« on: February 10, 2009, 11:15:35 PM »
I've been accepted to a few (30's & 40's) Tier 1 and high Tier 2 schools, which I'm thrilled about, as well as to some Tier 4 schools. I have not received any scholarships to the Tier 1 & 2 places, but I have some nice offers from the Tier 4 schools. I would have to take on a lot of debt to pay for the better schools. I know the conventional answer is "the better schools will be worth it in the long run," but I'm really not so sure.
One, I'm older and I won't have as long of a career to make up for the debt. Two, my undergraduate experience has left a bad taste in my mouth. I went to a small, fairly expensive liberal arts school on the assumption that the school's reputation would trump larger public universities. The school was highly ranked in the press (#1 for our region), but it wasn't Ivy League. When I graduated, I (as well as almost all of my friends) had a terrible time finding a job. People outside of my area had never heard of it, and simply assumed it was a party school. Worse, the college's recruiting help was nonexistent. I would've been much better off going someplace cheap that at least had some name recognition, if only for its sports team.
Advice, anyone, preferably based on real-world hiring?