tops our list after a brief hiatus from the No. 1 spot. Stanford, last year's top school, slips to No. 2; Harvard, Princeton, and CalTech round out the top five. 

     Did your school make the cut this year? Read on to find out.

    See a one-page version of our 2015 best colleges list: The top 25 colleges in America

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America

    50. Villanova University

    Average SAT score: 1960

    Median starting salary: $53,300

    Founded in 1842 just outside Philadelphia by the Order of Saint Augustine, Villanova grants a liberal arts-based education in a large university setting. Among graduates of the class of 2014, 97% were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation, and 60% held at least one internship.

     



    49. Boston University

    Average SAT score: 1945

    Median starting salary: $50,100

    The Boston University alumni community is full of Nobel Prize and Pulitzer winners, Fulbright scholars, and poets laureate. The school received over $350.3 million in grants and contract awards last year, powering it as one of the top research universities in the country.



    48. Bucknell University

    Average SAT score: 1960

    Median starting salary: $56,800

    A whopping 97% of Bucknell students report being employed, in graduate school, volunteering, or some combination thereof within nine months of graduation.

    And if you think the median starting salary for Bucknell grads is high, it's important to note that the alumni median lifetime earnings are equally high; the Lewisburg, Pennsylvania-based school ranks No. 5 among liberal-arts colleges surveyed by PayScale.



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    MIT Engineers

    Silicon Valley may be the biggest tech hub in the US, but some of the best computer-science schools are located in the northeast of the US.

    We recently published a list of the 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America

    To create this list, we surveyed over 400 Business Insider readers to find out which engineering schools have the most valuable undergraduate programs, and cross-referenced the survey results with the average SAT scores from college-admissions website College Board.

    We filtered the results to only focus on schools located in the northeast. Our No. 1 school on the main list, MIT, is also the No. 1 school here.

    Keep reading to see which other northeast schools also made it here.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America

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    16. University of Connecticut

    Storrs, Connecticut

    UConn offers 12 bachelor's-degree programs in engineering — everything from biomedical engineering to computer science to engineering physics. Engineering students at UConn are highly sought-after upon graduation; top employers include Accenture, Google, IBM, Intel, and Procter & Gamble, and starting salaries range from $52,000 to $65,000.



    15. Boston University

    Boston, Massachusetts

    BU engineering students have excellent career outlooks: From the class of 2014, 49% had accepted job offers while another 14% went on to graduate school, 10% went on to transitional engineering jobs, and 4% went into military service. The average starting salary for BU grads is higher than the national average — $66,500, compared to $59,000.



    14. Rochester Institute of Technology

    Rochester, New York

    Last year, RIT engineering students generated more than $30 million in earnings through employment placements. During their degrees, students participate in at least one year of full-time, paid experiential cooperative education experience with more than 500 companies, including Apple, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Welch Allyn.



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    Business Insider is looking for an editor to manage our Lists team.

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    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University are two of the most highly regarded universities in the world — after all, we ranked them No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on this year's best colleges in America ranking.

    But is it possible to determine which one is better? We looked at everything from prestige and starting salary to dining and nightlife to settle the score between MIT and Stanford. 

    Scroll through the graphic below to see how each school stacks up.

    BI_Graphics_MIT vs. Stanford

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    elizabeth holmes theranosSome of the most successful people in the world didn't become millionaires, let alone billionaires, until after age 40. Some, however, experienced the opposite trajectory.

    Our friends at Wealth-X, a firm that does research and net-worth valuations on ultra-high net worth individuals, compiled a list of the richest people in the world under 35.

    From Norwegian and Chinese heirs to the self-made billionaire founders of Snapchat and Facebook, here are the 20 wealthiest people under 35. 

    SEE ALSO: The 25 richest self-made billionaires

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    20. Adrian Cheng

    Net worth: $1.4 billion

    Cheng, 34, is the executive vice chairman of New World Development, a property-development company based in Hong Kong that was founded by his grandfather in 1970. Cheng joined New World Development in 2006 after earning his bachelor's from Harvard. He also sits on the board of his family's Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group as well as Modern Media Holdings and Giordano International. 

    Cheng is founder of K11 Art Foundation, a non-profit that aides young contemporary artists and promotes art education. 

    Source: Wealth-X



    19. Camilla Hagen Sørli

    Net worth: $1.5 billion

    Norwegian-born Sørli is the daughter of Stein Erik Hagen, cofounder of supermarket chain RIMI. Hagen went on to found Canica to oversee the family's expanding business portfolio. In 2006, Canica became the largest shareholder of Orkla, a Norway-based industrial conglomerate. 

    Thirty-four-year-old Sørli and her two siblings are co-owners and directors of Canica, now one of the largest privately-owned investment companies in Norway. Sørli also serves as chairwoman of Centurie, a marketing and distribution company and entity of Canica.

    Source: Wealth-X



    18. Caroline Hagen Kjos

    Net worth: $1.5 billion

    Sørli's younger sister, Caroline, is the chairwoman of Canica, her family's private holding company that recently relocated from Norway to Switzerland. Virtually all of Kjos' fortune is family inheritance.

    Kjos, 31, also serves as a board member of Komplett, the largest e-commerce firm in Scandinavia with a total of 13 webshops in the region.

    Source: Wealth-X



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    DigiPen

    Computer science is one of the most valuable college majors. The skills acquired by graduates of top computer-science programs attract desirable employers such as Apple, Intel, and Google.

    We recently released our list of the 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America. We surveyed over 400 Business Insider readers to find the best schools, and cross-referenced the results with the average SAT scores of the students at each school from College Board.

    Because computer science is such a hot area of study right now, we pulled the top computer science and computer engineering schools from our list by ranking the schools by percentage of students who major in computer science, according to College Board. Read on to discover the most popular schools for computer science in the US.

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    15. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, Massachusetts)

    Students majoring in computer science: 5%

    WPI is one of the first engineering and technology universities in the country, where the computer science department places equal emphasis on theory and practice. Students have the opportunity to participate in large projects that impact their local communities, or to travel to WPI project centers around the world.



    14. Penn State (State College, Pennsylvania)

    Students majoring in computer science: 5%

    Every engineering and computer-science student at Penn State completes at least one internship, and 45.2% of those who do receive an offer of full-time employment from their internship placements. Penn State is ranked fifth in the nation for computer science by The Thomson Corporation.



    13. University of California at San Diego (San Diego, California)

    Students majoring in computer science: 5%

    The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego ranks 14th in the US and 18th in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Rankings of World Universities. The computer science and engineering department offers a variety of programs including computer architecture, security and cryptography, and databases, along with a number of interdisciplinary initiatives like contextual robotics, and makerspace and design.



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    Despite being considered "soft" majors, liberal-arts students can still become just as successful as their math and science counterparts.

    We pulled the top liberal-arts schools from our seventh annual list of the best colleges in America, where we asked over 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their students for success after graduation.

    We then combined those results with each school's average SAT score from the college-data website College Board and the median starting salary from the employer-information website PayScale to come up with the final ranking. You can read the full methodology here.

    Read on to see which schools are giving liberal arts a great name.

    Check out our full list of the best colleges: The 50 best colleges in America

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America

    24. Lafayette College

    Average SAT score: 1935

    Median starting salary: $57,000

    Post-graduation, Lafayette students immediately begin to make their mark in the world: Within six months, 95% of grads are employed, enrolled in graduate school, completing internships, or volunteering. Students get real-world experience prior to graduation as well, as 78% complete internships by senior year. 



    23. Carleton College

    Average SAT score: 2115

    Median starting salary: $43,700

    Carleton's main focus is to give students a true liberal-arts education by teaching them to be lifelong learners. In this quest, the school, located in Northfield, Minnesota, offers courses across 37 departments, including everything from linguistics to sociology to economics. US News also named Carleton the No. 8 best liberal-arts college in the US. 



    22. Haverford College

    Average SAT score: 2115

    Median starting salary: $38,600

    With fewer than 2,000 students, Haverford's small size allows students to receive a highly personalized college experience. Students at the Haverford, Pennsylvania-based school don't officially declare a major until the end of sophomore year, and are required to take classes across three major academic divisions, resulting in a diverse and well-rounded education. 



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    Harvard Engineering

    We recently released our seventh-annual list of the 50 best colleges in America.

    To create the list, we asked more than 1,000 Business Insider readers to weigh in on which schools best prepare students for success after graduation. We then combined those results with average SAT score and median starting salary (read the full methodology here).

    When we filtered the results to only include responses from the 666 people who said they hire frequently, Harvard took the top spot on the list. Harvard was No. 3 on the full best colleges list.

    MIT, the No. 1 school on our best colleges list, fell to second place here, and Stanford, the No. 2 school on the best colleges list, came in third.

    However, despite these few shifts, the refined list didn’t differ dramatically from the complete one.

    Additionally, survey-takers noted that business and engineering are the majors most likely to help students become successful after graduation, with 37% and 24.7% response rates, respectively.

    Here are the 25 schools hiring managers say are the best in the US:

    1. Harvard University

    2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    3. Stanford University

    4. Yale University

    5. Princeton University

    6. Duke University

    7. Columbia University

    8. University of Pennsylvania

    9. Dartmouth College

    10. University of California at Berkeley

    11. TIE: California Institute of Technology

    11. TIE: Cornell University

    13. University of Chicago

    14. US Naval Academy

    15. Northwestern University

    16. Georgetown University

    17. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

    18. University of Virginia

    19. Johns Hopkins University

    20. US Military Academy

    21. Carnegie Mellon University

    22. Brown University

    23. New York University

    24. University of Notre Dame

    25. Boston College

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best colleges in America

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    We recently published our list of the 50 best colleges in America.

    The list ranks colleges by median starting salary, average SAT score, and a survey that asked more than 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their students for success after graduation. Read our full methodology here.

    We reranked the schools by pay here to find the top US schools whose graduates earn the highest starting salaries.

    Interestingly, two of the top three schools on this list are elite military institutions. And being that technical degrees often earn college grads higher starting salaries than degrees in the humanities or social sciences, schools heavy on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programming tended to rank more favorably here.

    Keep reading to see which colleges came out on top.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best colleges in America

    SEE ALSO: The 24 best liberal-arts colleges in America

    50. Clemson University

    Median starting salary: $51,400

    The 2016 Princeton Review ranked Clemson’s career services program No. 1 in the country. The career center also runs a Cooperative Education Program, in which students can alternate semesters of academic work with "paid, career-related, engaged-learning experience," according to the Clemson website. The 2015 Princeton Review also ranks the school No. 1 for the best alumni network.



    49. Penn State

    Median starting salary: $51,500

    Pennsylvania's only land-grant university, Penn State has an extensive alumni network of more than 645,000 Nittany Lions around the world. The school's alumni association connects everyone through an advanced online network that enables alumni to make professional connections, hire fellow Penn Staters, and more.



    47 (TIE). University of Connecticut

    Median starting salary: $51,700

    UConn has a built-out career services office, with resources both on campus and online. The online portal features a number of internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities with companies like Pepperidge Farm, JetBlue, Unilever, and UBS, as well as a number of resources to help students apply and place there.



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    Brown University graduation

    We recently released our seventh annual list of the best colleges in America, which included schools from all over the US.

    We decided to narrow that list down to take a closer look at the top colleges in the Northeast region.

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology still occupied the No. 1 spot. Harvard slid up one notch to take Stanford's place at No. 2, and Princeton moved up a spot to round out the top three.

    To determine the rankings, we asked over 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their students for success after graduation. We then combined those results with each school's average SAT score from the college-data website College Board and the median starting salary from the employer-information website PayScale to come up with the final ranking. You can read the full methodology here.

    Read on to see the top schools in the Northeast. 

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    48. Yeshiva University

    Average SAT score: 1845

    Median starting salary: Unavailable

    Located across four campuses in New York City, Yeshiva University offers majors in three undergraduate colleges and 22 academic departments. The Jewish university also sponsors the Joint Israel Program, which partners students with other Jewish universities and seminaries while they study in Israel.



    47. Sarah Lawrence College

    Average SAT score: 1915

    Median starting salary: $39,000

    At Sarah Lawrence in Bronxville, New York, the curriculum is based around small seminars, studios, and workshops, allowing students to deeply engage with the material and each other. The school also gives students immense flexibility in choosing their courses, so each each student can personalize their studies according to their own interests and passions. 



    46. Bryn Mawr College

    Average SAT score: 1995

    Median starting salary: $44,600

    Located just outside Philadelphia in a town of the same name, Bryn Mawr College partners with other Pennsylvania schools, including Haverford and Swarthmore, allowing students to greatly expand their areas of study. The women's college also has partnerships with more than 70 different study abroad programs, so students can choose the experience that best suits them.



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    Cornell University fans

    We recently released our seventh annual list of the best colleges in America, which included schools from every corner of the US.

    Here, we've narrowed down our results to look at the best public schools in the country.

    To determine the rankings, we asked over 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their students for success after graduation. We then combined those results with each school's average SAT score from the college-data website College Board and the median starting salary from the employer-information website PayScale to come up with the final ranking. You can read the full methodology here.

    Please note that this list drew from our original survey on the best colleges in the US, where survey respondents chose from a limited pool of what we perceived to be the top 100 schools in the US.

    Did your school make the cut this year? Read on to find out.

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    24. University of Connecticut

    Average SAT score: 1885

    Median starting salary: $51,700

    UConn has a built-out career services office, with resources both on campus and online. The online portal features a number of internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities with companies like Pepperidge Farm, JetBlue, Unilever, and UBS, as well as a number of resources to help students apply and place there.



    23. University of California at Irvine

    Average SAT score: 1740

    Median starting salary: $49,300

    Part of the prestigious University of California system, UCI is known for its top-rated research programs, which provide opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students alike to participate in research projects. And although it's a large school, the student to faculty ratio remains low — only 19:1 — and 50% of classes have 20 or fewer students



    22. University of California at Davis

    Average SAT score: 1815

    Median starting salary: $50,800

    UC Davis graduates enter a network of over 200,000 living alumni when they complete their degrees. While still in school, students have access to 104 major choices, preparing them for careers in everything from landscape architecture to microbiology to nutrition science.



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    Georgetown McDonough Business

    We recently published a list of the best colleges in America

    To create this list, we combined data from a reader survey, each school's average SAT score from College Board, and the median starting salary from PayScale. You can read the full methodology here.

    College Board also kept track of the most popular majors at each college, and there we found which of our best colleges were the most popular places to study business. College Board lists business and marketing as one major, so these are the top colleges from our list of the best colleges where the most students study business and/or marketing.

    University of Pennsylvania, home to the Wharton School of Business, the world's first collegiate business school, came in at No. 9 on our list of best colleges, but rises up to No. 1 in terms of the percentage of students who study business and/or marketing (21%). Georgetown University jumped 10 spots to No. 2, as 22% of its students major in business/marketing at its McDonough School of Business.

    Here are the 25 best colleges where the most students study business:

    1. University of Pennsylvania

    2. Georgetown University

    3. University of Notre Dame

    4. Georgia Institute of Technology

    5. Washington University in St. Louis

    6. University of Virginia

    7. New York University

    8. Northeastern University

    9. Emory University

    10. University of Southern California

    11. Boston College

    12. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    13. Wake Forest University

    14. University of Texas at Austin

    15. Babson College

    16. Lehigh University

    17. Boston University

    18. Villanova University

    19. Purdue University

    20. Washington and Lee University

    21. Pennsylvania State University

    22. Claremont McKenna College

    23. University of Wisconsin at Madison

    24. College of William and Mary

    25. George Washington University

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