(Closed) Does it really matter where you go to college?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

It depends on HOW prestigious, but really I don’t think it matters all that much between universities.. Just my opinion. The individual program’s reputation matters a good bit.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

How prestigious is the university you speak of? What type of degree are you getting, and is it a competitive field? Are you planning on expanding your education after the current degree you’re persuing? Those are the things you have to consider. But IMO I would go to the one thats less expensive if its for an undergrad degree. Unless its like Havard.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

In the end, employers are going to look at your relevant experience and how it matches up to the job description. The university granting the degree is negligible, as long as it gives the skill set the employer is looking for. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It totally depends upon your area of study. For example, I work in higher education and “where” I get my degree can mean the difference between being able to work at an Ivy league or community college. For technical areas of study, the majority of the time the answer is no. However, for the arts and humanities it verys considerably.

What are you planning to study? What career are you planning on tracking?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Depends on what you’re going to do when you’re done?

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Unless we are talking the difference in like…Harvard Law and Smalltown USA Community College, it really doesn’t make that much difference. Some places being alum can help you if another alum is hiring, but honestly as long as it is a reputable school, I am all for the cheaper degree! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@hopefloats:  I agree that the college matters much much less for undergrad degrees – even if it is Harvard. 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m going to say no.  I’m in engineering and there are people here from every type of school from small unknown schools better known for liberal arts to state schools to MIT and cal Tech working side by side.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would say yes and no. Helpful, right?

On one hand, with a prestigious degree more doors are opened to you from the name of the school alone, and you are paying for that name and the alumni connections that you make.

On the other hand, if you hustle you can still make a successful career for yourself, you just might need to work a lot harder to create a resume that’ll open doors those same doors that a prestigious degree would. 

In a tough economy, though, I would imagine you would want to give yourself every advantage possible.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Wanderlusty:  If not even 100% on what you want to study (not a dig, just an observation), then I would certainly go with the less expensive college 🙂

Edit in response to OP’s edit (lol): If its grad school, I would take a long hard look at what employers expect and your competition in the field. Where you get your degree could be the make or break for an employer, when applying to jobs that require an advanced degree. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Do not pay more for a degree at a prestigious school if the career is not going to pay off in the end. 

What I mean, I’m in Social Work…obviously my pay is never going to be spectacular so paying $100,000 for a degree would not have made a lot of sense. 

I do not think the school matters look at the program you are choosing. At some “lesser” schools they have certain programs that are spectacular. My Fiance and I went to the same school that overall isn’t top rated but his accounting program was one of the top in the nation. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If I could go back, I would go to a less prestigious school and save myself the debt.

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