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In other words, whether you choose to attend the University of Penn or Penn State University, your earning potential is the same. Your strength as a student, and not your school choice, is what determines your destiny.

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Does it matter where you go to university or college?

It certainly seems like it matters where you go to university. There is great competition for top universities around the world. Many even pay a lot more to get into one of the best universities; presumably there is some reward for the cost at the end. Is a first or 2/1 from Oxford really better than first from Thames Valley University or any ex polytechnic? Since there are external examiners who check standards presumably all university graduates are marked on a similar level regardless of institution. This leaves simply the prestige of graduating from such universities. It may not make a difference in your qualifications but it is more likely to get you noticed.

Yes because…

There are Universities that, justified or not, have a certain amount of grandeur about them. At the very moment of mentioning them they have an impressive nature about them. This is not only with Oxford and Cambridge, but also those Red Brick Universities in Britain’s oldest towns. If nothing else, these Universities would certainly make a person feel proud of themselves for attending such a university and being able to tell people about it.

It is however likely that employers from red brick universities will prefer red-brick university alumni for employees because they can relate to them(being alumni themselves). [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_brick_university#The_civic_university_movement]]

I agree, it does matter what college or university a student goes to. At each college or university there are a lot of different things. Each and every college and university is different. Some colleges and universities are known well for what kinds of facilities that they have. Other colleges and universities may have a really well built gym. While other colleges and universities have really low income gyms. These gyms have really old and out of date equipment. Or, the colleges or universities do not have a gym at all. On the other hand, some colleges and universities have a really good recreation area. I have seen colleges with bars, pool tables, and a lot of places to eat as well. Also, I have been to colleges that have a small cafeteria. The recreation area is a place for students to go to relax after doing all their homework.

What Is an Elite College?

For the purposes of this article, elite colleges are the most selective, prestigious colleges in the country. These colleges are seen as the gold standard, and that’s why so many students spend years of hard work and worry to try to get into these schools. Some examples of elite colleges are the Ivy League schools, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. If you’re looking for a complete list, I’d include the top 15 National Universities and the top 5 National Liberal Arts schools in US News on this list of revered super schools.

There are a number of reasons why going to a more prestigious school can benefit your future. Below, I’ll detail some of the most important benefits of attending an elite college.

Keep in mind that I’m focusing on the potential financial and professional benefits of going to a top college. Additionally, elite colleges may challenge you more academically, and you may enjoy surrounding yourself with other incredibly motivated and successful students. On the other hand, some of the classes at top schools may make you feel overwhelmed. You may feel compelled to select a less rigorous major, or you may not have time to do as many extracurricular activities or have an enjoyable social life.


Graduates of Elite Schools Are More Likely to Have Future Financial and Professional Success

Probably, the main reason students and their parents care about gaining admission to top colleges is because they believe that attending one of these schools is a ticket to future success. While it’s difficult to prove that going to an elite college makes you successful, there’s a strong relationship between attending an elite school and being successful.

On average, graduates from elite schools make more money, and degrees from many elite schools provide the best return on your college investment. Also, while only 2%-5% of all US undergraduates graduate from top schools, 38% of Fortune 500 company CEOs and 44.8% of billionaires graduated from elite institutions. Similarly, of Forbes’s most powerful people, 55.9% of powerful women and 85.2% of powerful men attended elite schools.

Does It Matter Where You Go to College?

Graduating students listen during the 365th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University on May 26, 2016.

This year, more than 2 million Americans will apply to college. Most will aim for nearby schools without global brands or billion-dollar endowments. But for the tens of thousands of families applying to America’s most elite institutions, the admissions process is a high-cost, high-stress gantlet.

American parents now spend almost half a billion dollars each year on “independent education consultants,” and that’s not counting the cost of test prep or flights and hotels for campus visits. These collegiate sweepstakes leave a trail of frazzled parents and emotionally wrecked teens already burdened with rising anxiety, which raises a big question: Does it really matter whether you attend an elite college?

The seemingly obvious answer is, Of course it matters! How could it not? Ivy League and equivalent institutions provide more than world-class instruction. They confer a lifetime of assistance from prodigiously connected alumni and a message to all future employers that you’re a rarified talent. College isn’t just an education; it’s a network, a signal, and an identity. Elite schools seem disproportionately responsible for minting the American elite. About 45 percent of America’s billionaires and more than half of Forbes’s list of the most powerful people attended schools where incoming freshmen average in the top first percentile of SAT scores.

But what appears obvious may not be true. In November 2002, the Quarterly Journal of Economics published a landmark paper by the economists Stacy Dale and Alan Krueger that reached a startling conclusion. For most students, the salary boost from going to a super-selective school is “generally indistinguishable from zero” after adjusting for student characteristics, such as test scores. In other words, if Mike and Drew have the same SAT scores and apply to the same colleges, but Mike gets into Harvard and Drew doesn’t, they can still expect to earn the same income throughout their careers. Despite Harvard’s international fame and energetic alumni outreach, somebody like Mike would not experience an observable “Harvard effect.” Dale and Krueger even found that the average SAT scores of all the schools a student applies to is a more powerful predictor of success than the school that student actually attends.

Reasons Not to Attend an Elite School

1. Quality of Instruction

While elite schools boast some of the nation’s top law and medical schools, they don’t always have the highest-quality instruction for undergraduates. The intense focus on academic research at these institutions, something that keeps them at the forefront of academia, results in professors who may be more interested in their personal projects than in teaching.

A student accepted into an Ivy League or similarly prestigious school might have a better learning experience at a smaller, though still highly selective, college that exclusively enrolls undergraduates since its professors are primarily there to teach.

Further, the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) found that “there’s no guarantee” that selectivity or school size translates to a better student learning experience. Many less-selective universities ranked equally well among students for teaching quality. NSSE director Alexander McCormick concluded, “Conventional wisdom says that the more selective an institution is, the better it is going to be. That’s not systematically true.”

2. Individual Fit

Some students fall into the trap of thinking that because prestigious universities are the “best,” it must mean they’re the best for them, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. When deciding which college is right for you, you must consider whether a school is the best fit for your major, your wallet, and your happiness.

Personal happiness can be more important than some parents and students realized, as it can make or break not only a student’s college experience but also their likelihood of graduating. During my years teaching at a private four-year university, I’ve witnessed many students leave school for a variety of reasons, not the least of which were the unexpected workload and a bad cultural fit.

As difficult as it is to get into an elite university, the pressure of actually being a student there can be even worse. There’s an expectation that you must be the “best of the best” and a workload that goes along with it.

Does where you go to college matter THAT much?

However apparently SFSU has a bad reputation? So far 5 people have scoffed at my choice of college. One claiming it’s unlikely to get a good career by going to a place like SFSU.

Furthermore I chose to double major in two fields that have a high growth rate in employment opportunities in the next 10 years according to the BLS (Statistics & computer science).

What do you guys think? Did people in my position screw themselves over for choosing to go to a state college? Also does a certain choice of major lessen the downside of having gone to a state college?

Who recruits from your college of choice and the major? Are people getting jobs in your chosen industry out of the college? That’s the only thing that’s important–are you going to get a good job from the education. Ask admissions officers who recruits from the major and university and what the placement statistics. Do they offer quality internships at good companies? Bragging rights fade after five years–when you will have established yourself in your career, hopefully.

California-specific: the State computer science curriculum is very programming-oriented. The UC curriculum is more software engineering. As an employer, this makes a difference.

In some fields, a big name school will attract attention, but you will ultimately have to back up the reputation with actual skills. The main advantage is the networking–successful alum will recruit from the pool they came from. There are differences in education quality/style in every school, bu tif you have the required skills there are plenty of places who don’t care where you went. And once you’re a few jobs into your career your education rarely comes up. Study hard, network outside your school’s reach through professional orgs, linkedin, etc., and you will do great.



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