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I am a college sophomore. I am currently thinking about transferring because I am not happy where I'm at currently. The place I am transferring to is ranked lower, but not by too much. Anyway, my dad is not happy at all with transferring. He tells me I should stick it out at the current university because it's better. He says that employers will be concerned if I say I transferred to another school because it wasn't the right fit. Plus, he said that transferring a school with a lesser rating will look bad. He said he would rather hire someone who went to a good school over the person that impressed them most in the interview. I always felt it was different though. I personally believe that it's the individual that stands out in an interview.......it doesn't matter as much where you got the degree but how. I would rather hire the person who stands out rather than the person who simply has a better degree. It should be noted that while the school I am thinking about transferring to is rated lower, it's not a huge difference and is still a fine state school (over the current private one I'm at). bane: Interesting points, but one issue......how does the world progress if we go by that system? For example, take an inner city kid. He goes to public schools in the inner city, can only afford a cheap community college near his house or maybe a cheap public school not rated too high, but works his butt off for that degree and finally achieves it. Now let's take a middle-upper class suburban kid. He goes to public school in the suburbs, but has the ability to have his parents help pay for a private school education that is rated higher. Let's pretend his grades were the same as the kid above. Sure, he went to the better school, but he had everything handed to him growing up. In your view, the latter person would always get the job. Despite working his butt off, the first guy would never be interviewed. How is the country going to progress if we only give jobs to those who could afford a better education?

Asked By: FSBB - 12/1/2012
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Your dad is right. There is a reason colleges are ranked on US News and World Report. (feel free to google this). Many schools are known for having excellent curriculums for certain majors. For example: Johns Hopkins is known for being a great med school. Yale and Harvard are known for graduating Presidents and... More
Answered By: bane - 12/1/2012
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