Sungkyunkwan University stood head and shoulders above the rest with an employment rate for graduates of 69.3 percent this year.
The average employment rate among four-year colleges with more than 3,000 graduates a year stood at just 59.3 percent, down slightly from 59.5 percent last year.
According to the latest employment statistics announced by the Education Ministry Thursday, Korea University came second with 69.1 percent of graduates landing a job, followed by Seoul National University of Technology with 67.2 percent. Yonsei University with 64.2 percent, Inha University in Incheon with 63.2 percent, Hanyang University with 62.6 percent.
Seoul National University, the country’s most prestigious, came a poor seventh with 61.3 percent.
Among smaller universities with 2,000 to 3,000 graduates a year, Hanbat National University in Daejeon ranked No. 1, followed by Catholic University of Daegu (64.2 percent) and Ajou University in Incheon (61.6 percent), Sejong University (60.5 percent), and Dongguk University (60.1 percent).
And among colleges with 1,000 to 2,000 graduates a year, Howon University in Kunsan, North Jeolla Province came in first with a whopping 77.7 percent.
Next were Korea Polytechnic University in Gyeonggi Province with 76.9 percent, and Konyang University in Nonsan, South Chuncheong Province with 73.9 percent.
The average employment rate of graduates of two-year colleges improved 0.4 percentage points from last year to 61.2 percent, and the average employment rate of four-year universities overall stood at a paltry 55.6 percent, down 0.6 percentage points.