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Does where I go to college (undergrad) really matter?

Topic: Getting a Job | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Yes, it does. Picking a college based on it's proximity to the beach or the number of co-eds enrolled is a really bad decision that you'll regret later in life. You need to choose a college that has excellent courses in your chosen major. You need to choose a college that is affordable for you and will not leave you strapped with debt that will take you 30 years after graduation to pay off. You also need to consider the internship partnerships that the school can offer. Choosing a college is nothing to be taken lightly. Give it the consideration that it deserves.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | about 4 years ago
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From what I've heard. Where you go to college can only be help and not a hindrance. If you go to a school top university or liberal arts school that can definitely give you an advantage when looking for a job or applying to grad school. However, if you didn't I don't think that will disqualify you from either of those things. As long as you are qualified for whatever it is you're looking for, where you went to college should not make a significant difference.

Answered by: Cookiemonster K. | about 4 years ago
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Yes! Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes! The college you attend does not determine the rest of your life, but how you perform in college does (more so than a lot of people think). Though it isn't the most important factor when you begin applying to jobs, a 4.0 at a State University will generally be valued much higher than a 4.0 at your local community college. Unfortunately, due to the high level of job-market competition in this day and age (and this economy!) the school you attend for undergrad is seen similarly to the kind of cars people drive, it doesn't truly define the people that drive them, but people always assume!

Answered by: Oxomaikaioxo D. | about 4 years ago
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Sometimes the prestige of undergrad school or university matter to big companies or a real good job. Sometimes there are 7 candidates for a dream type job 65k per year company car and qualifications are about all the same with all 7 people. The look for differences to make a choice. University. Police record. Credit reports. Even what kind of car you show up to the interview in.

Answered by: The Professor O. | about 4 years ago
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In most cases, where you attend undergrad school will not matter. The job field looks strictly at grades. However, if you are going to undergrad school that has a med school as well it may influence how soon you are accepted. I can only see your undergrad school affecting you in a positive way. Grades run everything not whether your ivy league or not. Do your best and you will be fine in the job market whether your at Harvard or Our Lady of the Lake.

Answered by: Lumkeeper X. | about 4 years ago
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It really depends on what career you are pursing and if you plan on continuing your education after you are finished with your undergrad or not. If you plan on continuing your education or are pursing a career in the health field, for example, which college you go to is important. You want to make sure it is an accredited college so your credits can transfer and whatever license or certificate you may earn is considered valid. Some colleges will not accept credits from another college that is not accredited forcing you to take classes all over again. Some jobs will not hire you if you did not receive your degree from an accredited school either.

Answered by: Tiera A. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, some colleges are more able to help you with job placement then others. Depending on your field of study, is which one may be best suited for you. Also, some employers favor one college over another (one may like Harvard or Yale, another ITT, or MIT, some may prefer you to have gone locally) on applications. If you already know where your ultimate place of employment is, call and ask questions, see which school they prefer, and see if you qualify for it. In today___s job market, preparation is everything, right down to where you go to school.

Answered by: Lgk E. | about 4 years ago
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Employers do not care what college you attended when it comes to employment. One of the things employers look for in new college grads is the commitment that is shown in school and the type of activities that you were involved in college. After that and interviews, will determined if you are a great fit for the company or not.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, but only if you go to one of the top10% of schools or the lower 10% of schools. Make sure your school has accreditation. Google search for best value schools.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Of course it doesn't. Any college accepts any undergraduate student as long as they're qualified grade wise. But just make sure whatever college you go to fits your needs.

Answered by: Greg I. | about 4 years ago
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As long as the college is accrediated, it should not matter. Recruiters really look for that piece of paper that says you graduated. That is unless you are going for the athletics, in which case, it absolutely matters.

Answered by: Dantheman50 L. | about 4 years ago
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Yes and no. Some schools are unquestionably better than others and offer a wider variety of courses and extracurricular activities. However, if you apply yourself it's possible to get an excellent education in practically any undergraduate program.

Answered by: Kat68 Q. | about 4 years ago
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Depending on where you want to work, yes. IF you want to work at a highly regarded company, having a degree from a better school is a plus. If you want to just work anywhere, it doesn't matter too mcuh, as long as it is a real school and not a scam. If you're really worried, ask the college how many people found good jobs with the degrees they received.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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The area you are considering for your studies can determine whether the selection of your specific school is important. For highly specialized industries, the university where you obtained your degree can be an important factor when potential employers are studying your resume. Often times, however, for more generalized fields such as Communications or English, the simple fact that you have a bachelors degree will be more important than which university you obtained it from.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | about 4 years ago
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It can if you plan on going for post grad studies at the same university. If you decide to go to another school for post grad studies they look heavily at your GPA and awards you've recieved throught your undergrad schooling. Someone who goes to a more pretigeous undergrad school in most likelyhood will get a seat in grad school before someone who went to a regular school

Answered by: Jon H. | about 4 years ago
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The answer to this question depends on your career goals and your social goals. If you are looking to obtain a job straight out of college with a Bachelor's degree, then it is to your advantage to have a degree from a prestigious University on your resume. However, if you plan on completing graduate work and obtaining a PhD or another professional degree, employers will pay very little attention to your Bachelor's degree by the time you are ready to seek employment. However, the college that you attended may play a role in graduate admissions, though it is not usually as large a factor as GPA and GRE scores. In terms of social connections, where you choose to attend college is very important. You are likely to meet more influential people at a larger University, but you are likely to make closer connections at a small school.

Answered by: Collegegrad10 I. | about 4 years ago
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It all depends on what you are studying. It can also depend on where you want to be, either closer to home or as far away as possible. You want to pick the best school for you. Ask yourself what each school has to offer you in terms of the degree programs and school activities if that is what you are interested in. Make a pro and con list for each one and then apply to all of the ones that you are really interested in attending.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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It really depends on what career you are thinking about going into and if you plan to go on and get more higher education after your 4 year degree. Where you get your undergraduate degree most likely won't matter to many employers unless they are alumni of your school. For PhD programs and Masters programs, where you go to college might matter more. Professional schools like medical, dental, and veterinary schools do significantly weigh not only your undergraduate institution, but the level of difficulty of your course load. So depending on what you are thinking about doing after your undergraduate career it may or may not really matter. Remember that the most important things for any applicant is to be well rounded, community orientated, and have a good GPA.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | about 4 years ago
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It matters if you are getting a job. Employers consider which college you graduated from. Though if you have a great GPA from a second tier school and a C average from Harvard, you might get the job offer instead of the guy with the C average. Academic performance is just as important.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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To a point it does. If you are looking for a prestigious job the college does matter. Always try to get into the best school you can. It will benefit you.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on if you want to go to grad school afterwords and where you want to go. If you plan on going to a prestigious graduate school they would much rather accept students from quality colleges with that major rather then just anywhere. It just mostly depends on what you plan on doing after your undergrad degree.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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It can, but maybe not in the ways that you think. If you have a very specific career path in mind, you want to be in a place that gives you that course of study. If you're looking at graduate or professional programs after your undergrad degree, your eligibility can be affected based on your school. And many people use their undergrad to segue into a job, so the location can matter. Later in your life, however, most people care very little where you went to school.

Answered by: Stan567 Z. | about 4 years ago
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I would say so. A more prestigious college would look better to employers. Better schools offer a better education, as well as more services, such as career help, to their students.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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That depends on what your goals are after college. If you are going to go to grad school it may make a difference what college you go to. If you are going into a very prestigious field of study it will also make a difference when you compete with graduates of exclusive schools. If these don't apply to your situation, then find a school that has excellence in the area you are interested in and fits into your budget.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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While some employers will favor a ritzy name, most will look at your experience. As long as you're a good student and show potential, where you got your degree won't matter. If your field of study is highly specialized though, future employers might actually prefer a student who has immersed himself in his field totally.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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I do not think that it does not matter what undergrad you attend, if you are looking for something affordable then I would recommend a state college or community college. However, employers will look at the type of social activities you were in in the grade point average that you have in college. If you are looking into going into graduate school, some college may look at your undergrad college, however they are very few and don't weigh as much.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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It matters if you are getting a job. Employers consider which college you graduated from. Though if you have a great GPA from a second tier school and a C average from Harvard, you might get the job offer instead of the guy with the C average. Academic performance is just as important.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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To a point it does. If you are looking for a prestigious job the college does matter. Always try to get into the best school you can. It will benefit you.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on if you want to go to grad school afterwords and where you want to go. If you plan on going to a prestigious graduate school they would much rather accept students from quality colleges with that major rather then just anywhere. It just mostly depends on what you plan on doing after your undergrad degree.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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It can, but maybe not in the ways that you think. If you have a very specific career path in mind, you want to be in a place that gives you that course of study. If you're looking at graduate or professional programs after your undergrad degree, your eligibility can be affected based on your school. And many people use their undergrad to segue into a job, so the location can matter. Later in your life, however, most people care very little where you went to school.

Answered by: Stan567 Z. | about 4 years ago
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I would say so. A more prestigious college would look better to employers. Better schools offer a better education, as well as more services, such as career help, to their students.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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That depends on what your goals are after college. If you are going to go to grad school it may make a difference what college you go to. If you are going into a very prestigious field of study it will also make a difference when you compete with graduates of exclusive schools. If these don't apply to your situation, then find a school that has excellence in the area you are interested in and fits into your budget.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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While some employers will favor a ritzy name, most will look at your experience. As long as you're a good student and show potential, where you got your degree won't matter. If your field of study is highly specialized though, future employers might actually prefer a student who has immersed himself in his field totally.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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I do not think that it does not matter what undergrad you attend, if you are looking for something affordable then I would recommend a state college or community college. However, employers will look at the type of social activities you were in in the grade point average that you have in college. If you are looking into going into graduate school, some college may look at your undergrad college, however they are very few and don't weigh as much.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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It partially does matter where you go. When you graduate from that college, the surrounding area is usually where you start your job so be careful where you choose. Also, if you are planning on getting a job and not attending graduate school, companies do consider which school you attend and what your GPA was. If you are attending graduate school after, it really does not weigh in.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | about 4 years ago
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In the grand scheme where you attend undergrad isn't as important. especially if you are planning to go to Graduate school after undergrad. It is more important that wherever you go you keep your grades up because that is what graduate school will look for.

Answered by: Hirise5190 G. | about 4 years ago
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Of course it matters. The name on the degree is important - in other words, where you GRADUATED is important. You could take classes at a local community college first...in fact it's a lot cheaper. At that point, no, it doesn't matter where you go. The fact is, if your field of study is specific, you may want to go to a college with a good reputation for that field - especially in today's job market.

Answered by: The Truth C. | about 4 years ago
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Really it all depends on where you apply to. If you apply to a Fortune 500 company whoose employees all went to Yale and you went to the University of Florida, it may matter. However often it doesn't matter as much where you went as it does how well you did there.

Answered by: Libraledgeek H. | about 4 years ago
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This question does not have a set answer, as there are reasons for why it does matter and reasons for why it does not matter. If you plan on going to graduate school to receive a higher degree, then the undergraduate school does not matter as much. What employers focus on is the graduate school, not the undergraduate. However, if you plan on only attending an undergraduate school and not a graduate school, then the undergraduate college matters, as this is what your future employers will see. Also, there is a clear difference in the value of an education given from a prestigious university versus a community or junior college

Answered by: Helper123 Y. | about 4 years ago
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Only if it is a rather prestigious school for the most part. However, some colleges however are better known for certain degrees then others. If your major is from a school that has a reputation for your degree, it can help you get a job. Beyond this, only the degree itself will usually matter to an employer.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | about 4 years ago
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