I think it depends. Regardless of industry or major there are social norm's associated with those who attend Ivy League institutions. When you apply for jobs, or even introduce yourself in social situations there's a solid chance people will ask where you attended school. As someone who attended a state school and then transferred to an Ivy- I can tell you people treated me very differently based upon my answer. Simply graduating from an Ivy regardless of how well you preformed or your industry does in fact (for better or for worse) make most people assume you are smart. I of course was the same person while attending both schools however the way people perceived me, the companies who recruited me, and even the opportunities I had available were vastly expanded upon transferring.
For me personally the education I received at an Ivy was actually tremendously more challenging, enriching and applicable to my career path than the one I received at a state school. However there are so many people who attend state schools, community colleges, or forgo a traditional education experience all together and still end up in the same jobs, pay grade, and with the same level of "success" as those who attend prestigious universities! Going to an Ivy is not "better" but it may make accomplishing your goals easier.
Margaret recommends the following next steps:
- Evaluate the pro's and con's of a college education as it relates to your personal situation
- Determine safety, target, and reach schools based upon your preferences and academic credentials.
- Evaluate respective acceptances based upon your life goals and the advantages of each (distance, financial aid, interests, etc)