Sorry, Harvard: Hiring managers aren’t always seeing crimson
All Ivies are not created equal.
Graduates from the University of Pennsylvania who post their resumes on Indeed.com get the most call-backs from potential employers (30.6% higher than average for an Ivy grad). That’s followed closely by Yale (30.4%). Columbia (20.8%), Harvard (12.3%) and Cornell (.54%) come in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Meanwhile, Princeton had the fewest callbacks (48.3% less than average), followed by Brown (-26.4%) Dartmouth (-20.1%), the Indeed data — which looked at 10,000 Ivy league resumes and related callback data on them from June 2016 – June 2017 — revealed.
Princeton and Brown have not replied to our request for comment. Dartmouth notes that it has “a notably robust on-campus recruiting program” as well as a “legendary” alumni network and that many employers post opportunities on their private employment platform, “where last year more than 6,500 jobs and internships were offered to students by more than 1,800 unique employers.”
Indeed says it can’t speak to why UPenn is winning the callback game, but the university does have a number of perks that employers may find appealing. It’s Wharton School of Business is known the world over, and many employers are looking for people with business degree. Plus, it’s Annenberg School of Communication is well-regarded — so studying there is likely to resonate with many employers who rank both written and oral communication skills among the highest things on their wish lists.
But it’s important to realize that callbacks for a job don’t equal graduates actually getting these jobs. By other measures, other Ivies are doing better. For example, graduates of Harvard beat out UPenn in terms of post-graduation earnings, according to data from the Department of Education. And, frankly, graduates of all the Ivies tend to make more than their non Ivy League peers.
If all this talk of an Ivy League education is making your non-Ivy-educated self nervous, don’t fret. The top-earning graduates in America don’t all hail from the Ivies — they hail from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And, an Ivy League education is by no means the only way to climb the corporate ladder these days. The majority of CEOs in American’s largest companies don’t have a degree from an Ivy League — or equally prestigious — school.
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