• Top 11 Hidden Gem Colleges for Employers Hiring Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects Majors

    April 09, 2015 by

    Animation & Interactive Technology Hidden Gem Index AwardMinneapolis, MN, April 9, 2015 — College Recruiter, the leading niche job board used by recent college graduates to find entry-level jobs and students to find internships, today announced the 11 winners of its 2015 Hidden Gem Index for the best colleges and universities for employers who want to hire high quality graduates who majored in animation, interactive technology, video graphics, and special effects.

    “There are a lot of awards out there for best colleges,” said Steven Rothberg, president and founder of College Recruiter, “but they almost all focus on starting salary, percentage of graduates employed upon graduation, or percentage of graduates employed within their chosen career path upon graduation. There’s nothing wrong with those rankings but they fail to tell the entire picture. They miss schools which are hidden gems because they do an incredibly great job of taking students who may not have been able to get into the most expensive or most prestigious schools but who are hired into the same types of jobs with the same types of companies paying the same types of starting salaries.”

    College Recruiter used its custom research product to generate this ranking. Our database includes 185 majors at virtually every one of the 4,000 one- and two-year colleges and 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. A custom labor market or salary research report can tell an employer, for example, what the going rate is for a recent graduate with a certain major at a specific school. Other common queries include data related to SAT scores, gender, ethnicity, as well as tenure and turnover of employees.

    The modeling for this hidden gem school project was to identify the schools which featured high SAT/ACT scores for entering students, high average starting salaries for the regions in which the schools were located, a high percentage of graduates working in their chosen field of study, and a majority of the graduating class available for recruitment by employers. The availability factor distinguishes many of the excellent from the hidden gem schools. An excellent school may have a high percentage of its graduating class already committed to work for other employers or going to graduate school but that is not a school at which most employers will find success in their effort to hire graduates. A hidden gem school, on the other hand, is one at which employers are likely to find high quality candidates who are ready, willing, and able to say yes to an offer of employment.

    The top 11 hidden gem schools are:

    1. Brigham Young University-Provo
    2. Loyola Marymount University
    3. Bradley University
    4. George Mason University
    5. Rochester Institute of Technology
    6. DePaul University
    7. New Jersey Institute of Technology
    8. Minneapolis College of Art and Design
    9. Huntington University
    10. University of Hawaii at Manoa
    11. Savannah College of Art and Design

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    College Recruiter (http://www.CollegeRecruiter.com) helps recent grads and students find great careers. College Recruiter is the leading niche job board for college and university grads searching for entry-level jobs and students searching for internships. Our site features hundreds of thousands of entry-level and internship job posting ads as well as tens of thousands of pages of employment-related articles, Ask the Experts questions and answers, blogs, videos, and more. Our clients are mostly federal government and Fortune 1,000 corporations who advertise their job openings using our job postings, targeted email campaigns, targeted mobile banner ads, targeted display ads, and virtual career fairs.

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