SVA is one of the top design schools in the country according to findings by LinkedIn and Payscale. For its recent “Best Schools for Designers” list, LinkedIn ranked colleges based on how successful recent graduates have been at landing desirable jobs, focusing its analysis on employment trends gathered from the site’s 300 million members worldwide. Companies that attract and retain the most talent were deemed “top companies.” The alma maters of top company employees were then researched and compared, and the percentage of alumni who landed such jobs were then ranked by program. When all the results were in, SVA placed second out of all the design schools in the United States.
Payscale’s 2013-2014 College Salary Report involved similar analysis, focusing on earning potential. In this study, SVA’s BFA Design ranked fifth in the country. The research took into consideration both initial salaries from graduates who have only two years experience and mid-career salaries of those alumni who have 15 years experience. The slogan for the study: “Do you value the freedom of expression and a high salary?” According to Payscale and LinkedIn, SVA offers one of the best chances for both.