Don't be fooled: It matters where you go to college


Posted by Ryan DeVito on 15 April 2018

Going to an elite college usually pays off. The greatest predictor of success, though, might not be where your diploma is from. You might be surprised at what research suggests.

Check out Derek Thompson's article in The Atlantic. He argues that lifetime success is largely dependent on where you go to college, and the data to support that claim is startling. Not everyone can go to a Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, though. Luckily, research implies that personal qualities are more likely to dictate future success.

...actually getting into Princeton isn't as critical as being the type of person who could get into Princeton.

So top students can rest easy knowing that they can still enjoy all of the success of their peers, whether they attend an Ivy League institution or not.

What do you think of this perspective on student success? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.