From the article "10 Reasons to Skip the Expensive Colleges":
Going to an elite university does not guarantee success. To prove this point, Hacker and Dreifus tracked the 900-odd students who graduated from Princeton in 1973 to see if the school was delivering on its promise 'to prepare students for positions of leadership,' whether in business, public service, or the arts, which Princeton administrators claim as their goal. 'We were very disappointed,' Hacker says. 'There were only a handful of recognized names in that class of 900. What that tells us is simply this: In America, if you put your talents to their best use, by the age of 35 or 36, you’ll be passing people from Princeton, no matter where you went to school.'"