Finally some of those big-state schools get a little respect. According to a survey by the Wall Street Journal, recruiters favored schools with larger populations over the more prestigious Ivy Leagues.
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The recession hit all aspects of business life, including the recruiters. Because of the downturn, recruiters had to cut costs and work more efficiently at finding the right candidate to fill a specific job post. And they found the larger schools that also teach “practical skills” transitioned quicker and smoother for their organizations, according to the WSJ.

“We’re all accountable to the bottom line,” said recruiting leader at Deloitte LLP Diane Borhani.

Coming in at the top choice, according to the survey was Pennsylvania State University, followed by Texas A&M University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Ivy League schools didn’t fall into the top five, although recruiters did say they still recruit from the schools. And in specific industries, some Ivy League schools ranked high, like Harvard (4) in business and economics.

Not exactly a surprise, but also many of the Ivy League graduates attend post-graduate school, holding off their search.

Guess that expensive Ivy League tuition might not be all it’s cracked up to be in times of economic turmoil. But I’m sure the graduates will do just fine anyways.

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