Stanford Ranked World’s Top University for Graduate Employability

Stanford Ranked World’s Top University for Graduate Employability

Laura Bridgestock

Updated February 2, 2024 Updated February 02

The Silicon Valley-based and famously entrepreneurial Stanford University tops the first full edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, published today. Following last year’s pilot, this year’s expanded edition features 300 leading universities across the world, all assessed in five categories related to graduate employability.

US universities claim five of the top 10 spots, joined by both halves of the UK’s Oxbridge, and one entry each for China, France and Australia.

Stanford and MIT, first and second in the employability ranking, also lead the latest overall QS World University Rankings®, in reversed order. But in general the employability ranking follows a different pattern, with a more diverse spread of nations featured at the top, and a notably strong performance for STEM-focused institutions.

Also of note is the prominent representation of Chinese universities. Tsinghua University, in third place, is joined within the top 20 by Peking University (joint 11th) and Fudan University (14th).


QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017: Top 10

2017 Rank



Stanford University

United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States

Tsinghua University          


University of Sydney


University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech


Columbia University

United States

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

United States


Princeton University

United States


The ranking aims to help prospective students identify institutions with a strong commitment to and outstanding outcomes on graduate employability. As well as incorporating the views of employers through a global survey, it also considers alumni outcomes, employment rates, industry partnerships and student-employer connections.

Note: As this ranking is still in its early stages, universities are able to opt-out of inclusion if they wish, and a number have done so this year.

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This article was originally published in November 2016 . It was last updated in January 2020

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The former editor of, Laura oversaw the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edited the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributed to market research reports, including 'How Do Students Use Rankings?'

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