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Top recruiter picks from WSJ: a win for public schools

September 15, 2010

Schools that are most likely to help students land a job in key careers and professions—areas that are growing, pay well and offer high levels of satisfaction.

The Wall Street Journal has conducted a broad survey, involving 842 recruiters for the nation’s largest public and private companies, collaborating with Boston-based human-resource management firm Cambria Consulting. See here for details of how the recruiters were picked and how the rankings were calculated.

On the list of top 25 schools rated in overall, recruiters made clear they preferred big state schools over elite liberal arts schools, such as the Ivies. Penn State, Texas A&M, UIUC, Purdue, Arizona State as the top 5, followed by U Michigan at Ann Arbor, Georgia Tech, U Maryland, U Florida as the next 4. Besides those 9 public schools in top 10, Ohio State and Virginia Tech make No. 12 and No. 13 in top 25. Public school graduates seem to be the most welcome by industrial recruiters in key careers and professions.

Also, rankings by major shows something similar. For Computer Science, U California at Berkeley, U Michigan, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech got in the top 5, while  Georgia Tech, Purdue, U Maryland, UIUC and Virginia Tech comprise the top 5 for Engineering.

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  1. September 15, 2010 10:47 pm

    The picks are interesting. My guess is that the top liberal arts schools tend to nurture theorists who are not attractive to employees. And programs in many public schools offers classes for more practical uses. Graduates with practical skills are more qualified employees than theorists. Besides, rich families tend to send their kids to top private schools. Many of those kids probably do not desire to secure jobs in companies. So they are not targets of recruiters.

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