Even in this era of modern learning, a lot of stock is still placed in the college name. Why does it matter? Colleges tout the average GPA and entrance exam scores, which only says something about the student population when they enter college. Why don’t they publish statistics about how the students perform after college? Stats like how long it takes to matriculate, percentage of graduates with jobs after six months, average starting salary, number of CEOs among their graduates would be a lot more meaningful in college selection, wouldn’t they?
Employers don’t really care about where you go to school – they just care that you learned something while you were there. When your major is offered at a public in-state school and you’re also considering the big-name private college that’s two states over, think twice about which choice will be worth more five years from today.