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April 30, 2014

"It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College"

Well, I wouldn't recommend somebody attend Joe's College of Iquana Grooming and Basket Weaving," but kids who are fixated on the Ivy League make a big mistake. There are lots of good places to go if students take advantage of the opportunities they offer. 

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Jack PQ

I agree, let's not go crazy. *But* what you major in and whether you get the darn thing probably matter as much as where you get the degree from. (I'm amazed how many students fail to get a degree; that's the real tragedy because 2 years in college is worth much less than the actual degree.)

There was a good study few years back that concluded in a nutshell, Penn or Penn State, doesn't matter. Meaning, a good private vs a good public, same person, same major, same outcome. So stay in-state if you can.

JKB

The end of that essay disputes itself. First, he states employers look for skills, then asserts that if you intend to go to college not to bother getting a job. So where are these students to get these skills? Not from their academic work, that's for sure. A STEM major may acquire lab and programming skills, but others?

Although, I've seen assertions that attempted entrepreneurship, even if failed, is looked upon well. So, by all means, if financially able, the student should try to show initiative rather than drone-ability. Perhaps soon, showing your commercial abilities by having provided your fellow students with additional calories to sustain them after then government calorie-limited school meals may be looked upon favorably. It show initiative, problem solving and a willingness to meet consumer needs even in the face of overbearing government regulation.

As for the "elite" schools, they only matter if your goal is a job that requires approval by the credential obsessed DC denizens. If you want to be a Supreme Court justice, you have to have slept with the right people at the right "elite" campus. Same for other positions where appointment is by crony rather than competency, often even without basic competency.

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