That out-of-state education may not be worth it. It turns out state school graduates do pretty well in the job market. According to an article by Jennifer Merritt:

U.S. companies largely favor graduates of big state universities over Ivy League and other elite liberal-arts schools when hiring to fill entry-level jobs, a Wall Street Journal study found.

In the study—which surveyed 479 of the largest public and private companies, nonprofits and government agencies—Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked as top picks for graduates best prepared and most able to succeed.

While this is an interesting discovery, it’s perhaps a little early to conclude that human resource managers are really commonly thinking “the hell with Yale, let’s go with that UMass applicant.”

All this may be just a matter of scale. The top schools from which companies hire are also just very large schools. There’s a reason large corporations hire from these colleges; they simply have more students who apply. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer