And only because the average employer is so shallow. You could be the laziest, most shiftless dimwit on the planet, but if you managed to wangle a degree from Harvard or Yale, they’ll cut you a big check as quick as they’re done having their multiple orgasm.
The average employer could just look at SAT scores and hire HS graduates with good ones, train the employees on the job and all would be well on their way to mutual success.
2012 ROI Rankings: College Education Value Compared
With all of the expense and time required to attend college, does earning a degree pay off long-term? Yes, depending on which school you choose.
PayScale has ranked more than 850 U.S. colleges (for both in and out-of-state tuition when applicable) by their college tuition ROI - what you pay to attend versus what you get back in lifetime earnings.
But in the long run, you will be found out. After five years, nobody cares where you went to school, only what you have accomplished.
I hate to tell you this, but 90% of Stanford students (and presumably the Ivies as well) come from wonderful families with wonderful values. and it really shows in the kids.
Try visiting Stanford sometime and talk to the kids. Yes bright, articulate and confident, but also very aware of their own smallness in the big picture. They are very eager to help, respectful of each other of their parents and established values. Stanford is a non smoking zone by choice and mostly zero drugs.
Yes I went there and in my freshmen dorm there were zero cigarette smokers if that tells you anything and maybe 1-2 percent smoked campus wide. Ok, lots of drinking, some pot and limited experimentation with other drugs but drug abuse ran at about 2-3 percent.