National Louis University’s degree programs in teaching, counseling, psychology, human services, healthcare leadership and more have propelled the school to Money Magazine’s national list of “10 Colleges Whose Graduates Say They Make the World a Better Place.”
Seventy-seven percent of NLU alumni responding to a PayScale.com survey said their careers are meaningful and help others, compared to a national average of 54 percent of all alumni responding to the survey. Money Magazine uses PayScale’s meaningful-career data as one of the factors in its college rankings.
While some consider helping others a virtue in itself, research is increasingly indicating that it contributes to overall life happiness, according to PayScale.com surveys and the United Nations’ World Happiness Report research.
Many of the schools in Money’s Top 10 for Making a Difference educate professionals to work in teaching, social work, counseling, healthcare, psychology and other professions which help people. Universities which emphasize providing opportunity to disadvantaged students, as NLU does, also had generally high scores.