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Demand for MSOE’s ‘Real-World Ready’ Graduates Continues to Grow

When students and their families invest in higher education, some considerations might include whether they’ll get a strong return on their time and financial commitment.

At Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), graduates enjoy extremely high employment success and starting salaries. In fact, recent graduates were hired by 240 unique companies. The graduate outcomes rate for MSOE’s class of 2021-2022 was 99 percent, with an average starting salary of $71,497.

The university already boasts the highest average early and mid-career salaries in Wisconsin, according to the PayScale Inc. College Salary Report, 2021-2022 edition.

“MSOE students are ready to solve complex problems on their first day of work because they’ve been solving them since their first day at MSOE,” said Dr. John Walz, president. “This is one of many reasons our graduates are in demand and command strong starting salaries. As students, they spend hundreds of hours in laboratories working on real-world projects, and they are learning from our expert faculty who have years of industry experience.”

Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, the Plexus Campus Focus Team said, “At Plexus, interns and new engineers join one of our dynamic, cross-discipline project teams and begin contributing as early as possible. We believe engineers learn substantially through real-world, on-the-job experience, and we appreciate how MSOE integrates a similar philosophy in their curriculum.”

“The class of 2023 is enjoying strong on-campus recruitment,” said Julie Way, director of the MSOE Career Connections Center. “We are seeing record numbers of employers visiting campus—364 employers attended the fall career fair (with 40 on the waitlist) and 182 companies attended the winter career fair.”

To determine the graduate outcomes rate and average starting salary, MSOE’s Career Connections Center surveys students.

The knowledge rate for this survey was 87 percent. Final numbers were compiled six months after the May 2022 graduation, in accordance with National Association of College and Employers guidelines.