Here's a pop college quiz. What do the following ten colleges have in common?
1. Carnegie Mellon
2. Babson College
3. Lehigh University
4. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
5. Lafayette College
6. Case Western Reserve University
7. Manhattan College
8. Milwaukee School of Engineering
9. Michigan Technological University
10. Bucknell University
Graduates from all ten earn higher median starting salaries than grads from Yale do.
Source: payscale.com “2010/2011 College Salary Report.” (sort the list by “Starting median salary”).
Sure, some Yale grads earn gobs of money. And starting salary isn't necessarily a measure of success or a good reason to choose a college. But please don't tell me that grads from prestigious colleges end up more successful than grads from less famous colleges do as if that's a statement of fact.
Thanks to Arun for the link.