Have you ever wondered just how much the college or university you attended matters to prospective employers? A new study of LinkedIn pages of colleges and universities conducted by WithMyDegree may answer that question precisely. Whether you or your kids are hot in the middle of college--or have recently graduated--it's worthwhile to take a look at the top companies that pick from the top schools.

Unsurprisingly, an overwhelming trend is that big companies hire from highly ranked schools. Google, for example, has hired more than 31,000 employees from Top 100 schools. IBM, Microsoft, Deloitte, Boeing and Apple also make the list--all hiring more than 10,000 employees from the 100 most highly ranked schools.

From another angle, we're also able to analyze just how many people hire from party schools. Interestingly enough, IBM clocks in at the top of the list, hiring more than 6,000 employees from party schools. Party schools are defined in the study as "colleges that are home to the highest percentage of students who say drugs and alcohol are common, fraternities and sororities are active, and studying time is minimal."

Although it may seem a bit counterintuitive, one possible theory is that students hired from party schools have mastered the art of self-restraint. In other words, they know how to steel themselves to keep working while the rest of the world seems to be having fun.

In line with jobs in the technology-related sector, the schools that provided the most employees for top companies were Stanford University and San Jose State University, two schools based in the Silicon Valley itself. For banking and finance related jobs, most employees were picked from schools like the University of Phoenix and Arizona State University.

Thus, it seems that when you're looking for schools that best benefit your future field, it pays to do research on individual programs and location in lieu of blindly looking at overall rankings. In general, employers will target specific schools for a reason, so take note at where you went and just exactly how much it does affect your future job prospects. What you find may actually surprise you more than you think.

Published on: Jun 10, 2016
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