According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, the reputation of one’s alma mater plays a more important role in career success for those with pre-professional majors. The journal conducted a survey of people who graduated between 1999 and 2010, asking them: “How important was your undergraduate school’s reputation and connections to your current job/career success?”
Engineering, international business and accounting majors most frequently responded “important” or “very important.” On the other end of the spectrum, history, psychology and communications majors felt that the reputation of their undergraduate school was a less important factor in career success.
The difference may be due to on-campus recruiting. Engineering and accounting firms are more likely to target top college programs to fill entry-level positions, and can better track the performance of those graduates over time. For majors like psychology and communications, work experience may be more important to building a career.