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Does the name of a college affect the influence behind the degree you may earn?

I understand that there are huge differences in Ivy League schools. However, if I am planning on attending a regular university, does the name of the university carry as much weight and does it affect my degree? #professor #graduate #academic-advising #college #college-selection

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Your selection of a college should be based on a number of factors including curriculum, cost, scholarship/grant offers, location, size, activities offered, student retention, graduation rate, internship opportunities, student/faculty ratio, classroom size, etc. Do you like being a little fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond? Many small colleges have an active alumni base that are very willing to help students (future alumni). Concentrate identifying what is important factors for you in selecting a college. Visit a variety of colleges to see what they offer based on what's important to you. One size doesn't fit all. Once in college, concentrate on maintaining good grades, get involved and get to know your professors... they can be a valuable resource to you.
Last updated Feb 22 at 08:27
The reputation of a school can be very important when looking for a job. To understand how important it is, will depend upon the field you go into and the geographical area you are looking for work in. For example, if you want to stay and work in a certain area of the country, it is important to go to a school that is highly regarded in that area. Also, recruiters, often like to take students from the same school they went to. If you are looking anywhere in the US, then you will want a school with national name recognition. Once you begin your career, then education is important. However, it is often how you perform on the job that really matters once you first get your foot in the door.
Last updated Oct 19 '17 at 15:15
The main advantage of going to an Ivy League school is the connections that the school has with the various places that you might be interested in getting a job. The education that you receive may not be very different from a lesser known school. In fact, sometimes the best teachers/professors are not working at Ivy League schools because they are not interested in doing research or publishing articles, but have an interest in really teaching students. Wherever you go to school your success will be based upon your tenacity, interest in the subject, your grades and your connections.
Last updated Oct 19 '17 at 14:34
I think the reality is that there will always be 'brand recognition' when it comes to colleges that you attend. Many might believe that an Ivy League education is an indicator that everyone coming from those schools are the best of the best. While employers do place a level of confidence that well known schools typically deliver high quality workers, it's equally true that if you work hard at any school you can achieve your goals. Wherever you go to college, you still need to work hard and deliver results in the classroom. I typically advise to go to the best school you can so that you will remain challenged, for the cost that you can afford, and to work hard to deliver results. Good luck!
Last updated Oct 19 '17 at 13:37
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