Graduates from Boston University were ranked 17th most employable in the world and 7th most employable in the US by the 2012 Global Employability Survey, published by the New York Times and International Herald Tribune. It was discussed in BU Today on November 1, 2012. Here is the results in table form from the NY Times.
This represents a huge improvement from their ranking 51st in the US by the same newspaper in 2011. Is this big change believable, and why the big change? The biggest factor is that for the 2011 study, (http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/10/20/education/20iht-SReducEmploy20-graphic.html?ref=education) the NYT Survey polled only business executives and board chairs, and only surveyed them from the ten countries, while for the 2012 the international survey included 20 countries from all over the world, including Asia and Latin America. The new survey also explicitly included 1200 top business recruiters as well as 1500 chief executives and business managers, as in the past.
It makes a big difference whether you ask recruiters as well as than chief executives, since recruiters will care more about a very large number of potential candidates before they visit or give attention to candidates from a particular university. Plus this new survey included Australian and Asian countries for the first time.
Boston University is not only one of the largest (28,000+) private universities but has also had a large number of international, and particularly, Asian students and alumni, for decades. It also has a rich set of graduate degrees with high proportions international.
The following table was generated from the US News and World reports using the 50 universities with the highest % international undergraduate students. It shows that Boston University had the ninth highest number of international students among all these universities. Moreover some of the other surprises also have much higher numbers than the ivies and other top schools. Hence these ratings from recruiters make sense, once one takes this into account.
Ranking of 50 Universities with high international student percentages by number of international students.
A = ranking by largest number of international undergraduate students
B = University name
C = % internat.
D = # of Undergrads
E = Number of Internat. students
F = rank by # % Internat
|% internat.||Undergrads||Internat. students||Rank by % Internat|
|1||Purdue University–West Lafayette||15%||30,776||4616.4||8|
|2||University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign||13%||32,256||4193.28||12|
|3||Michigan State University||9%||36,675||3300.75||36|
|4||University at Buffalo–SUNY||16%||19,334||3093.44||7|
|6||University of Minnesota–Twin Cities||8%||34,812||2784.96||50|
|7||University of California–Berkeley||9%||25,885||2329.65||35|
|8||New York University||10%||22,280||2228||29|
|10||University of Southern California||12%||17,414||2089.68||15|
|11||University of California–San Diego||9%||23,046||2074.14||33|
|14||University of Iowa||8%||21,564||1725.12||48|
|15||University of Oregon||8%||20,623||1649.84||43|
|17||Stony Brook University–SUNY||8%||15,926||1274.08||44|
|21||University of Miami||11%||10,509||1155.99||21|
|22||University of Pennsylvania||11%||9,779||1075.69||20|
|23||Carnegie Mellon University||17%||6,281||1067.77||6|
|24||University of Colorado–Denver||8%||12,674||1013.92||45|
|26||University of San Francisco||13%||6,051||786.63||10|
|28||Florida Institute of Technology||26%||2,724||708.24||2|
|30||St. Louis University||8%||8,670||693.6||42|
|32||University of Rochester||11%||5,643||620.73||18|
|35||Illinois Institute of Technology||21%||2,714||569.94||3|
|36||University of Tulsa||18%||3,004||540.72||5|
|37||Johns Hopkins University||9%||5,980||538.2||37|
|40||University of Chicago||9%||5,388||484.92||34|
|41||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||10%||4,384||438.4||30|
|42||University of Denver||8%||5,453||436.24||41|
|43||Worcester Polytechnic Institute||11%||3,849||423.39||17|
|48||Polytechnic Institute of New York University||11%||1,939||213.29||24|
|50||California Institute of Technology||12%||978||117.36||13|
The big jump in the ranking of Boston University’s rating by international recruiters into the “seventh most employable students” from last years ranking of 51 by mostly US business executives is probably mostly real.