Would you rather go to a prestigious top tier school and get a 2.5 GPA or a lower tier school and get a 3.5 GPA. (All other factors being the same. Result of the difference is the pace of education and expectations placed upon students)
Which has more chance of being noticed by an employer? Your GPA or the school you went to? I agree that most employers don't care about either, but if an employer cares about anything it's probably the school you came from.
If you have a 2.5 it doesn't matter where you went. You're going to have a very hard time getting into any graduate school. I'm sure it's different if you want to start a career right out of college, but if you're like me and want to further your education, a gpa that low is going to cause problems regardless of which school you went to.
Very few need to go to a top tier school. Unless you're planning on being a high powered lawyer that needs those credentials to compete for a job, there's no point. Nobody cares where you went to school. Get an education you can afford. Without loans. Seriously. No loans.
I have a 4.0 from a large, mediocre State school. I would trade it for a 2.5 from Stanford in a nanosecond. My gpa is on my resume, diploma and linked in profile, not once has anyone cared. A prestigious school opens doors....and you gain contacts. Good question.
I think it depends heavily on the industry you are looking to go into.
Harvard makes perfect sense for a lawyer or doctor, but zero sense for theology.
Steel is right. %99.9 of the time, nobody cares where you went to school. It's just a waste of money.
2.5 - Employers see the school you graduated from, not your grades.
I could not disagree more.
No they don't. Unless you're trying to be a high powered lawyer for a big prestigious firm. Nobody cares.
Even doctors. Unless you're trying to get into some prestigious hospital, nobody looks at the name of the school on the wall of the doctors office.
Why do you disagree steelcity?
Breck articulated my thoughts pretty clearly.