05/14/2013 03:00 pm ET

Five Colleges With The Best Return On Investment (SLIDESHOW)

College students on campuses across the country are crossing stages this month, on their way to shake someone's hand and receive their diplomas. But those diplomas aren't equal, according to's list.

Economists at PayScale, a company that provides compensation data to individuals and employers, say some colleges offer their students a better return on investment. The success of these five schools' alumni and their tendency to rake in the big bucks suggest smooth sailing after graduation.

Let us know what you think in the comments. PayScale explains its ROI methodology here.

Best Colleges For ROI: PayScale List