Many 2012 grads are joining the existing ranks of job­less from the classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011. For those who do find gainful employ­ment, their real wages are some 5 per­cent less than their peers who grad­u­ated in 2000.

The employ­ment woes of these young adults have not been lost on col­lege admis­sions con­sul­tants. For the first time, The Princeton Review has included a list of rank­ings ded­i­cated to “Best Career Ser­vices” in its 2013 annual big book of leading U.S. col­leges. Top­ping out this list, which is based on thou­sands of stu­dent sur­veys, is Boston’s North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. In par­tic­ular, the school stands out for its strong embrace of coop­er­a­tive (or “co-​​op”) education.

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