Georgetown
Georgetown

Grads have the highest average salaries 10 years after they started.

The South has no shortage of amazing colleges and universities, but which ones offer graduates the best bang for their (or their parents') buck? The Wall Street Journal narrowed it down in its Higher Education College Rankings for 2016, ranking schools based on average salaries of graduates 10 years after they first entered college.

It turns out Georgetown leads the pack with a median salary of $83,600. Just behind the Washington, D.C. school are Duke University and Washington and Lee University, followed by Georgia Tech, which was the highest ranked of the public schools with a median salary of $74,200.

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To create the ranking, the Journal looked at two years worth of data released by the U.S. Education Department, comparing predicted salaries (based on SAT scores and family income) with actual salaries to determine how much value the school added. The ranking also took some other data into consideration, including post-college debt rates and number of students who graduate on time.

From there, the Journal identified the Top 20 schools in the South and divvied them up based on whether they are public or private.

Where did your alma mater land? Head over to WSJ to find out.

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